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  Site review by Geohominid Today 07:06 am

The city of Trondheim (previously Nidaros) is the capital of the Sør-Trøndelag province on the west coast of Norway. Its Cathedral, northernmost medieval cathedral in Scandinavia, is also one of the most important churches in Norway. The Cathedral was built over the burial site of St Olav ... more
The Buggles: The Age of Plastic      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by San10 Yesterday 06:40 pm

I frankly don't know what to think about it. Though it has nice stereo seperation and dynamics, it sounds harsh and crunchy crumbly, like there is also some high frequency distortion. I can hear high frequency spikes at some instruments used. The (Electronic) Cymbals make almost a hissing sound, ... more
Schnittke: Symphony No. 3 - Jurowski        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no Yesterday 01:37 pm

The distinctive Russian composer Alfred Schnittke lived from 1934 to 1998. He is often perceived by many as the composer with the German name, but who is actually Russian. It's probably only partially correct, because he was really German all the time, with both father and mother with German ... more
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 07:37 am

Andrew Litton's Mendelssohn cycle with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra got many acclaimed awards - such as BBC Music Magazine's "Award for Technical Excellence". Litton's interpretation of Mendelssohn's famous "Italian" Symphony is very good. This is my first SACD of the work. I have also Haitink's ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Eschenbach        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 28, 2015

Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony is a challenge to the performers. Its dramatic feeling is hard to reach. But here Christopher Eschenbach and wonderful Philadelphia Orchestra are really successful. Eschenbach's tempi are peaceful. For example Gergiev's interpretation with London Symphony Orchestra ... more
Bill Withers: Live at Carnegie Hall        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY March 27, 2015

This is the only version I own and the only version I know/heard. Sound is "okay". Slightly veiled and missing just that airiness.
Deep Purple: Made in Japan      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Clint Eastwood March 27, 2015

I'll be brief and get right to the point. This latest remastering of a classic album is a massive failure. The DR of this version is a pathetic 8, which was once a 12. This is another in a long line of albums that have been destroyed by modern remastering. Instead of buying this compressed mess ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - Dausgaard        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 27, 2015

Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard continues their "Opening Doors" Series with Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. The interpretations are very good in their own ways. I have Mikhail Pletnev's recording with Russia National Orchestra (Pentatone) and ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 27, 2015

Our guide through this inspiring collection of contemporary male voice choral works from Norway is Wolfgang Plagge, born in Oslo (1960) of Dutch parents. In the disc's booklet, he first gives a philosophical view of the need to produce something new in artistic creativity, and then insightfully ... more
Beethoven: The Symphonies - Bruggen        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by gusgolack March 24, 2015

This set´s contribution (appart from being performed using period instruments) is that its full with new and interesting ideas. No symphony gets a boring reading here. However if this is your first set, avoid it and get more straight reading. A fresh reading for the non-initiated with good quality ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 24, 2015

This is the third volume of Marcus Bosch's much praised projected complete set of Dvorák's symphonies with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. The Third and Seventh symphonies on thisSA-CD are the two shortest of Dvorák's symphonic output. For some unstated reason, the Seventh comes first on the disc. ... more
Bread: The Best of Bread        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko March 23, 2015

The Best of Bread is somewhat of a musical enigma for me. In 1973, I purchased the LP for the sole purpose of listening to these great hit singles. I listened repeatedly to Side 1 consisting of 6 outstanding ballads all written by David Gates that were well crafted with beautiful arrangements; Side ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue March 23, 2015

The importance of this already some time ago published recording lies primarily in the fact that it is an arrangement by Robert Schumann of which there is -as far as I know- no other recording available. Whoever wants to know how Bach’s St. John’s Passion has been reworked by him has no other choice ... more
Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority:        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by madisonears March 22, 2015

It is always difficult to simply assign star ratings to old rock music such as this. Does one rate according to absolute values of all known recordings, modern and old, or rather in the context of the subject recording's limitations? Pop and rock music has generally been given pretty poor recording ... more
Diana Krall: The Girl in the Other Room        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome March 22, 2015

Awesome songs on this discs. I like to listen to Jazz and Blues sometimes, so it's no wonder that after a certain time I got a SACD - this one - of Mrs. Krall. It's my first listening experience of her and I got to admit that I'm deeply impressed. By listening to "Temptation" or "Departure Bay" you ... more
Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 22, 2015

Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue SHM SACD Stereo Only. Same as others a sacd re release from 2011. This disc released 11-26-2014. Originally released in 1980. Actually sounds pretty good. Performance: My first copy of this recording even though of course familiar with the hits, Emotional Rescue ... more
Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 22, 2015

Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup SHM SACD Stereo Only. Originally released in 1973 one year after Exile On Main Street. This disc is a re release of a earlier, 2011, SHM SACD release. This Japanese disc released 11-26-2014. Performance: Recorded in Jamaica and obviously still carrying the vibe of ... more
John Lennon: Sometime in New York City      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 22, 2015

John Lennon: Sometime in New York City SHM SACD, Stereo Only. This Japanese release is from the 12-3-2014, 7 disc series. My I be bold enough to say I didn't like it at all. As a collector of things my whole life, I have always been a completest and sometimes it bites me in the ass. Like this ... more
  Site review by Castor March 22, 2015

A remarkably rejuvenated and most welcome re-issue of a unique opera recording from 40 years ago. For many the music of Scott Joplin (1868-1917) will be associated with his numerous ragtime compositions, including 'The Entertainer', that were used in the 1973 film 'The Sting' starring Robert ... more
  Site review by Castor March 22, 2015

When Leonard Bernstein's recording of Bizet's Carmen first appeared on LP in1973 it won a Grammy and sold over 100,000 copies as well as marking the start of Bernstein's relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, one that lasted right up to his death in1990. Thanks to this superb SACD re-mastering by ... more
John Lennon: Walls and Bridges      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

John Lennon: Walls and Bridges SHM SACD Stereo Only. Japanese release 12-03-2014. As I am reviewing titles from a big CDJapan order I am happy to say after being unhappy with the two last discs I am now happy again. I have never owned this disc but the stereo sound is great and songs fun and ... more
Rolling Stones: It's Only Rock 'n Roll      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

Rolling Stones: It's Only Rock 'n Roll SHM SACD Stereo Only. Japanese re release 11-26-2014. Read all previous reviews and you will get a good picture of this disc. They are all correct as this disc is all over the place. Mick Taylor's, my favorite, last album with the Stones and probably my last ... more
John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll SHM SACD Stereo Only. Japanese release 12-3-2014. Hopefully this review will be taken in stride with Rickko's review. Riccko is my favorite reviewer on SACD.net and I find it unnecessary to double up on his fine review. Lets Back Up A Bit: CDJapan released The Beatles ... more
Jimmy Smith: The Cat      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

Jimmy Smith: The Cat SHM SACD Stereo Only. Japanese re release 11-26-2014. I have been looking at this disc for months, unfamiliar with Jimmy Smith and certainly looking at this ugly album cover of a Cat, nothing was luring me towards a purchase. Rammiepie said he was going to get it on some thread ... more
Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust - Ozawa        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 21, 2015

I strongly agree with Castor. I listened this five minutes ago and I was very impressed: the whole performance was cinematic listening experience. The booklet says that this was mixed to 4.0 multi-channel. Actually this should be 4.1 because my subwoofer switched on during "'Marche Hongroise". ... more
Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale SHM SACD Stereo Only. This is a Japanese re release from 2011. This serial #UIGY-9616 released 11-26-2014. Original release 1974, Grammy winner, Album of the Year, 1974. His 17th studio album, a genius to say the least. The other SHM SACD's and 1 BD~A I ... more
Stevie Wonder: Hotter than July      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 21, 2015

Stevie Wonder: Hotter than July SHM SACD Stereo Only. Serial # UIGY 9618. This is a Japanese re release 11-26-2014 SHM SACD. The review by Blu Falcon was the original shm sacd release in 2011, his description is very good and equal to my experience. Originally released in 1980 still under the ... more
Queen: News of the World      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Tgh7 March 21, 2015

News of the World had a couple of huge radio friendly mega-hits along with Queen's usual variety of rockers, ballads, and Freddie Mercury bigger-than-life vocals. Great fun songs that love to be played loud and put some thump in your listening. This SACD brings the power of the guitar out front, ... more
Bach: Art of the Fugue - Krigbaum (Volume 5)      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue March 20, 2015

