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Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!        (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 30, 2015

I have one disc, only one, from Elvis. I've got to feel ashamed? Just one? not a bit 'little? it certainly is not much, but... certain songs, certain musicians, some voices ... are so well known that... almost not worth it to have them in the house ... so ... you hear them all the time on radio. The ... more
Gustav Holst: The Planets, John Williams: Star Wars Suite      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue November 27, 2015

Like many sick in the head lovers of classical music this is actually the third different Shm Sacd of Holst that I bought. I have already reviewed the Ozawa sacd which is awesome and I also liked the Karajan Shm Sacd version as well but slightly less. I was very curious about this Mehta recording ... more
Joe Walsh: So What        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by dmonds November 20, 2015

I have this album on vinyl and CD and was interested to hear this remixed SACD. This is a bit of a quirky album to be sure with Joe exercising some orchestral talent with Pavane and Song for Emma then flipping 180 with All Night Laundry Mat Blues which does not quite fit...however...they do sound ... more
Haydn: Emperor Quartet, Mozart: Hunt Quartet - Alban Berg Quartett        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by acousticsguru November 19, 2015

Releases like this make me scratch my head sometimes, although mainly in terms of what else there would be in the majors' vaults to remaster and release in high-resolution). SACDs mastered from PCM sources or PCM transfers from analogue are one thing, but from RBCD PCM sources? What good can a ... more
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Webern: Im Sommerwind - Haitink        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 19, 2015

Strauss's "Ein Heldenleben" tells a story of the strong hero which finally leaves the world with the moving farewell. This SACD was my first impression of the work - before that the tone poem was really unknown for me. Bernard Haitink is one of the greatest Strauss-conductors today - his earlier ... more
  Review by siebrand November 19, 2015

What happens when 4 Great Musicians play toghether? Cobb, Malone, Hargrove and Webber. In your room. Play it loud. A feeling of warmth will surround you. your feet. simplay said, cannot stop to stamp the floor. The sound of the instruments is Superdeluxe, for ALL of them. the Trumpet of Mr. ... more
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 19, 2015

simpy said... A MUST HAVE! great sound, great music, great Artists. This SACD is a classical Album ... You love Jazz? You like happy songs? Like good atmosphere? Than... close the window, stack of your Telephone. Take a good glass of red wine, or Cognac, whatever you want. Have a cigar, a good ... more
Stefania Salvador: Blue        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 19, 2015

Therefore. An album that is certainly not a record better known. but yet ... It 'a real gem! FOR REAL! The Artist Salvador plays the piano and WHAT a PIANO ... .. !!! a true Grandpiano Steinway Concert D 274! it is important to specify because the recording is superb and then the sound of the ... more
David Johansen and the Harry Smiths        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 18, 2015

I bought this album many years ago. Here it is difficult to say ... Is it more good music quality or better technical quality? I do not know. Certainly, this is music that we can say "easy listening", but that does not mean "trivial." A real pleasure to listen to.... It is not blues as we know, not ... more
  Review by siebrand November 18, 2015

disk a little 'difficult ... But well done! The songs are beautiful, but I think you should really be VERY interested in this kind of music, otherwise, after half an hour you'll be tired a bit. Mr. Hammond is certainly very good, plays guitar, plays the harmonica, has a voice very subjects adjusted ... more
  Review by siebrand November 18, 2015

really hard to say if, artistically, this one is more beautiful than "maddness". Both are "mono", but what a sound! With Rollins it is hard to go wrong, especially when we listen to his works of the 1960s ... The quartet he has put together here is really good. They do not regret the various ... more
Sonny Rollins Quartet: Tenor Madness        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 17, 2015

oh boy is this nice music. sorry, I should write it so: oh boy is this nice MUSIC !! what our friend Sonny Rollins made, together with Chambers, Garland, Jones, is something that will allways remain... What can we say about it? My ears, Our ears love this quartet... no words are needed. This is ... more
The Grateful Dead: American Beauty        (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 17, 2015

The music of the Grateful does not need many words. It's almost always cheerful, and if not, it is reflexive. Garcia was a great guitarist, but if we listen to the other members of the band you realize that the various Lesh, Weir, Pen, Hart, Kreutzman were not outdone. Here also appears Grisman and ... more
Love: Forever Changes        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 17, 2015

this record, really, is one that we sll should have. I recommend it, because the music is very interesting and original. Strong, but also gentle. melodic, but also music with an impact that leaves no one indifferent. Audio level top notch. We are talking about a an old, rock album, very old ... and ... more
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

