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  Review by Marpow Today 06:51 pm

The Rolling Stones: Flowers. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. I bought this used from some cat in Japan, took me awhile to get it but I certainly got my moneys worth. Very Good condition. My only other experience with Rolling Stones SACD's is the SHM SACD reissue's of 2014. This packaging is quite ... more
  Review by Marpow Today 06:20 pm

The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil Remix. Stereo and Multichannel. Hybrid SACD. One of those fun discs that is good to have. I purchased via Amazon for $7.00. Performance: The first 3 artists makeup 6 remixes like Disco style. OK, if you like that sort of thing. Stereo Sonics: I did not ... more
Joe Walsh: So What      
  Review by Marpow Today 06:04 pm

Joe Walsh: So What. Hybrid SACD. Stereo Only. Quick Facts: Audio Fidelity 2015 release. My disc # 0525. This is considered his 2nd solo album released in 1973. I saw him once opening for CSNY, 1974, Day On The Green, Oakland. Performance: Really good feel to the disc. Great performance, a little ... more
Archie Shepp Quartet: True Ballads      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jassman Today 03:22 pm

I was never a big fan of the way Archie Shepp played the sax but after listening to the reissue by Venus jazz of this CD I've learned to enjoy it . Especially the way the trio is playing to back him up. five stars on the music and the quality of the SA CD.
  Site review by Adrian Cue July 30, 2015

The main characters are: Bernard Crusell: Talented composer of Finish/Swedish descent; Eric Hoeprich: one of the world's leading exponents of the historical clarinet, founding member of the Orchestra of the 18th century, teaches at the Paris Conservatoire, Indiana University’s Early Music ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue July 30, 2015

Whoever buys this disk without paying attention to the small print may be in for a deception for not getting ‘the real thing’. This is, indeed, not Bach’s St. Matthew, but Mendelssohn’s adaptation of it. Scholars may start a chicken and egg quarrel over who gets the honour of reviving 18th century ... more
Tiny Island        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko July 30, 2015

Tiny Island is an all acoustic set, as per the liner notes, recorded in Sweden within a 13th century stone Church on one microphone. Well, the acoustics of this church were indeed very special as you listen to these all instrumental recordings played by a group of highly skilled Swedish musicians ... more
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Jarvi        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 30, 2015

Unforgettable melodies, the colorful score, exciting story and masterful orchestration - I guess that Piotr Tchaikovsky's (1840-1894) "The Nutcracker", Op. 71 success based on those things. Today it is the one of the greatest ballets ever, and very popular piece on opera houses and concert halls. ... more
Fagerlund: Violin concerto, Ignite - Kuusisto, Lintu        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by wehecht July 28, 2015

Since none of our more musically knowledgeable folks has submitted a review of this outstanding disc I'll take the bit between my teeth and try not to embarrass myself or Mr. Fagerlund. In order to set the stage for my own comments and because I lack the musicological language necessary to describe ... more
Joe Walsh: So What        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed July 28, 2015

Audio Fidelity has returned to the SACD format for a while now and I was very glad to see that So What from Joe Walsh was released. I have owned the Japanese SHM CD for a while now and that was my go to version until now. A friend of mine, Kevin, and I got together the other night to make the ... more
Charlie Mingus: Tijuana Moods        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jfitch July 27, 2015

I would agree with the very detailed review written by Undertone. This is arguably Mingus's best playing and composing. The re-master is the SACD technology at its best. That combination makes this SACD a must for Mingus, jazz and SACD enthusiasts. This will be a disc that you play to feature the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Fischer          (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Chris from Lafayette July 26, 2015

I just posted this review over at Audio Asylum, and I wanted to post it here too. I've done some minor editing. I've had this album for about a week and a half, and, during one of my listening sessions, I blurted out to my wife in the adjoining room, "Jared has really outdone himself this time!". ... more
Buddy Guy: DJ Play My Blues        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 25, 2015

Buddy Guy: DJ Play My Blues SACD Stereo and Multichannel 5.1 Beautiful fully immersive. Quick Facts: Recorded 1981 and then released SACD, JSP Records 2004. Buddy Guy born in 1936 Lettsworth Louisiana. Performance: Blues guitar. Phil Guy, Buddy's brother plays guitar on this disc also with Doug ... more
John Coltrane: 1960 Duesseldorf      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie July 25, 2015

