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Epics - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel          (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 11:04 pm

Good album for famous movie themes. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra plays flawless and Telarc's multi-channel sound is excellent. Recommend.
Aho: Symphony No. 12 - Storgårds        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 12:48 pm

I think that Kalevi Aho's Twelfth Symphony is his best symphony. The whole work's total time is 50 minutes, and it is recorded on single SACD (as composer wishes). The first movement, Shamans, is very powerful and exciting. The demonic drumming surrounds listener, when you listen it in 5.0 ... more
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Haitink          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 08:49 am

Bernard Haitink's recordings on LSO Live are happy surprises: for example, his Beethoven cycle with London Symphony Orchestra was outstanding. He brings new energy and power in Beethoven's masterworks. This performance of Strauss' magical and exciting Eine Alpensinfonie is great listening experience ... more
Sir Colin Davis: anthology        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 03:38 am

Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013) did great work with London Symphony Orchestra. LSO Live published over 40 recordings with maestro, and this new limited edition box shows the best releases. There are two much-loved recordings on SACD in first time: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Dvorak's Symphony ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Haitink          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 22, 2014

Bernard Haitink's previous Bruckner recording on LSO Live (Symphony No. 4) was outstanding: recording quality is terrific and London Symphony Orchestra played magnificent. But now, the 85 years old maestro leads London Symphony Orchestra in great mysterious adventure in this new recording of ... more
  Review by tdunster April 22, 2014

The soundstage is absolutely huge and the sound is crystal clear. Compared to the red book version the SACD is a massive improvement. Sure it's a little compressed and perhaps louder than the very best recordings, and the top and bottom appear more prominent than the mids do. So what ? Unless we ... more
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - Faust      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute April 22, 2014

Ok.. I finally gave in and bought a copy of this set. Luckily, I could find one on sale. But now after having listened to this set several times, I think I'd even pay retail. It's that good! And I see no reason to hold back on giving it the full 5 stars. (A rosette would be a matter of personal ... more
James MacMillan: St John Passion - Davis          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 22, 2014

James Macmillan's St John Passion is maybe the best passion work after Bach. Macmillan's work is dramatic, exciting and interesting. The first part (54"14) starts in Gethemane, and ends in Pilate's palace. The second part (36"06) contains crucifixion and buried. Macmillan's St John Passion is ... more
Dire Straits: Alchemy      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJCP April 21, 2014

This is a classic release from the Dire Straits. I love the music on this album, and the SACD is nice and has a beautiful sound! I would like to recommend it to all!
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road       (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marc - SoundMatters April 21, 2014

This is a review of the Blu-Ray edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (GYBR), heard through an audio system comprised of a Denon 7.1 surround receiver, PSB Synchrony One 7-speaker system, and 2013 Oppo disc player. Comparison was made between the 1983 2-disc CD, the PCM stereo version on this new ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 21, 2014

Listening to the eight symphonies of Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963), successively and within a short period of time, is truly a uniquely memorable musical experience. Thanks, then, to the foresight of Challenge Classics in recording the full set and issuing them as superb stereo and multichannel ... more
  Review by Audiophile.no April 21, 2014

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland is one of Scandinavia's greatest singers, and in addition to a very rich concert career, she has a pretty formidable list of records. Before this recording of Grieg songs she has full 10 solo recordings and 22 other recordings. The repertoire is quite varied, ... more
Billy Joel: Songs in the Attic        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 20, 2014

This is a very solid sacd from Mofi and a really enjoyable live album. Its interesting to note that all the cuts on this album are prior to his bresakthrough Stranger album. The liner notes explain why. Yes this sacd comes with good notes. This album is fatihfully recorded and a pleasure to listen ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Zander        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jon Benger April 20, 2014

We are exposed to many recordings of Mahler 2 with diverse approaches to telling the story, and it is difficult to find one which satisfies in all respects. Furthermore, it is a piece in which live performance can be spectacular and moving - difficult to achieve in a recording, even with the highest ... more
Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Järvi        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev April 19, 2014

This is a messy, perfunctory run-through of Atterberg's great Second Symphony. As usual Jarvi is in a hurry to just get it over with already, which makes no sense in this languorous, near-Impressionist work. The overall tempo in the first movement is too fast anyway, violins sawing away desperately ... more
XTC: Nonsuch      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed April 18, 2014

