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  Site review by Geohominid April 18, 2013

Young conductor Johannes Klumpp is evidently an advocate for the bassoon. In his copious notes, he writes about the history of bassoon concertos as well as neatly describing the four pieces on this disc. Klumpp reminds us that bassoon concertos had a Golden Age, stretching from the Baroque (Vivaldi, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 16, 2013

An elegant but sober front disc cover here gives little indication of the delights within. My first encounter with Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra was with his Bach Keyboard Concertos, soloist Angela Hewitt - impressive and notable. Now the ACO and Tognetti present two seminal products ... more
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus - Kleiber        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by berni-baer April 15, 2013

This double SACD remastered by Esoteric is really a dream. I have never expected such a superb sound. Just for listening the ouverture it would be worth spending the money. I can recommend this SACD without any restrictions. Just great.
  Site review by Adrian Cue April 14, 2013

I bought this disk already some years ago and it has become one of my favourites. That is one of the reasons why I believe that the extraordinary musicianship of these three ladies, making up the ‘Boulanger Trio’, however belatedly, deserves to be noted on this site. On several occasions I have ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 14, 2013

Korean pianist William Youn's debut piano recital disc () was an impressive introduction of his art. It demonstrated his approaches to Chopin, Schumann and Wolf, in particular his clear articulation and expressive phrasing. Similar skills are employed in this programme of Schubert's domestic music. ... more
  Site review by Castor April 11, 2013

Though one can speculate as to how much Prokofiev's declining health and his experiences during the Second World War had on his state of mind when he completed his 6th Symphony in 1947, there is little doubt that it was profound. The 6th Symphony is the most personal and deeply felt of his seven, ... more
  Site review by Castor April 8, 2013

The idea of coupling Bartok's final orchestral work with one of his earliest is an interesting, though not unique one. It certainly allows the listener to contrast the enormous development in the composer's style from the Straussian influences present in 'Kossuth' (1903) to the unique sound world ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 7, 2013

An unqualified recommendation. This is the third volume of Carus' complete recordings of Schütz and, like their Mendelssohn choral cycle, this series started out RBCD-only. Like Schütz: Musikalische Exequien, Motets, the mainstay of the disc is the Musikalische Exequien (music for the funeral service of ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 7, 2013

A very uneven disc in musical quality. First, the good points. The musical direction has a pace that sets itself apart from Schütz: Musikalische Exequien - Rademann without ever becoming breathless in the main piece of this disc (the Musikalische Exequien); the rest of the programme is similarly well suited ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Anekdoten April 5, 2013

I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS REVIEW..I have listened to the SACD and my Original Vinyl pressing and felt quite unsettled when listening to this SACD compared to the vinyl which was superior in every way. The SACD gave me the feeling that someone who has taken the album to pieces polished it ... more
Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 5, 2013

A CLASSIC RECORDING AND ALBUM. Its truly sad to see the Shm Sacd program gone. I feel that their sacd's were the very best in sound quality. The sound quality the mastering tech's achieved was extra special. The majority of the Shm Sacd's were truly singular in the sound department. Its something ... more
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue April 5, 2013

Mobile Fidelity is set to release a whole whack of new sacd releases. This classic gem from the early 70's is one of them. I found this to be a rather good release from Mofi. Its a solid mastering job that is probably as good as could be hoped for. It seems that Mofi achieved a cohesive mix that ... more
Genesis: Genesis      
  Review by Pete Wood April 4, 2013

I picked up Genesis tracks from the radio and really got into them. By this time I had purchased a SACD player which I was told was superior to the Compact Disc. This is the 2nd Genesis SACD I purchased and I must say, is brilliant. I have not heard the original recordings but when I played my SACD ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 3, 2013

An unquestionable triumph for all concerned. Opening with the Korngold, it is immediately apparent that all protagonists (in front and behind the microphones) are on sensational form. The only competing account on SACD is and in all ways this newer account leaves the DG disc for dust. Apart from ... more
Honegger: Complete Symphonies - Brogli-Sacher        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic April 1, 2013

I see this set seems to have attracted some bad press even before folk bothered to listen to it! After actually doing so, however, I feel they are mistaken - and, what's more, they are missing what I suspect will prove the only complete set of Arthur Honegger's symphonies ever to be released on ... more
Michael Jackson: Thriller      (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by davos73 March 31, 2013

