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Lara St. John: Gypsy        (0 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by SACD Hot Fan January 27, 2013

No doubt, it is my top 10 SACDs.
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Klemperer      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg January 27, 2013

Having already added one of EMI's two great Mahler 9ths of the '60s to the SACD catalogue, the early '60s Barbirolli recording, EMI Japan follows with the other, the later '60s Klemperer recording. This is vintage, very great Klemperer, powerful and moving. Unlike the Barbirolli, the emphasis is ... more
Nat "King" Cole: Where Did Everyone Go?        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Nat King Cole - Where Did Everyone Go? (1963) All of the early Nat King Cole albums are superb.....how can you miss ? The velvety voice of King Cole and the lush and slightly vulnerable orchestration of Gordon Jenkins.... "Where Did Everyone Go ?" was sadly the third and final album that Jenkins ... more
Billie Holiday: Songs For Distingue Lovers        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Billie Holiday - Songs For Distingue Lovers Billie Holiday was IT! At the time of these recordings her body and arguably voice were in disarray but not her conviction , soul and feeling ! Amongst all of the crooner jazz albums i have In my collection I treasure this album and "Lady In Satin" ... more
Billy Joel: Piano Man        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 27, 2013

Billy Joel's "Piano Man" is an album that I think just about everyone grew up listening to......or if not then everyone has heard the title track umpteenmillion times! But the fact is that this album is just so much more than that great piano bar infused mega-hit! "Piano Man" is a little bit ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 27, 2013

'Curse Upon Iron': what an intriguing and magical title for this new BIS disc of works for male voice choir by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. There are other beguiling titles, such as 'Incantation of a Stormy Sea, 'Once We Will Reappear', 'Litany to Thunder', 'Herding Calls', 'Songs of the Ancient ... more
Sam Cooke: Night Beat        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by vonwegen January 26, 2013

I really cannot recommend this, as it's like the other George Marino mastering jobs I own: shrill in the upper midrange. It's very similar in sound to those early CDs that you can only crank up halfway before the high end singes your eardrums. Even Sam Cooke's vocals come off as less than silky ... more
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me        (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by benvandyk January 25, 2013

well I have this and read all the reviews first before playback. I was trying to fix the spacial ques for playback. I dont use the standard 5.1 playback. because theres more to hear on this disc with more speakers in different positions in front of me. I had adjust the volume in some speakers. to ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 24, 2013

As is usual with a Jordi Savall release, there is always something a bit special; even in the familiar music such as Bach's masterpiece presented here from a magical night in 2011. Before discussing the SACD material, it is important to outline what the two DVDs that are included in this issue ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54 - Parkanyi Quartet          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 24, 2013

I have to say that I am really impressed with Praga Digitals Haydn sacd's. This is the third disc I have purchased and the third that I found to be exceptional. This sacd was recorded in 2010 and features another set of well chosen Haydn string quartets. I'm trying to put my finger on the exact ... more
Beethoven - Pathetique, Appassionata, Les Adieux        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ January 23, 2013

The thirty-two sonatas for piano punctuate the famous composer’s whole life. They are, as the pianist Alfred Brendel wrote: “unique for three reasons: 1. They reflect the entire evolution of his genius up to and including the composition of the last quartets. The Diabelli variations and the last ... more
Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 23, 2013

Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink SACD Of all the great prog rock albums I have in my collection, Caravan's "In The Land Of Grey and Pink" has always been amongst my favs......i also love their debut album which really got me into the whole Canterbury art-rock scene. Originally released in ... more
  Site review by Castor January 23, 2013

This release marks the completion of the cycle of the six Nielsen symphonies from Sir Colin Davis and the LSO. Symphonies 2 & 3 were recorded at concerts given at the Barbican during December 2011 and both performances confirm Sir Colin's bracing and robust approach to these works that has ... more
Counting Crows: August and Everything After        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by jjram January 22, 2013

This is the first ever Counting Crows SACD release. And it comes with their first, most popular and, in my opinion, best album. It's one of the best 90's classic pop/rock/folk albums. All songs are deeply emotional. It's quite difficult to put in to words what each song lyric represent to me. If you ... more
James Taylor: JT        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman January 20, 2013

