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  Site review by Adrian Cue Today 02:58 am

Do we need another Shostakovich symphony? Yes we do, and especially this one! With already 8 different versions of the seventh symphony in the Super Audio domain, one wonders why Pentatone issued a ninth version. Contractual obligation? For completeness sake? It’s possible. But why should we ... more
Liszt: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante - Arrau        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist July 3, 2015

I just heard this Liszt work for the first time. It is extremely well played but Arrau being often considered as one of the greatest of all time and having a special connection to Franz Liszt's work it is no wonder. The piece in itself is very entertaining and much easier than for example the " ... more
The Doors: The Best of the Doors        (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

The Doors: The Best of the Doors, Hybrid SACD, Stereo and Multichannel 4.0. I have been really nervous about this review as I know there will be others who will be highly critical of my review as The Doors are one of the most iconic rock bands in history. I am confident that I can put out a good ... more
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends, Hybrid SACD, Stereo Only. Beautiful, full and rich, quite a gem. My friends and I used to mimic his crazy gyrations, the Elvis Presley of my generation. MY AF #0859. Quick Facts: Joe Cocker's first album released in 1969. And as you know the ... more
  Review by Marpow July 2, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd, Hybrid SACD, Stereo only. I have lots of story's with Skynyrd but to be clear I have tried to be a Simple Man and failed and have mostly been a bar room drinker saying many times, "Wait a minuet mister, I didn't even kiss her, Gimme Three Steps. I have ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 2, 2015

Who was Ferdinand Rebay (1880–1953)? A Viennese composer who wrote over 400 pieces involving a guitar, yet whose splendid work is only just becoming known to concert makers and record companies. How did such a massive investment in time and energy - for an instrument he could not play - appear in a ... more
Eric Clapton: Slowhand        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by jaburcke July 1, 2015

This recording has been in my libarary in one way or another since it's release in the seventies. It has always been a favorite. The multichannel mix is very good and enjoyable. It has always been a mellow mix but the DSD mastering is superb. If this is favorite of yours, you cant go wrong!
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas July 1, 2015

Niccolo Paganini was the greatest violinist of his time - his technique was awesome and the black hair and long nose awaked fear in people. This impressive disc contains two Violin Concertos which are rarely seen on SACD - the familiar First Concerto in D major and quite unknown Fourth in D ... more
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 - Latry, Eschenbach        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 29, 2015

Christoph Eschenbach made many acclaimed recordings for Ondine with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The multi-channel (5.0) surround sound added its own dimensions to the approaches. I have listened this disc several times over the past few months, and I was always very impressed. Olivier Latry was ... more
  Site review by Castor June 29, 2015

The young viola player Dana Zemtsov's first disc for Channel Classics, entitled 'Enigma' http://www.sa-cd.net/showreviews/9558#10552, immediately confirmed her as an artist of immense talent and musical intelligence. On that disc she confidently delivered an exacting group of compositions for ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg June 29, 2015

At the end of December 2014 I said of the Esoteric release of this famous performance that "while it has all of the expected SACD virtues of depth and richness, it lacks the clarity of the Universal Japan SHM-CD reissue, prompting the probably futile hope for an SHM-SACD release sometime in the ... more
Holst: The Planets - Ozawa      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 29, 2015

1979/ 49 minutes/ 7 tracks How does one review a great classical piece from the past when everyone has different opinions as to what constitutes said piece sounding great?? There are so many famous classical pieces that are hungered for. Think Carmina Burana, Vivaldi's four seasons...Beethoven's ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 29, 2015

I believe that human beings have something like a brain-board computer, a system that guides you, without your realizing why, to take decisions or positions, to discover that, after all, the choice wasn’t that bad. What has this to do with music? What does one do if one hears for the first time ... more
Aho: Theremin Concerto, Horn Concerto - Storgårds        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik June 27, 2015

Prolific Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) is near the end of one of his most ambitious undertakings, that of writing a concerto for every instrument in the Romantic orchestra. With his recent concerto for theremin and orchestra, he has ventured into post-Romantic territory as well. A theremin ... more
  Site review by Castor June 27, 2015

