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  Review by wilbur March 12, 2012

This is a fine performance in good sound. There is a slight problem, however, as the recording is 4.0, not 5.0 as Glossa originally stated on their website. It also says on the disc cover that the recording is 5.0. It is not. I have had Glossa confirm that the recording is indeed 4.0 (but not before ... more
Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances - Masayuki Kino        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by fiddlefan March 11, 2012

I just got this CD from Japan. The performance of the concerto is marked by a distictive silvery tone and really fine intonation with a vibrato that does not get in the way. Kino lets the violin speak without any hint of strain. Apparently Kino had his fantastic violin given to him by Ruggiero Ricci ... more
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours        (2 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by dikkie13 March 11, 2012

Poor audio quality. the original first release on CD sounds better and has a higher DR level. Don't waste your money on it.
  Review by Hyg123 March 11, 2012

I confirm the different reviews. Sound is fantastic : a no brainer.
Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson: Things Are Getting Better        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by electro March 10, 2012

Firstly this is superb music and a wonderful performance, which explains why I have this on vinyl and SACD. And it gets 5 stars for this. I have spent some time listening to this SACD, comparing it to the CD layer and the vinyl version, with a friend who is also into audio. We find the CD layer ... more
  Site review by Castor March 10, 2012

At a first glance there would appear to be is no shortage of recordings of Stravinsky's 1910 ballet 'The Firebird' on SACD. Yet closer inspection reveals that the important and venerable recordings by Antal Dorati and Robert Craft are not now widely available except for those with large bank ... more
Poulenc: Figure Humaine - Dijkstra          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ March 10, 2012

Under the generic title “Human Figure” hides one of the most beautiful recordings of the past ten years devoted to the French composer Francis Poulenc. The works offered are the “Mass in G major,” dating from 1937, “Seven Songs” from 1936, “A Snowy Evening” from 1944, and “Human Figure” from 1944. ... more
Haydn: The Seven Last Words - Prazak Quartet          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ March 10, 2012

The Seven Adagios that the score for Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross” includes was the fruit of a commission from Spain made in 1786, and for which the composer wrote: “We, at the Cadix cathedral, were used to performing every year, during the Carême, an oratorio ... more
The Hot Spot        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by USAF Chief March 9, 2012

So what do you get when you mix Miles Davis (trumpet), John Lee Hooker (guitar, vocals), Tim Drummond (bass), Bradford Ellis (keyboards), Taj Mahal (guitar, vocals), Earl Palmer (drums) and Roy Rodgers (slide guitar) in a blender? An ultra cool completely different mix of blues and jazz. Then you ... more
  Review by analogue March 9, 2012

I have owned this sacd for quite awhile but have not reviewed it until now. This album is usually pushed behind the truly awesome Hot buttered soul and Shaft discs to be sure but that doesnt mean this is not a worthy disc to own. My only problem with this particular release is that I feel Mr. ... more
Schumann: Works for Piano and Orchestra - Oppitz, Andreae        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue March 9, 2012

For me, Gerhard Oppitz has long been a first rate accompanist of gifted soloists. I have to confess that, until now, I was less familiar with he himself being the soloist. This disk is an eye-opener; once again an example of how one tends to hover around a small group of super stars pushed into the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 6, 2012

Received wisdom holds that Mahler's Seventh Symphony is the black sheep of his symphonic family. Difficult, without a heroic concept, poorly structured, no proper slow movement, vulgar, lacking in good thematic material. These and many more objections to the work have been levelled by the pundits. ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Marche Slave - Pletnev          (10 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by hiredfox March 6, 2012

There is something quite magical about DZZ Studio No 5 in Moscow. It's not that it has a particularly spectacular acoustic but instruments sound totally accurate and natural in that environment. Obviously some pretty impressive sound engineering has been deployed over the years to achieve ... more
  Review by mwgfrg March 5, 2012

Once again Japanese EMI has added a classic recording of a major work, the Enigma Variations, to the SACD catalog, as well as several superb shorter works by Vaughn Williams, all performed by one of Elgar's and VW's greatest interpreters. The performances, as with Boult's Planets, are sane, ... more
Holst: The Planets - Boult        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg March 5, 2012

