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The Doors: The Doors        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 4, 2013

A truly great debut album from a classic rock band. This review is of the new Analogue Productions sacd which features a new Dsd stereo transfer by Doug Sax. The original two channel tapes are no longer with us so for this release Sax used a second generation tape which was the best one that ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by vonwegen June 4, 2013

This release was a HUGE disappointment - compare this with the DCC gold CD and you will discover that the version of "Heartbreak Hotel" is an nth-generation dub copy that sounds like it's in a tunnel. This was Elvis's landmark breakthrough and they couldn't be bothered to locate the original mixdown ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 4, 2013

Janson's Mahler cycle with RCO Live has been received with variable enthusiasm. Certainly there is no dispute over the famously high quality of the sound drawn from the Concertgebouw players. But from the interpretive point of view, Mahler's bitter ironies and nightmarish grotesqueness are more ... more
Elvis Presley: Stereo '57 (Essential Elvis Volume 2)        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 3, 2013

Am I ever impressed with this new Elvis sacd. I like it more every time I give it a listen. To think they were going to erase and throw this in the trash...what a tragic loss that would have been. This disc is essentially the many takes produced to create one of Elvis's soundtracks plus some other ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 30, 2013

Bruckner, a deeply pious Roman Catholic, wrote at least eight masses, mostly in the period of his musical studies. Three of them were for local parishes, and did not always contain the full Ordinary rubric of the Catholic Mass. The Requiem in D minor of 1849 was the first Mass which he allowed to be ... more
Black Sabbath: Paranoid      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by GMONEY May 29, 2013

This is an incredible Sounding SACD. I was lucky and nabbed a used one one ebay for $45. I have been blown away by the sound. Most of the time SACDs provide minor improvements over the RB CD that make the expense not always worth upgrading, especially if you have an audiophile front end or ... more
I was like WOW! - Jörgen van Rijen          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by rio98765 May 29, 2013

The enthusiasm shown in the title and style of the cover is well justified. The danger is that some may be put off by an impression of gimmicky contents. Far from it! The disc is of high musical worth throughout, and I'm very pleased I took the punt. Let's face it — you wouldn't normally venture ... more
Foreigner: 4        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 28, 2013

Foreigner - 4 (1981) Foreigner 4 was one of the albums that defined the 80's rock scene IMHO......who could ever forget "juke Box Hero" or "Urgent" from the genius production propensities of Mutt Lange. Mutt Lange was on a roll and was one of the most sought after producers and was fresh from ... more
Foreigner: Head Games        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 28, 2013

Foreigner - Head Games (1979) Head Games was the third album by rockers Foreigner who really shifted on this album far away from the progressive rock allusions found on their first two albums making way for a more straight forward rock groove. No question the album opens with one of thier great ... more
Foreigner: 4        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 28, 2013

Finally Mofi has released the final Foreigner album they promised.......over 2 years ago. This the the bands last great album. After Head Games did not sell as expected (2 MILLION UNITS) they came back with a vengeance and worked really hard at creating their masterpiece. Foreigner four is a very ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 25, 2013

A wonderful disc of the like that features rarely on disc and even less frequently in the concert hall performed with astonishing vitality by all concerned. Hexameron, the main work on this disc, is the product of Liszt, Chopin, Thalberg, Pixis, Herz and Czerny who were challenged by Liszt to write ... more
  Site review by Castor May 24, 2013

PentaTone's epic project, to record the ten mature Wagner operas in concert performances conducted by Marek Janowski, has now been completed. The six operas already issued have garnered wide critical acclaim, and Wagnerians eagerly awaiting the release on SACD of the four operas that comprise 'Der ... more
Foreigner: Head Games        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 24, 2013

Well it took a long while but finally.......all four Foreigner sacd's are released. I think its fair to say that the bands third release is most fans least favorite album. The band took a chance and tried for new venues of sound and creativity...its just that with the exception of a few choice ... more
Elvis Presley: Stereo '57 (Essential Elvis Volume 2)        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by pontiac May 21, 2013