Though the composer Alexander Scriabin (1874-1915) is most fêted for his piano music, his grandiloquent symphonic works are generally less highly regarded and, apart from the 'Poem of Ecstasy', are rarely heard in the concert hall. On this stunning new SACD from PENTATONE the latter work is coupled ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 27, 2015

Coming such wonderful recordings as and this is something of a disappointment. The booklet contains the following note from Arabella Steinbacher: 'These concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky are part of the absolute "standard repertoire" usually studied by violinists at a young age. And to be ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 26, 2015

Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash) were a very talented singing group looking for that elusive hit album to reach the pinnacle as major recording artists. They hit it big-time with Nightbirds released in 1974. Part of this success was due to the renown Allen Toussaint, who was ... more
Miles Davis: Nefertiti        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone June 26, 2015

Mobile Fidelity's outstanding series of reissues of the recordings of Miles Davis continues with Nefertiti, produced in three sessions in June 1967. Since Wayne Shorter had joined the group in September 1964 the working quintet of Tony Williams, Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter had performed ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 26, 2015

Michael Niesemann is a fine and versatile oboe player. And not just ‘baroque’; he plays sax and does not eschew jazz and cross over. But 10 years with Musica Antigua Koeln and principal at The English Baroque Soloists puts him nonetheless firmly in the baroque scene. On this disk he shows his ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 24, 2015

This isn't the first time that BIS has an attrtactive front illustration which neatly sums up the title or purpose of the disc's programme. This time, fine watercolours of butterflies and caterpillars from 1700 are really about metamorphism, just what Respighi's intention was for in his orchestral ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by oxenholme June 23, 2015

This is another very pleasing quadraphonic SACD from Audio Fidelity. I remember listening to Lady Marmalade back in the mid 1970s. It was good then, but now in 4.0 it sounds superb. The sound is warm and pleasant to listen to. An "aggressive" mix with plenty going on in the rear channels. Never ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Fischer          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 23, 2015

Deeply moving approach from Fischer... Channel Classics's 5.0 recording captures the Concert Hall's acoustics perfectly. Tempi are mostly faster than usual - for example in the first movement - but they aren't hurry. the strings tone is warm and emotional. Highly recommended for all Mahlerians! ... more
  Review by Luukas June 22, 2015

I bought this disc because I had already this one: Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 5 - Eschenbach, Ozawa, Henze. This album is my first impression of Pentatone's RQR (Remastered Quadro Recording) Series, which contains Philips Classics old surround recordings. During the remastering process the engineering team used a DSD ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 20, 2015

Rows of leaves decorate the front cover of this disc. They are from Ginkgo biloba, a "living fossil" which appeared first 270 million years ago, and is still present, unchanged, and not just in its Eastern native forests but also in gardens planet-wide. The designer of the disc's artwork might have ... more
Amdahl: Astrognosia, Æsops fabler - Storhøi, Bergby         (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik June 20, 2015

The Norwegian composer Magne Amdahl (b. 1942) has enjoyed a lengthy, varied career in his native country. His work encompasses television commercials, a piano concerto and other orchestral music, chamber works, film scores, and an enormous amount of incidental music for theatrical productions. The ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 20, 2015

A review based on one listening session can be misleading. Composers who did not make it in comparison with the Big Names of their time were, generally speaking, often no more than providers of music for consumption, in ‘the style of’ Haydn, Mozart, and maybe even Beethoven. It is only upon repeated ... more
Labelle: Nightbirds        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 19, 2015

1974/ 10 tracks/ 36 minutes Pop. R and B and soul is what this disc is about. I am very impressed with this sacd. Labelle, Dash and Hendryx can really bring a cut to life and their vocal skills are superb. There is a lot of soul and rhythm on this album with perhaps the greatest rendition of Lady ... more
Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits 1985-1995      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by gusgolack June 18, 2015

For fans only! but if you are get a red book and save the bucks This SACD proved to be a disappointment. Bolton was never in my top list, but hearing this SACD 15+ years later from his top did not stood the test of time. The sonics are poor (DR8) and no difference to RBCD, just another Columbia ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 18, 2015

2015 marks 100 years since Goldmark’s death. All the more reason to devote some time and some thoughts to his two compositions on this disk. Of late, female violinists seem to have the edge. Positive discrimination or just coincidence? Whatever inspires the recording industry, it is good to note ... more
The Police: Regatta de Blanc      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow June 17, 2015

