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The Who: Quadrophenia      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko Yesterday 10:46 pm

Quadrophenia was originally released in 1973 in the era of quadraphonic recordings but this album never received a 4.0 mix to my knowledge. It was not until the 2011 Director's Cut Box Set of 5 discs which included a DVD Audio of only 8 songs (out of 17) mixed in 5.1. Now in 2014 a Blu-ray is ... more
  Site review by Castor Yesterday 01:46 am

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's new cycle of the five Mendelssohn Symphonies for LSO live gets off to an excellent start with this first issue that couples the composer's overture 'The Hebrides' with his 3rd Symphony 'Scottish'. In addition to these works, we are given a typically searching performance of ... more
Schubert: Symphonies 3-5 - Dausgaard        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan October 20, 2014

We have become accustomed to hearing the great works of the classical and early romantic eras performed by orchestras with 90+ members. The aggressive onset of the historical performance movement in the 19070’s and 1980’s began to change that and so now we are spoiled for choice when it comes to ... more
Penderecki: Credo - Penderecki        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by onenairb October 20, 2014

This SACD is part of a project by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra that was known as ‘The Sacred Triptych’. The project celebrated the 70th birthdays of the three Polish composers: Krzysztof Penderecki’s "Credo", Henryk Mikolaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" and ... more
  Site review by Castor October 20, 2014

I was very impressed by the recent recording of the two Chopin Piano Concertos by Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter on the Linn label , and this follow-up recital continues to shows her to be a performer of great distinction in Chopin's solo piano works. It hardly needs saying that as so many ... more
Monty Alexander: Monty Meets Sly and Robbie          (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mlgrado October 19, 2014

Native DSD? As soon as I put it on, it certainly didn't sound like it. Sounded more like average quality PCM. Taking a look at the liner notes... "PCM to DSD upsampling with EMM labs DSD converter" Well, that settles that.
  Site review by Geohominid October 19, 2014

The Polish Musicon label was established in 1991 by graduates of the Warsaw Music Academy's 'Sound Direction Faculty', to promote the valuable elements of Polish music that commercially-minded recording companies had ignored. State-of-the-art recording equipment is used, including the best Shoeps ... more
Britten: String Quartets III - Emperor Quartet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan October 17, 2014

Except for the Simply Symphony (in string quartet guise) all of this music is unfamiliar to me as I imagine it will be for most people. All of these pieces were written between the ages of 15 and 21 and give a glimpse into Britten’s development as a composer. Starting with the most familiar, the ... more
Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko October 16, 2014

This album, for me, is a bunch of wonderful songs with great melodies and, of course those often quirky, cynical lyrics that only Warren Zevon could write. I have several of his records on CD but Excitable Boy is my favourite. So, I had high expectations for this SACD release mastered by Steve ... more
Bruno Bertone Sound: World Hits        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by iwanxcom October 16, 2014

this quiet good for easy listening ..especialy brother in arms .. all instrument well played
  Site review by Geohominid October 16, 2014

Aadland's fourth volume in his survey of all Grieg's orchestral works brings a pairing of one of the most known and best loved pieces of Classical music, the Piano Concerto in A minor, paired with his Symphony in C minor, a work damned by the composer himself and still lurking in the shadows of ... more
John Lennon: Imagine      (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lost in the Music October 16, 2014

While it does have a warm sound .... ... I was underwhelmed The reproduction is probably near perfect, but I personally find there isn't much going on. It just doesn't exite me. Probably it's just me, but there it is. I am looking forward to the SHM-SACDs Universal Japan releases; Mind Games and ... more
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: Guitar Heroes          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Yodasmusicrules85 October 16, 2014

As a guitarist myself, I had to buy a used copy of this guitar quartet, as it is hard to get, but it was totally worth it, and even exceeded my expectations. The sound is perfect, as is the surround presentation. You get all possible variations, such as left front-right surround, or right front to ... more
Allman Brothers Band: Brothers and Sisters        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 15, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters Hybrid SACD 2014 Stereo This 1973 recording reissued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, 2014 is a must for my library. I have owned original LP, cassette, and CD. This reissue is the best I have ever heard, crisp, clean and great stereo separation. It has ... more
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew        (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 15, 2014