Je viens de réécouter cet album sur de nouvelle enceintes (plus modernes - Cabasse Majorca) et le résultat est extraordinaire, on redécouvre totalement l’œuvre en percevant des sons inconnus jusqu’alors. Les basses sont discrètes mais elles sont là au bon moment et c'est l'essentiel. Je ne ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 31, 2013

Prégardien and Gees have reached the last of their readings of Schubert's song cycles for Challenge Classics with a new Winterreise. After their enlightening performances of Die schöne Müllerin (1823) and Schwanengesang (1828) - not strictly a cycle - I was keenly awaiting Winterreise, and must say ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Harnoncourt        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Papahem March 30, 2013

I am really at a loss as to the tepid to poor reviews, here. I have a pretty good (sane) system: Maggie 1.7 's, NAD 375 BEE and Oppo BDP-105; superb SVS sealed box Ultra-13 subwoofer; wire all around Paul Speltz; good Furman line conditioner. I can still hear reasonably well. And what I hear is ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by lenw March 30, 2013

Another great high resolution album from Analogue Productions using the original source master. The sound is open and full bodied with good dynamic range. You can clearly hear the great guitar work from John and Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook, drums from Doug Clifford and good vocal harmonies. I guess one ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 29, 2013

Simply utterly charming. The music may not be the most involving ever put down on paper but Campbell and his colleagues Gregory Maytan, Paul Swantek & Pablo Mahave-Veglia play as if this is first rate music. In reality, these quartets are almost miniature concertos; the movement structure is ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 29, 2013

The violinists equivalent of poacher turned gamekeeper turned poacher? To orchestral devotees, Guy Braunstein will be well known as one of the 3 1st Concertmasters of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a post he has held since September 2000. At the close of this season however he returns to his soloist ... more
Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works IV - Edward Gardner (Muzyka Polska VI)        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic March 29, 2013

Since no one has reviewed this, I thought it was worth summarising my impressions. I suppose one's musical response to this SACD will very much be dependent on your feelings about the composer. Personally, I straddle the fence I'm afraid. I love the early Lutoslawski of 50s and 60s - the Concerto ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 29, 2013

I've lived with this disc for a while now & try as I might, it is stubbornly refusing to feel loved. The Quartetto di Cremona all use instruments made in the region of their title, trained in & now teach in the Stauffer Academy (Cremona). Key to their artistic development were extended periods of ... more
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, 1812 etc. - RPO/Simonov        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic March 27, 2013

We all know two things for sure about Membran/Tring recordings: 1) They are wildly variable in performance and sound quality and 2) For some reason, they didn’t believe in gaps between pieces and movements And to this, I would suggest that we can now add a corollary: 3) Seek out the various ... more
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Davis          (12 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic March 27, 2013

Here my love of Nielsen overcame my antipathy towards the 'LSO Live' sound. I wasn't going to post this as a review, but it simply got too big to insert in the discussions section. So here it is, warts 'n all. Sneak preview - I don't like this recording very much... so think of it as a public ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 27, 2013

William Youn, the latest pianist to join the Ars Produktion stable, is rapidly developing a strong and varied concert career world wide. He has given solo and chamber recitals in such international venues as New York’s Lincoln Center, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Vienna Musikverein, the Palacio ... more
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman March 25, 2013

I am a huge Skynyrd fan. Once this title was announced, I couldn't wait to get it...and I am pleased. Without a doubt the definitive version of this absolute classic album. Probably won't be regarded as an audiophile disc, however it is quite a delightful listen. I would say a little heavy on the ... more
Bill Evans: Interplay      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 25, 2013

So many SHm Sacd's are now out of print. This is one of them.... unfortunately. And when things go out of print they get sold for outrageous prices. Bill Evans wanted a change from his famous trio work in 1962 so he got together some of the best jazz people around to create this rather unique ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Haitink          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Little Nemo March 23, 2013

This is a review of the 2ch program only, and focuses mainly on the sound quality. Don't pre-judge this cycle by the other mainly-disappointing LSO Live recordings. With LSO Live we have come to expect overzealous spotlighting which results in flat two-dimensional sound due to everything sounding ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 19, 2013

What a versatile pianist Ronald Brautigam is! I have recently been enjoying his RBCD set of Rachmaninov Preludes, played on a modern Steinway, and here he serves up the next episode in his on-going set of Mozart Piano Concertos on a Viennese Walther Fortepiano of c. 1795 (Paul McNulty replica). Die ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (12 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 19, 2013