This is a wonderful sounding Blu-ray. I was hoping that the Jethro Tull Benefit would sound as good but it is not even close. The XTC must have been recorded that much better. This has everything you would want in a high resolution format. You can really tell the production value of this release. ... more
Jazz Hits of the 50s      
  Review by onenairb April 18, 2014

I would also concur with progboy but would add that the set also has a multichannel 5.1 layer. For many tracks it works well opening up the soundstage but for for a few it sounds a bit like your listening to your sound system in a concert hall. But overall an excellent collection of Jazz/Swing ... more
Cream: Wheels of Fire      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by feinstei April 17, 2014

I only rated this a "5" in terms of sonics because it's the best sounding issue of Wheels Of Fire that's ever been done. The studio album was recorded miserably because the volume of Cream's oversized amps and Baker's overwrought drums overloaded and clipped the recording equipment that Mr. Dowd ... more
Chicago: Chicago VI        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 17, 2014

Its pretty cool to hear Chicago in good fidelity and not goosed up as some cd remasters certainly are. From the moment the first track played and the single vocal and piano entered the room..I knew this sacd was a winner. Chicago was a very talented and original group who had a giant string of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 17, 2014

Oslo Kammerakademi are back, after their stunning Beethoven for Wind Octet disc (). The band comprises some of Scandinavia's leading wind soloists under their Artistic Director and initiator Friedemann Strunk, solo oboist for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. His companions are principals or ... more
  Review by timothyemerson April 15, 2014

This is one of the best BDs that I've heard. The 5.1 PCM mix is excellent. It's front-heavy but then again, it's rock music and having the assault coming from the front makes sense. The surrounds bring forth some nice detail on The Camera Eye and Witch Hunt that I've never heard before. The ... more
Sly & The Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy April 14, 2014

Sly and the Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On (SACD) There's A Riot Goin' On was the fifth album released by Sylvester Stewart and Funk master Sly Stone and marks a big departure form their earlier albums. In sharp contrast this album marks a much darker and more forboding soundtrack of ... more
Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian April 14, 2014

The (to*date) finest release by Steven Wilson. Drive Home and Watchmaker are best selections (for me). Musically Steven is following very symphatetically 70s Prog scene without bad aftertaste. While previous 2 solo albums had its moments the third one is undoubtedly his best. One can only wonder ... more
Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by scotty April 13, 2014

When this was released I never bought in to the hype. I was too occupied with my Zeppelin, Who, Floyd, Can, and Stones albums. So now in the year 2014 I finally decide to give this a fair chance. And I am so glad I did! I now understand why this was hailed as an important rock album. It truly ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Butt        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no April 13, 2014

Dunendin Consort is based in Edinburgh, specializing in Baroque, sacred vocal music. This is the ninth recording by Linn Records, and with the exception of the first, which had works by Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, it has contained the music of George Frideric Handel and the Bach family. But now ... more
Manitas de Plata - Guitarra Flamenco        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steelers6Rings April 12, 2014

Superb sonics on this very authentic Flamenco album by one of the true masters! Get this one if you can, I think you'll be quite happy you did.
  Site review by Geohominid April 12, 2014

As a genre, the string quartet is not central to Nielson's output of chamber music. There are some early apprentice works but he gave opus numbers to only four quartets - Op. 13 (1887-89) in G minor, Op. 5 (1890) in F minor, Op. 14 (1897-98) in E flat major and Op. 44 (1906) in F major. There is a ... more
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, etc. - Solti      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by luvselgar April 11, 2014

My wife bought me this sacd from Academy Records in the Flatiron district of New York when we were there in February for our birthdays. Although I have the rbcd I couldn't wait to do a side by side comparison. The sound is much more immediate and involving than the cd and has real punch and a high ... more
Genesis 1970-1975        (4 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 11, 2014

Does not get much worse than this. Not only did they remix the albums, they torched the dynamics & applied excessive EQ. This is how you destroy works of art. Foxtrot DR13 DR10 (SACD) Nursery Cryme DR12 DR9 (SACD) Selling England by the Pound DR14 DR10 (SACD) The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 76 - Auryn Quartet      (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no April 11, 2014