This is the third elvis sacd release from the folks at Analogue productions and its another great release. Genuine stereo from 1957 in crystal clear quality. I think its a must have release for the great versions of "I beg of you". Elvis is clearly very relaxed and only too willing to do as many ... more
  Site review by Castor May 19, 2013

The many admirers of the recordings by Rachel Podger and her Brecon Baroque will be delighted by the appearance of this second SACD of Bach concertos to join her previous Channel Classics release . This time the disc is devoted to double and triple concertos. Brecon Baroque is a one-to-a-part ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 18, 2013

An extraordinary recital of transcriptions. As Severin von Eckardstein explains in his detailed, comprehensive notes, he has purposefully eschewed the transcriptions of Liszt in favour of those that are less familiar. On most of the evidence presented here, I'd say that these should arguably ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Kubelik      (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Digitalman May 18, 2013

This is a SHM-sacd masterpiece. Higher level analogical sound with listening incredible emotions !!! Kubelik - direction is simply wonderful. My favorite "Pastoral" without any doubt !
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Hickox        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 May 17, 2013

Vaughan Williams "A Sea Symphony" is one of the greatest and most inspiring works of the 20th century, with excepts from Walt Whitman's masterpiece, "Leaves of Grass". No other work better captures the majesty and beauty of the Sea. Here we have, if I'm not mistaken, the first live recording ever ... more
Foreigner: Head Games        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by hooperthom May 17, 2013

My copy has a flaw on the first song making clicking sounds. I don't like the sound on this SACD, Not much improvement to a RBCD.
Return to Forever: Romantic Warrior      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by areniers May 17, 2013

I don't know where the other reviewers are coming from, but this disc sounds amazing. It's easily the best digital rendering of the album. Sure, the sound stage isn't superbly defined, but this is a 70s recording, what can you expect? On the other hand, details jump out and the bass is both smooth ... more
O Gladsome Light - The Krysostomos Chamber Choir        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute May 17, 2013

O Gladsome Light is the Krysostomos Chamber Choir's second SACD, following . And it is mesmerizingly beautiful.  It is a celebration of Finnish Orthodox church music.  This program of music was inspired by the monasteries of Valaam in Russian Karelia and the New Valamo monastery in Finland.  It is ... more
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 - Arman        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 May 16, 2013

This is a re-release. I purchased this multi-channel SACD on Amazon well over a year ago. The original release date of this recording was 2008. I was so disappointed with this recording, I have since sold it. It's interesting that now Amazon shows a new release date of June 11, 2013, more than 1 1/2 ... more
Cowboy Junkies: Open      
  Review by VinnieC May 16, 2013

I like this album, a big change from their erly music, good on them for moving on to something new, as someones said in another review, you have to be in the mood but i fine i have to be in the mood for all of the Cowboy Junkies albums so no change here, and as for the sonics i think it sound good, ... more
  Review by Bobpaule May 11, 2013

Very surprising in a good way disc. The energy exudes at a steady pace interrupted, as in any good jazz piece, by the individual artists expressions of virtuosity. Maybe it is because i recently went fully balanced (A1UDCICP-700) and my auditory cortex is still getting used to it, but the recording ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 11, 2013

Fine though other releases in Janowski's Wagner cycle have been, this is arguably the most valuable release so far and bodes very well for the completion of his wider cycle and the Ring in particular. Like and , this set derives from concert performances. Where this set scores in particular in ... more
Telemann: Sonatas and Sonatinas for Recorder and Basso Continuo        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by joheirba May 10, 2013

Usually, I am not quite fond of neither recorder, nor harpsichord music. This disc however is different. First, there is the playing: this small ensemble of four musicians is beautifully playing together. You can actually hear them listening to each other: the recorder is not blowing away the other ... more
Lydie Auvray: Triangle        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pepalido May 10, 2013

A very warm recommendation for this album. It has beautiful, adventurous playing, interesting instrumentals and songs (with sometimes very touching lyrics), in short an extraordinary album. Especially if you're interested in accordion music, this is a must-have.
Yes: Close to the Edge        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by manosfate May 9, 2013