I own many sacd's and gold cd's mastered by Steve Hoffman but this is the first sacd that I am disappointed with. Its always difficult to review a classic album from the past when so many listeners have their own opinions of what constitutes good sound for that particular title. My review is not ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum        (1 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

Flat, dull & lifeless even on the best equipment. This applies to all the CCR SACD's.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

Flat, dull & lifeless even on the best equipment. This applies to all the CCR SACD's.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River        (0 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

Flat, dull & lifeless even on the best equipment. This applies to all the CCR SACD's.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo's Factory        (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

Flat, dull & lifeless even on the best equipment. This applies to all the CCR SACD's.
Depeche Mode: Violator        (0 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

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Yes: Close to the Edge        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy And The Poorboys        (0 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

Flat, dull & lifeless even on the best equipment. This applies to all the CCR SACD's.
The Band: Music from Big Pink        (0 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by jbaker111 March 18, 2013

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Yes: Close to the Edge        (4 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus March 16, 2013

Best pressing I've ever heard. Highly recommended
Otaño: Obras para órgano        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute March 16, 2013

Beautiful, meditative music for pipe organ by the Jesuit priest, Padre Nemesio Otano. While he may not be that well known, he is nonetheless an important figure in 20th century Spanish music. Along with composing sacred music, he published several books on the subject and gave concerts as choir ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 16, 2013

A Passion with a difference - all to our good. Somewhat unusually for one of Bach's great choral works, the Johannes-Passion is rather thin on the ground as far as SACD goes. My library version until now was Bach: St. John Passion - Netherlands Bach Society but this surpasses it for musical intensity and the ... more
The Doors: L.A. Woman        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 14, 2013

This review will be based on the new 2 channel sacd layer. Doug Sax has used his formidable mastering talents to create a new sacd of this classic Doors album and its really good. I also own the first Dvd Audio release of this title as well as the Dvd Audio box set. It is very interesting to ... more
  Review by Quint March 13, 2013

I have to disagree with some posters' assertions that this is one of the worst pop/rock SACDs ever produced. I just got done listening to it in both SACD *and* redbook, and I have a hard time understanding all the vitriol. I have a very good source (modified Marantz SA-7S1), and the rest of my rig ... more
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture - Gergiev        (8 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Little Nemo March 13, 2013

I must say I don't get all the 5-star reviews of the sonics. I have to agree with those who gave poor sonic reviews. The cannons actually clip; that's why there is no bass energy in them. They simply exceed the amplitude limits of the digital format, so all that is left is a weak click where there ... more
John Coltrane: Blue Train        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea March 11, 2013

I’ve been smitten with this album ever since my buddy played me his Analogue Productions release of the 180 gram, 45 rpm LP. I’m a digital guy and don’t have a record player, but I wanted that warm, “vinyl sound” that I fell in love with that first time I heard this classic. I debated between the ... more
Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings!      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue March 11, 2013

This shm sacd is a very good sounding release. Recorded in the early 60's I wondered what kind of tape source would be used to make the Dsd master. All is well and I shouldn't have been concerned. The synergy of the musicians is a tad different than on other albums and the actual performance is ... more
  Site review by Castor March 10, 2013

The first recording of the Berlioz 'Grande Messe des Morts' that Sir Colin Davis made with the London Symphony Orchestra has, for more than 40 years, been one of the great glories of the gramophone. Originally taped by Philips in 1969 and then re-incarnated by PentaTone as a 4-channel hybrid SACD ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 10, 2013

String players will know the name of Zakhar Bron. He is regarded as one of the great teachers of violin, numbering Repin, Vengerov and Gluzman as just a few pupils from a starry list of brilliant violinists. For some years, Bron has been putting together a string orchestra of young talent from some ... more
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Quintet - Martin Fröst        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruben090962 March 9, 2013

This has to be the essential recording of this work! I know there are hundreds but to me, this is the one. I do have a few earlier renderings of the clarinet concerto. The performance is perfect and the recording is excellent.
Glass: Metamorphosis, The Hours - Lavinia Meijer          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruben090962 March 9, 2013

I listened to this work several times. I love Glass, "The Hours" has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This transcription to the Harp is hypnotic. In multichannel is a must have. Lavinia is a player new to me. I am exploring her other works. For all of you that love contemporary music this is ... more
Counting Crows: August and Everything After        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steelers6Rings March 8, 2013