The Police-Regatta De Blanc SMH SA-CD 2013 Reissue A 1979 recording brought to life via this SHM SACD. The performance for me is all over the place, the hits I love and the others I don't like at all. The stereo sonics are outstanding. Big stereo stage, great right/left balance, good depth. Bass, ... more
  Site review by Castor June 16, 2015

Rather than issuing a disc made up solely of either Mozart arias or Mozart overtures, Linn have had the happy idea to combine the two for this beautifully performed and recorded programme that not only showcases the remarkable talent and musicianship of soprano Elizabeth Watts but also the stylish ... more
The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 15, 2015

Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks was not particularly successful upon it's initial release in November, 1971 (it did not chart in England and only reached #48 in the U.S.). However, I fondly remember reading a review in Stereo Review Magazine who gave it their award as Album of the Year 1972. This ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue June 15, 2015

As a result of new insight in and advantages of historically informed performances, we have seen many period ensembles establishing themselves over the past decades or so. There is no longer a shortage of such bands and nowadays one needs to be special in order to distinguish oneself amongst the ... more
  Site review by Castor June 15, 2015

In a number of respects this is the most interesting (and certainly varied) release so far in this series for Linn of recordings from Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. As with the first two volumes and they explore chamber reductions of works written for larger ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 14, 2015

"Sing with the voice of Melody" is harmonia mundi's title for this, a disc celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their professional mixed-voice choir, Stile Antico. The titular quote is found in Rev. Olusula A. Areogun's "Following the Faith of Abraham", where he advises learning to sing as it gives ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 13, 2015

This set contains no less than 514 minutes of music; I have listened to it all (at least) 3 times and greatly enjoyed the vast majority of them. Starting with the symphonies, these seemed to form three groupings: 1-5 & 8(9), 7(8) and 6. Turning to the least impressive account, that of the "little" ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Gergiev        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fordiebianco June 13, 2015

This is without doubt my favourite classical 5.1 SACD recording. Picking up on the other reviewers comments, the engineering is vastly superior to the other recordings of Mahler's 8th, revealing aspects of the music I wasn't able to pick up on some of the other recordings. Interestingly enough the ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 - Mravinsky      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by RWetmore June 13, 2015

I thought I'd review this since no one else has. In short, this is the best sounding transfer of this classic recording I've heard (I have not heard the Esoteric release). Lots of air and a full dynamic range. Note the 5 star rating for the sound is for the transfer quality and not the actual ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 13, 2015

This particular album finally gelled with the group and its fans and started their fantastic run of great R and B/ Soul classics. What's not to like?? SOUL/ POP AND FUNK with awesome vocals that are almost spiritual in their flavor. I like to be picky so I'll log down the negatives on this sacd. ... more
  Review by Luukas June 12, 2015

Lovely performance from the Concertgebouw Orchestra and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons! This is my first impression of the RCO Live's SACD. It is at the same time my first SACD of Dvorak's Ninth. I wasn't disappointment. PERFORMANCE The disc has recorded at the Great Concert Hall of the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas June 11, 2015

I was surprised, even disappointed, when I heard this at the first time. The performance is very good. The first movement begins from the shadows, quietly and mysteriously. Fischer builds the impressive raising to the main theme. The whole movement's tempo is slower than usually - but it is of ... more
Bryan Ferry: The Bride Stripped Bare      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian June 10, 2015

The Fifth solo release by Bryan Ferry marked the production style change. While its predecessor suffers from Bowie-like production this one sounds still afresh after all those years. The recrod has been made at the time of the Roxy Music interim between Siren and Manifesto albums. Ferry penned 4 ... more
Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by sylvian June 10, 2015

The First Bryan Ferry solo release from Sept. 1973 - a collection of the fresh production of the pop classic such as It's My Party ..... none of the 13 tracks penned by Bryan Ferry himself. I have never got it on vinyl, which might be reason that I did not liked the album until now when it is ... more
  Site review by Castor June 10, 2015