Go Stevie, go ! One of the most beuatifull albums of our great Stevie Ray..... MFSL is a garantee for good quality. Don't doubt about it. Just buy it... and.... let you ears smile to you! Please play it loud. VERY LOUD !!!
Bottleneck John - All Around Man        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

Mr. Bottleneck (...) uses all kind of guitars, or instruments likes that..... Nice blues, nice songs. Well sung. If you do like blues.... This is a kind of disc that's a really good one. Opus often has made very good SACD's... well... this is one of them... Astonishing audioquality. Go for it !
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

This SACD was made such as 10 years ago It's really a well done job. Nice music (songs of Gerswhin, Del Barba, R. Caporale, Hammerstein, Rodgers, Kahn, Donaldson) Believe me... Good taste, nice interpetations of songs... somw of them NEW, others... famous,,,, The voice of Rosella is really very ... more
America: America        (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

Great songs and an other Fantastic work done by mr. Hofmann. Who doesn't know these songs? they are all very nice, all of them are "classical Songs, nowadays.... Bravo, Mr Hoffmann. and thank you again! Higly raccomanded
Music of the Beatles: Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel          (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

this is the worst SACD in my collection Great sound, nothing to say on that. But that music was outraged ==> it is awfull. These songs are no Lennon Mcartney songs anymore. How bad can we go with this shit. It should be forbidden to masturb Beatles music on this way... Awfull, terrible. Don't buy ... more
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

Really nice, this first Album from the FANTASTIC Peter Paul & Mary. Reither difficult to me to decide which one is better... the first one, or their second: "in the wind" very nice songs, great voices, great Audio Quality. I don't mean "Great" but really GREAT GREAT GREAT ! it is really a disc to ... more
  Review by siebrand November 16, 2015

Really nice, this second Album from the great Peter Paul & Mary. Reither difficult to me to decide which one is better... the first one, or this "in the wind" Nice voices, good (acoustic) guitars and a lovely played Bass. it is really a disc to listen to... I love it, The Dylan song "Blowin in the ... more
Beethoven: Violin Concerto - Oistrakh        (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by atolones November 13, 2015

Just purchased this SA-CD. Exquisite japanese remastering (better than EMI remastering on FLAC high res tracks), a real pleasure!
The Band: The Last Waltz        (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand November 13, 2015

a ghood looking 2 SACD set with fantastic Music. Great performances of my Oh so Loved Neil Diamond anf Neil Young Muddy Waters, Dr. John. Very nice to hear.... However... Not a Dic to say SUPERDLUX! The High Tones are a bit of TOO Heavy Raccomanded... nut not "FULLY" Raccomanded...!
Liszt: Piano Concertos - Kantorow, Kantorow        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by bissie November 3, 2015

I don't usually get involved in reviewing Reviews, but Luukas's contention that not all the notes are played by the soloist is, with all possible due respect, poppycocks. Robert von Bahr
Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Four Last Songs - Luisi        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas November 1, 2015

For me, Richard Strauss's (1864-1949) "Eine Alpensinfonie" is an staggering orchestral adventure on the mountains. The huge score contains nearly 130 instruments - such as organ, wind machine, cowbells, offstage brass band and thunder machine. Staatskapelle Dresden has a long tradition with the ... more
ja, vi elsker         (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand October 26, 2015

I agree with the two friends here above... This Music is really beuatifull. It is no Rock and roll, it's no jazz and it isn't blues. perhaps... a Classical kind of music, but it always keep you awake.... :-) Sonics are really fantastic, the performance of the musicians too. I really don't know ... more
  Review by threerandot October 24, 2015

I am so pleased that Pentatone have released a second SACD of great peformances with maestro Nariso Yepes. I got this disc for my birthday this year and a great present it is. As with the previous release of Guitar Concertos on Pentatone with Yepes, I am again biased towards this great ... more
Liszt: Piano Concertos - Kantorow, Kantorow        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas October 20, 2015

Jean-Jacques Kantorow has done many excellent recordings for BIS. His team - Tapiola Sinfonietta - is light-sounding chamber orchestra - there are only nearly 50 players. Now the conductor turns his view to Liszt's Piano Concertos. The soloist is here his son, the 17-years old Alexandre Kantorow. ... more
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 10 (Adagio) - Gergiev          (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas October 12, 2015

Mahler's Second Symphony is my own favorite: its spiritual message is always topical. The huge score contains off-stage brass band, organ, two soloists, chorus and orchestra. The world premiere performance in Berlin in 1896 was general success. This SACD set has been recorded in 2008 at the ... more
  Review by Luukas October 6, 2015