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew on numbered limited edition Hybrid Stereo SACD 2014 I am trying to open my mind to some classic jazz albums and I sure hit the jack pot on this SACD, Stereo only, 1970 recording. Having taken a few psychedelic trips in my life I wasn't surprised to agree with the ... more
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos 1 & 3 - de Vriend          (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue October 15, 2014

This is the second volume of Mendelssohn’s symphonies played by Jan Willem de Vriend and The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Many know Jan Willem de Vriend from his days with his Combattimento Consort, an Amsterdam based ‘period band’ on modern instruments. When he succeeded Jaap van Zweeden at ... more
The Hot Spot        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 13, 2014

The Hot Spot Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hybrid SACD Stereo 2009. The soundtrack for a 1990 Dennis Hopper movie. I have not seen the movie. I stumbled on this SACD via Amazon.com and purchased because it was SACD and the line up seemed incredible to me. Miles Davis (trumpet) Tim Drummond ... more
Peter, Paul and Mary: In the Wind        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audio Ed October 13, 2014

I cannot compare this to a previous version of this recording because I have never owned one. All I can say is that this sounds very good. The voices were recorded very well and they sound great on this disc. I feel that anyone who values folk performances will enjoy this SACD. I do not know if it ... more
  Review by mlgrado October 12, 2014

Very nice music. Interesting and entertaining. Reading the liner notes, this was recorded on a Sadie DSD workstation, and very obviously makes liberal use of the "DSD-wide" processing. The unavoidable sonic penalty, which is quite obvious here compared to true DSD recordings, takes a star off the ... more
Allman Brothers Band: The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 11, 2014

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings (3 Disc Blu-Ray Audio Edition)2014 I have had many versions of "At Fillmore East" over the years. I have seen The Allman Brothers with Duane Allman at SF Winterland and with out him at Laguna Seca, Monterey. I know this music like the back of my hand and this ... more
Mike Bloomfield-Al Kooper-Steve Stills: Super Session        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue October 10, 2014

This is a very good listen of a classic rock album. You need to crank the volume rather high and you will be rewarded. The recording is a tad wonky and by that I mean that there is some panning going on of the music. It starts' off one way and there are times where different instruments come out of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 10, 2014

"Ouvertures" is what Bach himself called these four orchestral works, which are among the most popular of his non-vocal musical legacy. They represent his great interest in French dance suites, which were in decline in their home country and were treated by his sons as obsolete. Strictly, of course, ... more
Jethro Tull: Aqualung      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by wolffman3 October 9, 2014

Being a huge Jethro Tull nutcase when i first heard about a super deluxe edition of the legendary Aqualung as the 25th Anniversary edition which i also have was quite poor sound wise, quality wise, it was a total waste on time, and now 15 years later arrives the penultimate edition, the ... more
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko October 8, 2014

Tom Petty, along with Neil Young and Steve Wilson, represent just a few artists that currently release new rock n' roll music in high quality audio formats. Therefore, it was just a pleasure to listen to the new release of Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on Blu-ray. And when I say ... more
Fire burning in snow - Ex Cathedra        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by OctavinaPlayer October 8, 2014

One of the best choral records I've heard so far! Ex Cathedra, lead by Jeffrey Skidmore, presented one great exploration of Latin American Baroque and the music of Juan de Araujo. This is the first album I'd had featuring this kind of music, and I must say, this is awesome. The choir's astounding ... more
Steely Dan: Pretzel logic      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 8, 2014

Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic Japanese Import SHM SACD DSD Stereo 2014 My first ownership of this 1974 release. Stereo Sonics: Listened to it on the louder side. I felt no need to trim any bass, treble, or sub. Great stereo balance between right and left, no one side ever overpowers the other. Disc is ... more
Genesis: And Then There Were Three        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by wiggy57 October 8, 2014

Listening to both the SACD & DVD-Audio, I have to admit, after one listen, I prefer the SACD to the DVD-Audio. I find the rear channel on the DVD-Audio a tad to high. I have only just bought this title from ebay, and will give this disc more plays. Most of the tracks on this album I like, at least ... more
U.K. - Night after night (live)      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian October 8, 2014

Famous Nakano Sun-Plaza is well known for quality recordings of the concerts of the rock groups. This one is no exception. John WETTON + Eddie JOBSON + Terry BOZZIO deliver 7 tracks from their two previous studio albums plus the title song "Night after Night" and "As Long As You Want Me Here" never ... more
U.K. - Danger Money      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian October 8, 2014

