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  Site review by Geohominid Yesterday 11:44 pm

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Baroque music. A true child prodigy, he was essentially self-taught in composition and also played a number of instruments. His output topped 3000 pieces in a wide range of genres, emanating from his extensive and ... more
  Review by Sniffer Yesterday 09:48 pm

The more I listen to this piece, the more I really enjoy everything it offers. I'm partial to Kleiberg's style ever since his Treble & Bass SACD. His modern influence is here again in this recording. The chorus is well positioned and captured. Not overdone. The solo vocals are also clear and blended ... more
  Review by JJ Yesterday 06:15 am

After a remarkable recording devoted to works for solo piano by Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik (see Opus HD N°118), the pianist Clare Hammond looks into the “Étude pianistique” as a musical genre, with an original program that includes four works by four different composers. First of all, Serge ... more
  Review by JJ Yesterday 06:12 am

This year Brazil is being honored, as attests this tribute to the composer Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988) with chamber works for solo guitar, for guitar and piano, as well as for guitar and cello. Radamés Gnattali’s music comes close to a local neo-classic style, mixing popular and learned music. The ... more
Rush: A Farewell To Kings      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow April 23, 2015

Rush: A Farewell To Kings Blu Ray Audio 5.1 & Stereo Always trying to improve my style of reviews, while not bogging down on too many points this disc is a hard one as I was compelled to do a track by track review. I find this disc fantastic, but in the end I think better to have your own ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue April 23, 2015

Lovers of British music will find much to enjoy, but it’s not all ‘so very British’ sweet countryside on the menu! Vaughan Williams’ oboe concerto is a classic, full of lyrical melodies, written towards the end of his life. It depicts idyllic British ‘country life’ so typical for British music in ... more
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, The Hebrides - Szell      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer April 22, 2015

Note – this review of the Sony Records International SACD SIGC 3. Great sound improvement over the Sony Essentials Classic CD issues of these works. Examples: - Symphony 4 last movement – Clear lines of staccato music for all in ultimate phrasing. - The ppp violins on the Overture to Midsummer ... more
  Site review by Castor April 21, 2015

For her third release on the Linn label, entitled Xenakis IX, the virtuoso percussionist KUNIKO turns to two of the most inventive and challenging works of the Greek-French avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001). 'Pléïades' was composed in 1978 and premiered by the six members of Les ... more
  Review by jeff3948 April 18, 2015

The performances of Weber's Clarinet Quintet, solo fortepiano piece, and the Flute Trio are superb. I won't say any more about the performance because it is not the problem here. In the SACD stereo mode the balance for the quintet is good with a very slight volume favoring the left channel and the ... more
Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow April 17, 2015

Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet. Blu Ray Audio Stereo/Multichannel. 2015. 1986, who could forget. I saw "You Give Love a Bad Name" on MTV and 4 other huge videos and I purchased my first Bon Jovi CD in 1986. I saw Bon Jovi during the 1992 Keep The Faith, Cow Palace, tour and I loved the songs but live, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 17, 2015

In 1915, Rachmaninov wrote "I composed my Vesper Mass very quickly; it was completed in two weeks. The impulse to compose it came to me after hearing a performance of my Liturgy, which I did not like at all". This alone is a remarkable achievement, but the perfection of style in the new piece must ... more
  Site review by Castor April 17, 2015

These days one would be lucky to hear any of these wonderfully crafted eleven Comedy Overtures in the Concert Hall let alone encounter a complete performance of the works from which they are taken. For that reason alone the attractive selection of music performed on this disc is most welcome. The ... more
Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite, Pohjola's Daughter - Lintu        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 17, 2015

Year 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865– 1957). This SACD is the first disc of Lintu's Sibelius Series what will contains the composer's all major orchestral works. At the same time this is already the second SACD of Sibelius' "Lemminkäinen Suite", Op. 22 - Vänskä's ... more
Rachmaninov: All-night vigil - Bruffy          (0 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 16, 2015

An awesome chorale recording. You won't be disappointed. Available as as a surround download.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (4 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 16, 2015

Do NOT download from the label's website. They offer a WAV version which is just the stereo CD version. Not multichannel surround and NOT hi-rez. It's just a ripped cd version. Completely unacceptable and I've written to the owner about it.
  Site review by Castor April 16, 2015

Nowadays Szymanowski's luscious 1st Violin Concerto is appearing ever more frequently on disc thanks both to the public's greater appreciation of this composer's music and to the advocacy of many star violinists of the younger generation. This latest recording from the prodigiously talented Dutch ... more
McCoy Tyner Quartet: New York Reunion        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by stef40 April 13, 2015

MR Tyner is one of my favorite pianist since his work with John Coltrane! I have 3 sacd from (Telarc) and now this one from (Chesky).I have many others sacd from cheeky too and i must admit that i was a bit disappointed with their technology.But i've done many changes in my hi-fi system since (new ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by JohnProffitt April 12, 2015

As the producer/engineer of this recording, I would like to briefly describe the technique used to capture this wonderful symphony on SACD. When I was engaged by the BrucknerTage music festival to make this recording in August 2014, there had been no surround sound recording in the church of St ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 12, 2015

