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  Review by analogue Today 06:20 am

12 tracks and 33 minutes of music. Older country/blues music might not appeal to everyone. But if you're willing to take a chance you wont be sad you did. A stereophonic recording from way back in the day that sounds quite it was recorded yesterday. Say what you will about ... more
Petula Clark: Kiss Me Goodbye        (0 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by PaulSACD24/192 Yesterday 03:23 am

I bought this disc after Glenn Gould admitted in a documentary that he was a big fan of Petula Clark and listened to her music in the car driving to the recording studios. Although the infobooklet is full of Highend buzz (32 bits 192 KHz Mastering, etc. there is no mention about the source of the ... more
Rolling Stones: Grrr!      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

With so many tracks there are some that are of poor quality. Just grab a marker and jot down the good ones on the front of the disk, I counted at least 17 or so 5-star tracks I would demo to any audiophile friend. Get it, you will not regret it.
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

The sound engineers left a "hole" in the center of the stage, don't worry, a tiny one, otherwise just perfect. Sonically otherwise very very good. The music is great, very involving, makes you want to dance all along.
  Review by Bobpaule July 29, 2014

Simply mind blowing, light years ahead of its time. Very well remastered.
  Site review by Castor July 28, 2014

This is the seventh release in Simone Young's fine cycle of Bruckner Symphonies recorded live with the Hamburg Philharmoniker. Bruckner's F minor symphony was composed in 1863 and was given the name 'Study Symphony' by Leopold Nowak when he compiled his 'Bruckner Complete Edition'. It is also known ... more
Johnny Hallyday: A la vie. A la mort!      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bobpaule July 27, 2014

Also contains 5.1 24bit/96kHz PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio. I have every Johnny Hallyday released in HFPA and this one deserves praise as the highest sonic quality of them all. The songs are beautifully written, their sentimentality reminds me of my native Hungarian gypsy music. If you are not a ... more
Mylène Farmer: Monkey Me      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bobpaule July 26, 2014

The first song starts with "Dans son cerveau, deux hémisphères, le gai est le triste" and from there on the poetry continues. Bittersweet tunes with rhythm and personality in this so beuatifully complex romance language. The music is also great. The sound is sublime, stereo that projects into ... more
Rolling Stones: Grrr!      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood July 26, 2014

If you are an audiophile this disc isn't for you. You can dismiss the 24/96 as mere marketing, it doesn't help the audio quality. This disc is for the person that wants a lot of great content and is willing to accept CD quality on the majority of the songlist. You can pick up a used copy in the $20 ... more
Tchaikovsky/Saint-Saens/Bruch - Wispelwey          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado July 25, 2014

larsmusik's speculation is incorrect. The DSD and PCM versions of this album were recorded separately. The Philips engineers were using a DCS native DSD DAC. Straight from native "This was the first commercially produced SACD hybrid super audio on the market. In June of 2000, I sat in one ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 23, 2014

A problem with the huge popularity of these two A minor piano concertos is that listeners can become jaded with repetition, and this can also happen to conductors, orchestras and soloists alike. Well, a young prize-winning Finnish soloist, who is rapidly gaining his international reputation, joined ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 20, 2014

BIS's subtitle 'Academic Cantatas' is less attractive these days than it would have been in Bach's time. The word "academic" now has nearly become pejorative, implying dryness, boredom and a minimal degree of entertainment. How different it was in Baroque Leipzig, where the development and teaching ... more
Johnny Winter: The Best of Johnny Winter      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Hellenback July 19, 2014

Not sure what the one star review is about as I hear this to be a very well recorded disc with decent dynamics for a rock recording. Johnny uses some serious distortion on his guitar at times which might be heard by some as poor recording when in fact it's an effect he's aiming at. When you wring ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial July 19, 2014

This set of the second group of "Tost" quartets is my first encounter with the Auryn's & I am mightily impressed and looking forward to reviewing the remainder of this cycle as they become available in the UK on BD. Firstly, the virtuosity required from all players is worn very lightly indeed; not ... more
Goebbels: Suite from Surrogate Cities, Frank Zappa: 5 works - Søndergård        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by July 19, 2014