This the third release in Neeme Järvi's on-going survey for Chandos of the orchestral and symphonic works by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974). Volume 1 and Volume 2 included all the composer's even numbered symphonies while this latest disc is occupied by the 1st and 5th ... more
Charlie Mingus: Tijuana Moods        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone June 9, 2015

Tijuana Moods, recorded for the short-lived RCA subsidiary label Vik in July and August 1957 but not released until 1962, documents an explosively creative phase in the artistic evolution of Charles Mingus. After more than a decade on the margins of the record business due in part to a stubborn ... more
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, Symphony No. 36 - Bernstein      (1 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioqual June 8, 2015

The best version of Mozart Piano Concerto No 15, by far. Unbeatable Bernstein Performance and Sound excelence
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - Karajan      (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioqual June 8, 2015

The best version of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, by far. Unbeatable Karajan Performance and Sound excelence.
Bryan Ferry: Let's Stick Together      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko June 8, 2015

Although Bryan Ferry was the main songwriter for Roxy Music, his solo recording career was noted for his choice of cover songs by other artists. Let's Stick Together would consist of 6 covers and 5 songs written by Ferry but recorded previously by Roxy Music. It was an interesting approach to ... more
Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 8, 2015

1962/ 28 tracks/ 75 minutes Tais live album certainly captures a great moment in time and the Carnegie Hall experience. The recording, a superb one at that, has been very well transferred in Dsd. There is a terrific symbiotic relationship between the vocals, the orchestra and the audience. The ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 7, 2015

The four asteroids (Saariaho's "Asteroid 4179: Toutatis", Pintscher's "towards Osiris", Turnage's "Ceres" & Dean's "Komarov's Fall") formed the first part of the concerts from which these recordings are taken. Whether it is the brutal ending of Ceres or the emptiness of the opening to Komarov's ... more
Sam Cooke: At the Copa        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by jimmy wayne June 6, 2015

Just a note to let everyone know that the SA-CD link to Amazon.com (US) takes you to the regular CD listing, not the SACD. Apparently, they don't have a separate page for the SACD version, although a couple of used SACDs are listed under the "Collectible" section as of June 2015.
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow June 5, 2015

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Hybrid SACD Stereo/Multichannel Oh brother, this is a hard review for me, but I will give it my best shot. There are 8 good, solid reviews in front of me with everybody giving good notes and trying there best. Quick Facts: Released 1977 and multi bazillion selling, you know ... more
America: America        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow June 5, 2015

America: America Hybrid SACD Stereo Only. Quick Facts: Released in 1971 without A Horse With No Name. Due to the popularity of that song was re released in 1972 with that song. I didn't know that. This my first and only America album purchase in 1972. I saw them live at the Cow Palace 1989, for ... more
Miles Davis: Sorcerer        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 5, 2015

1967/ 7 tracks/ 40 minutes Miles Davis and his music was slowly changing as was the regular jazz world by the time this album was released. Thus far of the Mofi releases of the Miles Davis discography Sketches of Spain is the best sounding sacd. This sacd is very special sounding. This new sacd ... more
Eagles: Hotel California        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by dmonds June 4, 2015

I'm slowly (too slowly) building up my SACD collection and Hotel California has been on my wish list for some time. I own the vinyl and the CD but alas not the DVD-A. I borrowed a friend's SACD of this album some months back and recall that whilst it was ok, I wasn't blown away. I finally got my ... more
Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills      (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow June 4, 2015

Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills, SACD Stereo/MCH. What a treat for me to add this to my library. As a San Francisco person certain bands will forever remain part of my youth. Having seen Big Brother with Janis Joplin twice at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, being all of 13 ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 4, 2015

Many collectors of Bach's Sacred Music in the epic and recently completed Cantata series by Collegium Japan will be pleased to know that there is more to come. Here is the first of two discs presenting Bach's Lutheran Masses, which date between 1737 and 1748 in the composer's Leipzig period. During ... more
Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by rmendez57 June 3, 2015

As this site is about sound and not performances, I only have to say one thing: this is a DEMO disc, it really has the WOW factor. So if you just want to show your friends how great your system and this format is, just pay a few cents to get (and play) this SACD. Everybody knows Sympathy for the ... more
  Site review by Castor June 1, 2015