I like MoFi releases in general, realizing there is quite a range of quality differences. This is definitely a good one. JT's voice is so clear and warm and the nice, basic instrumental performances are very widely staged and wonderful for a stereo-only release. Nice clear bass. Too bad the songs, ... more
Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by cordobaman January 20, 2013

It used to be that I would only purchase multi-channel SACDs. This title was recommended to me by my brother, who touts it as his favorite album (performance-wise) and probably listens to it via cassette tape. So I bought it. WOW, this has become one of my go to demo discs. The sound of the ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue January 19, 2013

Do we need another Messiah? There never seem to be enough and …. none of them seem to be able to carry off a ‘shared by all’ first prize. On SACD there are now no less than 9 versions available, with three from the Harmonia Mundi stables. Like this one from the German wing and, yes, sung in ... more
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - The Avison Ensemble        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik January 18, 2013

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) published relatively few compositions during his lifetime — in fact the Opus 6 Concerti Grossi were brought out a year after his death—but his influence over composers of the late Baroque Era was unprecedented. Many of the techniques we associate more with others, such ... more
Peter Gabriel: Up        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by The Mule January 18, 2013

I don't own many, but I do own about 50+ SACD's & 20+ DVD-A's and all Peter Gabriel's albums out on SACD. Saying that, this is one of my very favorite SACD's overall and definitely my favorite Peter Gabriel SACD. First off, it's the only one that's in 5.1 surround and boy is is immersive and rich in ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Litton        (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by emaidel January 18, 2013

I am quite familiar with "The Isle of the Dead," and more so the "Symphonic Dances," and so I eagerly anticipated this disc, having been extremely satisfied with Litton's work on previous BIS SACD's. Well, I wasn't disappointed at all upon first listen, and actually found myself hearing orchestral ... more
Gjeilo: Northern Lights - Bruffy        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 17, 2013

If you are a fan of choral harmonies and deeply emotional absolutely breathtaking sounds than this recording is a must have!!! "Northern lights" celebrates life and shines with a heavingly charm and will touch your soul in a way only a few can do. After buying and listening to this disc I reached ... more
Fauré, Duruflé: Requiem - Malmberg        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 17, 2013

Fauré and Duruflé's requiem are so often compared and combined ( as with this SACD release) on audio recordings i guess because of their apparent symmetry. I bought this SACD for a few reasons...one of which is not that i really need another version of Fauré's Requiem. The attraction here for me was ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 17, 2013

In the last few years, there seems to have been a gradual return of interest in Camille Saint-Saëns as one of the great French Romanticists. Chamber music and concertos apart, however, there is still a dearth of recorded material for much of the composer's choral music, especially in SA-CD. All ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 17, 2013

Its a surprise how small incremental hardware changes can make the greatest differences in the sound of a previously mediocre disc. When i purchased this sacd back in the day I was not very impressed. Its not that it sounded terrible but it just didn't grab me the way so many sacd;s do nowadays. The ... more
Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba - Kosler        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by tonereef January 16, 2013

When these stirring, characterful performances were taped in April 1977, Kosler was the CPO’s second conductor, under Neumann. (Neither by the way was a friend of the regime). It was one of the Supraphon-Denon co-productions of that era that were released on 14-or 16-bit digital LP in Japan, and in ... more
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Definitely one of my favorite albums. As I grew as an audiophile, I came to the realization that this is not and will never be a test of audiophile sound quality. That being said, I've heard had gazillion versions of this album - the SQ LP, the 1980s CD, the MFSL CD, the MFSL LP, etc. Out of all ... more
Nat King Cole - The Nat King Cole Story        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

When engineer Steve Hoffman was preparing for the Nat King Cole remaster series, he make a pretty cool discovery. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Capital recorded most of their content in both mono and stereo ...in parallel. There were two control rooms - one downstairs for the mono mix and a ... more
Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is certainly the best issue of the mono version you're going to find anywhere - great tighness in the bass and sheen of treble. The recording has a very close-mic'd and intimate feel that leaves something to be desired. That dry sound was alright for a 50s record player, but not the greatest ... more
Miles Davis: Seven Steps To Heaven        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