It's not a daily occurrence to get a brand new Zappa CD to review. Especially one that is recorded in Norway. Yet it happened a few weeks ago. This is of course no release where Frank Zappa participate in person - the deadline for this expired more than twenty years ago. But it is nevertheless a ... more
Gubaidulina: Repentance - Halász et al        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ July 19, 2014

Each new recording devoted to Sofia Gubaidulina is always a welcome one, for the musical universe of the Russian composer is both fascinating and essential in the field of contemporary music. Today, the copious program of this SACD allows us to discover four scores from differing periods for chamber ... more
  Review by JJ July 19, 2014

Let’s say it out loud from the start. This SACD reissue based on the original mono and stereo tapes is a milestone. What a program! What audio magic! What artists! This is one of the greatest SACDs of all time that needs to be heard. The American composer, Aaron Copland, is on the piano for his ... more
Beck: Sea Change      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood July 17, 2014

This title has been a benchmark for audiophiles for quite a while in surround circles. The out of print surround is extremely expensive but this blu ray has brought the title back in the mainstream for everybody to purchase. It's superb surround sound is the main attraction. I must admit that I had ... more
Bob Marley: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood July 17, 2014

This is a superb multi channel disc that is easily the best version of this title ever released. I've had various versions of this title over the years. It's a shame the other blu ray of this title that was released a year ago was so bad. I had that one also.
Sibelius: Kullervo - Spano          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 16, 2014

This is thrilling performance of Jean Sibelius' (1865-1957) early masterwork, Kullervo (Op. 7) for sopran, baritone, male chorus and orchestra. My first introduction of this work was Jorma Panula's recording (Naxos) and it is just OK. Last year I bought Sir Colin Davis' recording (LSO Live) with ... more
  Site review by Castor July 15, 2014

This two-disc set of Haydn Symphonies is a fitting memorial to the late Sir Colin Davis and his championship of a composer most dear to his heart. During his long career he recorded all five of the works presented here in the 1970s and 80s with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and his ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Zinman        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fordiebianco July 12, 2014

Owning Zinman's recording of Mahler's first symphony with the Tonhalle Orchestra I acquired the Ninth on the reputation of this wonderful recording (and it's pretty amazing price). Listening to it today for the first time, I am a little bit disappointed as there are two major problems with this (at ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Janacek: Jenufa (suite) - Honeck        (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by kansub July 10, 2014

No argument about the performance. Excellent. The sound however does not seem to be 5.1 DSD. The Oppo decodes it as SACD PCM 5.0 and that sounds about right. I could not get any sound from the sub-woofer. I wonder of we are not going to get 5.1 SACDs any more. I agree with Castor's review otherwise.
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marc - SoundMatters July 10, 2014

This is a review of the 5.1 channel layer of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours SACD. Equipment used for this review included PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer), a Denon 7.1 channel receiver, and an Oppo BDP-105 disc player. Comparison was made to the DVD-audio multichannel version and the ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Fischer          (8 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik July 10, 2014

At last, a Bruckner symphony performance I can sit through. When it comes to the Viennese tradition, I harbor enormous fondness for Schubert on the one hand and Mahler on the other. Between them lies Bruckner, whose brief sacred motets, musical masterpieces of the highest order, offer reliable ... more
  Site review by Castor July 9, 2014

The Viennese born pianist Gottlieb Wallisch has already made three generally well received recordings of Mozart for the Linn label and for his latest release he now turns to the late keyboard sonatas of that other great 18th-century master Josef Haydn. When in 1790 Joseph Haydn's employer and ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 9, 2014

Here is the first SA-CD from world-class Stockholm Chamber Brass. "Then" contrasts the brass music of the Renaissance with performances now by a state-of-the art modern brass quintet. Of course, this involves using a great deal of arrangements, but back in the Renaissance, in the absence of ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Axe1958 July 8, 2014

I don't have a high end system, not near it, but I feel this SACD sounds great on my music room. I do have a good collection of SACD's and DVD-A. Now when a listening to "Breakfeast in America", "Super Tramp", SHM-SACD, after listening to this one, it doesn't sound so good at as it was before I had ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by cooltype937 July 8, 2014