All Straussians will be delighted with the appearance of this handsome SACD release of Richard Strauss's 'Symphonia Domestica' from Marek Janowski and his splendid Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Janowski's pre-eminence in Wagner may have overshadowed his reputation as a Strauss interpreter of ... more
America: Homecoming        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Marpow May 31, 2015

America: Homecoming, Hybrid Sacd 5.1 Quick Facts: America's 2nd album released in 1972. This disc released by Audio Fidelity 2015 and my number is 0740. Listening time 33:06. Performance: I have never owned any version of this. My only disc was there first release. I like this performance even ... more
Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 31, 2015

Another wonderful addition to the REMASTERED CLASSICS. Lenny's approach of Bizet's "Carmen" is historical in every ways. His tempo choices were surprising: sometimes he used traditional tempi and the other tempi - for example the opening Prélude - were much slower than normally. I think that 4.0 ... more
Prokofiev: Symphony 5, Scythian Suite - Litton        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan May 30, 2015

This is a Prokofiev 5th with the rough edges smoothed away. It almost sounds like Rachmaninov and somehow I don’t think that’s what Prokofiev intended. Nor is it how I prefer to hear this work although I’m glad to have this terrifically recorded version in my collection. Maestro Litton manages to ... more
Brian: Symphonies 5, 19 & 27 - Brabbins        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by krisjan May 30, 2015

Havergal Brian wrote 32 symphonies kicking off his symphonic oeuvre with the gigantic “Gothic” symphony. That monstrosity aside, most of his symphonies are brief including the three that are in this recording. I’ve sampled his output over the years and have heard about two-thirds of his symphonies ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 30, 2015

Raffi Besalyan (b.1972) is an Armenian concert pianist, who received Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yerevan (the capital of Armenia) at its State Musical Conservatory. Moving to the USA, he became a faculty member of Rowan University in New Jersey and studied at the ... more
Britten: War Requiem - Noseda        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 28, 2015

Britten's "War Requiem" was premiered at the Coventry Cathedral in 1962. This performance - which was recorded at the Barbican Hall - is very good in its own way. The surround sound - 5.0 - captures the off-stage children choir perfectly - I heard them from my surround speakers. But there aren't the ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (12 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg May 27, 2015

I'm sorry to rain on the parade of raves this set has received here, but based on them I purchased this set out of curiosity, and I just do not hear anything much to justify the good reviews. Yes, the sound is truly excellent, and yes the clarity achieved in such a setting is impressive, and yes, ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 - Ashkenazy          (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 27, 2015

Quite overvalued performance of Beethoven's "Eroica". Vladimir Ashkenazy made this cycle with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, during his career with the Japanese orchestra. The performances were recorded from the live concerts. Well, we have many recordings of the symphony. But this recording moved ... more
Haydn: The Creation - Davis          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 26, 2015

"The Creation" was Haydn's late career's real success. Here Sir Colin Davis continued his Sacred Music Series with the oratorio. The approach was traditional, it wasn't so thrilling than René Jacobs interpretation (Harmonia Mundi). But the famous contrast - "And there was Light" - in the first part ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 25, 2015

Egil Hovland (1924-2013) was one of Norway's most prolific composers, and sometimes a controversial one for several reasons. Lawo Classics and organist Anders Eidsten Dahl present here a well-filled disc (76:59) of Hovland's organ music, demonstrating his musical development during a lengthy period ... more
Cesko - Ragazze Quartet        
  Site review by Castor May 24, 2015

'Cesko' is the title of the second of three projected recordings for Channel Classics by the feisty all-girl Dutch / British quartet Ragazze, and as on their first recording entitled 'Vivere ' they give us an adventurous programme of musical contrasts this time from two Czech composers with widely ... more
Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning etc. - Ruud          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 24, 2015

This disc was one of my first SACDs and it is still very good. Ole Kristian Ruud has been successful Grieg interpreter and his approaches has got many acclaimed awards. Grieg's incidental music for "Sigurd Jorsalfar" was quite unknown for me. Of course we all know the "Three Orchestral Pieces" but ... more
Ravel: Orchestral works - Ozawa        (4 of 5 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)      (11 of 12 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      (2 of 3 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 4 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        (3 of 5 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        (3 of 4 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      (2 of 2 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        (7 of 9 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          (3 of 4 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

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