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Ravel: Orchestral works - Ozawa        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 21, 2015

What a great pleasure to hear these fascinating performances on multi-channel SACD! Seiji Ozawa's and his team's - Boston Symphony Orchestra - performances are from the top level. The opening piece, L'Tombeau de Couperin, was originally written for piano. Later Ravel orchestrated it. Here Ozawa ... more
  Site review by Castor May 20, 2015

One imagines that it must be a daunting prospect for any conductor to contemplate the recording of a cycle of Mahler symphonies, particularly in view of the abundant recorded legacy available from some of the greatest conductors of the past such as Walter, Klemperer, Bernstein, Solti, Abbado..…. the ... more
Miles Davis: Take Off (The Complete Blue Note Albums)      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone May 18, 2015

Between 1952 and 1954, a low point in Miles Davis' personal and professional life, Blue Note Records executive Alfred Lion organized a series of recording sessions that demonstrated his continuing faith in the ailing trumpet player's artistic promise. Sextet sessions engineered by Doug Hawkins at ... more
Roxy Music: Country Life      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko May 18, 2015

I consider Roxy Music's Country Life as an excellent album ranging from some great songs rounded out with others that fall into the very good category (in my opinion). This is a quality release from 1974 played by exceptional musicians with tunes based mainly on the strong songwriting skills of ... more
Van der Graaf Generator: The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian May 18, 2015

I am personally very happy that SACD version is now available. While Aerosol Grey Machine suffers from hiss and bad recording process the second Album from VDGG sounds very nice and includes two bonus tracks (necessity for completists). The dynamic range is pretty fair and none of the tracks drop ... more
  Site review by Castor May 17, 2015

This issue completes Sakai Oramo's impressive cycle of the Nielsen Symphonies with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for BIS that now joins the other two complete cycles on SACD from Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live) and Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Fischer          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 17, 2015

Iván Fischer's successful Mahler cycle continues with the Second Symphony - often called "Resurrection". I have five other recordings of the work - Tennstedt (LPO), Jurowski (LPO), Rattle (Warner, Birmingham) & Tilson Thomas (Avie). They are - expect the Thomas' approach - only normal CDs. ... more
Nat "King" Cole: Just One of Those Things        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Allen May 16, 2015

There are enough said about Nat King Cole and his arts. So this review is really not about performance and music, but only about the sonic. The 3 channel surround sound are simply superb, Cole's voice is from the center channel, presents a much wider and detailed sound field than any stereo ... more
  Site review by Castor May 16, 2015

Sir John Elliot Gardiner's survey of the Mendelssohn Symphonies recorded in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra began with finely executed, not to say revelatory, performances of the composer's 3rd Symphony and Hebrides Overture. That disc also included a generous bonus of the Schumann Piano ... more
Legends get it on!        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by rmendez57 May 15, 2015

Perhaps people is wondering why this release have reviews moving from 4.5 to 3 stars. It depends on your base for analysis. If you compare the songs included in this collection with the various red book versions of the same songs I will agree that there is probably some improvement in the quality of ... more
Renaissance: Scheherazade and Other Stories        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by rmendez57 May 15, 2015

To my mind this is the best disc out of Renaissance production. To my ears it was one of the nicest LP in my collection. A warm and detailed sound, reproducing with pristine clarity the nice voice of Mrs. Haslam. Well, I got the same feelings listening this SACD. Warm, detailed, balanced, full ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 5 - Eschenbach, Ozawa, Henze        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 15, 2015

PENTATONE'S REMASTERED CLASSICS continues with Beethoven's Third and Fifth Piano Concertos. The soloist is here Christopher Eschenbach which felt quite strange - at least for me. Eschenbach is today the famous conductor - I have for example his recordings for Ondine. By the way these ... more
Sonny Boy Williamson: Keep It To Ourselves        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 14, 2015

1963/ 77 minutes/ 19 tracks If you are a lover of blues music....especially older recordings of great bluesmen......this is the disc for you. Its not as dark as lets say Muddy Waters, more optimistic to be sure......this is a great album. This is pure, genuine blues that gets you in the gut ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue May 14, 2015

One cannot but admit that after a searching start and questionable comments in some quarters, this cycle is now going from strength to strength. As indicated by Polly Nomial in his most eloquent and poetic review of these two concerti, you won’t find at this moment any better period performances. ... more
  Review by threerandot May 13, 2015

With warm and open sound, Narciso Yepes with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra provide beautiful performances of these enjoyable guitar concertos. Narciso Yepes (1927-1997) was one of the legendary pioneers of the Classical Guitar, alongside Segovia, who was the first ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Ozawa        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 13, 2015

Seiji Ozawa did the great career with Boston Symphony Orchestra. They had a long relationship and they did many outstanding recordings. This is absolutely one of them. Ozawa's approach is much faster than his many other rivals - Davis (Concertgebouw), Gergiev (LSO),Séguin (BIS) etc. There aren't ... more
Steely Dan: Aja      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by gearomad May 12, 2015