Compared to Gergiev's earlier account with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Philips), this updated Mariinsky approach is little bit better, but just little. PERFORMANCE The first work of the disc is the familiar "Pictures at an Exhibition", orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. I found many things to enjoy ... more
Mozart: Horn Concertos - Bryant/Dausgaard        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas October 3, 2015

Mozart wrote Four Concertos for French Horn. We haven't many SACDs of these lively works and this beautifully designed album is wonderful addition to the catalogue. Membran's wide-ranging 5.1 surround sound creates an impression of the big orchestra - the sound of the horn was never unclear. ... more
Georges Moustaki: Le Métèque        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by HeresJohnny October 3, 2015

If you've reached this page, you already know Georges Moustaki and needn't hear anything about his Folk-Chanson music style. Regarding this release, however, I will have to agree with the previous reviewer: The multichannel-mix is a disgrace. This is what music sounds like when I run it through a ... more
  Review by HeresJohnny October 3, 2015

This is new-age-like music, very laid back but never boring. I was very surprised to see that the almost synthesizer-like harmonics are all generated by acoustic instruments. The resolution and sonics are very good on this stereo-only disc. Highly recommended for a relaxing autumn afternoon :)
Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Araner September 29, 2015

Unto album "Empyrean Isles" add 6 bonus tracks previously unreleased: 2 version of "One Finger Snap", 2 version "Oliloqui Valley", 2 version "Cantaloupe Island". Great music, great sound!
Billy Joel: Streetlife Serenade        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 28, 2015

1974/ 37 minutes/ If you are a fan of early Joel and would like to get a more complete discography of his best work I recommend this disc to you. While I cant say that every track is a winner here the sound quality is very, very good. There are a few instrumentals to choose from and truth be told ... more
Berlioz: Overtures - RPO/Gibson        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 27, 2015

Wonderful tribute to Sir Alexander Gibson. He recorded this disc just shortly before his death but still there were the energy of the young man. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has published 150 discs in their collection "Royal Philharmonic" - as the booklet says "the only collection you will ever ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 24, 2015

1966/13 tracks/ MONO/ 36 minutes Depending on whom one talks to there is a common belief that if a recording is originally constructed with mono in mind....that it should only be heard as such. There might be some wiggle room though but not always. I have the Mobile Fidelity stereo sacd and am ... more
Ries, Danzi, von Krufft: Horn Sonatas - Nilsen, Fossheim         (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik September 23, 2015

It is a delight to hear the music on this new collection, more of a pleasure than its rather prosaic title might imply. The early Romantic era is still not that well known to many music lovers; we tend to associate it with Beethoven, Schubert, perhaps Mendelssohn. And that’s the end of it. The rich ... more
Historical Organs and Composers 5 - Jan Lehtola        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 22, 2015

What a wonderful SACD! The all works on the disc are very interesting. Lehtola's colorful and analytic view is something very special. The most interesting works are from the hand of Jean Sibelius. The opening "Intrada", Op. 111a - and later the sorrowful "Funeral March", Op. 111b - contains ... more
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome September 20, 2015

This historic RQR recording I like most in stereo with tube amplification, horn speakers and a serious bass fundament. With that there is an incredible holographic image of the violin in contrast to the LSO. Paganinis seemingly unnatural ability was marked as that he sold his soul to the devil, but ... more
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 17, 2015

I don't need to say much in the way of this album and its greatness. I am essentially comparing 2 different sacd versions of this release. Before I get into the nitty gritty I would like to state that both the Mobile Fidelity and the newer Shm Sacd are fabulous discs and that both of these should ... more
Being Beauteous - Anu Komsi        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas September 15, 2015

This is carefully selected collection of the modern orchestral songs for soprano. The topic of the album, "Being Beauteous", is also the name of the two songs here. Komsi's voice is loud and clear: she is absolutely one of the greatest sopranos today. The all songs were unknown for me but Komsi ... more
Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand September 8, 2015

This first "Rainbow" Album is a very good one. The music,. I suppose, is well known by everbody who loves Ritchies Guitar! But: Hear that Great voice of Mr. Dio. "Catch the rainbow" and "Temple of the King" are so very beautfull ballads, so well sung and played! But all the songs are GREAT! This is ... more
Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand September 4, 2015

I love this album. Easy listening Jazz, very nice to hear. Great voice, Rosemary knows what the word "SWING" means! Good sonics, If you like Female JazzVoices... Could be a nicefull Surprise!
Hans Theessink: Bridges        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand September 4, 2015

this is an OOOOH SOOOOOOO BEUATIFULL DISC! Blues sung by this marvelous Dutch musician. Somewhat gospel_like songs... Bluesy, really Great! Raccomanded for Music lovers. Great Sonics, really a well done job!
Tiny Island        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand September 4, 2015