Titles like this always scare me. When DVD-Audio's first came out there were a series of live ones put out and they were horrible. Actually worse then that. So I was afraid this would follow that trend. I could not have been more wrong. The sound on this is easily up to the standards of Coltrane's ... more
  Review by feinstei July 25, 2015

I have a wonderful recording of Concierto de Aranjuez on an Alahambra (Spanish Columbia EMI) LP with Narciso Yepes as the soloist and Atualfo Argenta that I consider to be the best performance and the best recorded rendering of this work. This new mastering (although a valiant effort from ... more
Liszt: Dante Symphony, Tasso - Botstein          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 23, 2015

What a wonderful disc! I've heard many recordings of Liszt's "Dante Symphony" but this is simply the best! 1) I guess that this is the only SACD release of the work - or at least the only multi-channel SACD. Anyway, the surround sound is very realistic here: the rears are used only for the reverb. ... more
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by rmendez57 July 22, 2015

Sound is OK for a SACD but not special. I compared the sound of this SACD with the same tracks included in Mr. Cocker´s box set Long Voyage Home. There is an evident difference in the quality of the sound but it is not huge. SACD sounds bolder and with a somehow better instrument separation and ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Bernstein      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 22, 2015

1980/ 5 tracks/ 44 minutes My favorite version of this famous Symphony is that conducted and recorded by Bruno Walter in 1958. The Sony sacd is excellent if not ever so slightly bright (in a good way). There are those pundits who feel that Bruno's interpretation is over blown and OVER THE TOP but ... more
  Review by toddao July 21, 2015

This is a superb release both with the pianism of Mr Gerstein and the recording which is one of the best I have heard. Would be good for Messrs Gergiev and Matsuev to hear after the mess of their recent Prokofiev recording.
  Site review by Geohominid July 21, 2015

In the '60s & early '70s there was a posse of classical guitarists making recordings and travelling the world to play Rodrigo's music. A flurry of commercial advertising followed in its wake. Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez was frequently heard on radio and seen on TV, so it and guitarists like ... more
6 Great Jazz (albums from the Blue Note catalogue)        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by onenairb July 21, 2015

So Esoteric have taken on their second genre, Jazz or should that be Classical Jazz in keeping with the classical theme. I thought well and hard before purchasing as it is expensive and I already have 2 of these albums, Somethin’ Else and Blue Train, released on the Classic label HDAD 24/192 series ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue July 21, 2015

Many will no doubt prefer the complete boxed set, but for those who have already bought some or all symphonic separates this review may serve their interest as far as the remainder, these three concerti, is concerned. First on this disk is Nielsen’s concerto for violin and orchestra. The Danish ... more
B. B. King & Eric Clapton: Riding With the King        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 20, 2015

B. B. King & Eric Clapton: Riding With the King. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. This disc released 2015 is a let down for me. My disc #1559. I just received the DVD~A 5.1 and thought I would listen to that first and then this disc for comparison but I decided against it and let my critical review of this ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by dist1610 July 20, 2015

I have about 30 Versions of this symphony in my CD-shelf. For me it's one of the finest Version. Originally I purchased the RB-CD, published in 1980 by Deutsche Grammophone. Now I ordered the SACD-Version and was pretty surprised. The sonics are much better than the RB-CD. The varióus instruments ... more
  Site review by Castor July 20, 2015

One early manifestation of Arnold Schoenberg's admiration of Brahms as a progressive composer is his orchestration of the latter's 1st Piano Quartet Op.25 that he undertook in 1937. In a letter to the music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle two years after the premier Schoenberg gave a number of ... more
Doug MacLeod: Unmarked Road        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 19, 2015

Doug MacLeod: Unmarked Road. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. Now, this disc I am sure you will like, captivated me with it's less is more. An acoustic blues disc with maybe a touch of folk. Quick Facts: Doug MacLeod born in New York, 1941. This his 7th recording, released 1997 and third for Sledgehammer ... more
Mighty Sam McClain: Soul Survivor        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 18, 2015

Mighty Sam McClain: Soul Survivor, Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. There are 5 excellent reviews before me starting in 2005. The first SACD for some. That says a lot right there. Last November 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Mighty Sam McClain at Bluesmasters At The Crossroads show in ... more
Terry Evans: Mississippi Magic          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 18, 2015