A few weeks ago I had some unkind things to say about the EMI SACD of the Rattle/Berlin Planets and noted that this, the last and almost certainly best of Boult's multiple recordings, was due out shortly from Japanese EMI, and here it is. I suppose you could characterize the recording as "middle of ... more
  Review by Windsurfer March 5, 2012

A few months ago, a friend in Iran sent me a link to a translation of "Water's Footfalls" by Sohrab Sepehri. "Water's Footfalls"? If that doesn't provoke your curiosity and if you think to yourself: "Are you kidding me? - What nonsense!" Then don't read any further. The poem includes the ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2012

A marvellous disc of Norwegian folk-inspired music performed with extraordinary virtuosity by Nordic Voices under Berit Opheim Versto. The vocal sextet (Op. 42) is a collection of four pieces "Solbon", "Likferdssaelmin", "Himmelske Fader" & "Tvetrall". In a detailed note, Lasse Thorsen sets out the ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2012

A curious and ultimately deeply frustrating. In both concertos, Sa Chen plays with phenomenal accuracy and no grandstanding whatsoever. Under Lawrence Foster, the Orquestra Gulbenkian provide cultured and eloquent support. But there seems to be little agreement (beyond tempo choices) about how the ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2012

Another delightful disc of Brahms from Robin Ticciati and the Bamberger Symphoniker. Opening with the evergreen "Haydn" variations, one track to each of the theme & variations, Ticciati shows the same assured touch that benefited the disc of choral works. He is far less interested in point making ... more
Russian Violin Concertos - Fischer/Kreizberg          (0 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by jazz1 March 5, 2012

I am quite happy with the performance especially the Prokofiev. The Glazunov is the weakest one and lacks a bit of passion. My main problem is the audio quality which everybody rates as 5 stars. I had this recording for a while and listened to it on a few high end system and the same problem is ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2012

After their previous release, this is a disappointment. Opening with the Grieg quartet, they treat it with the same seriousness and having the same performing conventions as the Brahms coupling. By comparison to the disarmingly fresh and vibrant account from the Engegard Quartet ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial March 5, 2012

Another remarkable disc in Nott's traversal of the Mahler canon. Once again, he starts from the firm foundation of strict adherence to the score and this, together with the antiphonally placed violins, creates a balance that emphasises the strangeness of this work. Compared to the current doyen of ... more
  Review by compassionateman March 4, 2012

A big hit album in Japan but an under-performer in the US where she was huge at the time, probably explains Come On Over being Olivia Newton-John's first SA CD release. It's not my favourite album of hers. She was only 27 when this was first released and really should have been producing livlier ... more
  Review by progboy March 4, 2012

Even though I have every song on the compilation a few times over it is just a great collection of early Stones ! As with all the ABKCO SACD releases the sound transfer is top notch with extremely clear sound and instrument separation and an overall warm sound. On this compilation they stuck with ... more
Olivia Newton John: Physical      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by compassionateman March 4, 2012

Totally Hot! This is the umpteenth version of Physical I've bought. Aside from the vinyl, cassette, video album/laser disc, the original US MCA CD was one of my first compact disc purchases. Since then, there has been the Australian version from 1998, the UK remaster from (about) 2001 (one of the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid March 4, 2012

It's over a decade since Vänskä's Sibelius cycle with the Lahti orchestra was completed. A new one begins with this disc. It has a happy pairing of the Second with the Fifth, since they have musical features in common, and are arguably the most popular of the set. Indeed, the Second Symphony is ... more
Elton John: Honky Chateau        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Epsilon March 4, 2012

I rarely sit down to write a review but this disc demands me to. I must say that I am just a casual fan of Elton. I never bought his records, because he was always on the radio or Tv and I considered him more as a live performer, hammering on his piano on stage... Now, back to Honky Chateau: I am ... more
Rainbow: Rainbow Rising      (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by capstrauss March 3, 2012

Very bad sound, even worse than the Cd version. a waste of money.
  Site review by Castor March 3, 2012

This is the first recording of the revised version of Vaughan Williams' 'A London Symphony' to appear on SACD and very good it is too. The British conductor Christopher Seaman has been at the helm of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for the past thirteen seasons and the fine individual and ... more
Steely Dan: Gaucho        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule March 2, 2012