Great album in terms of the music. But we all knew that by now, right? As a value for money review, I would have to give thumbs down. Drums are OK with nice cymbals. Other than that I didn't hear much of a jump on the redbook CD. An opportunity was missed not to go 5.1 on this but I think that may ... more
The Grateful Dead: American Beauty        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 12, 2015

1970/ 42 minutes/ 10 tracks The Dead is a group that I didn't take a liking to right away. Their music grew on me slowly over time. I like Folk rock with a touch of country but was their music travelling music that should be kept in the background??? Was it herb smoking music to chill out to?? ... more
  Site review by Castor May 12, 2015

Sir Andrew Davies follows up the fine disc of Berlioz Overtures that he recorded with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with another enticing programme from this composer's oeuvre – this time with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with whom he currently holds the post of Chief Conductor. The ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 11, 2015

Indefatigable organist Albert Bolliger, in his survey of historical organs of Europe, visits the picturesque Spanish walled medieval town of Daroca, NE of Madrid, in the province of Zaragoza. As usual, he includes a cogent history of the town in the excellent SA-CD's 3-language booklet. The ... more
The Police: Synchronicity      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko May 11, 2015

The release of Synchronicity in 1983 represented the final album of new material from The Police. They went out in style as this album was their best that ended up with massive sales (8 million copies alone just in the USA) and Grammy Award nominations (justly deserved). This Universal Japan SHM ... more
America: Homecoming        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 11, 2015

America's second album and a very good follow up to their self titled release. Like its predecessor it contains several hit songs that are still played (rarely) on the radio. I was very much looking forward to this sacd release. I own the Dvd Audio and think its a terrific sounding listening ... more
John Mayall & Friends: Along for the Ride        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 10, 2015

John Mayall & Friends: Along for the Ride. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. Quick Facts: Originally released 2001. Remastered and reissued by Kevin Hoffman and Audio Fidelity in 2003. Performance: A guest list extraordinaire of musicians that have played with John over the years. British Blues song ... more
John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 10, 2015

John Mayall & The Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Stereo Only. Quick Facts: Mayall's second album released in 1966. Clapton's first with Mayall, John McVie bass and Hughie Flint drums. This issue, UIGY 9599, released 11-26-2014. Ranked number 195 on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums. Funny, John ... more
  Site review by Castor May 10, 2015

With a catalogue crammed full of recordings of this particular pair of Tchaikovsky's most popular works one might wonder whether any new recording of them is really needed - even on SACD. Such thoughts, however, are at once dispelled by these magnificently executed and superbly recorded accounts of ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by james_joyce May 9, 2015

First, Bravo! to JohnProffitt. This is as good an orchestral recording as I have ever heard, and I've heard thousands. It is thrilling in both its loudness and quietness. It would be worth the price just to let the beautiful sound wash over me. But this is disc is so much more than just an ... more
Rachmaninov: All-night vigil - Bruffy          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by james_joyce May 9, 2015

This is a spectacular recording of one of my favorite pieces, but not my favorite interpretation. This performance is slower and has a more melancholy feel than others. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just as some like there Beethoven light and quick and some like it slower and more ... more
America: Homecoming        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rhinojack May 7, 2015

I have the greatest hits LP "History" which I listened to recently after finally buying a turntable. I was very impressed with "America" as musicians, years later after having grown up with their music on AM radio and being familiar with hits. So when I saw this album was coming out on SACD 5.1, I ... more
Bryan Ferry: Boys & Girls        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 7, 2015

1985/ 9 tracks/ 38 minutes. This review is written for the new Shm Sacd released in April of 2015. My favorite of Ferry's solo efforts. I really enjoy the mysterious rhythms and swirling textures. This is a night time disc if you catch my meaning. Ferry's aims are achieved easily on this 1985 ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue May 6, 2015

Alia Vox is a serious label and Jordi Savaill is a specialist in his field, highly praised by his followers. And, indeed, some excellent recordings have come our way from these sources. What about his reading of Bach’s Magnificat? It is the third recording available in Super Audio. How does it stand ... more
  Site review by Castor May 6, 2015

The second volume of Edward Gardner's survey of Janacek's Orchestral Works is notable for the inclusion of some pieces seldom heard in the concert hall, but which provide a fascinating and worthwhile picture of the composer's output, particularly when performed and recorded as brilliantly as on this ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 6, 2015

The striking and somewhat provocative artwork of this disc heralds its contents, highlighting women’s voices in world literature. Goethe’s female characters 'Mignon' and 'Suleika', Shakespeare’s 'Ophelia' from 'Hamlet' and the gnostic gospel according to Mary Magdalene provide material for ... more
  Site review by Castor May 4, 2015