Auryn Quartet has an almost startling long history with unchanged crew. We're talking about Matthias Lingenfeld and Jens Oppermann on Violin, Stewart Eaton on viola and Andreas Arndt on cello. The quartet was formed in 1981, and thus has a formidable musical experience. They have performed over 150 ... more
The Band: Stage Fright        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 11, 2014

These are the original mixes, and the mastering holds its ground against the original Ludwig LP. After hearing the MFSL, I tossed my remixed DCC out the car window and watched a semi truck smash it into a million pieces.
  Site review by Geohominid April 11, 2014

As a genre, the string quartet is not central to Nielson's output of chamber music. There are some early apprentice works but he gave opus numbers only to four quartets - Op. 13 (1887-89) in G minor, Op. 5 (1890) in F minor, Op. 14 (1897-98) in E flat major and Op. 44 (1906) in F major. There is a ... more
  Review by audiogirl April 10, 2014

Midnight Blue was the 1st jazz album I ever listened to a few years back, and its still my favorite. All of these AP/Blue Note titles (50?) are significant upgrades over previous redbook editions. This series is one of the best examples of what the format is capable of with proper mastering and ... more
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume II        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 10, 2014

This Audio Fidelity disc contains the best digital masterings for most of these songs. They are the vintage mixes found on the orig. LP's. The MFSL SACD's are hit or miss partially due to some of them using remixed source tapes. Audio Fidelity should go back and remaster Greatest Hits Vol. I on ... more
  Site review by Castor April 10, 2014

The pairing of two of Stravinsky's finest neoclassical works, one instrumental and one vocal, makes for a most satisfying programme on disc when performed as splendidly as on this LSO Live SACD. This recording made in April 2013, was taken from one of the many concerts organised to celebrate the ... more
Butterfield Blues Band: East-West        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed April 9, 2014

The blues is a genre that usually does not have great sounding recordings. Doug MacLeod and Might Sam McClain are two exceptions. This one does not sound bad and does sound far better than most blues albums. The performances are very solid. The title track is near exceptional. If you have enjoyed ... more
Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols      (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 9, 2014

I agree with jcarr. Dynamics have been compressed and the sound is fatiguing. Disappointing since this was supposedly taken from the original UK tapes. Wasted opportunity.
Miles Davis: Someday My Prince Will Come        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone April 9, 2014

Recorded in three sessions in March 1961, “Some Day My Prince Will Come” marks a transitional phase in Miles Davis’ restless musical journey. The “Kind of Blue” ensemble is scaled back to a quintet with the loss of Cannonball Adderley. More troubling for Miles was the absence of John Coltrane, who ... more
Dire Straits: Dire Straits      (5 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 9, 2014

Another bleeder which belongs in the trash bin. Fatiguing sound. The original LP and CD sound natural and untweaked. EDIT: Universal re-remastered this for SHM-CD in 2013 from the orig. tapes, so someone must have agreed this SACD was poorly mastered.
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 9, 2014

The stereo portion compares favorably to the original LP (UK). Natural, un-tweaked sound.
Derek & The Dominos: Layla        (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 9, 2014

The Dynamic Range has been completely destroyed. Another ear bleeder for the trash can. One of the worst digital versions of this great album.
Miles Davis: Someday My Prince Will Come        (5 of 16 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 9, 2014

The stereo portion is remixed (poorly) and fatiguing. If you want digital scour the web for the long OOP Mobile Fidelity CD which uses the original vintage mix.
  Site review by Castor April 9, 2014

Mozart's 'Serenade in B flat KV 361 “Gran |Partita”' is the composer's grandest and most richly scored of his wind serenades and has justifiably become one of his most popular works – thanks in no small part to its use in Milos Forman's 1984 film 'Amadeus' – as the countless recordings available on ... more
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms        (7 of 18 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 8, 2014

This original SACD is arguably the worst digital version of this album. Squashed dynamics and pointless digital tweaks. Get the original CD or the Mobile Fidelity SACD.
Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady        (7 of 16 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 8, 2014

Great album but the sound quality is disappointing. No warmth and a clinical sound. After the Blue Note series, these Impulse titles were inconsistent at best and I would question the source tapes.
Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun        (4 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiogirl April 8, 2014