I love this SACD! My wife and I both said to each other - "Now this is why we bought an SACD player!" To listen to music like this is a very cool experience. It's in full 5.1 surround sound. I just wish all of Steely Dan's albums were put out on SACD 5.1. I love Katy Lied, a Decade of Steely Dan, ... more
Elton John: Madman across the Water        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule March 2, 2012

I am not a BIG Elton John fan. However, a couple of the stations on XM radio have been playing him and I've really appreciated his music more than ever. I'm 42 and a classic rock fan at heart. Well I bought this SACD and was blown away. I only have about 20 - 25 SACD's/DVD-A's and this is my ... more
Steely Dan: Gaucho      (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule March 2, 2012

I love this SACD! My wife and I both said to each other - "This is why we bought an SACD player!" To listen to music like this in vibrant, full 5.1 surround sound. I just wish all of Steely Dan's albums were put out on SACD 5.1. I love Katy Lied, a Decade of Steely Dan, and Can't Buy A Thrill, but ... more
  Site review by Castor March 2, 2012

This is an essential recording for both aficionados of the music of John Adams and audiophiles alike. And, thanks to the internet, prospective purchasers of this SACD, as well as those new to Adams, can get entertaining insights into the two pieces on this disc from the composer and the conductor in ... more
Genesis: Trespass      
  Review by progboy March 1, 2012

...well I read a lot of conflicting reviews on the Genesis SACD's and decided to start where Genesis really started and that is Trespass. Those familiar with this album I am quite sure will love the SACD mix. As for the tinney sounds and the distortion in the mix .....I dont get any of that here on ... more
Ravel: Works for Orchestra Vol. 2 - Cluytens        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg February 29, 2012

This SACD is one of four discs comprising Cluytens' recording of the complete orchestral music of Ravel from the 1960s. Since all four have now been released in SACD by Japanese EMI, this comment is addressed to all four, which together comprise one of the ultimate treasures of the classical ... more
Holst: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Andrew Davis        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr February 28, 2012

For decades, Boult's 1978 recording with the LPO has been my favorite of this work, but it now has serious competition, sound- and performance-wise. The sound is EXCELLENT--wide ranging, dynamic, not too close*. One minor quibble--the bassdrum is loud but quite indeterminate of pitch, to the point ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Barbirolli        (12 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg February 27, 2012

This is one of the classic Mahler recordings, the most famous 5th ever recorded, and has been justly praised for over 40 years. It is certainly Barbirolli's most well known Mahler recording, even more so than the Berlin 9th which just appeared on SACD a few months ago. Unlike the 9th, which almost ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 26, 2012

A stunning début from one of the many chamber ensembles spawned by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet is a string quartet plus a double bass player: Thomas Timm (a second violin leader*), Romano Tommasini (second violin), Wolfgang Talirz (viola), Tatjana Vassilieva ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 25, 2012

Jorge Grundman (b.1961) is one of Spain's most popular contemporary composers, and a co-founder of the Non-Profit Chamber Orchestra. His booklet introduction to this disc is an apologia in which he confesses that he dones' think of himself as an innovator in the annals of music (his style is ... more
  Site review by Castor February 24, 2012

Those who enjoy the music of Wagner 'ohne Stimme' will have already been delighted by the first four volumes of Neeme Järvi's purely orchestral survey of the composer's output splendidly played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and sumptuously recorded by Chandos in DSD 5.0 surround sound. ... more
Mike Oldfield: Ommadawn      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Zappaien February 24, 2012

As for tubular Bells, Universal Japan got the very good idea to reissue this Fantastic album from MO and give it the Shm-sacd treatment. DSD transfered from Master Analog tapes by Richard Whittaker, FX Copyroom, 2012 Sound Quality is Totally Outstanding, We got a fantastic Smooth sound, level ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (9 of 16 found this review helpful)
  Review by SnakeCained February 21, 2012

Ok, I ain't normally no type to write reviews but I have listened to this WYWH SACD a few times now and I had to check out what others were saying. I looked at some of the reviews here and found there were others.... Basically I was worried. Either I was loosing my hearing or something was wrong ... more
Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 21, 2012

We never hear this music on any classic rock stations that I know of. And yet its great music. This sacd contains Big Stars first two albums so there is a lot of great music to be had here. This is music from the early and almost mid 70's. Its been labelled as power pop and for good reason.Musically ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 21, 2012