As with most everything Analogue Productions, they really nailed the sonics right on. Excellent tonal balance and a great rendering of depth in the recording. My one lament is the fact that the recording is so closely mic'd and so separated (with little reverb to blend it all together). I much ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The tape they are using is bit odd in the way it was mixed. They cymbals, piano, bass and trumpet sound great, but the snare is overly prominent and has been EQed with quite a bit of midrange. I mention this because it really stuck out on first listen. This record actually presents a good tonal ... more
Michael Jackson: Thriller      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is probably the best version of Thriller in existence. The production on the album is wonderful, hands down. This is clearly a direct DSD recording of the original master. No clipping or limiting. The only flaw is the fact that the treble is rather bright and the bass is a bit recessed. While ... more
Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man Blues        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The engineer who recorded this knew what he was doing, especially considering it was done in 1965. The band sounds like they are playing in your living room. Drums are really tight and snappy, Wells voice sounds alive and the you can almost reach out and touch the guitar. This the kind of album you ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The actual songs on the album are dynamite. The sonics are kind of bad, though. As with a lot of other early Sony releases, the treble is hot and splashy. The midrange is kind of grainy, too. There is still some benefit to the DSD mastering, but I'd really like to see Analogue Production or Mobile ... more
Journey: Escape      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

As with a lot of the early Sony SACD discs, this one is certainly not the greatest. The treble is rather hot and the midrange is a bit on the grainy side. That aside, it is a bit of an upgrade from the CD and LP versions. I think this album has the potential to really shine, but I don't know that ... more
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Probably the definitive version of the album, this release is great. Tonally, it is very well balanced - very nice treble extension without being overbearing. No midrange peaks/dips, as well an an even/taught bass, evident in the bass and drums. Wonderful rendering of space and fine detail too.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

One of the best sounding MFSL SACD releases out there. There's a lot of depth in the reverb and intricacy to the mix. Unlike a lot of Mobile Fidelity's other releases, the treble is bright and the midrange is just right (bass as well) and everything is very tight.
Herman's Hermits: Retrospective        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Bob Ludwig did a great job with this disc. As with the Animals album, these tracks are all straight mono mixes made for 45s and AM radio. None the less, the tone and depth is wonderful considering the source. Beats out my LP by a long shot.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

I love this album for it crazy, off the wall funk jazz hip hop or whatever you call it. I was really surprised an electronic album from the 80s was recorded on good quality tape, not PCM. There's a great separation of instruments in the album, as well as a nice 3D feel. The synthesized tones are ... more
Foreigner: Foreigner        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This album is kind of a mixed bag. Some tracks a really good (Woman Oh Woman) while others (Feels Like The First Time) are saturated and dull with peaky midrange. Overall, I don't find the mix of this album to be all that sonically impressive to begin with.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella And Louis Again        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Unlike Ella and Louis, this album is actually true mono mastering (both channels are bit for bit the same). The instruments are a bit higher up in the mix and more spacious, too. Plus, the treble is balanced. There is a bit of a cut somewhere in the midrange. Not sure if that's a fault of the ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

I love love love this performance. Ella and Louis are just magical together. I believe that this, along with a bunch of other Verve stuff was recorded on 30ips tape, as opposed to "standard" 15ips. Wonderful level of detail and clean treble. I'm glad AP re-issues these guys. They certainly benefit ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is one of those albums where Mobile Fidelity's "warts and all" approach absolutely kills what could have been an awesome release. Their tape machine is probably is one of the best I've ever heard in terms of the detail it can extract out of tape. Couple that with an equalizer and there's no ... more
Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

