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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Martinu: Symphony No. 2 - Paavo Järvi          (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist September 27, 2012

Reference recording for me is Christoph von Dohnanyi / Cleveland Orchestra on RBCD, I also own Szell / Cleveland and Ozawa / San Francisco on SACD. I was looking for a more recent multichannel recording and chose Jarvi after hearing his excellent Beethoven symphonies cycle, with the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 26, 2012

The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra is one of the finest on the world stage. Proud of its versatility, it specialises in Finnish string music not only from the late C19th and early C20th, but also applies its virtuosic qualities to modern and contemporary compositions for the medium. A major feature ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Gragra September 24, 2012

I have to agree with Analogue. I was very much looking forward to hearing this disc and was going to purchase it as a matter of course, because it's my favourite Pink Floyd album. I used to love playing my vinyl version of it way back when. However, the SACD sounds lifeless, flat and dull. All the ... more
  Review by JReedC243 September 24, 2012

I bought a multichannel surround system just so I could listen to this album. It was worth every penny. The music has a whole new life and is even more amazing on multichannel. My favorites on the album in MC are "Closer", "The Becoming", "Piggy", and the title track.
Dire Straits: Making Movies      (1 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc September 24, 2012

excelent disc.
Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin'        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by agentsmith September 24, 2012

I played the original RBCD to death. I thought nobody could top Dusty but her performance comes close. The CD is raw from analogue and had a few obvious overload distortions. Probably due to overloading of the mic. Despite that the CD sounds very lively with lots of PRat. I read about the Analogue ... more
  Site review by Castor September 23, 2012

The Bavarian State Orchestra (Bayerische Staatsorchester) has a history dating back almost 500 years and during that time, in its capacity as the orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, musical directors have included some of the most eminent conductors of the past one hundred and fifty ... more
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Litton        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Hitters September 22, 2012

What can I add to Castor's impeccable review? It says it all! Modestly, I just would just say that I gave been hooked by this SACD, listening to it again and again, discovering the many subtleties of these magnificent performances. I do own a few excellent blue Rhapsodies, but this one has opened my ... more
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite - Fischer          (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by aaron September 22, 2012

First I have to say I totally agree with (Castor)Graham Williams' review. This a Rite like I have never heard before, never! Like the Devil him(her?)self had something to do with it. Scary is the word. Hair-raising experience, really. What energy, what pagan-dance. Stamping rhythms, crying ... more
Genesis: Selling England By The Pound        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 22, 2012

Selling England is perhaps the finest moment in the recording history of Genesis for me. I have owned pretty much every version of this album.........vinyl......cd's and now SACD.......and I gotta say that this SACD version is amazing (or sick.....as my kids say). Like the other Genesis SACD ... more
  Site review by Castor September 21, 2012

There is no shortage of recommendable versions of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 even on SACD. For this listener the field has been led by Ivan Fischer and his wonderful Budapest Festival Orchestra on a recording made in 2000, originally issued by Philips and now available on Channel Classics. The bracing ... more
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by cooltype937 September 20, 2012

As excellent an album as it it, technically "Sticky Fingers" is rife with problems. The most notorious of these problems are the distortion and clipping on the beginning of "Brown Sugar" and throughout "Wild Horses". Historically, this distortion has been on all releases of the album. The high ... more
Dead Can Dance: Spiritchaser        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 20, 2012

Wow.........what a great sounding disk! No question Dead Can Dance are the perfect band for SACD format. I am a huge fan of this band and have been slowly replacing my redbook CD collection with MOFI's SACD version one by one. Spiritchaser is one of my fav albums by DCD and I am just amazed how ... more
Brahms & Ligeti: Horn Trios        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Polarius T September 20, 2012

Since no one is reviewing this, I'm just going to register my gut reaction basically lifted from a discussion thread: What phenomenal music-making going on in here! Only highest marks, and that in every department coming into question: virtuosity and expressiveness of the individual players (both ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 19, 2012