The second album saw departure of Bill Bruford (went on complete solo) and Allan Holdsworth (who continued his solo with his own band and gave numerous one-off collabs then). The music of this album followed mainstraem AOR and all the tracks are penned down by Wetton / Jobson These two brought on ... more
U.K. - U.K.      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian October 8, 2014

The first incarnation of this supergroup consisted of the four experienced players: John Wetton -bass and vocals (ex. Family, King Crimson and Uriah Heep) Eddie Jobson - el.violin, keyboards (ex Curved Air) Allan Holdsworth - guitars (Nucleus, Tempest, Gong, Soft Machine) Bill Bruford - batterie ... more
Diana Krall: The Look of Love        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Yodasmusicrules85 October 7, 2014

I adore Diana Krall,and love her music. She is the most sensual singer in the universe, at least! Anyways, before I even had a surround system, I had bought all of the available SACD of her records. Now, I can enjoy them in surround, and it is magnificent. The surround sound is very discrete here, ... more
Elton John: Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 6, 2014

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Hybrid SACD-DSD,Super Audio CD-DSD 2004. This was my last disc that I listened to after purchasing all (5) 2004 Greg Penny SACD Multichannel's. This disc 2004 reissue of a 1975 LP did not disappoint. Performance: Just great. Elton's voice is awesome, the ... more
Jethro Tull: Aqualung      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by tmitchmd October 4, 2014

What totally sucks is that there is no easy way to obtain this disc without purchasing the entire frickin' package with LP, CDs, DVD, etc. That being said, I persuaded someone to sell me just the Blu-Ray. Oh man, will this disc ever take you back and is it yummy good or what! Seriously, the sound ... more
  Site review by Castor October 4, 2014

It is almost half a century since Sir John Barbirolli's account of Elgar's greatest oratorio 'The Dream of Gerontius' was recorded for EMI in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra (27-30 December 1964) and not surprisingly it quickly achieved the classic status it still enjoys today. For some it will ... more
Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 4, 2014

Every Picture Tells a Story Limited Edition, Super Audio CD - DSD, Import 2013 SHM SACD reissue of 1971 album is absolutely stunning. I know this disc like the back of my hand having owned every original version starting with the LP. This Japanese release is it for me and I do not feel the need to ... more
Yes: The Yes Album      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 4, 2014

Yes - The Yes Album Blu- Ray Audio This 5.1 is at the very least my definitive Yes disc unless they come out with a hologram in my living room of the band playing live. The 3rd album for Yes, remastered to 5.1 in 2014. Complicated little bugger as there are actually too many choices for me. I ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 4, 2014

Yes - Close To The Edge Blu-Ray Audio This 5.1 is at the very least is my definitive Yes disc unless they come out with a hologram in my living room of the band playing live. The 5th album for Yes, remastered to 5.1 in 2013. Complicated little bugger as there are actually too many choices for me. I ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 4, 2014

Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair SHM-SACD Stereo Is it pop jazz, pop rock, or pop pop? All of the above. Great disc, actually quite complex in arrangements. This SHM-SACD, stereo only, is superb. The synth sound comes across pure and alive in this disc format. I do not believe it could ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 4, 2014

Indefatigable organist Albert Bolliger in his travels around France's historic organs arrives at St-Guilhem-le-Désert to record Vol. 11. Even today, this town is considered to be remote, mountain-girt in the Langedoc region of Southern France. The appellation of "desert" was bestowed by a monk in ... more
Eagles: Hotel California        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man October 3, 2014

This is my favourite album and the song,"Hotel California" is my favourite song of all time. This is one of the songs that I tried to recreate. I have this album in different versions from CDs, SACD, DVD, High Res and iTunes. If you are comparing this to the CD and wanting the SACD to sound better. ... more
Yes: 90125        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man October 3, 2014

I am a huge fan of Yes and grew up with this particular album. I have the Redbook CD and it sounds better and is definitely recorded at a lower volume. I used to have the SACD "High Vibration" boxed set and couldn't refuse an offer so I sold it. If you are like me and are interested in a neutral ... more
Elton John: Honky Chateau        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 2, 2014

Honky Chateau Hybrid SACD-DSD,Original recording remastered 2004 This is another of the (5) 2004 SACD discs that I purchased, and now I might even like this better than Madman Across the Water. This felt heavy to me and loved the song structure. At $17.15, I certainly have no regrets. Performance: ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 2, 2014