The High Fidelity Pure Audio blu-ray version of "Quadrophenia" is absolutely the definitive version. The 5.1 DTS-HD MA mix is excellent. The sound is clean, accurate and very detailed. The surround sound mix is brilliant, there is enough bandwidth to let every sound have the room it needs. I've been ... more
  Site review by Castor July 8, 2014

Since its Boston premier – given by Leonard Bernstein in December 1949 – Messiaen's exotic and lavishly scored Turangalîla Symphony has received many fine recordings, including some with the imprimatur of the composer and some that additionally feature both Yvonne Loriod, the composer's wife playing ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 7, 2014

Now that all the sacred cantatas by Bach have been issued, BIS has turned to the seemingly less popular set of secular cantatas. A motley collection they are, 20-odd scattered remains from what was certainly a much larger assemblage written throughout his career; they must have been a significant ... more
Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by prosewall July 7, 2014

I always been stumped by the sequence of tracks on this album, with slow marvellous ballads practically alternating with hard rock scream fests. Kravitz handles each with aplomb of course, but I find it irritatating. In any case this classic album benefits greatly from a Pure Audio release compared ... more
  Review by prosewall July 7, 2014

With a generous selection of slower ballads, the content and selection cover many of my favourite Michael songs of this genre, and the performance is of high quality including Michael's normal stable of fine musicians and backing vocalists, however the recording is not outstanding, in fact FFT ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian July 7, 2014

I totally disagree with bad assesment of the sound quality (esp. when the reviewer doesnot specify his equip). This disc is a huge improvement it plays smoother than its Blu-ray only predecessor (which is still far better than an RBCD edition of this music). I have listened to both TFF albums a ... more
The Police: Regatta de Blanc      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by vonwegen July 6, 2014

Lest anyone get the idea, from an otherwise spot-on sonic review, that this album is one long, song-by-song drum solo, I have to say that it is not that at all. You hear all 4 elements of this wonderful, explosive band very clearly, though the live drums catch your attention first. Producer Nigel ... more
Carpenters: The Singles 1969-1973      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mike Cidoni Lennox July 5, 2014

Most hardcore fans had been frustrated with Richard Carpenter's extensive tinkering with the original Carpenters recordings, with so many remixes here and alterations there, at points they were almost unrecognizable. Then A&M issued its "Remastered Classics" series in the late '90s, which took most ... more
Camel: Moonmadness      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by OleTroll July 4, 2014

A pricey acquisition, to be sure, but well worth it for anyone who appreciates this title. Camel was what they call a "pretty prog" band which committed its most important works to... what else... vinyl in the mid 1970s. This is one of their two most noteworthy releases, and beyond any doubts, their ... more
  Site review by Castor July 4, 2014

This varied collection of music associated with 'The Dance' is what record companies used to call a 'sonic spectacular' – a description well suited to this SACD. From the wild opening bars of the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' from Strauss's 'Salomé' it it is clear that the team from Polyhymnia have ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by talisman954 July 3, 2014

I really hate to do this to one of my all time fave albums, but i have to. I purchased the remastered cd's of all 3 TFF albums, and noticed a huge improvement in sound quality. So when i noticed they were releasing the SACD of SFTBC, i was highly excited. I have upgraded many older 80s cd's such as ... more
Van Morrison: Moondance      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marc - SoundMatters July 3, 2014

This is a review of the Blu-Ray 5.1 version of Moondance by Van Morrison. The audio equipment that was used for this review included an Oppo BDP-105 disc-player(set-up for multi-channel), a Denon 7.1 receiver, and PSB Synchrony One speakers (7 speakers, no subwoofer). Bottom-line assessment: This ... more
The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by wbhendrix July 2, 2014

Some recordings just instantly grab you and you can hear the amazing sonic improvements on the first track. I own a red book version, the original sacd and now this beautiful new version. Without hesitation I would recommend this release to any Police fan. It is the definitive digital release of ... more
  Site review by Castor June 30, 2014

This is an absolutely marvellous release both in terms of its thrilling performances and wonderful sound quality. Manfred Honeck, as on his first disc for Reference Recordings of Strauss tone poems, has shown that he is not afraid to challenge conventional approaches to familiar works, and his ... more
Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by David Jay June 29, 2014

I greatly enjoyed this Super Audio CD for its exclusive multichannel mix of the album by the producer Neil Dorfsman. It's great to hear some of the different choices made in expanding Oasis's dense 'wall of sound' to the discrete surround sound format. The remix manages to be very faithful to the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 28, 2014