The handful of SACDs that Mark Levinson/Red Rose Music produced are getting rare and expensive! I just picked this one up for $40--bad enough but not ridiculous. For that money, one gets 72 minutes of glorious music, wonderfully played and recorded. Red Rose uses the original 30 i.p.s. analog master ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Gergiev          (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 20, 2015

Don't waste your money, this is horrible! This is recorded during Valery Gergiev's Mahler project with London Symphony Orchestra and loses its brilliance for poor engineering. I thought that the performance would be excellent according Maestro Gergiev's previous recordings. First movement, ... more
Mendelssohn: Paulus - Bernius        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 20, 2015

This is absolutely the best recording of Mendelssohn's "St. Paul"! Carus offers a crystal clear multi-channel sound. I listened this with the study score (Breitkopf & Härtel) and the recording brought more instrumental and vocal details to us. Bernius tempi were peaceful. It wasn't only a ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Gergiev          (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 20, 2015

I totally agree with below review: Penguin Guide (2010): "Gergiev's approach to Mahler's Sixth is bold and dramatic and his performance has a total conviction not always apparent in his controversial cycle... He goes for an almost brutish energy in this dark symphony of Mahler, and the results are ... more
  Site review by Castor March 18, 2015

This opulent new recording of Zemlinsky's 'Die Seejungfrau' (a 'Fantasy for Orchestra') from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds is a most welcome addition to the SACD catalogue. Though this work has received a number of fine recordings on CD from various conductors, including ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 18, 2015

This disc got three Grammys: "Best Classical Album", "Best Choral Performance" and "Best Engineered Classical Album". And indeed: I was impressed when I heard this at the first time. Mahler's Eighth Symphony was his career's absolutely culmination. The first performance contained nearly 1000 ... more
Dire Straits: Making Movies      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko March 17, 2015

Dire Straits really hit their full stride on their third release, Making Movies, in 1980. First and foremost, it is a hard-edged rock and roll album full of remarkable songs that put this Band on the road to greater glory based on the songwriting and guitar skills of Mark Knopfler. This SHM SACD ... more
Bread: The Best of Bread        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by rammiepie March 17, 2015

A Croissant for the Soul with a slab of Irish Butter. Twelve delectable cuts.....one shy of a baker's dozen. BETTER than you think. Performance: 4 1/2 POPPY seeds Sound Quality/Multichannel: 4 1/2 SESAME seeds..... Buy It.
Steve Kuhn Trio: Plays Standards      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by stef40 March 17, 2015

This is my second sacd from Venus record and from Steve Kuhn Trio.I was amazed by "Love walked in",wich was only mastered in DSD."Plays Standards" is mixed and mastered in DSD and the sound is fabulous.One thing you notice at first with Venus is the bass.It is great in power and precision ... the ... more
  Site review by Castor March 16, 2015

Rodion Shchedrin's latest opera the 'Left-Hander' is based on a novella by the Russian author Nikolai Leskov (1831-1895) entitled ' The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea'. This author is a favourite of Shchedrin who has already composed three operas based on Leskov's writing, one ... more
  Site review by Castor March 16, 2015

Having been been most impressed with the various performances I have heard on BBC radio given by the Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, in his capacity as both Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, I was ... more
Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner March 15, 2015

This is a review of the multi-channel LPCM only. This is a masterpiece of surround supporting some very good material by Steven Wilson. I will start with the strengths, followed by the nits. Strengths: There's a good chance that everything that got 5 stars to this point will need to be downgraded ... more
The Doobie Brothers: Takin' It To The Streets        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

The Doobie Brothers: Takin' It To The Streets Hybrid SACD Stereo Only Thanks for reading these 4 Doobie Brothers reviews, or not. This MOFI released in 2010, my #05495. Michael McDonald comes to sing and trades with Patrick Simmons. Tom Johnston still struggling shows up and gives a ... more
The Doobie Brothers: Stampede        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