It's clear to hear that this album was done on the best sounding tape machines available. The album is very tight, very detailed and very dynamic. As with other EWF releases, it is also very bright, almost to the point of ear fatigue. So knock that treble control down a bit.
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Great overall performance and recording. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a 60s jazz record. Typical Analogue Productions sound with tight bass and clear tonality. Not a crazy amount of "space" in the recording - everything seems to be fairly tight miced. The midrange is just a tad hot and I ... more
The Doobie Brothers: Takin' It To The Streets        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Compared to some of the earlier Doobie MFSL releases, this is definitely flatter with less reverb. Definitely great clean, spacious sound though. A little peaky in the midrange and lacking in treble - nothing a bit of EQ can't fix.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

One of the best Doobie albums done by mo-fi. Great punch, clean highs, definition and separation of instruments. Downsides? It's a bright in some tracks and the low (sub 60hz) bass need to be brought up a bit.
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This is my least favorite of all the Doobie Brothers albums, which generally sound amazing. Simply, the midange is just too peaky/shouty and the mix doesn't have that "separated insturment" soundtage easily heard on their other albums.
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

As verified on a spectrogram, this is indeed an up conversion of the original 44.1/16 PCM. Everything has that early digital PCM "edge" and lack of air to it. This version is also fairly brickwalled. If you want the full dynamic range, etc just go with an original 1985 CD. The SACD is a downgrade.
Dire Straits: Dire Straits      (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

A great mix overall - plenty of space, detail and punch. You'll probably running for the treble control, because this whole album is bight (and the midrange is a bit recessed, as well). While it's bright, it's that nice kind of "sharp" bright you get with DSD/analog, not the characteristic ringy ... more
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Probably the most classic jazz album of all time. Got to be one of my top 5 all time favorite albums. Sonically, this whoops every CD and LP version I've heard to date. No question that this was taken from the original master tape. Very low tape hiss, wonderful rendering of space and fine detail in ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This release is certainly an upgrade from CD releases. You'll get the benefits of DSD mastering - better "air" separation of the instruments. That being said, it suffers (as a lot of the early Sony SACD releases do) from sounding kind of muddy and grainy. To my ears, I don't think a lot, if any ... more
Billy Joel: Piano Man        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

This album is a tricky one to get right. In fact, I don't know there exists a version that I would consider satisfactory. If this is a straight rip of the master tape - it's easy to see why. The midrange is really peaky and distorted, plus the treble is rolled off, veiling the soundstage. Without ... more
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

For ages, the only decent way to listen to Pet Sounds was mono, as no true stereo mix existed. The best mono version I ever found was the Audio Fidelity HDCD mastered by Steve Hoffman. This stereo mix is actually decent. It's pretty much what I thought a stereo mix of this album should sound ... more
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

Pros: Spectrum analyzer confirms this is a DSD transfer and thus sounds a bit more "transparent" than The standard CD. Cons: I'm pretty sure the album was taken from the LP cutting tape, not the original session master. The mix is really bright - it's headache inducing. Every song, without fail, ... more
The Animals: Retrospective        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013

The legendary Bob Ludwig of Gateway mastering did this project. He did a great job getting EQ/tonal balance just right on every track - even bassline and proportionate high end sheen. As others have mentioned, a lot of the early stuff is all mono and sounds like it was mastered for 45RPM singles ... more
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Reiner        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Normsmeboy January 16, 2013

Reiner's interpretation of Scheherazade is interesting, I like its dynamic impact on the listener and the sound quality clearly very good, and so and from that point of view I would perhaps recommend it. However, my overall enjoyment was somewhat marred by the fact that I have grown up with the ... more
Kronos plays Holmgreen        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Stanbury January 15, 2013

This album should be a must-have for all fans of the Kronos Quartet. This is their only album on SACD, and the medium (especially in surround sound) adds a particularly exciting feel to their music. In this incarnation the quartet consists of David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank ... more
Bill Evans: Trio 64      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue January 15, 2013

It seems that the Shm sacd project has ended and this is most unfortunate. It also gives me the chance to catch up on some of the previous releases I couldn't get to earlier. Bill Evans is very well represented on the Shm Sacd label. This newest Shm sacd was recorded in 1963 and is as the name ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 14, 2013

A fine celebration of the Benjamin Britten Birth Centenary Year (2013) from Channel Classics. The four works on this disc are some of Britten's best known and best loved. Of course, they have been recorded frequently, with several versions in SA-CD already, so any new ones have to be special to be ... more
  Review by Lute January 14, 2013

