Alexander Leach

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (11 of 12)
Location: Shipley, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
In My Own Words:
My main interests are music (mainly classical) and film: crime dramas, classic movies and foreign cinema. My favourite director is Woody Allen, but I don't watch many comedies by other directors - I just don't find them funny!


Top Reviewer Ranking: 495,915 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 12
Sym ~ Gustav Mahler
Sym ~ Gustav Mahler
This is an superbly played and conducted Mahler Fourth, and perhaps the best-recorded of all. Tilson Thomas' interpretation is entirely idiomatic and his orchestra support him down to the last player.
The slow Ruhevoll movement is actually the slowest ever recorded, but never drags - but perhaps the oboe solo near the start could have been phrased more poignantly, as in Maazel's VPO recording on Sony or Chailly's Decca CD, both favourites of mine which I recommend. But that is only a slight quibble: the slow movement overall is sublimely shaped with wonderfully sensitive playing throughout.
I have listened to this SACD through a fairly high-end surround sound system - and it… Read more
Syms 8/9 ~ Antonin Dvorak
Syms 8/9 ~ Antonin Dvorak
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's not often I give 5 stars, so let me tell you why.
I have had the normal stereo CD for a few years and concur with nearly all reviewers that this is a quite outstanding version of the Eighth, played with superb style, power and elegance by the Budapest FO under Fischer.
The Ninth is also excellent - not a first choice for me, but with so many fine versions of these symphonies from Talich, Kubelik, Szell, Karajan, Bernstein, Walter and others, there can't really be a top choice.
What sets this SACD apart (and the reason I passed on the original CD and bought this new format) is the quite superb DSD 5 channel recording it enjoys, as the original recording was actually made… Read more
Pictures At An Exhibition/Nigh ~ Modeste Mussorgsky
Pictures At An Exhibition/Nigh ~ Modeste Mussorgsky
I have enjoyed this hybrid SACD very much - but I feel it has one slight flaw which prevents it from being top notch.
The stereo SACD layer is as usual a slight improvement over the normal stereo CD layer - but the surround layer really opens out the sound giving much more presence and detail.
But I was always aware of the rear speaker channels, e.g. in Bydlo from the Pictures - whereas in the finest SACDs I have heard, like Uchida's Schubert Sonata D568 and Harnoncourt's Bruckner 9, the rears were brilliantly (but subtlely) used to give a real concert-hall feel - here you feel there are VPO musicians playing behind you a bit, which isn't really realistic in my opinion… Read more