Beethoven's interest in the medium of the string trio dates to the early years following his arrival in Vienna. Both Haydn and Mozart had written string trios, and Beethoven's earliest efforts, the Trio in E flat major, Op 3 (mid or late 1795) and the Serenade in D major, Op 8, were clearly ... more
Foreigner: Foreigner      
  Review by progboy February 20, 2012

When I was just a young lad my brother and I bought this album and it became one of the albums that defined our musical childhood! It still remains to this day one of the GREAT rock albums in my household and I was so excited to order this MoFi SACD........and what a great un ! First the album (if ... more
  Review by progboy February 20, 2012

I am caught in the Crossfire ! In Step was Vaughan's 4th and final album with the Double Trouble lineup and is a wonderful album that all fans of blues MUST hear. And what way to hear better than on Mofi's SACD! This has to be one of my personal favorite Blues rock albums of all time.....clearly I ... more
Santana: Caravanserai        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 20, 2012

For me this IS the Santana album ! 1972's Caravanserai is the prefect mix of Latin American, Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Progressive Rock elements. Joining Carlos is Gregg Rolie (Journey), guitar legend Neal Schon, bassist Doug Raunch and the great drumming of Mike Shrieve who really excels on this album ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 20, 2012

This is the third volume in Magnificat's traversal of Philippe Rogier's choral works. The previous volume (Rogier: Polychoral Works - Magnificat) was somewhat disappointing, but now Magnificat, under the direction of Phillip Cave, seem to be back on form. Rogier (c.1561-1596) was one of a procession of ... more
Schumann: The Violin Sonatas - Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue February 19, 2012

Just to add on to Adrian's comparison to the Dora Schwarzberg/Polina Leschenko recording, I can say that this BIS disc has vastly superior sound. Schwarzberg's has very little width, depth, or ambiance (in fact, through headphones, it almost sounds like it's mono!), plus Wallin has much better tone. ... more
Bach: Cello Suites - Martin Ostertag        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue February 18, 2012

I basically concur with Jazz1. Ostertag plays these Suites with enough power and passion without overdoing it, ala Gavriel Lipkin, the only other SACD set that I've heard. The latter can't leave a single note alone without distorting it in some manner. I initially liked it, but it doesn't wear well. ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 18, 2012

Nino Rota (1911-1976) was born to compose. He conducted his own Oratorio at age 8, his first Opera at age 14. At the age of 20 he left his native Italy to study in America, at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He got to know Copeland and Gershwin (the latter greatly inspiring to him as an ... more
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Holliger        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue February 18, 2012

Of late we have seen numerous ‘original’ versions, i.e. versions stripped of later add-ons, appear on disk. They make for interesting fare. I think most of us have, in real life, experienced that first thoughts are usually not the worst. But in order to include more details we start tinkering with ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2012

A joy from beginning to end. Opening with the brief March, Alexander Janiczek (directing from the first violin part) quickly set out their stall in the way they respect this relatively early Mozart (the first violin part is quasi-concertante by comparison with the rest of the strings) and like the ... more
Classica Española      
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2012

The same reservations expressed in Classica Cubana - Maiburg, Clerch, Amat and Classica Venezolana - Maiburg, José, González, González Brito grow ever greater. When de Falla's Fire Dance is played by a flautist whose only apparent thought is to render as beautifully and smoothly as possible transforms this disc into an "easy listening" ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2012

A disc comparable with Classica Cubana - Maiburg, Clerch, Amat. A drawback here is the higher proportion of music arranged with Annette Maiburg (the driving force behind this series) in mind. Some of the music is just made too beautiful and/or the hard edges are smoothed out unnecessarily because the pure ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 17, 2012

Another enterprising release from 2L, coupling 2 cello sonatas with the first recording of the horn sonata to be issued on SACD. Another first (for the cello sonatas) is that this disc is played on period instruments and so is competing in a different way to Beethoven: Complete Sonatas & Variations - Wispelwey/Lazic for our ... more
Yes: Fragile        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Nicolas February 16, 2012