James Gilchrist is one of the most sought-after of singers in the post-Peter Pears/Britten group of English tenors who are renowned for their interpretations of Britten's superb song cycles. Here he joins outstanding pianist Amanda Tilbrook with a nicely-rounded programme headlined by two of ... more
Orff: Carmina Burana - Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer September 18, 2012

Classic recording of Carmina Burana has never been out of the catalog in one format or another. Ormandy and Philadelphia Orchestra are appropriately brash. The Rutgers University Choir sings this with all the lust you could imagine. At some points they become so involved driving the text that the ... more
  Site review by Castor September 16, 2012

Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 is one of the most problematic of his nine symphonies with regard to alternative versions of the score. A quick look at http://www.abruckner.com/discography/symphonyno3indmino/ will illustrate the potential minefield of various editions to be negotiated by any prospective ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (9 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Wartybliggens September 15, 2012

I won't repeat the types of things that the other reviewers here and elsewhere are better at describing. I'll simply say that this is the first time I've truly enjoyed this symphony and feel like coming back to it again. Mr. Hurwitz at Classics Today, while giving the highest rating, still has some ... more
  Review by progboy September 15, 2012

Aside from the fact this album is amazing.......and remains one of 60's folklore most magical albums , the Sony SACD release is stunning! It really is like Bob Dylan is in your living room (or music room!). Like all the Dylan SACD's "Freewalkin'" has been carefully remastered and presented and ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Mácal          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by cherrell September 15, 2012

Having just recently gotten my hands on this disc, I thought I would put down some thoughts about it. This is a good performance of one of Mahler's most difficult works. His first movement is a bit on the quick side, coming in at 32:10. The pace works for certain sections, especially the lighter ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 15, 2012

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1784) was a towering composer of the French Baroque, known most for his operas. He was, however, a complete keyboardist, having trained and searched (in vain) for a significant organist's post, but using his skills as a formidable harpsichord player to entertain the ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 74 - Kocian Quartet          (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 14, 2012

If someone were to ask me who Haydn was and what string quartets are..I would ask him to sample this sacd. Although recorded in 2004 and since sacd quality has really gotten much better since then.....I still have to say that this disc has excellent sonics. And its a pure Dsd recording all the ... more
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer September 13, 2012

Having owned these on Odyssey LP, cassette and Sony Essential Classics (“SEC”) CD I have been looking for this SACD and finally got my hands on one. The performances, as Penguin used to write, are an orchestra reveling in their own virtuosity, and have never been bettered. Doing a direct comparison ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (16 of 18 found this review helpful)
  Review by seth September 13, 2012

This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance of the Mahler 1. While I find that it lacks the same unique insight that Fischer brought to the Mahler 2 and 4, this recording is still way ahead of a very crowded field (which is led by Gielen). If there is a stylistic choice that permeates the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 13, 2012

Kalevi Aho (1949-) is regarded as one of the most inventive and productive of contemporary Finnish composers. Although mainly an orchestral composer, it is likely that he became interested in the King of Instruments during his early composition lessons with Einojuhari Rautavaara, whose affinity with ... more
  Site review by Castor September 12, 2012

Valery Gergiev has previously made more than one recording of the final three symphonies of Tchaikovsky, but this is, I believe, the first time he has committed the three earlier ones to disc. On this new LSO Live 2-disc set Symphonies 1 and 2 are comfortably accommodated on the first disc while ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 10, 2012

This disc of chant is hypnotic musically and stunning sonically - one of those times where Tacet just push the boundaries of multi-channel presentation to the benefit of the music. As the absolutely first-rate notes from the Ensemble Providencia's sopranos (Maria Andrea Parias & Sarah Richards) ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 9, 2012

Having greatly enjoyed Schmidt's and Solyon's collaboration in the first volume of their survey of Widor's organ and orchestra works (Widor: Organ Symphony - Christian Schmitt, Stefan Solyom), I'm pleased to report a similar success for the second. Widor, as one of the great architects of French Late Romanticism, was ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 9, 2012