A "Golden Age" is a term indicating a period in a country's history which is particularly rich in cultural development, particularly artistic expression. In the case of Denmark, this is applied to the first half of the 19th century, replete with famous talents such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 27, 2014

Everybody likes a good tune. Here is an ingenious programme of mostly little-known melodies, performed by a soloist with accompanist. Unusually for "classical" music, the solo instrument is a saxophone and it is accompanied by another wind instrument - the Main organ of Bragernes Church, in Drammen, ... more
  Site review by Castor June 27, 2014

Little, if any, of the music of the composer Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986) could be said to be well known outside his native Sweden, so this, the first volume of a projected series of his orchestral works from Andrew Manze and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, is most welcome. The longest work on ... more
Allman Brothers Band: Beginnings      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 27, 2014

I will compare this new sacd release with several other versions in my collection. This release is the bands first two albums compiled together plus two additional bonus cuts. If you are a fan of the band and southern cant go wrong in getting this album as there is a lot of bang for ... more
Pentangle: Pentangle      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by scotty June 26, 2014

This is simply one of the best SA-CD/SHMs I have heard. This is one of the best recordings of its kind and the sound quality here is mind blowing! The way the instruments shine through is amazing! It is almost like they jump right out at you and say hello, how you doing! I own the Castle re-issue ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Omegaman June 26, 2014

I apologize for this ahead of time, but this review is for the 5.1 DTS-HD MA. I don't know all the audiophile language . That being said, this is a little intimidating. I mean, let's be honest, there's some people who post on this site who really know their shit! One word comes to mind about this ... more
Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by RKLA June 25, 2014

Packaging is more or less 7" (45 size) for North American readers. It's nice that a 5.1 version is available as a hybrid SA-CD disc. One must wonder if all of the Japanese record companies are going to re-release their best titles as 7" paper sleeve CD's, per the P.F.M. titles from JVC (Victor), ... more
The Buggles: The Age of Plastic      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by RKLA June 25, 2014

As previously stated, a very crisp transfer, done in England at FX Copyroom. The sound is definitely clearer than even the re-re-remastered CD. Only drawback is that it's the 11 track version and not the later issue with more bonus tracks. That said, the bonus tracks here are welcome in SA-CD ... more
Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Stevier June 25, 2014

While I partly agree with the other reviewers in that I think the performances on this album are fairly uninspired I still think the album is thoroughly enjoyable with some really good "pop" songs such as Forever Man, Tangled in Love, See What Love Can Do and it kicks off with an irresistible riff ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 24, 2014

Sakari Oramo has built a fine rapport with the Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra since replacing Lorin Maazel in a Sibelius concert several years ago. Apart from Sibelius, the VPO have played little Nordic music, nor are they renowned for frequently having contemporary music in their repertoire. To ... more
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Kuijken        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue June 24, 2014

Die Zauberflöte revisited. The other day I was able to lay my hand on this set for ‘a song’. One wonders why. I do know now. Let me begin by saying that the other reviewers are absolutely right about the orchestra. Indeed, hats off for Kuijken and his musicians. In short: A Small Band with Great ... more
Queen: News of the World      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 22, 2014

I like Queen and enjoy their music. But the quality of sound for News of the World is problematic. I was always very disappointed with the MFSL Gold CD and the audio quality that is shrill and harsh. In particular, two songs "Get Down, Make Love" and "It's Late" are so bad as to render these ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 22, 2014

I can only echo Geohominid's praise. Here, Chandos is the vehicle for the Non-Profit Music recording (a charity established to support Medicines Sans Frontieres) and no party disappoints Grundman's music. Written as a companion piece to Haydn's 12 Last Words, this reflects upon Grundman's emotional ... more
  Site review by Castor June 22, 2014

While talented young pianists, violinists and cellists are promoted on disc with predictable regularity, solo violists have been something of a rare breed (though recently this does appear to be changing) so the discovery of a player of the quality of Dana Zemtsov is a real find. 22 yr old Dana ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 20, 2014