I've got 5 issues from this album (the 86' cd, 94' remastered, 2001 hdcd, 2010 shm-cd and 2011 sacd) Both SHM and SACD are great in different way. The SHM for the clarity of the mix and the percusive sound of the Squire Rickenbacker, the SACD for the MCH mix and globaly a more soft and restful ... more
  Review by cyp21 February 16, 2012

For me this is album is when Depeche Mode started to write decent songs and there are some nice songs here so if you like Depeche Mode then you will like this album. As for the Stereo Mix it sounds good but i havnt ever owned the album previously to owning this SA-CD so i dont know if was like this ... more
Schumann: The Violin Sonatas - Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue February 16, 2012

It is not often that one gets all three Schumann violin sonatas on one disk. May be because the first two were composed as such and the third one only being the result of some tinkering. In fact, it stems from a sonata written in collaboration with Albert Dietrich and Johannes Brahms for the German ... more
Schubert, Schumann, Debussy - Rostropovich, Britten      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Nicolas February 16, 2012

At time every Decca SHM reissue I've got are great, this one is probably my favourite SHM SACD. It blows my 99' cd. Firstly, the duo is perfectly spatialized, Britten at the back wraps the sound scene, and the Rostropovich "Visconti da Madrona" is slightly forward with an awesome precise timbre. ... more
  Review by Nicolas February 16, 2012

Performance: Not as consistently bonkers as Demons and Wizards but with some excellent tracks. Sonic: A great SACD, globaly warm sounding but never untidy compare to my old cd. A little nuance yet, the synthesizer sounds a little bit aggressive in the highs ends and like the Rainbow Long Live ... more
  Review by danfaz February 15, 2012

A comparison to the domestic release leaves no doubt in my mind this is the superior version. I can hear many more subtle sounds, the highs are not shrill, the bass is tight, instrument separation is great, even with only two channels! It's possible many of the folks that dog these SHM-SACDs have ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 14, 2012

Every disc made by Stile Antico has been greeted as a considerable achievement. An enthusiastic young choir of twelve who sing without conductor as if they are chamber musicians, they have tended to specialise in the golden archives of English Renaissance polyphony. The English Reformation brought ... more
Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies - Kempe        (11 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Joseph Ponessa February 14, 2012

My twelve top Beethoven symphony sets (in chronological order, not order of preference) are: Furtwängler SACD (the simultaneous CD release is not bad), Karajan SACD (from the 1960s), Kempe SACD, Masur SACD (in multi-channel), Bernstein LP/Laserdisc (not CD or SACD), Gielen DVD, Barenboim ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 13, 2012

Ola Gjeilo (pronounced approximately "Yay-lo") is a young Norwegian composer whose light is rapidly rising in the international music scene. He began composition at an early age, and was much influenced by the jazz playing of his father, a saxophonist. After studying for his Bachelor’s Degree at the ... more
Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by weikle February 13, 2012

one of classical jazz albums,wonderful remastering
Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Sky is Crying        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc February 12, 2012

great disc. this Hendrix theme sounds really amazing.
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jomama! February 12, 2012

I went to my local record store today, intent on bringing home a new SACD to listen to. I'm relatively new to the world of SACD, having bought a Marantz SA8003 when my regular CD player bit the bust. I ended up bring home 'Tea for the Tillerman', even though I already had the MFSL gold disc, which ... more
  Review by Discspinner February 12, 2012

There is Big Band Sound and it's twin, sort of, Big Band Stage. I have both and of the two, give this one a slight edge due to music choice. There are some greats of the big band era covered such as Tuxedo Junction, Little Brown Jug, Sing, Sing, Sing and In the Mood. The performamces are excellent ... more
Schumann: Carnaval, Chopin - Slávka Pechocová          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Celebidache2000 February 12, 2012

A man of many hats (poet, philosopher, inventor, teacher, music critic, song composer, piano virtuoso, piano composer, conductor, orchestral composer…) Robert Schumann, in his role as music critic, writing in his music journal, the “Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik”, in an article published in May 1831, ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by FullRangeMan February 11, 2012

SACD released in 1999 and we are in 2012, so took 13 years to see two PF albums to the SACD fans. Any chance we get Live at Pompeii in 2020?? Looks no. This album had a better treatment than the DSotM, mainly in the cover/package, a large hardcover book, first class! The sound quality are great, au ... more
Ray Conniff and Orchestra: April In Paris        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by FullRangeMan February 11, 2012