The Doobie Brothers: Stampede Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. Even though I like it hard and heavy and I don't like too much country music, I very much love rock music with a country twang. Stampede is one of those recordings. I compare to Elton John's Tumble Weed Connection, Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley ... more
The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits Hybrid SACD Stereo Only This MOFI, a 2011 release. My MOFI #01387 What were once vices are now habits. Ain't that the truth. I have been addicted to everything including writing music reviews, but I am having fun. Performance: This disc ... more
The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street Hybrid SACD Stereo Only As a hobbyist I enjoy writing reviews as it furthers my knowledge on the music that I love, and sometimes don't even like at all. I will be brief in my 4 reviews of The Doobie Brothers, as they will all be redundant as MOFI's releases ... more
Grover Washington Jr.: Winelight        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

Grover Washington Jr.: Winelight Hybrid Stereo/5.1 Multichannel Now we are talking. Great, Great disc. My Audio Fidelity #0942. Originally a 1980 release that received Grammy award for best Jazz fusion performance in 1982. Performance: Solid as they come. Great musicians including Steve Gadd on ... more
Grover Washington Jr.: Winelight        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by duravin March 14, 2015

I got the Audio Fidelity 5.1 SACD version of Winelight as a throwback to my very first days in digital music. In 1984, I shelled out $800 Canadian ($1668 in 2015 dollars) for a Technics SL P7 CD player. It had no remote, you had to get up and walk over to press "Play". How quaint. The very first CD ... more
The Guess Who: The Best of The Guess Who        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 14, 2015

The Guess Who: The Best of The Guess Who Hybrid Stereo/4.0 Multichannel I have mixed feelings with this Audio Fidelity 2014 release. I am torn with liking this single disc from 1971. I'll move forward. My AF #2388, this original 1971 release with 11 tracks are hit songs from this Canadian group, ... more
Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by soundzgood March 14, 2015

Just got this from Japan. I'm not familiar with the other pressing on SACD, but it is a fantastic recording as far as I'm concerned. On top of this, the album itself is a joy to listen to.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Fischer, Kreizberg          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas March 14, 2015

This album is excellent example of musical relationship between conductor and violinist. Fischer knows these familiar works. Her violin's intonation and clarity is amazing! Especially the beautiful second movement is touching. Pentatone's surround sound is incredible - as always. Wonderful addition ... more
The Guess Who: The Best of The Guess Who        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by old hippie March 12, 2015

Just received this today and I want to get this reviewed while my thoughts are fresh. This is an excellent multichannel SACD. The mix gives a lot of separation between instruments and vocals. On some of the tracks, there is quite a bit of panning on the lead guitar which I can't say I heard on older ... more
Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority:        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 12, 2015

1969/ 12 tracks/ 77 minutes This 1969 album is considered a semi classic by most fans. While I really like the experimentation of horns and guitars and jazz and rock I do find a few problems with this release that most people don't mention. Track 7...free form guitar comes out of left field and ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue March 12, 2015

The German label Ars Produktion wants ‘to provide young, aspiring artists and their unique musical projects’ with ‘an unwavering commitment to meet the acoustic requirements of the music ’. That this is not just commercial talk has been proven over and over again in their productions, and this disk ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue March 11, 2015

Of late, Mahler arrangements have led to lively debates on this site. Reference be made to Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (arr.Klaus Simon) - Gale of Klaus Simon’s transcription of Mahler 9, and of Schoenberg’s pupil Erwin Stein’s arrangement of Mahler 4. As 'Audiophile.no' rightly pointed out in his review of the ... more
  Site review by Castor March 10, 2015

This is the first recording of Berlioz's 'La Damnation de Faust' to appear on SACD and it represents a remarkable improvement on the previous LP and CD releases of this 1973 set. For this remastering PENTATONE have used the original 4.0 channel quadraphonic Deutsche Grammophon tapes which have been ... more
  Site review by Castor March 10, 2015

PENTATONE's remarkable re-masterings of quadraphonic tapes from the 1970s in their RQR series breathed new life into many recordings that over the subsequent decades have achieved classic status, so this latest issue – one of a series of releases from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue – is most ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 10, 2015

Max Bruch's career was knocked off the rails by the phenomenal reception of his First Violin Concerto Op. 26 (1866). Although he wrote and spoke continual protestations that his other violin works were just as good, the musical establishment, including concert promoters, condemned or ignored the ... more
Tangerine Dream: Rubycon      (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko March 9, 2015