Terry Evans: Mississippi Magic Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. I thought I would do a little collection of reviews for the 9 AudioQuest (the cable company) Hybrid SACD Blues discs. Forgive me in advance as I already know these reviews will be a little redundant. I have listened to half of them and they ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Choral Fantasia - Brautigam, Parrott        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan July 18, 2015

Ronald Brautigam is the epitome of the virtuoso pianist who is highly musical yet self-effacing in his approach to the keyboard literature. Brautigam has this knack of communicating the notes with complete authority but without drawing undue attention to himself. He is a complete and utter joy to ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Honeck          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 18, 2015

Manfred Honeck - the principal conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - has done an impressive recording of Mahler's Fifth Symphony. The performance was recorded in 2011 at the Heinz Hall, which is the orchestra's main performing space. Mahler's Fifth is a Romantic Symphony in every ways: ... more
Liszt: Piano sonata etc - Richter        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 18, 2015

This first volume devoted to Franz Liszt under the fingers of pianist Sviatoslav Richter allows us the possibility of hearing pieces such as the 8 Études d’Exécution Transcendante (Preludio, Étude, Paysage, Feux Follets, Eroica, La Chasse Sauvage, Étude, Harmonie du Soir) and the famous and unique ... more
  Review by JJ July 18, 2015

With this exemplary release, the label Praga Digitals pays tribute to the pianist Friedrich Gulda, who died in 2000. He was an adulated virtuoso who did not hesitate to play Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas in concert. “In his refusal of all teaching, of any a priori related to tradition, meaning ... more
Wagner: Orchestral music - Furtwängler        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 18, 2015

This tribute to the famous German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler via the music of Richard Wagner gathers the Overtures (The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser) and Preludes (Lohengrin Act I, The Master-Singers of Nuremberg Act I), as well as such orchestral pieces as The Ride of the Valkyries, Siegfried’s ... more
  Review by JJ July 18, 2015

With this second volume, the Liszt/Richter coupling once again subjugates us both in interpretive terms and as a “sound resurrection,” for the DSD remastering based on master tapes is stunning in its fidelity. The program is copious (nearly 80 minutes!) with Scherzo and March S.177, Mephisto Waltz ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 - Alexeev        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 17, 2015

The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra has become world famous - thanks to the Exton label's flawless SACD recordings. The orchestra has recorded - for example - the critically acclaimed album of Mahler's Tenth Symphony (performing version by Samale/Mazzuca) with Martin Sieghart. Nikolai Alexeev is ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue July 17, 2015

Recorded already some time ago, it seems that we not only have here some ‘forgotten’ music, but also that these ‘treasures’ have been overlooked by reviewers. I found none. The first thing one notes is that cover design and unobtrusive colours of the patchwork in the background breathe harmony. ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 17, 2015

1980/ 5 tracks/ 71 minutes I am both hot and cold when it comes to Bernstein. I like his work when he was getting older as opposed to when he was younger. It has to do with pacing which I personally feel is at times quirky and fast. With regards to this version of Symphony 9.......he does a pretty ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Fricsay      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Chris from Lafayette July 16, 2015

My experience with this "New World" performance dates back to the 60's when I obtained what was already an LP reissue on the American Heliodor label. I must say that it didn't make much of an impression on me, aside from what I thought were impossibly slow speeds in some sections of the work, such ... more
Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos - Steinbacher, Dutoit          (8 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 15, 2015

This disc wasn't an impressive listening experience. I cannot understand why PENTATONE released another recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto! We have hundreds of brilliant recordings available, and this isn't definitely one of them. The previous version Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Fischer, Kreizberg is ... more
Respighi: Pini di Roma, Feste Romane, Fontane di Roma - Ozawa      (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 15, 2015

1977/ 12 tracks/ 61 minutes A very popular piece of classical music which is on many a fans radar......it sure is on mine. While most fans have this on sacd this particular release includes four additional tracks which were omitted from the Rca living stereo discs..as well as from other albums. ... more
BluesQuest        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 12, 2015

BluesQuest Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. Quick Facts: Released 2000 by AudioQuest cable company. This site (SA-CD.net) offers access to 9 blues discs by AudioQuest in SACD. All tracks on this disc mastered by Bernie Grundman using Sony Direct Stream Digital, DSD. All tracks recorded at 30Ips direct to ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 12, 2015