This album sucks, but after listening a second time I bumped the sonics. Sound quality is good given the drenched 80's sound. Take this review with a grain of salt since I really cannot stand this album. I gave it a chance.
  Site review by Castor April 6, 2014

In 1918 Arnold Schoenberg formed his 'Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen' (Society for Private Musical Performance) as a reaction against the commercialisation of music in post-war Vienna. At these private concerts a wide variety of contemporary works by such composers as Ravel, Debussy, ... more
Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by bru87tr April 5, 2014

The SACD and redbook layer of the AF both beat the regular cd. AF took that processed sound out of the recording. I always thought the original CD sounded great and surprised AF made it sound better. The redbook layer of the AF is very similar to the regular CD, but the AF redbook mids are way ... more
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme      (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by indigo66 April 5, 2014

Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" Jazz Masterpiece: By far, this is the best audio version of this album that has been issued to date. I own the SACD version of this album which also sounds fantastic but the Blu-Ray Audio wins the prize hands down. The Blu-Ray audio version includes the full album as ... more
Rush: Moving Pictures      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jackan April 5, 2014

This disc is horrible. Maybe I just came in with such high expectations. But, the record sounded great, the CD wonderful. This just lies there. Also, all of the more recent stuff, videos of live performances etc., have all been wonderful. For one thing, this is the most unimaginative 5.1 mix I ... more
Eric Clapton: Behind The Sun        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed April 4, 2014

This is just a mediocre SACD in both the sound and performance category. There seems to be no real spark at all. The playing is fine but no sense of fun or passion seems to exist. It is like this was a contractual obligation. Great musicians doing less than great work. I was hoping for much more. ... more
Oscar Peterson Trio: West Side Story        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed April 4, 2014

The performances are great, Oscar and Co. are one of the best bands ever. The arrangements are very nice and vary to suite each song. Ray Brown plays great as always. I was somewhat disappointed with the sounds quality on the first track but once the second track came on I was comfortable with the ... more
  Review by Ricoflashback April 4, 2014

Absolute killer of an album and playing this MOFI release reminded me why I loved the Doobie Brothers back in the 70's. What a rare combination of power and vocals - - especially the fabulous harmonies. The Memphis Horns really added some weight to this classic album. Unfortunately, and as a ... more
Patricia Barber: Modern Cool      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by wavelength April 4, 2014

Stunning fidelity. It sounds great from that perspective. The 5.1 mix is very disappointing. I thought things were going to be fantastic. The 5.1 mix of track 1 is great and if the rest of the album would have maintained this standard this would have been a must-buy album. Unfortunately it doesn't. ... more
Queen: A Night at the Opera      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music April 4, 2014

It's going to be difficult to not go on about just how fabulous this dics is. Freddie's voice - it's staggering. Like he's in the room. You can feel the emotion. I'm talking hairs on the back of the neck standing up. The harp is just divine. When it's finished, I am at a loss to find anything else ... more
  Review by Lost in the Music April 4, 2014

My first impression of this was "Where has all the treble gone?". All the previous releases of this I've ever heard have had a really 'fizzy' top end. Don't panic. As the music moves along and gets more involved there is actually plenty of treble, it's just not over done. This really help the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 4, 2014

It is well-known that in 1791 Mozart was commissioned to compose a Requiem for the deceased wife of Count Franz von Walsegg (the Count had a habit of obtaining pieces from well-known composers and had them performed under his own name in his domicile). Mozart was fully occupied at the time with ... more
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Symphony No. 1 - de Waart        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jon Benger April 4, 2014

I have listened to this recording several times in multichannel. It is beautifully recorded, and up there with some of the best SA-CD sound I have heard - there is pinpoint accuracy across the whole frequency range and in my mind a perfect balance between soloist, orchestra and chorus, helped by a ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road       (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

With a great new 2014 Stereo remaster by Bob Ludwig and a revised 5.1 Surround mix, where the rear channels are slightly lowered in level (criticism 10 years ago the rears on the SACD/DVD-A were overloud) and a less bright and forward sounding remix than before, it seems many of the problems people ... more
The Who: Tommy      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