As with Schubert: Symphony No. 8 - Herreweghe before it, this one has very good playing & fine playing but is let down by the astonishing amount of reverberation captured in the recording so that the many subito-piano effects are completely lost in the wash of a timpani thwack. It's a great shame for the ... more
  Site review by Castor September 9, 2012

In my review of the excellent Chandos disc of Josef Suk's orchestral music in September 2010 I expressed the hope that there would be a follow-up disc – well here it is. Once again the performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek - now at the end of his tenure as the orchestra's ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 8, 2012

This set is a compilation of: , , and The booklet is a hybrid of the four single discs and comes with a note that connects them all. As is common with all, Sir Neville Marriner gets his ASMF to play with considerable style (even by the standards of today & HIP practice). Tempo choices are superb, ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 8, 2012

Just like the preceding volumes ( and ), the playing from Sir Neville Marriner and the ASMF is first rate and placed plumb between HIP and "old-school" performing styles. In short, it's hard to conceive of more sympathetic or engaging performances of these early Mozartian symphonies (on period or ... more
George Benson: Breezin'      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by ForYourEars September 8, 2012

Don't waste your money on this SHM SACD. Just as bad as Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves A Favour. No Bass and too bright. I bought DVD Audio and the sound is far superior to SHM SACD (2 channel).
Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by ForYourEars September 8, 2012

I am in total agreement with analogue in regard to SHM SACD sound quality. I was so disappointed with this sound production. There is no bass whatsoever to speak of. It is loud and bright. When I placed my hand near the powered subwoofer, there is no bass or air pumping out of the port. What is ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 8, 2012

A superb follow-up to . Whilst all the compositions are lightweight and facile compared to his mature masterpieces, the flute solo of the opening Symphony No. 20 is gorgeous - both as a melody and by the ASMF flautist (sadly not identified). This is not the only highlight, the Symphony No. 51 is in ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 8, 2012

A wonderful trip down memory lane. This release shows, in many respects, how ahead of the times (or behind them if one wishes to ignore the "aberrations" of mid-late C20 mainstream performance practice!) Sir Neville Marriner was in his Mozartian credentials. Drawing playing that is both light and ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 7, 2012

This disc has to stand comparison to many of the favoured SACD Mahler first symphony recordings (Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Haitink and Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Orozco-Estrada are 3 very fine but very different approaches to the work) not to mention the other (at time of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 7, 2012

Despite finally admitting that Allan Pettersson (1911-80) was one of the greatest Swedish composers, and probably one of the greatest symphonists of the C20th, the Scandinavian concert-goers and musical establishment still left him to walk alone. Even now, his 17 symphonies, 3 concertos for soloist ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 7, 2012

The cycle continues to shine glory on Mozart's music. In common with all except that noted in Volume 8, Zacharias' cycle is pleasingly consistent and combines many of the compelling features of HIP-aware performance without dispensing with the beauty and tonal lustre that modern instruments have ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 6, 2012

We are lucky indeed that Josef Suk's music continues to attract interest at concerts and in recordings, especially with the advocacy of conductors like Pesek and Belohlavek. This new Chandos album offers two substantial tone poems, which are slightly confusingly not placed on the disc in their order ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 4, 2012

Just as Claus Peter Flor darkened his approach and orchestral sound for his powerful Seventh (Dvorák: Symphony No. 7, Othello, The Wild Dove - Flor), here he lightens and brightens both for this sunny Eighth. Composed in the late summer of 1889, the new symphony was the composer's exercise in escaping the standard ... more
Stravinsky: Les Noces, Étude pour pianola - Bosc      (0 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by RebornBosc September 4, 2012

a superb CD!... (Marie Stravinsky)
Mariah Carey: #1's      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by epfw September 4, 2012

very dynamic, smooth sound, highly recommended
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 3, 2012

Previously I raved about (and it still resides on my shelves, probably as my "turn to first" account) but this new account from Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman gives a fair run for its money (and is widely available too). Like the Spering account, Pearlman presents The Creation in German, ... more
Verdi: Messa da Requiem - Muti        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Kapharios September 3, 2012