Nielsen's singular and much-loved opera Maskarade is released as the first twenty-first century recording of the work, a very apt celebration by Da Capo of the composer's 150th Anniversary. Not surprisingly, its conductor, a Nielsen specialist of renown, is Michael Schønwandt, who has directed and ... more
The Doors: The Best of the Doors        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by old hippie July 12, 2015

It's not my intention to rain on everyone's parade that has found this disc to be so great. I did an A & B check between it and my 2011 Japaneses DSD multichannel of the Doors' debut album. All the tracks from that disc that are on the 'Best of' sound far better to me. My main emphasis in this ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Inbal        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 11, 2015

Mahler's Eighth Symphony is a real challenge for the performers and engineers. The huge score contains eight soloists, three choirs, grand organ, massive orchestra and the off-stage brass band. Mahler said himself: "Imagine that the whole universe begins to resound". The work was truly something ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Fischer          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 11, 2015

Dating from 1909, the Symphony N°9 by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) is made up of four movements. The first was described by Alban Berg as such: “The first movement is the most magnificent thing Mahler ever wrote. It is the expression of inexpressible love for this earth, the desire to live there in ... more
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet), Pavane - Nézet-Séguin        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 11, 2015

This SACD devoted to the famous ballet by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Daphnis and Chloé, offers a rich vision of that which characterizes his music for orchestra: instrumental tone. As states Michel Parouty so rightly: “For Ravel, to orchestrate is to reveal the musical idea under its most luminous ... more
The Doors: The Best of the Doors        (9 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood July 9, 2015

I grew up with the music of the Doors. Like many other music lovers I have been disappointed with the sound quality of the various formats.I had high hopes for the Perception Set, but although it did provide a comprehensive overview of their catalog, it was a mixed bag in the sound quality ... more
Danny Elfman: Serenada Schizophrana        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Wolfspaw July 8, 2015

For fans of Danny Elfman the music on this disc is as good as anything that he has written for film or television. Even for those who have no idea who he is, the music is, as he says in the notes, were influenced by composers from Prokofiev to Phillip Glass. Having listened recently to Daphnis et ... more
The Doors: The Best of the Doors        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by oxenholme July 8, 2015

It was back in 1967 that I first heard The Doors on a friend's Grundig reel to reel tape recorder. Since then I've bought numerous releases of the same albums on LP and CD, 24 carat gold CD, remixed CD, the standalone DVD-Audio of L.A. Woman, and the Perception Box. I was woefully disappointed with ... more
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro, Pavane - Gergiev          (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 8, 2015

Ravel's colorful ballet "Daphnis and Chloé" is absolutely a masterpiece. It shows masterfully the composer's orchestration skills. Anyway, this disc is my first SACD impression. I had Jun Märkl's budget price approach with the Lyon Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos). The recording's huge dynamic ... more
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 8, 2015

1959/ 5 tracks/ 46 minutes The greatest jazz album ever recorded?? I think so. There was nothing like it 1n 1959 and it still hasn't been bettered throughout the intervening years. I purchased the first Sony sacd with the multi channel mix back in the day. When I improved my stereo system I ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 8, 2015

Yinjia Gong was born in 1983 in Sichuan, China. He had an innate love for music which was encouraged by his grandfather, who worked at the Peking opera. After first studying popular music at the conservatory in Sichuan, Yinjia Gong developed an interest in western opera, the 'Bel Canto' style in ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - Sieghart          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 6, 2015

Brahms's gigantic First Symphony was hailed "Beethoven's Tenth" after the first performance. Brahms said himself: "It is difficult to work when I hear the giant's footsteps behind me". Brahms's First Symphony is my own favorite. I was a young boy - about six or seven years old - when I heard it ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue July 5, 2015

Do we need another Shostakovich symphony? Yes we do, and especially this one! With already 8 different versions of the seventh symphony in the Super Audio domain, one wonders why Pentatone issued this ninth version. Contractual obligation? For completeness sake? It’s possible. But why should we ... more
Liszt: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante - Arrau        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist July 3, 2015