Unfortunately, most aficionados know already that, "the original production of this very interesting, but inconsistent release is irreparably flawed",( the original production loaded down with harmonic distortion). Given that, this is the best possible attempt at improvement.I have the standard CD ... more
Chet Baker: In New York      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 9, 2013

I finally get the chance to own Chet Baker on shm sacd and the results are very excellent indeed. As a recorded venue its a great jazz album. The synergy and musicianship is more than top notch. I do not own the original sacd from years ago but the reviews are somewhat mixed. This new Shm Sacd is ... more
  Site review by Castor May 8, 2013

This is Marc Albrecht's first recording with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra since he became their chief conductor in 2011. He is also musical director of the Netherlands Opera, and the benefits of his wide experience working with singers in the field of opera as well as in the concert hall ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 8, 2013

"As far as I can see this symphony presents no particularly successful ideas, but in workmanship it is a step forward. I am satisfied above all with the first movement and the two scherzos". Tchaikovsky said this after the première of his Third Symphony, perhaps stung by the vitriolic dismissal of ... more
BluesQuest        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by GMONEY May 8, 2013

Great SACD Sampler - Too Proud from Mighty Sam is the highlight. It will prompt you to buy other Audioquest CD's
Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Piano Trio "Archduke" - Storioni Trio        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik May 6, 2013

John has provided an exhaustive and generally excellent review. I weigh in here only to provide a rating and a few more encouraging words. Here’s a recording that combines period instruments with modern; orchestral works with chamber music; and rising young musicians with cornerstones of the ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 6, 2013

A valedictory release of considerable stature from the Tokyo String Quartet. For such a stalwart of the quartet repertoire, it is almost unimaginable that this disc features the first made-for-SACD recording of the American quartet in its normal guise. That it comes on the Tokyo String Quartets ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 5, 2013

As in Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Ticciati, Robin Ticciati showed that he fully has the measure of Berlioz, that a small orchestra adopting HIP manners (such as antiphonal violins, vibrato as an expressive device not a coat of aural paint etc) can sound thrilling in this repertoire and he repeats this ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 5, 2013

Yikes!!! Well all I can say is that this disc is awesome......and before you start cutting up my review I will tell u that yes i have the original vinyl and original cd , remastered cd and now sacd of this prog treasure.........this may be one of my finest prog albums.....close to the edge holds an ... more
Yes: Close to the Edge        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Newkillerstar May 4, 2013

This SACD lacks punch relative to the HDCD which has better definition of the bass (seems to be a characteristic of the better HDCDs), Wakeman's keyboards prominent and details like the acoustic guitar that opens track 2 rendered very clearly. What Hoffman seems to have done is an audio levelling ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 3, 2013

Currently solo oboist in the Brussels Philharmonic, Joris Van den Hauwe is highly regarded as one of the most important ambassadors of the Flemish oboe school. As well as his orchestral work, he has appeared as soloist at a long line of international concert performances. Here he demonstrates the ... more
Paul Weller: Studio 150        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by fredblue May 2, 2013

firstly, I'd like to respond to one aspect of "eesau's" review here in so much as I do not get the same phase issues across the front 3 channels.. if you move to the left PW's vocals move left with you and if you move right he follows you to the right, all is just as it should be for me on this one. ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 30, 2013

As with , this is another "premium" release from RCO Live yet is not quite as musically succesful as both that and . Inevitable comparisons will be made with and, even though there is no coupling here, this disc sounds to be far better value for money than their Russian competitors. The first ... more
  Site review by Castor April 30, 2013

Osmo Vänskä's reputation as arguably the foremost living interpreter of Sibelius will be further enhanced by this second volume of his fine Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Minnesota Orchestra. The earlier release highlighted the conductor's quite individual approach to these works, born of long ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 29, 2013

This recording marks Sir Colin Davis' swansong from opera but the timing of the release is such that the accompanying material does not reflect this fact. Perhaps fittingly, this account from Sir Colin Davis sounds as if from another age and certainly the sheer scale and power of his reading pays ... more
  Site review by Geohominid April 29, 2013