Grammy Award winner? Give me a break. Grammy adjudicators need a good box of Q-tips. This is NOT the greatest performance of Verdi's Requiem, either from the performance or the recording point of view. The tenor, MArio Zeffiri, manages to get a few pitches out of tune. It's a live recording, OK, but ... more
  Review by progboy September 3, 2012

I have a few SFA's albums in my collection and was pleased to find Love Kraft available in hybrid SACD format. For those who don't know a lot about the "furry animals" I am not sure the best way to describe them but perhaps somewhere in the alternative-psychedelic rock camp me thinks........ Think ... more
Billy Joel: Glass Houses        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 3, 2012

In 1980 I bought "Glass Houses" on cassette..........yup cassette! And played it over and over again until the chromium dioxide wore off the reels. It wasn't until recently that I repurchased this album on SACD thanks to the folks at MOFI. This was Joel's 7th album and was part of the soundtrack to ... more
Ella Fitzgerald: Like Someone In Love        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 3, 2012

1957 was a very good year for Ella! She was really at the top of her game..and this album is a perfect reflection IMHO! "like someone in love" is really just a collection of songs to fall in love to.......not unlike Nat's "love is the thing" or Sinatra's "only for lonely"..... Musically this album ... more
Grieg, Dvorak: Piano Concertos - Richter, Kondrashin, Smetacek        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 3, 2012

This is the second volume of the Richter set on SACD from the label Praga Digitals. This time the program is composed of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op.16 by Grieg, a work by a young man of twenty-five, and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor Op.33 by Dvorak, dating ... more
Boulez and the Piano - Artists in Conversation Vol. 4          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ September 3, 2012

In three SACDs, the label Cybèle retraces the pianistic legacy of the Franch composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, born in 1925. Based on the original scores of the works, we can here hear “Douze Notations” from 1945, the three Sonatas dating respectively from 1946, 1948 and 1955-1957/1963, ... more
Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 - Schuricht        (9 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Chopi September 1, 2012

First of all, let me tell you that I am not a musician in the proper sense. By this I mean that I am not a player (though sometimes I struggle with my double-bass…) but a listener. (And for the record, I think that we, the listeners, are as important for the music as the players themselves, because ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 1, 2012

Below-average sonics greet the listener who has been waiting expectantly for this Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto disc. The sound-stage is nearly flat, even in multi-channel, without real help from the ambience of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The violins, massed on the left, have little ... more
Black Sabbath: Vol4      (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 31, 2012

This is a good solid release of this Sabbath title. Give these guys credit......they always tried to be experimental and to work on new ideas. They were more than a simple metal band. They were also more than a doom and gloom scary band. As with the original recordings these shm sacd's are all ... more
  Site review by Castor August 31, 2012

The 21 year-old Russian pianist Daniel Trifonov is the latest young piano virtuoso to be hailed by the musical press, not only for his prodigious technique – something that these days is almost taken for granted - but also for the maturity of his performances. During the last couple of years he has ... more
Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 30, 2012

We sacd lovers are getting pretty beaten up. How many times do we gotta buy the same releases over and over again. Yes...things have gotten a tad better but still.......labels just have to keep releasing the same material don't they? This Bob Dylan album is an all time classic. It has easily ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Mehta        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue August 30, 2012

Since there is no review of this disk on this site, I avail myself of this opportunity to ‘fill the gap’. Let me say straight away that orchestra and sound are beyond reproach. All the difficulties built into this symphony, requiring soloists rather than rank and file musicians come off splendidly. ... more
Black Sabbath: Paranoid      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by elduce49 August 28, 2012

This is one of the best metal albums ever recorded. I cringed at the price, but ended up getting it as a gift, so you could say I got a good deal on it. I have to admit that I'd have bought it anyway. It's well worth the cost. Anyway I love this album. The performance absolutely deserves all five ... more
  Site review by akiralx August 28, 2012

A recording made in September 1972 which has never ranked very highly by admirers of either artist, but i found much to enjoy here. Karajan never seemed particularly engaged as an accompanist for pianists - the main prosecution witness could be his dire conducting for Christoph Eschenbach's DG ... more
  Site review by akiralx August 27, 2012