I agree. very good disc. Not Rock & Roll. Acoustic music to dream with. Sounds very good!
Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by siebrand September 4, 2015

this is one of my most beuatifull SACD's. Astonishing performance of our GREAT JOAN ! Audiophile Must Have, if you like the voice of Mrs. Baez. I cannot find enough words to explain you why the music of "IN THE BULLRING" likes so really. It really seems that she sings in your House! 5 stars!!!!!
  Review by wilbur September 3, 2015

This CD is problematic. Strictly speaking, it is as described, but only if you read the "fine print" (not that details are actually given!). This is one of just a very few modern (i.e. produced this century) SACDs - in fact the ONLY such one I have ever seen - that is in fact a STEREO, rather than ... more
John Coltrane: Blue Train      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie September 1, 2015

I love this album so needless to say I have had it on vinyl, Cd (several remasters), SACD, HDAD and I can honestly say this is the best I have ever herd the record. This is my favorite Coltrane album and I have lost track oh how many times I have listened to it. The 192/24 DTS HD- MASTER is ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue August 30, 2015

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Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase      (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Arell August 29, 2015

(This is an edited version of a comment I wrote for the new HR site a couple of week ago.) Porcupine Tree has been my rock discovery of the last decade (I'm 60+). As far as I know that band have never released anything on SACD och BR-A, but I've bought as many of their DVD-A recordings as I have ... more
Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms - Michelangeli        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ August 29, 2015

Harboring recordings that have been restored from the original tapes dating from 1941 to 1957, this fourth volume devoted to the art of the Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is a pure godsend. In a copious program grouping the Chaconne by Bach in a transcription by Busoni, the Sonata for ... more
  Review by JJ August 29, 2015

Here is a welcome edition that makes us discover two young talents, that of the alto Dana Zemtsov and that of the pianist Catheljine Noorland. The chosen program includes the Sonata for Alto and Piano by Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), the Suite “1919” for alto and piano by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), ... more
Fagerlund: Violin concerto, Ignite - Kuusisto, Lintu        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ August 29, 2015

The Finnish composer Sébastian Fagerlund, born in 1972, studied violin at the Turku Conservatory before turning towards composition at the Sibelius Academy, where he obtained a diploma in 2004. His music deals most notably with nature, mixing spiritual and dreamlike visions, as well as ecstatic ... more
Sarah McLachlan: Touch        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy August 24, 2015

In the late 80's I picked up Sarah's album "Touch" after hearing the song Vox on a London Ontario radio. I played the LP a lot while at University which to is day brings back great memories re-listening to it! This SACD was on my want list and finally I snagged it for a great deal at a local music ... more
Beck: Sea Change      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by alexandru27 August 23, 2015

Never listened to Beck before, and I didn't like his style (at least on this disk), it's way too mellow and down for my taste - and hey, I'm a very long time Pink Floyd fan! I was left with the impression that either the guy was on a bottom level of inspiration when composing the songs on Sea ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - van Zweden        (4 of 16 found this review helpful)
  Review by hiredfox August 16, 2015

Outstanding in every way. There is nothing else to say. One occasion when less is more. The light shone then I understood.
Thin Lizzy: Black Rose      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 16, 2015

Thin Lizzy: Black Rose: A Rock Legend. SHM SACD Stereo Only. Note, The correct title for this disc is, Black Rose: A Rock Legend. I have been a big Thin Lizzy fan and this disc is worthy of anybody's rock music collection. Quick Facts: The 9th studio album, released in 1979 but after the epic 1978 ... more
Beethoven: 6 Overtures - Cluytens        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg August 12, 2015

When the Cluytens Beethoven cycle was released on individual LPs in the '60s these overtures were included as fillers on some of the LPs. Since the Cluytens cycle has just been released in Japan on 5 SACDs, symphonies only, the overtures have now been grouped on a single disc for release. They share ... more
Portraits - Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Kangas        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 10, 2015

This SACD is absolutely a jewel. The interesting program contains various works which based on folk songs. The all approaches are fresh and playful: the Ostroborthnian Chamber Orchestra has done an impressive recording with its chief conductor Juha Kangas. The 5.1 surround sound is warm and ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies - Cluytens        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg August 10, 2015