Pet Sounds Hybrid SACD-DSD 2012 Stereo Only. This is my first Beach Boys disc as I have only been a casual fan seeing them live only once. Back in about 1991 a friend told me about this album and how it got the Beatles attention before they made Sgt. Peppers, then a few years ago Rolling Stone ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 2, 2014

The convoluted and fascinating story of how Mozart came to write his only Requiem Mass in 1791, composing it on his death-bed so that his wife Constanze would get the fee for it has become legend itself. Battalions of music historians have wrangled with each other over every tiny clue about how ... more
Yes: 90125        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue October 2, 2014

With all due respect to the previous reviewers....stay the hell away from this release. I was extremely let down by the mastering of this new sacd. This is a separate release from the box set where the titles were separated and resold. I was very excited to have a listen but I couldn't get through ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge      (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by wolffman3 October 2, 2014

Omegaman, great review of a classic Yes album on cd/bluray, can't believe there are around 6 different sound qualities on the disc and all the extras, and the recent "The Yes Album"brilliant, i understand "Relayer" is the next cab off the rank.
Yes: 90125        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by wolffman3 October 2, 2014

Indgo66, I am with you i will never forget when i first heard the single "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and the rest of the record is a classic, i see there is a hybrid sa-cd version at which you are reviewing, last year i decided to buy the latest Oppo player and gee aren't they a great. In regards to ... more
Elton John: Madman across the Water        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow October 1, 2014

Madman Across The Water Hybrid SACD DSD, Super Audio CD DSD 2004 After reading all the reviews for the 5 discs released in 2004, Hybrid SACD, multichannel I purchased all via Amazon.com at very affordable prices, this one $17.38 This disc is the one to get if you are only going to get one. ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 1, 2014

The second volume of Jonathon Plowright's traversal of Brahms' piano music takes us from his earliest existing original piece, the Scherzo in E flat minor Op. 4 (1851), to the Three Intermezzi, Op. 117 (1892) of his so called "Autumnal" late stage. Completing his artfully arranged programme, ... more
John Lennon: Imagine      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko September 30, 2014

The John Lennon recording of Imagine is, from my perspective, his best and a solid classic. I reviewed this Blu-ray disc in the format 2.0 DTS HD MA 24Bit 96k. After listening to this disc a few times, I compared it to my copy of the MFSL Gold CD. Based on listening to the Blu-ray, I can state this ... more
Roxy Music: Avalon        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by dmonds September 30, 2014

It's 2014 and Avalon was a leap of faith here for me. Let me tell you why. I'm realatively new to SACD. I've not previously owned this album but do like Bryan Ferry from his "Let's Get Together" and "In Your Mind" era. This SACD is rare and expensive. The reviews here are opinions of people I do ... more
  Review by Joseph Ponessa September 30, 2014

There are no encyclopedia entries on Gregorio Paniagua, but a Google search coughed up the tidbit that his matronymic (the second of the two Hispanic last names) was Axivil. Another site calls him "Gorio Paniagua Rodriguez" -- but if they got the first name wrong, can they be trusted with the last ... more
Alice in Chains: Greatest Hits      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by keenly September 30, 2014

Ruined by horrendous mastering. I play this at -25db on my receiver. The version of Man in a Box on the Philips Total Immersion Compilation I can crank to -14db. Huge difference in volume. The Philips Comp does not sound harsh or loud. This shows the problem was not the mixing. I think the Alice in ... more
  Review by Marpow September 30, 2014

Elton John Hybrid SACD-DSD,Super Audio CD 2004 $17.99 Elton's 2nd release but maybe some might consider his first as production with US hits are on this disc. Great multi channel disc. I have purchased all of the 2004 Elton John multi channel SACD's and this one is really good. Great even multi ... more
  Site review by Castor September 30, 2014

Judging by this splendid first volume in a planned series of Janacek's orchestral works for Chandos, Edward Gardner's new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from October 2015 has the potential to yield some exciting future releases. This SACD opens with a dynamic ... more
George Benson: Breezin'         (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 29, 2014