The French Baroque produced a wealth of harpsichord music, mainly to be played in the domestic settings of noble and upper middle class patrons. The music is of a very distinctive character, and two main periods can be discerned, pivoting around the works of François Couperin (1668–1733). French ... more
Wagner - Fischer        
  Site review by Castor April 29, 2013

Performances of the music of Richard Wagner will for many be associated with Iván Fischer's elder brother Adam who has conducted complete Ring cycles at Bayreuth and in Budapest. Those, however, who follow the concert schedules of Iván Fischer and his phenomenally hard working Budapest Festival ... more
Lock My Heart - Heather Masse, Dick Hyman          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by ctemkin April 28, 2013

I was going to start by saying that I am a fan of jazz vocalists doing Great American Songbook songs, but the truth is that while I have bought a bunch of sacds of this nature, I frequently find that the "jazz" treatment seems randomly imposed on and at odds with the underlying material. Happily, ... more
  Site review by akiralx April 27, 2013

I enjoyed this recording, a straightforward performance well recorded. The orchestra does not sound massively sumptuous as on some RBCDs of this work but there is plenty of warmth as well as detail - many wonderful examples of the composer's fine-spun scoring emerge with remarkable clarity. I ... more
  Site review by Castor April 22, 2013

This SACD is a real winner! All the favourites are here, España, Suite pastorale, Bourrée fantasque, Joyeuse marche, Habanera etc., but as so often with Jävi, the maestro has unearthed a couple of entrancing rarities to complete this generous Chabrier programme. The first of these is the lovely ... more
Poetry. Epic. Program - Brogli-Sacher        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jonalogic April 20, 2013

Heavens, but this is a frustrating disc, and a challenging one to review. If I had to summarise, I would say that this is a (mostly) superb, natural-sounding recording of an under-powered orchestra playing orchestral showpieces in a fine acoustic. And there is also a notable 'gotcha' I must ... more
  Review by JJ April 20, 2013

This first volume devoted to the Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli highlights his favorite repertoire, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, who through his hands encountered unequaled interpretative perfection. Michelangeli (1920-1995) began studying the piano and the violin at the age of ... more
Debussy: La Mer, Jeux, Nocturnes - Rosenthal        (4 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 20, 2013

Here is the long-awaited re-edition on SACD of these legendary interpretations dating from the end of the 1950s. Mission accomplished thanks to the label Praga Digitals with a well-done DSD stereo remastering. This copious program dedicated to Claude Debussy brings together “La Mer,” “Salut ... more
PRO PACEM Textes, art & Musiques pour la paix        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 20, 2013

The latest release from Jordi Savall is under the sign of peace. Accompanied by texts by Edgard Morin, Fatema Mernissi, Raimon Panikkar and Antoni Tapies, the program is based on a universal postulate. “Pro Pacem strives for a world without war,” states Jordi Savall, “without terrorism and for total ... more
Erasmus van Rotterdam: In Praise of Folly        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ April 20, 2013

The imposing latest production by Jordi Savall devoted to the philosopher Erasmus from Rotterdam is made up of six discs, three with words and three with music only. “With Erasmus from Rotterdam, Éloge de la folie, Jordi Savall paints a musical portrait of Erasmus (1466-1536) which strives to be a ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial April 19, 2013

An exasperating set in almost every respect. Recorded in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn over the course of 3 days and 6 concerts (sometimes only 40 or so minutes apart). As the booklet (German only) makes clear, these are single, unedited ... more
Ray Brown Trio: Summer Wind - Live at the Loa        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by lenw April 18, 2013

Very good album musically, especially Gene Harris's piano work. I agree with much the previous reviewers have said about this album musically. But only one reviewer gave an accurate sub-par indication IMO of this albums sound quality in stereo. The original source is stated to be analog vintage 1988 ... more
  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        (3 of 10 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        (1 of 6 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 - Iriarte        (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

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