This set dates from the late '50s and has perhaps been somewhat under-rated. Cluytens seems to have had the ability to get his ideas across to an orchestra without interfering with the group's real basic sound. His recording of Ravel's complete orchestral music is virtually unique in letting the ... more
Joe Beard: Dealin'          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 9, 2015

Joe Beard: Dealin'. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. My previous review of Joe Beard: For Real, tells the same story as this disc, so for review purposes I will not be redundant and this companion review should be included with my review of Joe Beard's 1997 For Real. This disc released in ... more
Joe Beard: For Real        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 9, 2015

Joe Beard: For Real. Hybrid SACD. Stereo Only. Last year in Salina, Kansas, I was lucky enough to see and sit and talk with Joe Beard. A tall, lanky fella with a polite personality, that you see the same thing on stage. A very commanding performer with great vocals and the ability to play great ... more
Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mrzap August 8, 2015

Just got this sacd from cdjapan. It s 91 minutes long Superb performance from those 2 great pianists, with magnificient compositions played by both pianists Very melodic or very contemporary, we make a trip during this concert. I was never bored of'the performance. Sonically i m totally delighted ... more
East meets West - Les Percussions de Strasbourg        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome August 6, 2015

What a great truly multi-channel recording, originally produced in 1972. Pentatone's RQR series gives another example of a great performance gone by that can be revived in a listening room. East Meets West gives astonishingly intense and refreshing insights - nouvelle musique at its best! The ... more
  Review by larsmusik August 6, 2015

This album is comprised of three important works for vocal ensemble that epitomize three distinctive styles within which the composer worked during his lifetime. It should be of interest to everyone who finds Messiaen’s music rewarding. Furthermore, these are all very good performances, captured in ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue August 2, 2015

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The Rolling Stones: Flowers        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 1, 2015

The Rolling Stones: Flowers. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. I bought this used from some cat in Japan, took me awhile to get it but I certainly got my moneys worth. Very Good condition. My only other experience with Rolling Stones SACD's is the SHM SACD reissue's of 2014. This packaging is quite ... more
The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil Remix        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 1, 2015

The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil Remix. Stereo and Multichannel. Hybrid SACD. One of those fun discs that is good to have. I purchased via Amazon for $7.00. Performance: The first 3 artists makeup 6 remixes like Disco style. OK, if you like that sort of thing. Stereo Sonics: I did not ... more
Joe Walsh: So What        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow August 1, 2015

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

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

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  Site review by Adrian Cue July 30, 2015

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Tiny Island        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko July 30, 2015

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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Jarvi        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 30, 2015

Unforgettable melodies, the colorful score, exciting story and masterful orchestration - I guess that Piotr Tchaikovsky's (1840-1894) "The Nutcracker", Op. 71 success based on those things. Today it is the one of the greatest ballets ever, and very popular piece on opera houses and concert halls. ... more
Fagerlund: Violin concerto, Ignite - Kuusisto, Lintu        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by wehecht July 28, 2015

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

Audio Fidelity has returned to the SACD format for a while now and I was very glad to see that So What from Joe Walsh was released. I have owned the Japanese SHM CD for a while now and that was my go to version until now. A friend of mine, Kevin, and I got together the other night to make the ... more
Charlie Mingus: Tijuana Moods        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jfitch July 27, 2015

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

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

Buddy Guy: DJ Play My Blues SACD Stereo and Multichannel 5.1 Beautiful fully immersive. Quick Facts: Recorded 1981 and then released SACD, JSP Records 2004. Buddy Guy born in 1936 Lettsworth Louisiana. Performance: Blues guitar. Phil Guy, Buddy's brother plays guitar on this disc also with Doug ... more
John Coltrane: 1960 Duesseldorf      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie July 25, 2015

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

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

What a wonderful disc! I've heard many recordings of Liszt's "Dante Symphony" but this is simply the best! 1) I guess that this is the only SACD release of the work - or at least the only multi-channel SACD. Anyway, the surround sound is very realistic here: the rears are used only for the reverb. ... more
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by rmendez57 July 22, 2015

Sound is OK for a SACD but not special. I compared the sound of this SACD with the same tracks included in Mr. Cocker´s box set Long Voyage Home. There is an evident difference in the quality of the sound but it is not huge. SACD sounds bolder and with a somehow better instrument separation and ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Bernstein      (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue July 22, 2015

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

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

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6 Great Jazz (albums from the Blue Note catalogue)        (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by onenairb July 21, 2015

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

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B. B. King & Eric Clapton: Riding With the King        (5 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 20, 2015

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

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

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Doug MacLeod: Unmarked Road        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 19, 2015

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

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

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

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Honeck          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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