I just heard this Liszt work for the first time. It is extremely well played but Arrau being often considered as one of the greatest of all time and having a special connection to Franz Liszt's work it is no wonder. The piece in itself is very entertaining and much easier than for example the " ... more
The Doors: The Best of the Doors        (10 of 18 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

The Doors: The Best of the Doors, Hybrid SACD, Stereo and Multichannel 4.0. I have been really nervous about this review as I know there will be others who will be highly critical of my review as The Doors are one of the most iconic rock bands in history. I am confident that I can put out a good ... more
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends        (6 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends, Hybrid SACD, Stereo Only. Beautiful, full and rich, quite a gem. My friends and I used to mimic his crazy gyrations, the Elvis Presley of my generation. MY AF #0859. Quick Facts: Joe Cocker's first album released in 1969. And as you know the ... more
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd, Hybrid SACD, Stereo only. I have lots of story's with Skynyrd but to be clear I have tried to be a Simple Man and failed and have mostly been a bar room drinker saying many times, "Wait a minuet mister, I didn't even kiss her, Gimme Three Steps. I have ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 2, 2015

Who was Ferdinand Rebay (1880–1953)? A Viennese composer who wrote over 400 pieces involving a guitar, yet whose splendid work is only just becoming known to concert makers and record companies. How did such a massive investment in time and energy - for an instrument he could not play - appear in a ... more
Eric Clapton: Slowhand        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by jaburcke July 1, 2015

This recording has been in my libarary in one way or another since it's release in the seventies. It has always been a favorite. The multichannel mix is very good and enjoyable. It has always been a mellow mix but the DSD mastering is superb. If this is favorite of yours, you cant go wrong!
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 1, 2015

Niccolo Paganini was the greatest violinist of his time - his technique was awesome and the black hair and long nose awaked fear in people. This impressive disc contains two Violin Concertos which are rarely seen on SACD - the familiar First Concerto in D major and quite unknown Fourth in D ... more
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 - Latry, Eschenbach        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 29, 2015

Christoph Eschenbach made many acclaimed recordings for Ondine with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The multi-channel (5.0) surround sound added its own dimensions to the approaches. I have listened this disc several times over the past few months, and I was always very impressed. Olivier Latry was ... more
  Site review by Castor June 29, 2015

The young viola player Dana Zemtsov's first disc for Channel Classics, entitled 'Enigma' http://www.sa-cd.net/showreviews/9558#10552, immediately confirmed her as an artist of immense talent and musical intelligence. On that disc she confidently delivered an exacting group of compositions for ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg June 29, 2015

At the end of December 2014 I said of the Esoteric release of this famous performance that "while it has all of the expected SACD virtues of depth and richness, it lacks the clarity of the Universal Japan SHM-CD reissue, prompting the probably futile hope for an SHM-SACD release sometime in the ... more
Holst: The Planets - Ozawa      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 29, 2015

1979/ 49 minutes/ 7 tracks How does one review a great classical piece from the past when everyone has different opinions as to what constitutes said piece sounding great?? There are so many famous classical pieces that are hungered for. Think Carmina Burana, Vivaldi's four seasons...Beethoven's ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 29, 2015

I believe that human beings have something like a brain-board computer, a system that guides you, without your realizing why, to take decisions or positions, to discover that, after all, the choice wasn’t that bad. What has this to do with music? What does one do if one hears for the first time ... more
Aho: Theremin Concerto, Horn Concerto - Storgårds        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik June 27, 2015

Prolific Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) is near the end of one of his most ambitious undertakings, that of writing a concerto for every instrument in the Romantic orchestra. With his recent concerto for theremin and orchestra, he has ventured into post-Romantic territory as well. A theremin ... more
  Site review by Castor June 27, 2015

Though the composer Alexander Scriabin (1874-1915) is most fêted for his piano music, his grandiloquent symphonic works are generally less highly regarded and, apart from the 'Poem of Ecstasy', are rarely heard in the concert hall. On this stunning new SACD from PENTATONE the latter work is coupled ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 27, 2015

Coming such wonderful recordings as and this is something of a disappointment. The booklet contains the following note from Arabella Steinbacher: 'These concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky are part of the absolute "standard repertoire" usually studied by violinists at a young age. And to be ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 26, 2015

Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash) were a very talented singing group looking for that elusive hit album to reach the pinnacle as major recording artists. They hit it big-time with Nightbirds released in 1974. Part of this success was due to the renown Allen Toussaint, who was ... more
Miles Davis: Nefertiti        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone June 26, 2015

Mobile Fidelity's outstanding series of reissues of the recordings of Miles Davis continues with Nefertiti, produced in three sessions in June 1967. Since Wayne Shorter had joined the group in September 1964 the working quintet of Tony Williams, Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter had performed ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 26, 2015

Michael Niesemann is a fine and versatile oboe player. And not just ‘baroque’; he plays sax and does not eschew jazz and cross over. But 10 years with Musica Antigua Koeln and principal at The English Baroque Soloists puts him nonetheless firmly in the baroque scene. On this disk he shows his ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 24, 2015

This isn't the first time that BIS has an attrtactive front illustration which neatly sums up the title or purpose of the disc's programme. This time, fine watercolours of butterflies and caterpillars from 1700 are really about metamorphism, just what Respighi's intention was for in his orchestral ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by oxenholme June 23, 2015

This is another very pleasing quadraphonic SACD from Audio Fidelity. I remember listening to Lady Marmalade back in the mid 1970s. It was good then, but now in 4.0 it sounds superb. The sound is warm and pleasant to listen to. An "aggressive" mix with plenty going on in the rear channels. Never ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Fischer          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 23, 2015

Deeply moving approach from Fischer... Channel Classics's 5.0 recording captures the Concert Hall's acoustics perfectly. Tempi are mostly faster than usual - for example in the first movement - but they aren't hurry. the strings tone is warm and emotional. Highly recommended for all Mahlerians! ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 - Kovacevich/Davis        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 22, 2015

I bought this disc because I had already this one: Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 5 - Eschenbach, Ozawa, Henze. This album is my first impression of Pentatone's RQR (Remastered Quadro Recording) Series, which contains Philips Classics old surround recordings. During the remastering process the engineering team used a DSD ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 20, 2015

Rows of leaves decorate the front cover of this disc. They are from Ginkgo biloba, a "living fossil" which appeared first 270 million years ago, and is still present, unchanged, and not just in its Eastern native forests but also in gardens planet-wide. The designer of the disc's artwork might have ... more
Amdahl: Astrognosia, Æsops fabler - Storhøi, Bergby         (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik June 20, 2015

The Norwegian composer Magne Amdahl (b. 1942) has enjoyed a lengthy, varied career in his native country. His work encompasses television commercials, a piano concerto and other orchestral music, chamber works, film scores, and an enormous amount of incidental music for theatrical productions. The ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 20, 2015

A review based on one listening session can be misleading. Composers who did not make it in comparison with the Big Names of their time were, generally speaking, often no more than providers of music for consumption, in ‘the style of’ Haydn, Mozart, and maybe even Beethoven. It is only upon repeated ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 19, 2015

1974/ 10 tracks/ 36 minutes Pop. R and B and soul is what this disc is about. I am very impressed with this sacd. Labelle, Dash and Hendryx can really bring a cut to life and their vocal skills are superb. There is a lot of soul and rhythm on this album with perhaps the greatest rendition of Lady ... more
Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits 1985-1995      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by gusgolack June 18, 2015

For fans only! but if you are get a red book and save the bucks This SACD proved to be a disappointment. Bolton was never in my top list, but hearing this SACD 15+ years later from his top did not stood the test of time. The sonics are poor (DR8) and no difference to RBCD, just another Columbia ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 18, 2015

2015 marks 100 years since Goldmark’s death. All the more reason to devote some time and some thoughts to his two compositions on this disk. Of late, female violinists seem to have the edge. Positive discrimination or just coincidence? Whatever inspires the recording industry, it is good to note ... more
The Police: Regatta de Blanc      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow June 17, 2015

The Police-Regatta De Blanc SMH SA-CD 2013 Reissue A 1979 recording brought to life via this SHM SACD. The performance for me is all over the place, the hits I love and the others I don't like at all. The stereo sonics are outstanding. Big stereo stage, great right/left balance, good depth. Bass, ... more
  Site review by Castor June 16, 2015

Rather than issuing a disc made up solely of either Mozart arias or Mozart overtures, Linn have had the happy idea to combine the two for this beautifully performed and recorded programme that not only showcases the remarkable talent and musicianship of soprano Elizabeth Watts but also the stylish ... more
The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 15, 2015

Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks was not particularly successful upon it's initial release in November, 1971 (it did not chart in England and only reached #48 in the U.S.). However, I fondly remember reading a review in Stereo Review Magazine who gave it their award as Album of the Year 1972. This ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 15, 2015

As a result of new insight in and advantages of historically informed performances, we have seen many period ensembles establishing themselves over the past decades or so. There is no longer a shortage of such bands and nowadays one needs to be special in order to distinguish oneself amongst the ... more
  Site review by Castor June 15, 2015

In a number of respects this is the most interesting (and certainly varied) release so far in this series for Linn of recordings from Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. As with the first two volumes and they explore chamber reductions of works written for larger ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 14, 2015

"Sing with the voice of Melody" is harmonia mundi's title for this, a disc celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their professional mixed-voice choir, Stile Antico. The titular quote is found in Rev. Olusula A. Areogun's "Following the Faith of Abraham", where he advises learning to sing as it gives ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 13, 2015

This set contains no less than 514 minutes of music; I have listened to it all (at least) 3 times and greatly enjoyed the vast majority of them. Starting with the symphonies, these seemed to form three groupings: 1-5 & 8(9), 7(8) and 6. Turning to the least impressive account, that of the "little" ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Gergiev        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fordiebianco June 13, 2015

This is without doubt my favourite classical 5.1 SACD recording. Picking up on the other reviewers comments, the engineering is vastly superior to the other recordings of Mahler's 8th, revealing aspects of the music I wasn't able to pick up on some of the other recordings. Interestingly enough the ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 - Mravinsky      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by RWetmore June 13, 2015

I thought I'd review this since no one else has. In short, this is the best sounding transfer of this classic recording I've heard (I have not heard the Esoteric release). Lots of air and a full dynamic range. Note the 5 star rating for the sound is for the transfer quality and not the actual ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 13, 2015

This particular album finally gelled with the group and its fans and started their fantastic run of great R and B/ Soul classics. What's not to like?? SOUL/ POP AND FUNK with awesome vocals that are almost spiritual in their flavor. I like to be picky so I'll log down the negatives on this sacd. ... more
  Review by Luukas June 12, 2015

Lovely performance from the Concertgebouw Orchestra and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons! This is my first impression of the RCO Live's SACD. It is at the same time my first SACD of Dvorak's Ninth. I wasn't disappointment. PERFORMANCE The disc has recorded at the Great Concert Hall of the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 11, 2015

I was surprised, even disappointed, when I heard this at the first time. The performance is very good. The first movement begins from the shadows, quietly and mysteriously. Fischer builds the impressive raising to the main theme. The whole movement's tempo is slower than usually - but it is of ... more
Bryan Ferry: The Bride Stripped Bare      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian June 10, 2015

The Fifth solo release by Bryan Ferry marked the production style change. While its predecessor suffers from Bowie-like production this one sounds still afresh after all those years. The recrod has been made at the time of the Roxy Music interim between Siren and Manifesto albums. Ferry penned 4 ... more
Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian June 10, 2015

The First Bryan Ferry solo release from Sept. 1973 - a collection of the fresh production of the pop classic such as It's My Party ..... none of the 13 tracks penned by Bryan Ferry himself. I have never got it on vinyl, which might be reason that I did not liked the album until now when it is ... more
  Site review by Castor June 10, 2015

This the third release in Neeme Järvi's on-going survey for Chandos of the orchestral and symphonic works by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974). Volume 1 and Volume 2 included all the composer's even numbered symphonies while this latest disc is occupied by the 1st and 5th ... more
Charlie Mingus: Tijuana Moods        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone June 9, 2015

Tijuana Moods, recorded for the short-lived RCA subsidiary label Vik in July and August 1957 but not released until 1962, documents an explosively creative phase in the artistic evolution of Charles Mingus. After more than a decade on the margins of the record business due in part to a stubborn ... more
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, Symphony No. 36 - Bernstein      (1 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioqual June 8, 2015

The best version of Mozart Piano Concerto No 15, by far. Unbeatable Bernstein Performance and Sound excelence
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - Karajan      (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioqual June 8, 2015

The best version of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, by far. Unbeatable Karajan Performance and Sound excelence.

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