Lyric tenor Julian Prégardien (b.1984) presents his first recording of solo Lieder. He introduces an inspired programme that takes us through the gamut of emotions to be found in early and late Romanticism's concept of the "Distant Beloved", and its part in song-cycles. Julian reminds us that to ... more
Berlioz: Requiem - Munch        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 19, 2014

At last, the stunning old classic of Berlioz's Requiem in multi-channel SACD! This recording is made in 1959, but sound quality is excellent. I heard many recordings of Berlioz's thrilling masterwork, and this is one of my top five recommendations. Charles Munch was one of the first conductors, ... more
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Rubinstein        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 18, 2014

This is absolutely the best recording of Frederic Chopin's Piano Concertos! I heard many recordings of these familiar works (for example: Zimmermann, Polish Festival Orchestra, DG), but this recording beats my all old favorites. 1) The recording quality is excellent. Their were made in 1958 and ... more
Mozart: Sonatas for Piano & Violin - Uchida/Steinberg          (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by gearomad June 18, 2014

Beautiful music, beautifully played. The piano however did not seem to me to be mic'd as it might. It sounded disappointingly dull and muffled against the crystal clear violin. The violin sound is indeed worthy of the SACD medium. They got that much very right.
Ray Charles: The Genius of Ray Charles        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy June 17, 2014

I am a big fan of Ray Charles and after reading a lot of good comments about this SACD i decided to pick it up. I already have this album both on vinyl and RBCD and now on SACD. In sharp contrast to others I find this SACD loud and my opinion the warmth is totally sucked out of this ... more
  Site review by akiralx June 17, 2014

A beautifully played account of the four Lemminkainen Legends with spacious recording to match. The opening Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island is brooding and deeply felt, with the bass harmonies of cello and bassoon coming through nicely in the sound mix. I usually prefer the middle ... more
  Site review by Castor June 17, 2014

That the Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill is an outstanding artist who possesses not only a beautiful voice but exceptional musical intelligence is clear from this excellent recital of familiar Lieder by Gustav Mahler that also includes less familiar compositions from his wife Alma. When the 22 ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 16, 2014

Songs from the Big Chair is a great album. For several years I have listened to the MFSL Gold CD that has exceptionally good sound and always provided me with an enjoyable listening experience. The SHM SACD, however, elevates this recording to a whole new level. The soundstage is absolutely ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 16, 2014

Louis Couperin (1626-1661), French composer, violist, harpsichordist, and organist, was born in the small village of Chaumes in the Brie District. He probably learned music from his father, an instrumentalist who became organist at the Benedictine abbey in Chaumes. His two brothers may have joined ... more
Sibelius: Violin Concerto - Jennifer Pike        (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 15, 2014

I was thrilled when I heard this disc first time: Jennifer Pike is excellent young violinist, and Andrew Litton and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra are good accompanists. The disc's most interesting part is Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. I have heard maybe hundreds recordings of this ... more
Bach: Mass in B minor - Suzuki        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 15, 2014

This is very beautiful performance of Bach's monumental Mass in B minor. Suzuki's tempi are peaceful, and BIS label's recording is natural and clear. Highly recommend for all baroque music's fans!
Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman June 14, 2014

This is a commemorative reissue, not a new SACD remaster (Reissue producer: Bruce Dickinson/Mastered By: Vic Anesini/SACD Engineer: Darcy Proper) as far I can tell, but if you have been thinking of paying OTT second hand prices you now have another option at a more reasonable price. The previous ... more
Chopin, Liszt, Debussy: Piano pieces - Miyuji Kaneko          (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mekduk June 14, 2014

I would like to bestow my own title of "SACD of the Year" and "Records To Die For (all time)" for this disc. This has superior interpretation from Maestro Miyuji Kaneko as well as state-of-the-art recordings done by Exton, commissioned by Esoteric Japan. The comparison between the two microphones ... more
Grand Funk: We're An American Band      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by downunderman June 13, 2014

On a whim I purchased this album. I have never been fond of American plod rock from the 70's, but determined to keep an open mind on what various musical styles may have to offer in Hi-Rez and noting that Todd Rundgren rode the faders I put my money down. Back in the day I'm told this was a very ... more
Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Buddy June 13, 2014