A very welcome disc for both performances. For Prokofiev's apparently most loved symphony (after the "Classical") in the public's mind, this has been disappointingly served on hi-res media. From Jurowski's uncharacteristically uninspiring account () to Alsop's rather rough-around-the-edges take (), ... more
  Review by astome April 12, 2015

On the one hand this surround demo disc - it is meant that way - contains appealingly moderated and experimental classical music by explicitly using all channels, but on the other hand there are some awesome audiophile experiences onside as well. Just listen to the brilliant interpretation of ... more
The Ultimate Demonstration Disc, Vol. 2        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome April 11, 2015

I'm disappointed by this SACD. Indeed there are also great sounding songs inside with a very good recording quality, but it is not that outstanding that I would recommended it as a ultimate demonstration disc. If you like dynamics you might remember even a couple of better sessions. The surround ... more
Beethoven: Fidelio - Davis          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 11, 2015

“…Colin Davis's conducting of the London Symphony Orchestra and the vocal forces is so impressive that it ranks with the greatest accounts I have ever heard of this work… Christine Brewer is a great Fidelio, her big voice under perfect control, electrifying at climaxes.” (BBC Music Magazine) I ... more
The Guess Who: The Best of The Guess Who        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko April 8, 2015

The Guess Who had a significant impact on me in terms of my musical tastes and listening preferences. I literally grew up with this group that comes from my hometown, Winnipeg. I remember, like it was yesterday, the year 1960 and a teen dance with a group called Al and the Silvertones who were the ... more
MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross - Layton        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 7, 2015

WARNING! BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR SUBWOOFER! James MacMillan is our time's the most interesting composer. His compositions are influenced by Catholic church - the most of them are done with Christian faith. I have the work's Study Score (published by Boosey & Hawkes). It is interesting that ... more
Handel: Messiah - Davis          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas April 7, 2015

This is my first SACD of Handel's "Messiah" and - at the same time - the first modern instruments choice. I've heard Trevor Pinnock's interpretation (DG Archiv) and unfortunately it is much better than this. Firstly the good news. There were many great ideas and Davis brought his all knowledge to ... more
Love: Forever Changes        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by tonereef April 6, 2015

Undoubtedly one of the all-time classics of rock, a one-off, tough/tender, bitter/hopeful art-song suite that communicates as powerfully today as it did 45 years ago. Spurred by Arthur Lee's personal crisis and death premonitions at the age of 22, Forever Changes is the ironic flip-side/complement ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 6, 2015

In 1778, Leopold Mozart insisted that his 22 year old son go with his mother to France, where he should introduce himself to the court at Versailles. This venture was a disaster in many ways. The travellers had to live in a sleazy hotel, so while Mozart was out being rebuffed by the French nobility ... more
Toto: Toto IV    
  Review by Bob--- April 6, 2015

I don't know who did the 2.0 remastering on this disc, but it sounds awesome. An earlier reviewer commented that the treble sounds "brittle." I disagree completely. The previous (grey box) issue certainly does, but this one (CS 86544) is really nice and musical. It is also really dynamic and punchy, ... more
Toto: Toto IV    
  Review by Bob--- April 6, 2015

I haven't heard any multichannel mix so can only comment on 2.0 channel comparisons. Firstly, I will make a generalisation: those very early Sony SACDs from the late 90s/turn of the 2000s - you know, the ones with lots of grey on the covers - tend to sound pretty poor. I have heard several, and in ... more
Roxy Music: Flesh and Blood      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian April 5, 2015

Stellar album that has been surpassed only with its successor (Avalon) two years later. Our crooner is very competent especially with these two tracks: Eight Miles High ( cover version of The Byrds classic ) & No Strange Delight. The Album has been released in June 1980 and was accompannied by three ... more
Super Artists on Super Audio, Vol. 5          (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome April 3, 2015

This sampler ist filled with outstanding recordings and performances. It's a creative, vibrant variety of impressions, which of course is meant for further inspiration. Great dynamics and tonality. The surround sound is excellent, too. Although you don't get a personal concert with musicians playing ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 1, 2015

In 1990, the Edinburgh Festival celebrated the birth centenary of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, whose music, at the time, was little known by concert-goers. Omitting the symphonies, all of which had just been performed by the Scottish National Orchestra, the Festival staged performances of 18 ... more
Counting Crows: August and Everything After        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko March 31, 2015

At one time in popular music, there were albums that occasionally became wildly successful by selling astronomical amounts such as Counting Crow's August and Everything After which sold some 20 million copies worldwide after release in 1993. It was even more astonishing that this release was the ... more
Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky) - Thomas Gould        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs March 31, 2015

Sitkovetski conducting NES Chamber Orchestra on Nonesuch of his own arrangement of Goldberg Variations is one of my all-time favourite recordings of any music or composer. I remember, many years ago, when I heard just the first two movements on a music magazine sampler, how it swept me off my feet ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 30, 2015

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 March 29, 2015

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        (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audiophile.no March 29, 2015

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 March 29, 2015

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      (2 of 6 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      (2 of 3 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        (4 of 8 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 3 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      (4 of 4 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        (5 of 6 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        (4 of 5 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

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