The first thing I noticed on playing the SHM SACD of Rubycon (originally released in 1975) was the evident tape hiss at the beginning. I had checked the liner notes and it was DSD flat transferred from the UK original analogue master tapes. The SACD was edited in DSD by Manabu Matsumura in 2015. I ... more
Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase (deluxe edition)      (7 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow March 8, 2015

Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase (deluxe edition) 2015 This is a daunting task to write a review of this edition. A very graphic, with parts and pieces, book and 4 discs with different info and choices. As always my style of review is to be short and to the point. I had never heard of Steven ... more
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin'        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 7, 2015

1963/ 10 tracks/ 45 minutes In reviewing Mobile Fidelity sacd releases one must read the caption above the disc cover. If it says............Original Master Recording....it is mastered from the master tapes. However if it reads Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab........rest assured its a transfer from a ... more
Bread: The Best of Bread        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 7, 2015

12 tracks/ 34 minutes Who would have thought.....Bread on sacd?? This release is so much better than I could ever have hoped for with regards to sound quality. yes.....THE MUSIC OF David gates is OF THE LOVEY DOVEY VARIETY........GET OVER IT. As a group there was a lot of strife going on. Gates ... more
The Moody Blues: Long Distance Voyager      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko March 5, 2015

A number of albums from The Moody Blues were released in the SACD format during 2006 and 2007. One glaring oversight was the failure to release Long Distance Voyager (from 1981), and one of their best, in SACD. This omission was corrected in 2014 with the SHM SACD release by Universal Japan. Perhaps ... more
  Site review by Castor March 5, 2015

This is the third marvellous release of Vivaldi Violin Concertos from Rachel Podger. On the two previous issues she was partnered first by the Polish group Arte dei Suonatori ( La Stravaganza) and second by Holland Baroque Society (La Cetra) , but here for 'L'Estro Armonico' it is her own superb ... more
Dire Straits: Communique      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by dmonds March 4, 2015

Well, I like Dire Straits, however this album was not a favourite...please read on. I own this album on CD and a mate lent me his SHM SACD. What a difference. ("of course!" I hear you say) Let me be brief...the CD is ok. The SACD is much more engaging...no fatigue...and the clarity and tight bass ... more
U.K. - U.K.      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by DelicateSounds March 3, 2015

What a great addition to the SHM-SACD catalogue, U.K's eponymous release is a true landmark progressive rock album. The transfer of a personal favourite to DSD can bring a lot of expectations, and plenty of skepticism, even if prior releases on the label have been solid. Luckily, I was always smiles ... more
Friedemann: Echoes of a shattered sky      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist March 3, 2015

Friedemann is a guitar player and his work is a mix of jazz, new age, world music. It is very interesting, and very nice to listen to. The tunes are very musical and instrumentation is top notch and this type of music gains a lot in hi rez multi channel. The previous MC album was The Concert, which ... more
The Modern Jazz Quartet: 1959 Bonn+1957 Köln      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist March 3, 2015

Being the only affordable hi rez performance by the MJQ, it is a nice addition for any MJQ lover like me. The playing is really nice, and the fact hat it is a live recording adds to the overall excitement. The sound quality is good despite being a late 50s recording. So don't expect miracles, but it ... more
Dredg: El Cielo        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy March 2, 2015

I have been hunting for this SACD for a long long time and only seen it insanely priced.......but a few days ago I found it at my local CD shop for $6.99......i actually couldnt believe my eyes..............and in perfect mint condition..... I have all the Dredg albums on RBCD including el cielo ... more
  Review by Oliver_twist March 2, 2015

New Sound Quartet is a discovery for m, I had never heard it. I must say I was very excited about this because I am a fan of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and 88 issues the best recorded albums I have ever heard. I have to say it meets my expectations and even more. As explained by previous reviewer it ... more
  Review by Oliver_twist March 2, 2015

Nice performance by stan getz, lots of fast tunes with the always smooth tenor sax sound typical of getz. The sound is not bad but not marvelous either. The original master is at fault probably. The remastering for blu ray is really bad I think. Lots of clicks, and when I mean lots', it means ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Zander          (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist March 2, 2015

Of all the mahlers I have, this is one of the best sounding performances. The mch mix is absolutely excellent, one of the best sounding symphonic performances I have heard to this day. I also like the performance itself.
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Abbado        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist March 2, 2015