An excellently recording with ideal piano sound. Jin Ju's account of the op. 17 Fantaisie is one of the finest of recent years, occasionally ruminative, but with a firm impetus. One never feels the music is in danger of coming to a halt as with Pletnev's DG account. A slight criticism of the ... more
Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie August 26, 2012

Picked up both Gram Parsons SACD's and the sound is much warmer then the current remasters. Unfortunately the vocals were not recorded the best so the distortion on the remasters are the same on SACDs. The albums themselves are great. They are country records more then rock. Where as Band's like The ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 26, 2012

One might say that the mighty and popular three last symphonies of Tchaikovsky could almost play themselves, given a few flicks of a maestro's baton. The more wayward first three, however, require application of commitment, affection and imagination from conductor and orchestra to reveal their true ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 25, 2012

A wonderful disc handicapped only by a slightly odd choice of repertoire. The soloists here (Maximiliano Martin - clarinet, Peter Whelan - bassoon, Alec Frank-Gemmill - horn) are all principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and show-off in concerto form their talents (as opposed the many ... more
Elton John: Madman across the Water        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel August 24, 2012

If you're looking here then you already know that this is one of Elton's best albums so I won't bother saying any more than that about the music. It is however an absolutely outstanding transfer that presents great detail while presenting as black a background as could be hoped for; the master ... more
Jim Hall Quartet: All Across the City        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 23, 2012

Man do I miss Concord sacd's. The Company was bought out and stopped releasing sacd's altogether. And we are all the worst off for it if you ask me. This excellent disc was recorded in 1989 and features a little less than an hours worth of terrific modern jazz. As with all Concord albums this is a ... more
Sibelius: Songs - Jorma Hynninen        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by photogravure August 21, 2012

I want to thank Geohominid for his excellent review which more than adequately covers all the important points about this beautiful disc. I am fully in agreement with everything he has to say, but have a few words to add about Jorma Hynninen. This truly great baritone (whose previous RDCD of ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 20, 2012

The name Joaquin Clerch will be familiar to those admirers of Anette Maiberg's series of discs in which she seeks to popularise genres from around the world (mainly but not exclusively Latin America). Here, the Cuban guitarist and composer returns the favour with a concerto written especially for ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 20, 2012

A hugely varied collection for this second volume of Chandos' Lutoslawski cycle (the first is here: ). Opening with the early Symphonic Variations of 1936-38, Gardner draws not only a rhythmically vital response from the BBC SO but manages to imbue the somewhat abstract "theme" and its subsequent ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial August 20, 2012

As the title indicates, this is the first volume in a projected cycle of all Mendelssohn's string chamber works (including the quintets and octet) to be presented on 4 discs. The present volume includes the first two numbered quartets and closes with the early quartet completed when Mendelssohn was ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Romeo & Juliet - Paavo Järvi          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue August 20, 2012

Choosing between the available recordings of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony is by no means an easy task. So far there are no less than 19 different super audio versions. Even if we take out the older, ‘refurbished’ ones, as well as the ‘Japan only’, there remains a choice of 9. What I suppose most of ... more
  Site review by Castor August 19, 2012

There is such a bewildering array of recommendable versions of these evergreen works available on CD, and to some extent even on SACD, that any new recording must offer something special to make its mark in such a crowded field. While some combine one or more of the four concertante works heard here ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Pique Dame Overture - Kitajenko        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr August 18, 2012

Just heard this for the severalth time, and it's now my favorite. Previous comments about poor choices for tempos ring wrongly FOR ME--Katajenko's tempos are slower than some, and nothing ever sounds rushed, it all sounds JUST RIGHT. I especially love that he doesn't speed the end of that ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 17, 2012

Clearly JSB thought a great deal about his collection of six Concertos for Harpsichord, BWV 1052a - BWV 1057. During 1738-9 he meticulously revised and converted some existing movements (possibly some from violin concertos and probably some from organ concertos), also going to the trouble of binding ... more
  Site review by Castor August 17, 2012