I haven't had this Blu Ray very long but I've been listening to this album for decades. The clarity of the instruments is refreshing. It is so much better than the CD it is not funny and well worth the price for a classic piece from the Stones in their prime. Monkey Man has just started and the ... more
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7 - Michael Tilson Thomas        (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 11, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra are made many outstanding recordings for Avie label. The 5.0 multi-channel quality is surrounding, and it captured Davies Concert Hall's resounding acoustic. These performances of Beethoven's much-loved Seventh Symphony and Leonore ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 11, 2014

Nicol Matt (b.1970) is one of the most in-demand of the new generation choir masters on the International scene. He has made nearly 100 CD productions for five companies. According to the booklet on the present disc, his discography brought in sales of over eight million cds worldwide. Amadeus-Chor ... more
Bernstein: West Side Story - Tilson Thomas        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 10, 2014

Wow, this is absolutely the best recording of Bernstein's much-loved musical "West Side Story". Bernstein's own recording with excellent vocal casts (Carreras, Kanawa, Horne, Oltmann) was the only "complete" version of this work. But this includes many unheard instrumental intermezzos and ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 8, 2014

I first came across Jorge Grundman's concert compositions when reviewing a disc from his Spanish Non-Profit Music label (), and was impressed by the honesty and intensity of emotions expressed eloquently in his self-styled 'music from a story' approach. Here he is with another musically unique ... more
  Site review by Castor June 8, 2014

Whilst there is hardly a shortage of recommendable recordings of Bruckner's 7th Symphony to suit almost every taste – 28 available on SACD at my most recent count – canny collectors know that any new recording from Ivan Fischer and his peerless Budapest Festival Orchestra will be worth investigating ... more
Corigliano: Symphony No. 1 - Shimono        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue June 7, 2014

This is a superb performance and recording of one of my favorite 20th century symphonies. Compared to Slatkin's RBCD on RCA, Shimono takes a more measured approach, which may yield a bit less visceral impact, but it gains in gravitas and for me is more moving. The perspective is also more distant, ... more
Bernstein: West Side Story - Tilson Thomas        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur June 7, 2014

This is magnificent. Everything in the main detailed review is true, but mostly the main characters now sound believable in a non-operatic way (which tarnished Bernstein's own 1984 version). It would be easy to go too far the other way and have the main characters sound like Musical Theater belters, ... more
Baker: Singer of Songs - Manuel Fischer-Dieskau        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute June 7, 2014

David Baker. Well, that name certainly brings back some happy memories of southern Indiana. I had the privilege of seeing him perform at a small club... "Bear's Place" just off campus in Bloomington during my college days... ... more
Stenhammar: String Quartets, Vol 2        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan June 6, 2014

Stenhammar’s six published string quartets have been recorded albeit only a small handful of times. I was captured by these wonderful quartets by the world premier recordings on the Caprice label which were done in the early 1980’s by three quartets who shared the task: the Fresk Quartet (1 & 5), ... more
Beethoven: Mass in C - Sir Colin Davis          (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 6, 2014

Beethoven's Mass in C is a name day present to emperor's wife, and it is maybe composer's the most beautiful Mass before Missa Solemnis - so Mass in C is Missa Solemnis' "little brother". By the way, I heard long time ago John Eliot Gardiner's recording with Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque ... more
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: "Damn The Torpedoes"      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 6, 2014

This Blu-ray release includes the classic album from 1979 plus 9 bonus tracks (including 3 live cuts). The review is based on my listening encounter with the surround format DTS HD MA 5.1 96K. Needless to say, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are very good musicians and a crack band who know how to ... more
Debussy: La mer, Jeux - Gergiev          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 5, 2014

Valery Gergiev conducts Debussy's music with his Russian way, and it sounds surprisingly well: all works are performed perfectly (specially the powerful and natural La Mer) and LSO Live label's recording is outstanding: Barbican Hall sounds very good concert hall. Gergiev's tempi are slow, but it ... more
Styx: Paradise Theater        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by rammiepie June 4, 2014

Either you like this album or not but will add that Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio has done an exceptional job of remastering this album for SACD. Having finally received an upgrade and Room EQ for my Meridian 861 v.8, through my Marantz SA 11S3, Paradise Theater truly rocks and the brass and vocals ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 4, 2014