I must begin by fully disclosing the fact that I haven't listened to the original cd version of this album that I have for some time now, but to my ears, this SACD release sounds great. Very crisp and clean. While I would have loved a multi-channel release of this album, this stereo mix sounds very ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Gregg Bass March 8, 2013

I had high expectations for this one but became a bit concerned when I read that this release would be a stereo remaster, not a full remix. And it shows. There is more detail present here than in previous releases but the whole album sounds a bit tinny to my ears with too much emphasis on the upper ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman March 7, 2013

Performance? A masterpiece for sure as we all know. Sound quality is the best that I've experienced for Close To The Edge. That's not to say it's not without faults. It does sound great, but I feel it's a little heavy on midrange (keyboards) and too light on percussion. Bruford's snare does not ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule March 7, 2013

WOW!!! I just got it today and am amazed at the clarity and full sound of this 2.1 hybrid. I love it. It's the best version I've ever heard. Now if they'd just put it out in 5.1 surround (like Fragile), it would be perfect for my system. Highly recommend.
The Art of Mravinsky: Mravinsky in Moscow 1965 & 1972      (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic March 7, 2013

How does one describe such a set, containing so many musical treasures? But also, regretfully, explicit sonic horrors... I have expressed my opinions concerning Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic before. I believe this combination to be one of the greatest music performing treasures of the ... more
Helmet of Gnats      
  Review by cooltype937 March 5, 2013

I agree with the two previous reviews but I think the influences are more Soft Machine and Alan Holdsworth than what the other reviewers think. I would also like to point out that the multi-channel mix is 5.0 not 5.1. Doesn't make a heck of a lot of difference, at least on my system where crossovers ... more
Coleman Hawkins: Coleman Hawkins and Confreres        (1 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc March 5, 2013

good disc.
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Furtwängler        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by petrushka1975 March 4, 2013

Wagner fans all over the world know this to be the unsurpassed recording of Tristan. In addition to the inimitable Furtwangler, the ensemble consisted of an all-star cast of the best Wagner singers of the era. Flagstad was slightly past her prime voicewise as she had retired from signing the role of ... more
Mike Oldfield: Ommadawn      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bicman March 3, 2013

I find with all the updating I've done to my entertainment system over the years, the only thing truely holding me back from my systems full potential is the quality of the source. Be it CD, SACD, DVD Audio or Blueray, it's the duplication of the recording that I find really makes a huge ... more
  Review by benvandyk March 3, 2013

this is an exellent recording. theres no artificial sound in the rear speakers. old school r&r. im playing it on my 10 channel Denon with denon link.mch pL2xmusic mode. it has a concert setting too. the sound is exellent so it gets all the stars
  Site review by Geohominid March 3, 2013

The Kaamos Chamber Choir is a mixed 'a cappella' chorus, formed during 2007 in the Helsinki area. This is its debut recording, and celebrates pieces which have been important in the choir's development since its inception. It also makes a pleasantly cohesive programme with the theme of transition ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue March 3, 2013

While I understand that giving stars is not always a fool proof yardstick, the downside of it is that a starless recording no longer finds its place on the list of top recommendations and does, moreover, not show on the titles list as having been reviewed. As it happens, in this particular case, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 2, 2013

The Storioni Trio from the Netherlands is rapidly gaining a global reputation as a young chamber group to watch. Their name is taken from the 1794 Laurentius Storioni violin from Cremona played by violinist Wouter Vossen. In the course of ensemble development, the trio members have worked with ... more
Foreigner: 4        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman March 1, 2013

I am very pleasantly surprised with this title. Aside from the popularity of the music, I found the sound of the multi-channel to be delightful. The synthesizer is memorizing and mixed wonderfully in all channels. The low frequency portion is very clear and when it crosses down to the subwoofer it ... more
Villa-Lobos: Little Train of the Caipiria, Antill: Corroboree - LSO/Goossens        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic March 1, 2013

The last time someone reviewed this 'Holy Grail' disc, dinosaurs still ruled the earth, the global economy was in fine shape and hunting bankers with an assault rifle was still illegal. Ah, for those good old days! After years of hunting, I finally procured a copy - but not at the silly prices ... more
  Site review by Castor March 1, 2013