The Melba recordings of the State Opera of South Australia's performances of the four operas of Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' given in Adelaide in 2004 were greeted with fulsome and justifiable praise when they were released between 2005 and 2007. It is not altogether surprising then that Melba ... more
Billy Joel: 52nd Street        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 16, 2012

This was a good follow up to his classic Stranger album. It features three radio hits and some solid tracks that are rarely heard outside of this album. If you're expecting a drop dead gorgeous and mind blowing sacd of this album....you will not find it here. Unfortunately. This new Mofi sacd ... more
The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel August 13, 2012

A classic album from the Doobies' early-mid 70s peak as a rock outfit before Michael McDonald's pop sensibilities took them in a different direction. Great tunes, great playing. The MFSL SACD presents the blackest, quietest background of any version to date, along with a clean treble, a sweet ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 10, 2012

The sombre cover photograph of this disc, of the artists sitting on the pedestal of a War Memorial on either side of two red poppy wreaths, says much about its contents. Both Ivor Gurney (1890-1916) and George Butterworth served in the First World War trenches and died there; Vaughan Williams, an ... more
Olivia Newton John: Physical      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by FagenFan August 8, 2012

What's the point of re-mastering this without any kind of mch mix? Ok, for the sake of memorabilia, this is too good a money making opp for UM for to pass up, let's just do a quickie and get it over with. Sonics wise, after volume level compensation, I actually found the sound to be a bit too ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (21 of 24 found this review helpful)
  Review by cherrell August 8, 2012

I guess I will start at the beginning. The opening of the 1st movement, that A chord, the descending 4ths, is absolutely sublime. It was almost like hearing it for the first time. No tension, just pure sound. I must point out the trumpet fanfares and how much I enjoyed that they were in the distance ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4 - Ikuyo Nakamichi, Paavo Järvi          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue August 8, 2012

On the occasion of Ikuyo Nakamichi ‘s forthcoming visit to France, where she will be playing Beethoven at ‘La Roque d’Anthéron Festival’ (on the 14th of August, to be precise), I thought this would be the right moment to turn my attention to her and listen to ‘what she has to say’ in that respect. ... more
  Site review by Castor August 8, 2012

Ivan Fischer and his marvellous Budapest Festival Orchestra have a already given us outstanding recordings of Mahler's 2nd, 4th, and 6th Symphonies in performances that not only show these artists to have supreme grasp of the Mahlerian idiom but also demonstrate Fischer's ability to look at these ... more
Queen: A Day at the Races      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by SnaggS August 7, 2012

Queen has been on my "todo" list for along time, waiting for the prejudice from being subjected to radio repetition to fade. It took 15 years, and with the SHM releases I bit the bullet on these releases. I'm pleasantly surprised to find that this album, comprised of songs which I haven't heard, is ... more
Chick Corea: Rendezvous in New York          (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by teac4010 August 7, 2012

One of a few SACD's I purchased recently with all 6 tracks loaded. I'm not the greatest fan of modern jazz but this one is unusually good. The multitracks add the extra dimension that is missing in stereo.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Rattle        (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg August 6, 2012

I have been following through various recordings, over 25 years and with great interest, the ongoing development of the two major competing finale completions of the Bruckner 9th. I have listened with delight in past months to the "final" SPCM version heard here and the "final" William Carragan ... more
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 5, 2012

I just love to be surprised by sacd titles. I hoped for the best when I ordered this shm sacd of Black Sabbath's first titled album. The sound quality regarding these Black Sabbath discs are all over the place. Paranoid was amazing as was Heaven and Hell. But the other sacd releases left something ... more
  Site review by Geohominid August 5, 2012

Panihida, in the context of the Orthodox Christian tradition, is the Service through which prayer for the departed will, in the general Resurrection, result in their being reunited with loved ones. In the Finnish Orthodox tradition, it has come to be the memorial service on death, and comes from the ... more
Stan Getz and Bill Evans: Stan Getz & Bill Evans      (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc August 4, 2012

very good sound quality
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony - Kitajenko        (16 of 16 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oakland August 2, 2012

