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Lacklustre performance and recording
on 24 May 2005
On a 'reference' hi-fi system, all the shortcomings of this Direct Stream Digital release are laid bare. It is flat,
largely two-dimensional and lacking impact and emotion - as if the life of the orchestra has been drained away by
the technology. The music is struggling to get out, and doesn't. The LSO recording spans 3 evenings and lack of
continuity is evident in this disappointing and unhelpful advertisement for DSD.
If you want a copy of The Planets in your collection for the sake of completeness, fine. However, if you want a
recording that has excitement, immediacy, presence and 3-dimensionality then look to the award-winning Decca release
by Dutoit/Montreal SO.