With three recordings of the Sibelius 'Lemminkäinen Legends' in their catalogue Ondine has almost cornered the market in this work in recent years. An impressive account from Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 1995 was followed five years later by one from Mikko Franck and the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 3, 2015

Catharinus Elling (1858-1942) decided to take up a musical career at the age of 18. He left Kristiania (later Oslo), which had no Music Conservatory at the time, for the Leipzig Musical Academy - following Grieg and a stream of other potential composers. He was given an endowment from Norway in 1883 ... more
Styx: Paradise Theater        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Styx: Paradise Theater Hybrid SACD Stereo Quick Facts: A concept album, the 10th for Styx, released in 1981. I saw Styx during this tour at The Cow Palace, in 1981. I remember an elaborate stage and the giant keyboards left side of stage, after that it's a little fuzzy. My AF disc #0636 released in ... more
Rainbow: Rainbow Rising      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Rainbow: Rainbow Rising SHM SACD Stereo It is hard for me to do a creative review with 3 discs, same band, same genre, and all 3 discs being from 1975 to 1978. Apologies if I seem a bit redundant. Quick Facts: Rainbows second studio album released 1976. Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio are ... more
Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 2, 2015

Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On Blu Ray 5.1 and stereo. Brilliant reissue. Quick Facts: The 13th studio album released in 1973. This disc released, April 2015. Performance: Every tune is wonderful. This is a soul music masterpiece with the full accompaniment of strings, horns, and R&B band. An ... more
  Site review by Castor May 2, 2015

In a departure from the pattern of the earlier issues of Valery Gergiev's on-going cycle of Shostakovich's Symphonies with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this latest release couples the 9th Symphony not with another symphony but with the composer's Violin Concerto No.1 in an utterly compelling performance ... more
Five Songbirds        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by truelies May 1, 2015

Oh my god! The sound of Esther!
Rainbow: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 1, 2015

Rainbow: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll SHM SACD Stereo Quick Facts: Rainbow's third studio album originally released in 1978. This SHM SACD released/reissued 11-26-2014. The last Rainbow album for Ronnie James Dio. Performance: Of the three SHM SACD discs this one is my favorite. Grew up on this disc ... more
Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 1, 2015

Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow SHM SACD Stereo Quick Facts: Originally released 1974, gatefold. Ritchie Blackmore has now left Deep Purple for the first Rainbow album with Ronnie James Dio. This SHM SACD released 3-26-2014. Performance: Solid and great hard rock, but not screaming or ... more
Jazz at the Pawnshop - Arne Domnerus        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome May 1, 2015

I listened to the Pawnshop severeal times by high resolution stereo files (2x HD mastered) - DSD 64 which is stored on SACDs. In my opinion puttin' files like these through a high quality DAC by using the asynchronous mode can be an even better expereience than to listen to a stereo SACD. The buffer ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 1, 2015

Elgar's 'Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf' for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, choir and orchestra, come from his apprentice years, in which he wrote several works for choir and orchestra, which are rarely staged these days, also having only sparse recordings. Sir Andrew Davis seems to have a ... more
Granados, de Falla, Ravel, Piazzolla: "La Vida Breve" - Rochat, Aguirre        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by gégé April 30, 2015

This is really a nice disc I like the interpretation and the program The sound is nice too , the equilibrium between the guitar and cello is perfect The sound of the guitar is perfect too , if I had to make a small criticism , for me the cello sound a little bit "dry" ?
Dvorak: Requiem - Wit      (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Wartybliggens April 29, 2015

This is one of those special pieces that gets better with every listen. And you really 'get your money's worth', since it's long, chock-full of absorbing episodes that each have interesting instrumental / vocal combinations. It's hard to believe after listening again tonight probably for the tenth ... more
Janet Feder - Songs With Words          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by astome April 29, 2015

Songs With Words, beautifully sung - but also instrumental ones. As it is stated, there are no digital effects on this recording as I believe there are not, but there are special analog effects or manipulations as well. Pure acoustic guitar sounds as well as amplified sounds can be heard ... more
Anathema: Distant Satellites      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko April 28, 2015

Anathema's album Distant Satellites (2014) in Blu-ray audio is a Japan only release. It is a two Disc set that includes a CD. The format for the Blu-ray is 48k 24Bit. The following review is for the multi-channel only. Distant Satellites is a very atmospheric and, on occasion, a very brooding piece ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 25, 2015

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
Kleiberg: David and Bathsheba - Kaljuste         (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Sniffer April 25, 2015

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
Szymanowski, Lyapunov, Chin, Kapustin: Etudes - Hammond        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 25, 2015

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 April 25, 2015

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      (7 of 8 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 5 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        (10 of 12 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        (5 of 16 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        (16 of 17 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      (4 of 7 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 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 7 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:        (6 of 6 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

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