Bernd Zoellner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (29 of 30)
Location: Berlin


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,815,265 - Total Helpful Votes: 29 of 30
Le Nozze Di Figaro (Keenlyside, Gens, Ciofi, Regaz&hellip ~ Simon Keenlyside
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is the best opera recording I have heard on SACD so far. The cast is really first-class, and so is René Jacobs' reading of Mozart's masterpiece. The voices sound completely natural with much air around them and can be heard to full advantage. The period instruments are not as warm and mellow as modern ones, but they never sound glassy or strident.
It would be difficult to find a better Countess than Véronique Gens today. Among the rest of the cast I would single out Simon Keenlyside and Angelika Kirchschlager for special mention. Orchestra and chorus are also excellent. Jacobs adopts an undogmatic approach to Mozart's score as far as tempi and embellishments are… Read more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 ~ Byron Janis
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark recording, 28 Sep 2004
Now available on SACD, this benchmark recording of Rachmaninov's two best-loved piano concertos can be heard in all its splendour for the first time. The CDs of the Mercury Living Presence were notable for their transparency, but also for their rather strident sonorities. By contrast, this three-channel SACD offers warm, mellow sound that seems to fill the whole room. Rachmaninov's lush textures pose no problem for the new format. The soloist, Byron Janis, enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1960s as the first Western pianist to breach the Iron Curtain and perform in Moscow. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by arthritis.
Tchaikovsky: 1812 (New DSD Recording) ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky: 1812 (New DSD Recording) ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This SACD was apparently produced for a single purpose: to showcase the effect of cannon shots in the 1812 Overture. For this reason the sound level was kept very low. As a result, you have to turn up the volume, but even then the result is far from convincing. The performance itself is undistinguished and lacklustre. There is no sense of line or drama, and especially the strings are often thin and lacking in body. The same goes for the horns, e.g. in the Capriccio italien. Those who consider this a first-class recording should listen to other multi-channel SACDs by Telarc which are in a different class (e.g. Berlioz or Ravel, with Paavo Järvi conducting the Cincinnati SO).