It was nice to reacquaint myself with this superb Gallic rendition of Symphonie Fantastique after the disappointment of Daniele Gatti's recent debut with his new orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [reviewed here].
Most complete cycles of symphonies present their difficulties. Most have a red headed step child. Even the most famous cycles, Karajan's first DG Beethoven set (still on sale by DG), has its spoilt kid, the Pastoral.
This is Daniel Barenboim's third kick at the can with Bruckner. Previous cycles with Chicago and Berlin were well played but had their fans and detractors.
Our local dealer, Soundhounds is not only one of the most friendly and professional establishments in high end audio (Victoria, BC echoes all the same qualities as a city), but they are a dealership for the very best in high end equipment [reviewed here]. Stellar companies like Arcam, McIntosh, Dynaudio, DeVore Fidelity, Magnepan, Harbeth, Sonus Faber, Audio Note, Audeze and B&W, chief among them.
I got a chance to listen to the new B&W 803 D3 speakers over several visits and thought I'd offer my impressions to our readers.