I am no specialist of mahler's work. It is therefore difficult for me to express a clear judgment on Abbado's interpretation, especially compared to the other reviewers. Everybody knows Claudio Abbado, and the Berliner Philharmoniker doesn't need any introduction. So let's agree with the other ... more
  Site review by Castor March 2, 2015

This is an ideal companion to Edward Gardner's first Walton disc for Chandos that coupled the composer's 1st Symphony with his Violin Concerto , and it indubitably confirms Gardner as a most sympathetic and authoritative interpreter of Walton's music. The three works on this immaculately recorded ... more
Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Dougless February 28, 2015

Slightly disappointed - I should say that I have a Hannibal LP of this disc and not being a first generation Island pressing, I assumed it would be easily bettered. I was mistaken. This SACD version is good but does not have that special 'something' that good SACD's do. On first listening I was ... more
John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy       (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music February 27, 2015

There are a few songs on here which I've always thought; I should almost melt, but it's just not quite there. In this release, the sound is so lovely and warm yet clear that finally it's - there. I just melt into the chair when I listen to 'Woman' for example. Heck. I've melted on the first bar ... more
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin'        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed February 25, 2015

How do you review a Bob Dylan disc? He keeps one's interest with only his lyrics, voice, guitar and harmonica. The SQ on this is great. I know not think anyone will be disappointed, I sure was not. MOFI did a fantastic job here, it is not a showcase disc for one's system but it sure does sound ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 25, 2015

Through the ages, Christians have celebrated the Christmastide festival with music. At first with chants, litanies and hymns (some of which are still used, mainly in Church services), then in the early Middle Ages the French devised a circle dance called a carol, which was voiced and danced mainly ... more
Herbie Mann: Caminho de Casa        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist February 24, 2015

Sound quality is nice. mc mix is a 4.0 but it doesn't add anything special, so call it a good stereo recording with a "multichannel" label to improve sales (I have heard better things from Chesky). If you like flute or at least don't hate it and if you are not allergic to bossa nova you should enjoy ... more
McCoy Tyner Quartet: New York Reunion        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist February 24, 2015

This Jazz album introduced me to McCoy Tyner. I now own a number others including both sacds and rbcds. He is one of of my favourite jazz pianists. On this one we have Joe Henderson on sax, Ron Carter on bass and Al Foster playing the drums. Compositions by MCoy Tyner, Ron carter, Joe Henderson and ... more
Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko February 23, 2015

Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story deserves to fall under the title of a classic album. This remarkable release from 1971 remains timeless with it's blend of rock embodied with elements of folk, country, soul and blues. The excellent songs are mixed together effortlessly resulting in what can ... more
Perla Barocca, early Italian masterpieces - Podger          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 23, 2015

I have mentioned that channel Classics are spectacularly good at these types of recordings before and I must say the same again with this release. If period Chamber Music is something you like you must not pass this release up. I really like Ms. Podgers previous Bach concerto sacd's and while this ... more
  Site review by Castor February 23, 2015

There are already countless recordings available of Bruckner's most popular symphony, the 4th, to suit the taste of even the most dedicated Brucknerite. All the great Bruckner interpreters of the past and present have committed this work to disc, often on more than one occasion – Böhm, Jochum, ... more
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Hurricane Box Set        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 22, 2015

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Hurricane Box Set 2014 AP Release. Stereo Only. My box set number, 0596. Prior to this review I read over the SACD.net review guidelines as I wanted to be best accurate as possible for a proper review. I will try to keep it short. The prior discussion on this set comes ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Davis        (7 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas February 21, 2015

AT LAST! This is perhaps the best recording of Berlioz's nightmarish symphony and finally it is available on multi-channel SACD! The following text has taken from the booklet: "In the early 1970's, Philips Classics was already highly aware of the advantages offered by multi-channel music ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by feinstei February 21, 2015

The new issue sounds great, the stereo version sounds vastly superior to the first SACD issue that came out when SACD's first hit the market. Be forewarned, the multi-channel Quad version is extremely disappointing simply because the Quad master that this was taken from used the shortened, ... more
Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority:        (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow February 21, 2015

Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority: 2014 MOFI Release, Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. In a word, spectacular. My review is not to debate stereo vs multichannel. My previous versions where original LP, cassette, CD and Itunes file. Real Life: This album was so fantastic back in the day playing on ... more
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure      (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bazzamatazz February 20, 2015