I have listened to the Kitajenko conducted Tschaikowsky Manfred Symphony numerous times over the past two years. My opinions have evolved but not by that much. Out of the gate I found this recording to have far and away superior sound than other Manfred's I own but thought that the performance came ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Haitink          (3 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet August 2, 2012

Whenever I see LSO Live I know the sound quality wiill be awful but then I read a good review and I buy the disc. It is not the halls fault. I have been in Barbican and the sound quality was magnificent - not at all dry. This disc in two channel was totally two dimensional. No depth at all. No ... more
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out        (2 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Beck August 2, 2012

This is not a review but a response - I agree wholeheartedly. Of note I **do** think Analogue Productions improved considerably on the Getz/Gilberto title and they said they worked from a different master there as well. THEIR WEBSITE CONFIRMS THAT THE 2 CHANNEL MIX is REMASTERED but the ... more
Billy Joel: The Stranger        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue August 2, 2012

I own the original Sony sacd from the earlier days of sacd. The multi channel layer has Joel's voice on its own channel and thats a thrilling thing to hear. Separated from the other music is a different experience. The original stereo layer however.has gradually waned on me. I have always been ... more
Polychoral Splendour from the four galleries of the Abbey Church of Muri        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute August 2, 2012

Spectacular!!! What a wonderful performance and recording of this beautiful music!!! I really don't have much to add to the excellent review above. I completely agree with him...except for one minor point... A photo of the Abbey Church of Muri & the performers of this glorious music can be found ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Haitink        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld August 1, 2012

Haitink takes the cow by the horns from the very start of the opening Allegro. He reads more detail from the score than my preferred comparison readings of this symphony; Eugen Jochum (1978) with Dresden and Giulini with VPO (1987), both on RBCD. It also seems that for Haitink this opening movement ... more
  Site review by akiralx July 31, 2012

One of the finest of all Schumann symphony cycles is here given a new lease of life in EMI Japan's hybrid stereo three SACD set. One more disc than the EMI Great Recordings of the Century incarnation - but unlike that set, here the Manfred Overture is included. Sonically this set is marginally but ... more
Rolling Stones: Metamorphosis        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy July 29, 2012

Metamorphosis is really an odds and sods album and is one of the obscure artifacts from the discography of the Stones! The music on this album is pretty much a collection of rare outtakes and snippets from the cutting room floor. The orchestral version of "out of time" is worth the admission alone! ... more
  Site review by Geohominid July 28, 2012

Finland has a rich supply of interesting churches, and within them, many interesting and important organs. Fuga's growing inventory of organ recordings allows a wider range of International ears to savour these instruments. Ylistaro is a modestly-sized town in south Ostrobothnia, and its church ... more
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21, Suite Op. 29 - Prazak Quartet          (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by current93 July 27, 2012

Exceptional disc all around which raises to new heights the status of Prazak Quartet, Madame Caiello and Praga Digitals. Both compositions are new to SACD, so no comparisons and competition. Firstly, in Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21 I must admit great performance of Alda Caiello, who provides full range ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Haitink          (4 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell July 26, 2012

The Definitive Beethoven 9th Audiophile recording... I bought this 9th along with the LSO's complete Beethoven cycle (besides the point the every work of the cycle is performed with excellence.) I turned to the famed 9th first, what is within this recording is a powerful performance with all ... more
Wes Montgomery: A Day in the Life      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc July 26, 2012

Sound quality is good. not the best but good indeed. As for the music - i didn't like too much all those covers they played here. Interestingly - the best track here is the one composed by Wess himself. Honestly - i wouldn't buy this title second time and would put my 60$ on something else.
Holly Cole Trio: Don't Smoke In Bed        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc July 26, 2012

top rate sound quality.
Dire Straits: Love Over Gold      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc July 26, 2012

i think this is the best sounding Dire Straits album. Finally it doesn't have that over emphasized mid bass which works good with small speakers or in the car - but with a full range system it excites the room too much and hurts overal sound quality.

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