With a brand new 2013 surround remix and remastering (this is No straight port of the SACD and DVD-A of 10 years ago!) this is essential for Who fans, surround music listeners and Hi-Res lovers. Dynamic range is mightily impressive for a rock title (DR average of 15...) you can seriously crank this ... more
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

A wonderful sounding Blu-ray Disc! This represents a huge sonic upgrade from the CD remaster, there's a palpable sense of almost 3D depth to the soundstage, its extraordinary.. you'd be forgiven for thinking your rear speakers are active at times, this is a superb stereo mix. Similarly to the ... more
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

A very nice sounding Blu-ray Disc and a dramatic upgrade from the previous redbook remasters (mid 90's, late 90's and Deluxe Edition..) Universal have really flogged this one to death over the years and the sounds never been right thru all those various remasters and reissues. however, I can say ... more
Queen: A Night at the Opera      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

To clarify exactly what is on this disc, as I've seen some confusion elsewhere online.. The source and mastering are identical to the 2005 30th Anniversary CD/DVD set. That is to say the 5.1 mix is Brian May's revisited surround presentation of Elliot Scheiner's original 5.1 mix on DTS DVD-Audio, ... more
Feist: Metals      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

A great album that comes recommended if you don't own it already. This Blu-ray is not a night and day dramatic improvement on the redbook but it is seemingly less compressed and very enjoyable, just don't expect a sonic masterpiece, I feel its hamstrung by the original recording.. so a rather ... more
Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

I'll keep it very simple. If you want to own the best-sounding digital disc presentation of Exile On Main Street, this Blu-ray is it. The Blu-ray mastering has been proven to be identical to the (pricey) Japanese import SHM-SACD, which itself has garnered heavy praise from Stones devotees and ... more
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day       (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

If you own the Blu-ray Video, this disc is absolutely pointless.. it's the same (terrible) surround mix.. fidelity is pretty awful.. the stereo is an improvement both in mix and sound but still nothing special.. While its great to see an artist of Zeppelin's ilk on Hi-Res disc, this is far from ... more
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

A controversial mastering.. Is it the CD upsampled? From every online discussion about this disc it would appear so.. I personally can discern no audible improvement over the redbook (which is unusual for these HFPA's, many clearly have different and/or or superior mastering to their CD equivalent). ... more
Beck: Sea Change      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

If you don't already own the superb (now out of print and seriously expensive) SACD of Sea Change, this Blu-ray is a total no-brainer, it sounds equally as terrific in surround as the SACD. The Elliot Scheiner 5.1 mix is extraordinary. I have not played the Stereo on this disc yet I am afraid as I ... more
Lionel Richie: Can't Slow Down      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

If you only bought ONE of these Universal HFPA Blu-ray Discs, you should strongly consider making it this ONE! Even if Lionel Richie is not your usual cup of tea, the sound quality will wow you. Fidelity is absolutely fantastic.. Dynamic range for a pop recording is impressive (DR average of 14).. ... more
  Review by fredblue April 3, 2014

Clearly a pristine source and restoration, this lacks the slight digital grunge of the first CD mastering (BMW CD1) by Rob Fraboni and Barry Diament (which I suspect was down to the quality of ADC's used in the early-mid 80's). However, that's where the good news ends - and its a BIG however - the ... more
Bach: The English Suites - Glenn Gould        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Whitehall April 2, 2014

Once again, Gould shows he can make his own, distinct interpretation of Bach. Just as valid, one feels, but definitely different. It's one interpretive surprise after another. (I've long loved the Andreas Schiff RBCD set.) He even adds a few jazz-like touches here and there - they work for me! The ... more
BAL·KAN: Miel & sang (Honey & blood) - Savall        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 1, 2014

The new opus signed Jordi Savall can be considered the development of his preceding recording, “The Spirit of the Balkans” (see OpusHD N°108). In three SACDs and two programs entitled Honey and Blood, and The Cycles of Life, the latter based on an original idea by the regretted Montserat Figueras, ... more
Albeniz: Iberia - Larrocha        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 1, 2014