Firstly, I will say the obvious. Whoever seeks to purchase this SACD already knows this is one of THE great albums in rock. Period. Prior to this release I have only had the remaster from 1999. Before listening to this SACD I had played it through a few times to bed the disc in, as one seems to ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack February 19, 2015

Wow, this is it. I have the MOFI SACD in stereo and always wish for a multichannel version of this album. This certainly delivers. For me it was like listening to it for the first time. All the instruments are given a chance to step forward or backward if you will. This has moved into my show off ... more
Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by wiggy57 February 19, 2015

I have only just found the music of Steven Wilson. I have, now several of his various DVD-A & Blu-Ray audio discs in the various guise's that he has. My favourite of all his albums is this one " Grace For Drowning", mainly for one track. Track 5 "Postcard", this has to be one of the most beautiful ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 19, 2015

A superlative disc full of shocks for the unsuspecting listener that deserves to be known as widely as possible. The first shock is the treatment of Boccherini's String Quintet in C major, G. 324 "La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid": completely tonal and without a angular harmony in earshot, ... more
  Site review by Castor February 18, 2015

This coupling on the Linn label of two Russian works for strings from the excellent players of the eighteen strong Scottish Ensemble led by their current Artistic Director Jonathan Morton has much to recommend it. Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings has already received a considerable number of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 18, 2015

World famous Irish mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray retired from the Concert Hall in 2011, and now (2013) she brings her long list of Lieder recordings to an end by returning to the studio after a decade. She has compiled a fine farewell programme of her favourite Lieder for us, which is accompanied by ... more
Schubert: Schwanengesang - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau      (10 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by fausto K February 17, 2015

It has repeatedly been claimed by some on this site that it's pointless to release analogue-tape era stereo music on SACD, remastered via DSD flat transfer, since all the content on those tapes could easily be contained on a redbook CD without loss. Buying the often not-cheap SACDs is just to fall ... more
  Site review by Castor February 17, 2015

The final volume in Alan Gilbert's traversal of the six Nielsen Symphonies, recorded in concert with the New York Philharmonic for the Dacapo label, arrives in good time for the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth (9th June 1865), and in every respect it matches the high standard already set ... more
Tears For Fears: The Hurting      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko February 16, 2015

The Hurting was the auspicious debut album from Tears for Fears. This unusual release from 1983 dealt with subject matter emanating from the dark family histories of the Tears for Fears duo, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Their traumatic childhood experiences are laid bare in the songs and quite ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 16, 2015

This is, even by the standards already set in this cycle, a revelatory release from Brautigam, Willens (& Sampson). The balance between orchestra & soloist(s) is pitched to perfection so that details, impossible to hear in "concert balanced" recordings of modern instruments, delight the ear from ... more
  Site review by Castor February 16, 2015

This is a lovely disc consisting mostly of Mozart's lighter music for wind ensemble played here by six of the splendid wind soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The exception is the magnificent Serenade in E flat K375 that, together with the Serenade in C minor K388 and the 'Gran Partita' ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 15, 2015

Ole Kristian Ruud is well-known for his excellent cycle of Grieg's orchestral music issued by BIS. Not many listeners, however, are aware that from 2006 to 2012 he was the Director of the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, establishing the band's reputation internationally. He has returned as ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 14, 2015

Outstanding from beginning to end. Opening the disc is Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto but not as we normally hear it; Siloti's changes (most audible at the very opening and for extended passages in the third movement) are removed and change the character of the work. The use of arpeggiated ... more
Handel: Israel in Egypt - Speck        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas February 13, 2015

This arrived in the morning. Packaging was very nice; this is like a three-page book which means that the booklet lies between two SACDs. I had already Kevin Mallon's performance with Arabian Ensemble (Naxos, 8.570966-67). It wasn't SACD only normal CD. So, this is my first SACD of this work and ... more
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by old hippie February 13, 2015

I've loved this work of music since its initial release all those years ago. Although I give it 5 stars across the board (some due to sentimental reasons), I do have one big quibble. I don't know who (I suspect Gus Skinas since he did the DSD transfer) at Audio Fidelity decided to fade out the last ... more

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