Volume 1 of the Chandos series devoted to the music of Sir Eugene Goossens was the final recording made by the late-lamented Richard Hickox. The challenge to bring the music of this talented and neglected composer to a wider public has now been taken up by Sir Andrew Davis. It is perhaps worth ... more
The Doors        (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 28, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The multi-channel layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
The Doors: Waiting For The Sun        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 28, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
  Review by marshman February 28, 2013

1991's We Can't Dance sees Genesis return to a grittier sound after the more pop feel of Invisible Touch, and was sadly the last studio Genesis album with Collins on vocals. This is perhaps ironic as he left the band to pursue a solo career that had, in retrospect, already peaked. One wonders at ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 - Wand        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic February 28, 2013

Wand's Beethoven- as good as his Bruckner? Hell- yes! Wand's Bruckner cycle is justly famed as one of the summits of the recorded repertoire - although, as reviewed elsewhere, I would recommend his earlier NDR rather than Berlin Phil recordings wherever possible. His only really credible modern ... more
Art Pepper: Gettin' Together!      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 28, 2013

It is most unfortunate that the Shm sacd program has come to a halt. They are very expensive to be sure but the majority of their releases are stellar and ground breaking. This is a classic Art Pepper album from 1960. I own the original fantasy sacd release and its a very good one to be sure. But ... more
The Doors: Morrison Hotel        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 28, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
The Doors: L.A. Woman        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 28, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
The Doors: Strange Days        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 27, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
The Doors: The Soft Parade        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea February 27, 2013

First-time release of The Doors 6-album catalog on SACD from Analog Productions. Each disc contains both multi-channel and stereo. The surround sound layer comes from the original 96K, 24-bit files that were originally mixed and mastered for the 2006 DVD Audio Doors/Perception release. For stereo ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 27, 2013

Jorma Hynninen (b. 1941), probably the best known Finnish singer, holds a secure place as one of the greatest baritones in the world. His career in opera, lieder and concert performances has been well recorded, so although he will be missed after his impending retirement, he leaves a substantial ... more
El Cant de la Sibilla - Savall        (7 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic February 27, 2013

Alia Vox appear to have perfected the art of minimalist recording in stone-faced church or historic venues. Although this is not one of their most recent releases, the results are wonderfully transparent, natural and vibrant-sounding, with stunning stage depth and ambience. As always, Savall and ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Wand        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic February 27, 2013

This recording is very simply summarised. A great performance, in fine sound. IMHO this is the premier Bruckner 5 in hi-resolution sound, and definitely recommended over his later BPO reading. Wand's Bruckner cycle is one of the wonders of the recorded repertoire, and this reading of the epic 5th ... more
Strauss: Tone Poems - Albrecht          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Scytales February 27, 2013

To my delight, this disk has been the most pleasant surprise I had for a long time. While certainly not as genius as others like Karajan or Reiner's, Albrecht's performance of each of the principal symphonic poems does have merits of its own. I had the feeling that the conductor stays away from the ... more
die 12 pianisten und das Karlsruher Schlagzeug Ensemble        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by fibonacci February 26, 2013

This disc is a lot of fun! The programme is varied, the execution is dynamic, the recording is excellent, and I love the multi-channel mix. The combination of pianos and percussion works perfectly. And the William Tell gallops along in style. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Toccata - Jürgen Wolf        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fibonacci February 26, 2013

I'm don't know what to make of this disc. Presentation is unusual - a DVD sized digipak. The multi-channel sound makes full use of the rear speakers for ambiance, and a lot of it. The programme begins with J.S. Bach BWV 564 Toccata, Adagio and Fugue. There seems to be a lot of bass swirling ... more
Nat "King" Cole: After Midnight        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Little Nemo February 25, 2013

Firstly: who the heck is that one person out of 20 (at the time of writing) who voted NOT to recommend this remastered masterpiece?! Sheesh! I have to echo earlier sentiments. This album is SO well recorded and remastered. The energy of the performances push it almost into rock 'n roll territory. ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 25, 2013

This disc will please those looking for large forces playing Beethoven without any truck towards HIP practices and in need of a snooze. The sound of this Beethoven band is large, its timbre wide and frequently the strings overwhelm the woodwind in climaxes; tempos too are relaxed. In some cases, ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 25, 2013

A very welcome disc, in more ways than one. First off, this is far from the lean, HIP school of Beethoven that has dominated much of modern orchestral renditions of his works in recent years. The size of orchestra on display is not pared down from what one would usually associated with Brahms, they ... more
  Site review by Castor February 25, 2013