An enchanting collection of dance and other court music from the late renaissance & early baroque eras. Various composers from this time are represented here... Urreda, Verdelot, Palestrina, Guerrero, Lasso, Striggio, Holborne, and Schein...just to name a few. As was common at the time with ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 13, 2013

A fascinating and enjoyable recording from the archives. For the bulk of the disc, we are treated to an account of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique from Pierre Monteux who must have known the work backwards by the time he made this radio recording with the Vienna Philharmonic in October 1958. ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (9 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ January 13, 2013

The musicologist Constantin Floros once wrote: “In Gustav Mahler’s lifetime, his music was passionately contested and even rejected; in the years following the Second World War, it conquered the musical world in an impetuous and irresistible leap. One might say that the bet by Ernst Otto Nodnagel, ... more
Barber: An American Romantic - Conspirare          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ January 13, 2013

Nowadays more than ever, music lovers know well that the vocal work by Samuel Barber is an important part of his repertoire. This is what Joshua Shank emphasizes in the introductory text of the present recording: “Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) today star shines brightly at the pantheon of 20th century ... more
  Review by JJ January 13, 2013

Glinka (1804-1857) and Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) are on the menu of this SACD, with for the former, the Great Sextet for Piano and String Quintet in E flat major in three movements, dating from 1823, the Divertimento on the Themes of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” for piano, the Quartet for Strings and ... more
Handel: Arias - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson          (0 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by benvandyk January 12, 2013

just use the other guys reveiw on this disc. Im not a classical fan. that gal has a nice voice. im glad I have more amps and speakers. the volume is a little louder than normal. but the recording is at a constant level. I like that and I dont think Ill play any thing after this gal. its true it ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 12, 2013

An inspired pairing of two Strauss works which may not have previously appeared together. They should be paired, for they are related. The Alpine Symphony was completed in 1915, and Strauss immediately began work on finishing his opera 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' which he had started in 1911. The opera ... more
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 12, 2013

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme , SACD A masterpiece of musical expressionism and one of my most beloved jazz albums ! This album has been reviewed a million times and considered by jazz affectionados as one of the pinnacle jazz album so not uch really to add. Essentialy this is Coltrane doing ... more
  Site review by Castor January 12, 2013

This is the first recording of Janacek's Glagolitic Mass to appear on SACD and for that reason alone it is most welcome. The Mass, stemming from the last decade of the composer's creative life was written at great speed in 1927 - though seeds for it were sown at least a year earlier. It is one of ... more
Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Concert        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by benvandyk January 11, 2013

I think this disc sounds exellent. old school with no artificial reverb. played back nearfeild with 4 tower & 2 amps.nice speaker sound separation too. for 2 channel its recorded well. maybe its not recorded that loud because that disc just ended and metallica started playing in my changer. that ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 11, 2013

An outstanding account in startlingly honest sound. A minor word of warning - this disc contains applause; on track 1 as Herbert Blomstedt is presumably making his way to the podium and on track 6 following the performance. As the symphony itself is contained on tracks 2-5, it is perfectly possible ... more
Koppel: String Quartets, Mezzo Saxophone Quintet - Sjælland String Quartet        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone January 11, 2013

The string quartet is alive and well-served in Dacapo’s recording of three recent works by Danish composer Anders Koppel. The program includes two quartets performed by the Sjælland String Quartet and a quintet featuring the mezzo-soprano saxophone in G, a newly-designed instrument built by Danish ... more
  Site review by Castor January 11, 2013

This is the fifth volume of Muzyka Polska – a valuable Chandos series devoted to Polish music and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. The first four volumes have focused on the music of Lutoslawski, but with this release the spotlight turns on his older compatriot ... more
Kitaro: Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 10, 2013

My last encounter with Kitaro was his TENKU album which I grew tired of and eventually traded in years ago. After that I really didnt have a lot of interest in his music until one day hearing a sampling of this album and I knew I had to pick it up. I am pleased to report that I love this album and ... more
Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier I - Abdel Rahman El Bacha          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Fugue January 9, 2013