I buy this sacd just to hear the great sound from Povee Chan 24/192 remastering job, the RC Orchestra are really here, I unaware this Orchestra played so many in the hi frequencies, a good test for tweeters. The near lasts tracks play more on the mid range, and bass are really non existent or played ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 11, 2012

Another intriguing programme of period-instrument chamber music from The Van Swieten Society. This one focusses on Felix Mendelssohn, surely one of the most gifted of all musical prodigies. In both quality, sheer quantity and variety of expression, his early works easily put Mozart's juvenilia in ... more
The Doobie Brothers: The Captain and Me        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Khorn February 10, 2012

As I have posted recently I have (had) many versions of this title the most recent being the MoFi sa-cd. I felt that I was missing something in all of these so I ordered this, the WEA version. I was willing to take a chance but didn't really feel there would be a great difference. Boy was I ... more
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Moanin'        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by weikle February 9, 2012

Compare to the RVG 1999 remaster version,this sacd version sounds mellow and full of analogue feeling,while RVG version sounds slightly hard,lack of instruments ambience
Foreigner: Double Vision        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 9, 2012

It took a while for this disc to be released but finally was able to listen to it recently. This second Mofi sacd is a solid follow up to the first Foreigner disc released some time ago. The second album features three solid radio singles that are famous the world over. I was a fan of the first ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 9, 2012

Alessandro Striggio (c.1536-1562) was but a footnote in the history of Renaissance polychoral music until 2007, when musicologist Davitt Moroney's official rediscovery of "Alessandro Striggio's Mass in Forty and Sixty Parts" was published. Although Moroney studied the history and detail of its ... more
  Site review by Castor February 9, 2012

This generously filled SACD (73' 32”) contains not only the two familiar Piano Concertos of Dmitri Shostakovich but also the substantial Piano Concerto No. 5 of Rodion Shchedrin. All three works are performed by the gifted Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and ... more
Adams: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Michael Tilson Thomas        (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fitzcaraldo215 February 8, 2012

John Adams' Harmonielehre was premiered with the SFO in 1985, conducted by Edo de Wart in a landmark Nonesuch recording in the heyday of musical "minimalism". If Philip Glass was a “classicist” among minimalists, Adams with this work showed himself to be more of a “romanticist”. Indeed the work is ... more
Chet Baker: Chet        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue February 7, 2012

One of the earlier sacd's mastered by Doug Sax who did a good job with this sacd. I cannot comment as to whether secondary tape sources were used for this disc as some listeners have mentioned. I will say that by and large this disc is a very good listen and sports very good sound all around. ... more
Stravinsky: The Firebird - Litton        (5 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by mekduk February 7, 2012

Can't imagine the single person who voted NOT to recommend this. Please get your ears checked or something must be wrong with your system. Very good BIS signature recording which is highly transparent, has great dynamics and sounds its best on multichannel set up. About the performance, Litton and ... more
Chopin: Piano Works - Yevgeny Sudbin        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by deckerm February 6, 2012

I can't believe i am going to write a Sudbin review that is not overly gushing, but i simply cannot overlook his interpretations in this collection. Most pieces seem rushed, in a way most younger musicians seem like to play these days, and the Mazurka 7 has the strangest left hand i have ever heard. ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (2 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by montejay February 5, 2012

I think Analoque's review nailed it for me. This is what I wrote on another forum yesterday in regards to the sound quality of the SACD layer. This has long been my favorite Floyd album. Two channel only I just received the SACD a few days ago and played it at several volumes about five times. My ... more
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor - Gergiev        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by rrkradio February 5, 2012

I am a "lover" of Lucia di Lammermoor and "lover" of operas overall... then if i see a new one on sacd i can't resist !!!! I think this is a good Lucia, but nothing of special (imho) if compared with the famous singers of the past. Dessay (better) and Beczala are skilled in "painting" the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 5, 2012

The Van Swieten Society is an ensemble of some of the best period instrument specialists in the Netherlands, who come together in various combinations to play at concerts and make recordings. Bart van Oort is their founder, a fortepianist with many discs of classical piano playing to his credit. The ... more
  Site review by Castor February 5, 2012

