"For superior sound quality and orchestral execution, there is perhaps no more consistent series of discs than the Minnesota/Oue partnership on Reference from the early part of the previous decade. Oue and the orchestra were adventurous and clearly challenged each other. From Copland to Ravel, they revisited the orchestra's rich traditions and explored them anew in breathtaking sonic spectaculars. This is the sixth disc I have reviewed from that partnership, and like the previous five, the overall results are something very special.
"…It's all captured in spaciously glowing sound, and played incredibly well.
"Indeed, one of the best things about this recording and the others I've reviewed is that you never feel like you're listening to great sound at the expense of great playing. I listened to this disc on the worst speakers I could find, and it didn't matter. The sound was still of outstanding quality, allowing the full glory of both the music and the orchestra to shine through just about anything…
"… Show it off to your friends, but whatever you do, relish every moment of a great experience. You won't regret it." — Brian Wigman
Labels: Classical Net, Minnesota Orchestra, Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff LP, Review