George Benson - Breezin' SACD Multi Channel 2014 I purchased this solely as a SACD Multi Channel, not ever owning a previous George Benson. In 1976 I would have never considered this type of music as I come from the rock world. I give it 4 stars because I still am not a huge fan of this type music. ... more
Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection        (2 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 28, 2014

Elton John Tumbleweed Connection 2004 Hybrid SACD-DSD After reading reviews for this disc that where almost all positive I thought I would take a stab, especially at $16.94. I would consider my self an Elton John Greatest Hits fan, loving the hits, not so much the others. Back to this ... more
Chopin: Nocturnes 1-21 - Jude          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

Chopin’s Nocturnes certainly gave the composer a certain celebrity, if not a definite celebrity. Numbering twenty-one, they are above all the image of an inner journey whose omnipresent melancholy, related most notably to his exile, is essential to understanding the language of these masterpieces. ... more
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

This third volume of the “Reminiscences” series from the label Praga Digitals is devoted to the Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and unites a Chopin recital that includes the Sonata N°2, the Ballade N°1, the Waltz N°17, as well as the Fantasy Op.49, along with the Concerto for Piano N°4 ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" - Kondrashin        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

The Symphony N°13 “Babi Yar” for bass, bass chorus, and orchestra in B flat minor Op.113 by Dimitri Chostakovitch was premièred in Moscow in 1962 with the conductor Kirill Kondrachine and the bass Vitaly Gromadski, whom we hear on the present recording. Based on five poems by Evgeni Evoutchenko ... more
Martinu: Cello Sonatas - Isserlis, Mustonen        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

What a great program on this ample SACD! The three Sonatas for Piano and Cello by Bohuslav Martinu “are all works from his mature years that are among his most played. Related in form and style, they are different in their expressive climate,” states Harry Halbreich. Respectively, we hear the Sonata ... more
Janacek: String quartets, Concertino - Prazak Quartet        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

This SACD recorded in pure DSD proposes three works of chamber music by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The String Quartet N°1 “Kreutzer Sonata” based on Tolstoy which the composer “approaches like an opera without words, a psychological drama where each instrument can be a voice, can become a character ... more
La Voix de l’émotion II - Montserrat Figueras        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

With this second SACD volume that pays tribute to Montserat Figueras, it is a unique voice we rediscover over the course of different recordings. As the poet Carles Duarte i Montserrat said so well: “Montserrat Figueras’ voice, offering its form of impressive beauty to an immense vocal repertory of ... more
Beethoven: String Trio Op. 3 & Serenade Op. 8 - Trio Zimmermann        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 27, 2014

The Zimmermann Trio returns with a new recording devoted to Beethoven in which we can hear the String Trio Op.3 N°1 for Violin, Viola and Cello in E flat major, which “was at first to have been a quartet, in order to respond to a commission by the Count Apponyi: from that moment on, one can imagine ... more
Yes: 90125        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by indigo66 September 26, 2014

I grew up listening to this on LP and loved it from the day it was first released. I always felt that the LP and even the subsequent CD reissues, all of them, never sounded right to my ears. The highs always sounded like someone rolled off the high end frequencies. I always listen to all of my LP's ... more
Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 26, 2014

The description that Acoustic Sounds gives is great. My experience after receiving this disc was complete satisfaction starting with the packaging. I like the large 7" sleeve holder. I got home a little tired and set this multi channel SACD with external outputs, no use of a 5.1 processor, just ... more
Steely Dan: Pretzel logic      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 26, 2014

Universal Japan did a superb job with this new Pretzel Logic Shm Sacd. The liner notes claim that original American tapes were used and it sure sounds that they did. When I first played this disc I had a lot of reservations. It sounded mellow......almost polite and when I increased the volume ... more
Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 25, 2014

Rolling Stones Let It Bleed 2002 SHM SACD 2 channel, stereo only. This is one of 3 Stones discs that I know intimately. In 69 my dad took me to record store to purchase Let it Bleed. I have owned every version since. This is a 2002 issue that I am very happy to own. Micks voice always in center and ... more
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man September 24, 2014

After spending quite some time with this SHM SACD, I must say that it is an excellent audible presentation of how vintage 80 music should be played. " If you build it, he will come", well, "If you make it, people will buy." I won't go over the history of Tears for Fears or how technical the ... more
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 24, 2014

Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet SHM SACD 2002 release? When I bought the LP in 68, it was white with gold lettering. I have owned every version of this in the day. Listened to it every year of my life, I know it intimately. Today (9-23-2014) I received and listened to the best version I have ever ... more
80's Hits - various artists        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by hooperthom September 24, 2014

I have all these songs on CD, I'm sure many of you do too. I agree with tdunster that most of the selection is the best I've heard. A couple on my system sounded a little too bright like Whitney Huston: I wanna Dance with Somebody and Wham has the sibilance problem with the vocals but not as bad as ... more
80's Hits - various artists        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster September 24, 2014

These recordings may not be perfect but they are without a doubt the best digital versions of these songs I have ever heard. As with most compilations there are always variations in level and quality between tracks but that is all forgiven when you hear wonderful tracks in Super Audio such as Eye ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 24, 2014

Hapsburg (or Habsburg) was one of the most important Royal Houses of Europe. Based in a Swiss fortress at the heart of the evolving continent. In 1452 the Hapsburgs finally achieved the highest temporal place in Christendom when Frederick III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Nicholas V. They ... more
Sibelius, Walton: Violin Concertos - Akiko Suwanai          (0 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by atolones September 23, 2014

This SACD is out of print and thus very expensive (a shame!) because of speculation. Waiting for a SACD-R version. Go go go!
Sibelius, Walton: Violin Concertos - Suwanai, Oramo        (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by atolones September 23, 2014

This SACD is out of print and thus very expensive (a shame!) because of speculation. Waiting for a SACD-R version. Go go go!
Akiko Suwanai - Poeme          (0 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by atolones September 23, 2014

This SACD is out of print and thus very expensive (a shame!) because of speculation. Waiting for a SACD-R version. Go go go!
Sibelius in Ainola Vol. 2 - Izumi Tateno        (0 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by atolones September 23, 2014

Interesting programm but sound ist not well recorded, especially the piano.
Berlioz: Requiem - Spano          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 22, 2014

This is awful recording of Berlioz's "Grande messe des morts". Although Telarc's recording team uses very good microphones, the sound quality is muddy and quiet. If you want good recording of this work, I recommend Sir Colin Davis performance with London Symphony Chorus and London Symphony Orchestra ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 22, 2014

The Swiss organist Albert Bolliger graduated from the Conservatoire de Zurich, and then studied for three years in Paris with André Marchal, Madeleine Valmalète and Andrée-Honegger Vaurabourg. His career as a concert organist led him on to on five continents. He played more than 800 concerts, ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 - Haitink          (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 22, 2014

Beethoven's youthful Second Symphony sounds movingly and freshly here: Haitink really knows this piece, and London Symphony Orchestra plays magnificently under him. First movement's playful main theme sounds lovely, and Haitink reaches orchestral score's angry sforzatos and accents very well. The ... more
  Site review by Castor September 22, 2014

The long life of Reinhold Glière ( 1875-1956) began under Tsar Alexander II and ended three years after the death of Stalin when the Soviet Union was led by Nikita Kruschev. His essentially conservative musical language stems from his studies with his teachers at the Moscow Conservatory – including ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink          (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 21, 2014

Bernard Haitink and London Symphony Orchestra started their Bruckner cycle with this album. Haitink's previously releases on LSO Live (Beethoven: Complete Symphonies and Triple Concerto & Strauss: Ein Alpensinfonie) are very good, and now he continues this line. Haitink used there Leopold Nowak's ... more
Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin'        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man September 21, 2014

I wanted to start off by saying I have listened to this sacd over 100 times and this says a lot since I listen to music for about 3-4 hours a day. I no longer listen to the redbook cd and it is still a nice transfer but like others have said, the bottom end and the upper registers are not ... more
Piano Works during and after Russian Futurism, Vol. 2 - Thomas Günther           (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue September 21, 2014

This is a fantastic follow-up to Vol.1. The Lourie pieces are miniatures (1-3 minutes) that contain a heavy Scriabin influence--perhaps a bit more dissonant at times. Some are wispy, introspective works, while are others are quite dark and even violent at times. For me, the main attraction is the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 21, 2014

Ruud Langgaard's occupation with the string quartet progressed within a period of 11 years, from 1914 to 1925. Eight quartets emerged, four of which were composed within twelve months, indicating Langgaard's intense interest in the genre. This was indeed a productive and expansive period in his ... more
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Gergiev          (2 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 20, 2014