I concur: this is a wonderful set. The main information that I want to add, which might further explain the sound difference, is that the Ravel is multi-channel and this Bach release is stereo. In my experience, m-ch always has more bloom, and often more presence, than stereo. Oh, how I wish Triton ... more
  Review by undertone January 8, 2013

Taking a calculated risk, the members of B3 Classic Trio approach Bruch’s 8 Pieces and Brahms’ chamber masterpiece with an insistence on hearing the works anew. For open-minded listeners, the rewards of giving B3 a fair and patient audition will justify the effort. To understand the goal of this ... more
The Police: Synchronicity      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy January 8, 2013

Well i have owned Synchonicity a few times in my life.......RBCD......vinyl.......even remastered RBCD version from a few years ago, but this SACD mix sounds cleaner and has a deeper warmer feeling than all the previous versions. One of the immediate things is that I hear a another layer of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 8, 2013

It would be difficult to find a person who has had piano lessons at some time in their life and has never come across Mendelssohn's 'Songs Without Words'. There are at least 56 of them, published in 8 books or volumes, with a remainder of posthumous, unpublished or untitled ones. These short piano ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 8, 2013

Audite have unfortunately released a disc that partially misfires here. Like La Belle Époque - Duo Lechner Tiempo, Mona & Rica Bard release a recital of French music for piano duo & duet - they overlap only in Scaramouche, yet the difference is telling. Audite have made a promotional video of a recent ... more
  Site review by Castor January 7, 2013

Anyone wishing for a coupling of these three Rachmaninov orchestral works need look no further than this excellent SACD recorded with the typical veracity that we have come to expect from the BIS label. Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra open the disc with a powerful account of ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial January 7, 2013

This enjoyable disc contains repertoire that is all new to SACD (if one can discount the Japanese re-release of the Beaux Arts Trio for Op. 11). Opening with the Trio for Flute, Bassoon & Piano, we find Beethoven in his most genial, Classical mood with few (if any) pointers to remarkable musical ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 7, 2013

Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra is rapidly building a promising career, partly due to his recent sets of concerto recordings for BIS. Rather than following his peers and setting down all the popular classic cello concertos, he has opted to play lesser-known twentieth century concertos, pairing them ... more
Tomita: Planets (Ultimate Edition)        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by windhoek January 4, 2013

This hybrid SACD contains stereo and 4.0 multi-channel audio and I think it's fantastic! In essence, Tomita's The Planets is an electronic rendition of The Planets by Gustav Holst. The idea of messing with a classic like The Planets might offend some, but not me - I love it! His interpretation is ... more
  Site review by Geohominid January 4, 2013

I haven't had the pleasure of encountering the Oslo Kammerakademi before, and on the evidence of this SA-CD, I have been missing some superb wind playing. Formed in 2009, the band comprises some of Scandinavia's leading wind soloists under their Artistic Director and initiator Friedemann Strunk, ... more
Whirling Dance - Sharon Bezaly        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by MrKyle January 2, 2013

The last reviewer did a great job of highlighting the work on the album itself, so I will briefly hit on the sonics and mixing job. It is superb. The arrangement and orchestration of this performance will really help you hear what a multi-channel SACD can bring to the table. I think it is ... more
American Mavericks - Michael Tilson Thomas        (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by seth January 2, 2013

In my view, the main attraction here is Edgar Varèse masterpiece, "Ameriques." A bold and thoroughly original work, its genius is that it has no narrative or thematic development, yet it feels like there is some kind of story being told, that the loud outbursts and repeated motifs are representative ... more
  Review by shindolab January 2, 2013

This SACD stands absolutely on the TOP of reissues of old mastertapes. I have never heard this interpretation ( i love it for more than 25 years) in an comparable sound. The sound is full, clear and you can listen to the music without being disturbed from an insufficient re-recording (remastered by ... more
  Site review by Adrian Cue January 2, 2013