Brautigam's peerless traversal over Beethoven's piano works on period pianos is getting close to the final volume (No.17). Casual non-pianist readers might think that the periphery of the composer's great piano pieces merely contains inferior or early (supposedly immature) work, of interest only to ... more
The Who: Tommy        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Tape to DSD128 June 4, 2014

The notes on this disc state the 2ch layer is from the original mix I dont think this is true, im tending to think they digitized the Multitrack master to PCM 94/24 then attempted to mixdown & recreate the original 1969 mix. After hearing the japanese SHM-sacd it is now the only version worth ... more
The Who: Tommy      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Tape to DSD128 June 3, 2014

Natural & organic the music soars with a transcending alive analog beauty When you listen to this disc it frees you from being Analytical & always judging just like a good analog tape its easy to just enjoy & be swept away totally transfixed & swept along with this great music. This disc gives me ... more
Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Solo Sonata - Steinbacher, Petrenko          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue June 3, 2014

Arabella Steinbacher is no longer a rising star. A round-up of recent reviews shows that she belongs to the Premier League of the new generation. Her Prokofiev violin concertos have received raving comments elsewhere and since there is, as yet, no review on this site (apart from valuable comments in ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 3, 2014

BIS was inspired in organising sessions for this Stenhammar disc with conductor Christian Lindberg and Belgium's Royal Flemish Philharmonic orchestra. Their collaboration has produced a marvellous disc of Stenhammar's music which should boost the composer's growing international reputation. One of ... more
Hymnus - Dahl      
  Site review by Geohominid June 2, 2014

Anders Eidsten Dahl's selection of Scandinavian organ pieces here is based on a question. Did the organ's tremendous range of expression touch some composers during important phases of their lives? For Oslo-born Carsten Carlsen (1892-1961), his career as an organist began at the age of 16 and for ... more
  Review by JJ June 1, 2014

Another great discographic re-encounter that can now be heard in its sonic fullness thanks to remastering based on the original tapes, these recordings by Igor Markevitch are landmarks. Modest Mussorgsky first, with the famous Pictures at an Exhibition in the orchestration by Maurice Ravel, and ... more
  Review by JJ June 1, 2014

This SACD strives to be “the reconstitution of the concert given at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on May 25, 1952 in the framework of the Festival of work of the 20th century, based on recorded documents of the period,” specifies Pierre-Emile Barbier. Generous in its offering, the disc proposes ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 30, 2014

A generally charming reading of a delightful opera. First, something that may not be immediately obvious is that the company performing this is a direct descendent of the world première that they gave under the baton of no lesser conductor than Richard Strauss (by chance, as the notes recount in ... more
Cream: Goodbye      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 29, 2014

This is Creams swansong and their last official studio album. It features 6 tracks and a paltry 30 minutes of music. I consider this to be Creams weakest album by far and a shoddy throw together of songs not really good enough to merit this album. With one exception however....that being their ... more
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - Gergiev        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 28, 2014

I heard many recordings of Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem) and this, Valery Gergiev's peaceful performance is welcomed, because there aren't many SACD releases of this work. Gergiev's tempo are moving, and London Symphony Orchestra plays beautifully. First movement, ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road       (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed May 27, 2014

I was hesitant to pick this Blu-ray up due to the review of that spoke about the vocal being mixed improperly and my history with other popular Audio Only Blu-ray discs. I was expecting to have issues with the mix and the sound quality but since it was relatively inexpensive and there were some ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 - RPO/Judd        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 27, 2014

This is good performance of Brahms' Second Symphony. James Judd understands Brahms' familiar and beautiful score, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays purely and warmly. Fourth movement is quite slow, I recommend Vladimir Jurowski's recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). The Academic ... more
  Site review by Castor May 27, 2014

This latest release of Valery Gergiev's on-going survey of the 15 Shostakovich symphonies for the Mariinsky label offers the 4th, 5th and 6th Symphonies as a double album – packaged in a standard CD case. These new recordings compete with the conductor's earlier versions of these three symphonies ... more
The Buggles: The Age of Plastic      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster May 26, 2014

As far as throw away pop tunes go this is about as good as it gets. To say it sounds 80's keyboard orientated is the understatement of the year. This is pretty much the blueprint for Keyboard driven 80's pop. With respect to the sound quality it's enjoyable but not reference quality by any means. ... more

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