This is thrilling performance of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet! London Symphony Orchestra plays powerfully, and 5.1 multi-channel recording is perfect. This album got Best Orchestral Performance in BBC Music Magazine, and I agree: Gergiev's long interpretation with Russian music comes clearly and LSO ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Janacek: Jenufa (suite) - Honeck          (0 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by marcusramius September 20, 2014

i have an oppo bdp 93 and the output is SACD DSD in 2.0 and in 5.0 perhaps you have to set DSD in setup -> audio format setup -> sacd output, otherwise your oppo converts from DSD to PCM.
  Site review by Geohominid September 20, 2014

The continued lack of Dvorak's symphonies 1-5 amidst a continuing flurry of SA-CD recordings of Symphonies 8 and 9 approaches a musical and marketing travesty. But here at last we have a projected complete symphonic cycle, which already has symphonies 3 and 4 in its first two issues. From his ... more
Rush: Moving Pictures      (0 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow September 20, 2014

Rush Moving Pictures, CD and Blu Ray. Thanks to this forum I was able to order this disc through Amazon.CA. I had to pay about $6.00 more than the Amazon.com but it kept being back ordered and unavailable. It was shipped out of Canada today and look forward to a proper review after I listen.
Bob Marley: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by dobyblue September 19, 2014

While I would be ecstatic to have read that all the Island/Tuff Gong Marley titles were getting released instead of this "Best Of" collection, I'll take what I can get. UMe announced the Soundgarden and Marley titles within a week of each other, two brand new mixes. Where the Soundgarden fails in ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Jansons        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr September 19, 2014

This will be brief and perhaps unusual, since I listened to only the last movement, one of my favorite in the Romantic-period repertoire. (I have loved Mahler's music for about 50 years and most of all the adagios and am quite happy listening to only the slow movements.) The orchestral playing and ... more
  Site review by Castor September 19, 2014

These recordings stem from concerts given in the Barbican (31st October and 13 November 2013) and represent the first release in what promises to be an exciting Berlioz cycle from Valery Gergiev and the LSO. It is hardly necessary to state that the LSO have the music of Berlioz in their blood. The ... more
Ravel: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Slatkin      (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 18, 2014

It is very good to have Naxos' "old" recordings on Blu-ray Audio format, and this second release of Ravel's Orchestral Works proves it again. The CD version was good: BBC Music Magazine gave four stars, and recording's sound was deep and clear. But Blu-ray Audio brings more perspective to Ravel's ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 18, 2014

Fauré's short Requiem in D Minor has become his signature work, yet it does not seem to have any particular motivation. It follows the tenets of his teaching by Louis Niedermeyer, eschewing the tradition of French funeral music with its theatricality and focus on the tumultuous anger of The Last ... more
  Site review by Castor September 18, 2014

Michael Stern's accounts of these three popular 20th century masterpieces with his fine Kansas City Symphony demonstrates musicianship of a high order throughout. Stern eschews any temptation to treat them merely as virtuoso orchestral showpieces, focusing instead on their more subtle musical ... more
Olivia Newton John: Come On Over      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Solo man September 17, 2014

First off, Olivia Newton John is a beautiful woman inside and out. If you are contemplating buying this but just can't pull the trigger, I hope this helps. The imaging on this SHM SACD is fantastic and sounded as if Olivia was front and center with the instruments not too far back in the distance; ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 17, 2014

This new disc from Phillipe Quint features the well known (Tchaikovsky concerto) and the less well known (Arensky). Sadly the account of the concerto has little to distinguish it from the many competing performances that are on (just) SACD. The biggest hindrance has to be the somewhat "rustic" ... more
Ocean Surf        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack September 17, 2014

As one would expect of a recording like this, the sound of the ocean and surf and water lapping the beach is very repetitive. Not that is a bad thing, it is just what I had expected. In multichannel, the recording is very immersive with a subtle but definitive surround quality. It is divided into ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 16, 2014

This SACD got Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Recording, and indeed, this is brilliant. I heard many recordings of Mahler's dramatic Sixth Symphony: • Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (Signum) • London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (LSO Live) • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Rattle        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 15, 2014

This is very interesting recording of Mahler's Second Symphony "Resurrection". Sir Simon Rattle's previous recording with Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was successful, and Abbey Road Studios remastering was fine. This album is recorded live from the Berlin Philharmoniker's Great Concert ... more

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