With the exception of sonata no. 27, this two disk set is a selection of sonatas from Beethoven’s first decade (1792-1802) in Vienna; the Haydn-Mozart inspired or influenced ‘classic’ period, covering about half of his 32 sonatas. For most, these sonatas may not be a top choice, but it certainly ... more
Michala Petri with The Danish National Vocal Ensemble      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by larsmusik December 31, 2012

(Following is an excerpt from my review for Choral Journal, published by the American Choral Directors Association:) Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri had collaborated with a choir several times during her career, but she found her 2007 experience with Swedish composer Daniel Börtz (b. 1943) ... more
Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 31, 2012

The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out SACD Lots of controversy and speculation on this album over the years has music historians and critics still very much split on opinion. Some say this was the greatest live album ever...while others shutter at the fact and cite the studio overdubs as a way ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial December 31, 2012

For those in the Northern hemisphere, this aural respite from the cold, dark winter cannot be welcomed enough. For those in sunnier, warmer climates - just bask in the joy! Right from the opening bars of the “Light Calvary” overture, one senses this is going to be a very special disc. The dynamic ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Nott        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur December 29, 2012

I just bought this the other day after resisting for a while. I have 1,3,4,5,7 and 9 in Nott's series, and I think it is a truly wonderful achievement overall. I personally think 7 and 9 are the best performances I have heard. So, what of this Resurrection? Overall I am sad to say its really a bit ... more
Richard Strauss: Music from Salome, Elektra - Borkh/Reiner        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer December 28, 2012

These are classics from Reiner and Borkh. Having owned this on LP and Living Stereo CD, I was not prepared for the vast improvement in clarity, dynamic range, spacing and color this SACD provides. I was blown away in the recognition scene when Elektra discovers it is Orest. The sound Reiner and ... more
Grant Green: Grantstand        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 28, 2012

Grant Green - Grantstand (1962). Analogue Productions SACD For those who prefer a little funk in their soul will love this jazz album !! And wow what a sound on this SACD too !!!! Grantstand was Grant's 3rd album for Blue Note and featured a rather rare mix of musicians.....Yusef Lateef on the ... more
Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil - Klava        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by audiovictim December 28, 2012

I've not written a review before, generally preferring to listen and enjoy the music, rather than analyse why I am enjoying it (or not as the case may be). However, my view of this performance is so different to that of the previous reviewer and I love this piece so much that I felt compelled to put ... more
Wanderer - Christoph Prégardien, Ensemble Kontraste          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by undertone December 27, 2012

Pour a glass of Williams Schnapps and delve into an intriguing performance of 19th and 20th-century Romantic lieder filtered through the critical lens of the Second Vienna School. In 2010, tenor Christoph Prégardien and the Ensemble Kontraste developed a concert program for vocalist and ... more
Haydn: The Creation - Pearlman        (3 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by audio-grubi December 27, 2012

This sung German(?) is a TORTURE for all native speakers!
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 71 "Apponyi'" - Prazak Quartet          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 27, 2012

I recently purchased my first PragaDigital sacd several months ago and was pleasantly surprised at the sound and performance on that disc. I also wondered out loud if any newer discs by Praga would benefit from the new advances in Dsd and recording techniques. After listening to this new disc I ... more
Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue December 27, 2012

Elvis on Sacd. Who would of thought? I am a long time Elvis fan who always enjoyed his music. Unlike many others I never cared much for his showmanship.....his sex symbol magnetism......just his great voice. I was always let down over the years listening to Elvis on regular cd playback. It was ... more
Nektar: Live in New York        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy December 25, 2012

Nektar - Live In New York (1977) SACD Eclectic Discs Years ago I bought Nektar's "Live In New York" which was one of the worst sounding CD's I EVER bought. It was only later that I came to understand that this live concert was from a Radio broadcast German bootleg (at the wrong speed) that had ... more
  Site review by Geohominid December 25, 2012

"The highest artistic achievements in the realm of Russian church music". Praise indeed from a Russian musicologist for Rachmaninov's two masterpieces for unaccompanied choir. The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op. 31 (1912) and The All-Night Vigil Op. 37 (1915) are not the masterpieces of a pious ... more

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