It has been a wait of almost four years for the final disc in CPO's excellently performed and recorded SACD cycle of the Weingartner symphonies to arrive, so it is good at last to see this courageous enterprise reach a successful completion. Weingartner composed his final symphony between 1937 and ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 24, 2013

An outstanding release in all but one respect. First, all the multitude of positives: the Bergen Phiharmonic are clearly one of the top orchestras employed regularly in the recording studio at present by many companies (most of the prolific ones fortunately support SACD) and their cultured response ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 24, 2013

A generous recital, full of Chopin's most popular essays of the Polonaise form. Throughout Caroline Sageman exhibits a flawless technique and is entirely free of the tiresome mannerisms that have plagued many a "star" pianist. Such mannerisms may well provoke excitement in the midst of a concert ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel February 24, 2013

I currently have both SACD versions: the Island 2003 2-disc set, and the Universal Japan 2010 SHM-SACD. I won't go on about the music itself, we all know it's a stunning 5-star album where songs like "Grey Seal" and "All the Young Girls Love Alice" are every bit as strong as the hits like "Harmony" ... more
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by p59teitel February 24, 2013

I currently have both SACD versions: the Island 2003 2-disc set, and the Universal Japan 2010 SHM-SACD. I won't go on about the music itself, we all know it's a stunning 5-star album where songs like "Grey Seal" and "All the Young Girls Love Alice" are every bit as strong as the hits like "Harmony" ... more
Taj Mahal, V.M. Bhatt, N. Ravikiran: Mumtaz Mahal        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Turin February 24, 2013

This is another outstanding recording from Water Lily Acoustics. The sound is rich and full. The dynamics border on mystical. Although the performances are very good, there is a pacing problem in the track selection. I don't know if they intended all the songs to sound the same, but that's how it ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 24, 2013

Prokofiev conducted the première of the Fifth Symphony in January 1945 with great success. Seemingly, at age 53, his prospect seemed to promise many years continuing his service to Soviet music. This was not to be the case. Two weeks after the Fifth Symphony concert, Prokofiev was leaving a friend's ... more
Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Espen R February 24, 2013

This is an amazing DSD transfer from japan dub tapes that are in excellent condition! I can't praise this SHM-SACD enough. It's up there with the very best transfers like Black Sabbath S/T, Dire Straits S/T, Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers", among others. The sound is very analogue, open, clean and ... more
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by katabatic February 23, 2013

This is the third SHM SACD I have bought. It arrived from Japan this morning. My regular postman Eric handed it to me. It is now 9:30 pm GMT, and I have just played the disc for the first time. My heart is pounding and I need another drink after listening to all fourteen minutes plus of ‘Sleeping ... more
Patricia Barber: A Distortion of Love        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by katabatic February 23, 2013

I sourced a copy of this new SACD from the US after being made aware of its imminent release and I’ve been playing it a lot since it arrived a fortnight ago. I would beg to disagree with stef40: IMHO the comments in his/her review would certainly apply to the Antilles CD of this, Barber’s first ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 22, 2013

There are many discs entitled "Reflections", but this is the first time I have encountered "Refractions". Such titling is often only weakly connected with the programme, but here it seems to work well. Both light and sound waves change direction (and frequency) when passing from one medium to ... more
Patricia Barber: A Distortion of Love        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by stef40 February 21, 2013

Not as good as the others "Barber".Maybe this is due to the recording date (1991)? or something else?This one is less clear (the highs),there is less dynamic, the presentation seems to be darker.The music is good with nice ballads.
Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain        (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone February 21, 2013

Though Miles Davis’ name appears above the title and Miles was the instigator of the project, “Sketches of Spain” is from beginning to end the work of gifted composer/arranger Gil Evans, and is overdue for reevaluation. More than a half-century after it was recorded, it still doesn’t fit neatly into ... more
  Review by marshman February 20, 2013

Invisible Touch saw Genesis reach the peak of their success, although this was as a result (in my view) of taking a more pop approach to the music, and who can blame them. Of the performance and music itself, there is a lot more use of electric drums than on the previous album. Whilst 1983's self ... more
  Site review by Castor February 20, 2013

For the first volume of a new Chandos series devoted to the orchestral works of the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974), Neeme Järvi moves appropriately to Gothenburg with its fine orchestra and a concert hall whose acoustic is ranked amongst the world's finest. Though many of Atterberg's ... more

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