Here in two SACDs in stereo only is one of the most beautiful tributes paid to the pianist Alicia de Larocha (1923-2009) via Iberia by Isaac Albéniz who “reveals the wealth of a writing style that is anything but pure virtuosity: on the one hand, the innovations in the pianistic technique are ... more
Symphonies of Wind Instruments         (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 1, 2014

Woodwinds have the place of honor in this SACD and Blu-ray Pure Audio, which is remarkable both on the musical and sound level. Four composers are here represented. Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) with “Konzertmusic” from 1926 and his symphony dating from 1951; Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) with “Theme ... more
Dean, Brett: The Lost Art Of Letter Writing        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 1, 2014

The Australian composer, Brett Dean, born in 1961, is here honored with three of his compositions. “The Lost Art of Letter Writing” from 2006 and revised in 2007 is a concerto for violin and orchestra in four movements, with the soloist, Frank Peter Zimmermann, backed by the Sydney Symphony that ... more
Bausznern: Chamber music, Vol. 1 - Berolina Ensemble        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 1, 2014

Here is an SACD which will lastingly thrill the ears of demanding music lovers. Devoted to the little-known composer Waldemar von Bausznern (1866-1931), who was a contemporary of Gustav Mahler, this first volume dedicated to his chamber music offers us the Octet in D minor for Piano, Three Violins, ... more
Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by onenairb April 1, 2014

As I now own this on both the SACD and BDA format, I think it is fair to review and compare. Review? Well it’s the best Punk album of all time, enough said. The BDA is excellent and thoroughly recommended to hi-res Pistol fans. Give ‘Pretty Vacant’ some volume and you’ll be pogoing around the room, ... more
Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Järvi        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan March 31, 2014

The symphonies of Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (pronounced Atter-berry) are little-known late romantic gems produced in the first half of the 20th century. He was not a prolific composer, producing just 59 published works in his 87 year lifespan making the nine symphonies the cornerstone of his ... more
Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy March 31, 2014

Frank Sinatra - songs for swingin' lovers! SACD (mono) I grew up listening to Sinatra...and this album was a regular spin in my household. My mom was a Sinatra- head and this album is indelibly stamped in my mind. I have only ever heard the stereo mix so i was super excited to hear that Mofi was ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 31, 2014

Most organ lovers tend to revel in Bach's heroic pieces, his toccatas, preludes and fugues, many of which were used for testing new organs (a service for which he was well known in Thuringia and beyond). There was, however, another genre, that of of sacred music, where Bach was also a master - the ... more
Camel: Moonmadness      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 31, 2014

This new disc highlights what a good prog- rock band Camel was. They always kept things interesting and experimented with different instruments and tempo changes. I wont get into a track by track review. The sound on this disc illuminates that the recording is a little gentle on the ears so volume ... more
Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues - Ras          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by aubullience March 30, 2014

I'm with beardawgs on this one- if you're a Shostakovich fan and an organ lover (no pun intended), you owe it to yourself to try to track down this disc somewhere (perhaps ebay one day if you keep it as a "followed" entry). These works actually translate nicely to the organ, at least in this case, ... more
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Janine Jansen       (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by gabacabriel March 30, 2014

This is a great performance of a perennial concert favourite, and is a welcome re-release in high resolution - the SACD of this title being long out print. However, fans of surround music will unfortunately still need to track down the SACD as Decca/Universal, in the wisdom, have chosen to omit the ... more
The Image of Melancholy - Eike        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 29, 2014

What struck me listening to this disc is what I could term the affinity of latitudes. Here we are in the northern climes, stretching from Scandinavia all the way to the British Isles, with an ensemble of 2 violins, a viola and violone, lute, two cellos and organ/harpsichord. Track 1, an original ... more
SONaR - Ellen Sejersted Bødtker         (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no March 29, 2014

Originally written and published by me at www.Audiophile.no in January 2009 While waiting for Grammy the 8.th of February, 2L is launching an new Blu-ray record. And there are more to come. During first quarter of 2009 there will be a new record containing Grieg-tweaked Mozart-pieces, in addition ... more
  Site review by ramesh March 29, 2014

At last, two of the most vaunted Beethoven sonata performances in the catalogue make it to SACD! Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter were two of the earliest musicians allowed by the Soviet authorities to tour the West, from about the mid-1950s. The Soviets restricted their appearances in Western ... more
Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy March 28, 2014

Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson, SACD Here is a "way too cool" jazz album that is perfect for any occasion or time. There are tons of these collaborative jazz albums on Verve and Blue Note but none so fine as this one! "Meets" combines the inventive and wholesome creative piano of a very young ... more
Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 28, 2014

Rainbow's 1st album and a very good one indeed. Of the 9 tracks featured on this album I really like five or six of them. There's a great instrumental, some slower ballads, some classic rockers. Its all here if you like it. I have to guess that if you're reading this and are willing to spend the ... more
Caravan: Plump in the Night      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 27, 2014

This is a solid SHm Sacd release here. Caravan was a very good prog-rock band. They appeal to listeners who like music that might be less mainstream and more creative. Caravan certainly was creative. I was very happy when the SHm Sacd program came back to life late last year after a brief hiatus. ... more
deUSYNLIGE - Iver Kleive        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no March 27, 2014

Iver Kleive is an organplayer that is well represented in established audiophile record collections. Especially the works with Reiersrud on recordings with KKV has left a deep impression among music lovers who appreciate good sound, while valuing the genre boundaries neglected. This time the label ... more
Zelenka: The Capriccios - The Bach Sinfonia      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev March 26, 2014

This music is hilarious. I'm going to assume that Zelenka knew what he was doing when he wrote stratospheric parts far above the comfortable range of valveless hunting horns in his Capriccios, high notes that would make a lot more sense on trumpets. I'm also going to assume that our present ... more
  Site review by Castor March 26, 2014

Mikhail Pletnev's 1994 recording of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony for Deutsche Grammophon was arguably the finest item of that cycle, but his new recording of the work for PENTATONE is without doubt even better in both terms of sound quality and, for this listener, performance. Those who have any ... more
Rolling Stones: Grrr!      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed March 26, 2014

When I first saw this on Blu-ray I figured it would be a great one to own. The selections are very good and man did they ever pack this thing. 50 songs on one disc. The song selection could be argued but no matter what they did, that could be the case. Regarding the sound quality, overall it is ... more
Tomita: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ultimate edition)        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jimbo2 March 26, 2014

I was introduced to Tomita's Pictures in the 1970s and have followed it's evolution through the decades, including the slightly flawed attempt at Prologic matrix type surround encoding in 1991. This 2014 release is titled "The Ultimate Edition", and it certainly lives up to it's name. The multi ... more
  Review by cooltype937 March 25, 2014

By this time, much has been written and said about the seminal power pop band Big Star. After listening to this magnificent sounding sacd I recommend watching the Big Star documentary "Nothing Can Hurt Me". Be sure to watch the extra "Big Star In the Studio" where the producer John Frey sums up the ... more
Remote Galaxy by Flint Juventino Beppe      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no March 24, 2014

There are huge individual differences regarding how easy it is to write about records. Some are flown in after a few times listening, while other records it is almost tempting to skip. Not because they are uninteresting - on the contrary - it is often because they are very difficult to write ... more
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed March 24, 2014

The redbook disc has been in my collection for years so when I saw that this was being released by Mobile Fidelity I was very happy and picked it up right away. I received it on a Saturday and a few hours later it hit my transport. What a joy to listen to. The performances are just great and the ... more
George Michael: Symphonica      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by hooperthom March 23, 2014

I always liked George Michaels voice and this disc in no exception EXCEPT his voice is full of sibilance, it's throughout the whole disc, more so in the first cut. Musically I like the disc in whole, sound quality is just average.
Szymanowski: Symphonies 3 & 4 - Wit      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 22, 2014

Sybaritic decadence, a sort of whirling dervish of Oriental mysticism so beloved of early twentieth century Europeans, or a last efflorescence of hyper-extended chromaticism before the stern and unbending Schoenberg and his acolytes scythed any wonder or transcendence from music? Even the name ... more
Remote Galaxy by Flint Juventino Beppe      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev March 22, 2014

Aesthetically this is high-quality middlebrow movie music, reminiscent of Tim Burton's go-to composer Danny Elfman. It's essentially tonal, shot through with a degree of chromaticism that wouldn't offend Richard Strauss. 2L has recorded another disc of this composer's music, back when he called ... more

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