The countless admirers of Ivan Fischer and his marvellous Budapest Festival Orchestra will be delighted by the appearance of this magnificently executed and spectacularly recorded Stravinsky SACD. Writing about 'The Rite of Spring' in the liner notes Ivan Fischer says that even after 100 years “it ... more
  Site review by Castor February 4, 2012

Mikhail Pletnev's on-going SACD cycle of six Tchaikovsky symphonies with the Russian National Orchestra for PentaTone becomes more personal and distinctive with each new issue and this latest recording of Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams', that in performance terms is the antithesis of Neeme Järvi's ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 4, 2012

Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958) is considered as the foremost of Finland's composers who had to work under the shadow of Sibelius (who himself died in 1957, having ceased composing many decades before). Merikanto also had to work in another shadow, that cast by his father, Oskar, who was famous for his ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy February 4, 2012

WOW ! I got the same wow-factor when I heard the SACD version of Dark Side ! The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I smiled ear to ear ! Really! This recording is far superior to the redbook standard CD version IMHO. You are presented here with a high res - high depth recording where you ... more
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - James Gilchrist        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur February 3, 2012

This is gorgeous. Please disregard the one reviewer who writes about the Gurney as if it is a lesser work. This is offensive. The Gurney is perhaps the MOST gorgeous piece on the whole CD. A genuine revelation to this listener, and these don't happen very often any more. An essential recording for ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 3, 2012

A controversial first movement but stunning for the remainder of the disc. The opening movement of the first symphony is marked "Allegro tranquillo" and as is immediately obvious from the semi-quavers in the violins (split incidentally) and the flutes that Pletnev is very much emphasising the ... more
  Review by FullRangeMan February 2, 2012

At last a great SACD, this disc is a most refinanet release, and impossible to find in western shops, the seller say it consist of old Chinese songs, some songs are from the opera Sunrise, all songs of this SACD are most enjoyable, very beautiful music, I will listen quite often. I noted some songs ... more
Gunnar Idenstam: Jukkaslatar        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacd-fan February 1, 2012

Maybe you know that: You stumble over a CD in a shop and you just buy it, because there is just some positive attraction or feeling in your stomach - and later it turns out, that it had been exactly the right choice. I am not sure, how to categorise this music. Maybe it is something between ... more
  Site review by Geohominid February 1, 2012

JS Bach's Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book) lies at the heart of Bach's music-making. Far from his spectacular organ pieces like the Toccatas and Fugues, written for special occasions and for testing organs, the Little Organ Book contains a series of 46 short chorale preludes. Bach's bread and ... more
  Site review by Castor February 1, 2012

The first issue in Sir Colin Davis's invigorating integral cycle of the Nielsen symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra has garnered much critical praise in the music press since its release last year . The cycle's continuation couples the composer's first and last symphonies – two works 33 ... more
Midnight at Notre-Dame - Olivier Latry        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacd-fan January 31, 2012

Olivier Latry is one of the celebrity organists of our time. Famous for his interpretations of French romantic organ pieces and a very inventive improvisator. His concerts are mostly sold out. Therefore it is very astonishing, that Olivier Latry has not made too many recordings so far. One of the ... more
Liszt, Bruckner, Strauss: Transcriptions for Organ - Winfried Bönig        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacd-fan January 31, 2012

Before you listen to that SACD please forget everything you have in mind about organ recordings! This disc follows a completely different approach. Most organ recordings (2CH or Multichannel) try to capture the sound of the instrument in a quite direct way. The room of the organ (church or concert ... more
Miles Davis: Miles Ahead      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 31, 2012

A good Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaboration from 1957. And as a Japanese import no less. Unlike many Davis albums this is actually a big band album with Miles keeping the flow and rhythm together but not soloing very much. Also his playing is not as morose or introspective as per the norm. I ... more
Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by FullRangeMan January 30, 2012

What could MFSL do to made a great sound SACD, when on the first track open notes, there is a lot of master tape saturation for afew seconds by a peak of tutti from the band?? Unfortunatelly, with this kind of basic erros, nothing, there is no solution to fix it. Seems this analog master tape from ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Goodwood January 30, 2012

Wish You Were Here is essentially a Gilmour album and SACD was always going to make the sound more theatrical. Just two of my preconceptions after years of owning this album in several formats and versions. This is an amazing mastering which has made me completely re-evaluate this album. It does ... more

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