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Gentle Giant: Octopus      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie June 24, 2012

This is a brilliant SACD. Not only is this one of Prog. rocks masterpieces but they did a nice mastering job on it. Gentle Giant are not as easy to swallow as Yes or Genesis but are a band worth checking out. Their music (in my case anyway) took a while to grow on you. I am very happy I picked this ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 24, 2012

A wonderful issue of a tragic momento. Somewhat frustratingly, no timings are included in this release, so for the aid of potential buyers Sonata No. 21: I-20'13, II-9'04, III-4'13, IV-8'24 Der Muller und der Bach - 5'09 Sei mir gegrusst - 4'20 Fruhlingsglaube - 3'35 Auf dem Wasser zu singen - ... more
Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy        (5 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by sacd_fan_2007 June 24, 2012

I thought I'd add a mini-review for the SACD-stereo layer and rbcd-cd layer. I'm pleased with the recording quality even if the concert hall is cavernous. The ratings are on a basis of comparison to some of the leading available recordings on rbcd, many of which I own. Although, I am not stating ... more
Soler: Selected Sonatas for Harp - Godelieve Schrama        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute June 24, 2012

A lovely offering of harp sonatas by the Catalan composer Padre Antonio Soler. Originally composed for harpsichord, these sonatas have a transparency that makes them suitable for the harp as well. Their sunny, carefree manner is very appealing. Hard to imagine that they were composed by such a ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 23, 2012

6 works from Telemann and a work previously attributed to Telemann adds up to a glorious of Baroque music making in these hands. This is the début recording of Ensemble Meridiana and a very fine début it is too - one can see why they have been celebrated seemingly wherever they go! The music is ... more
Elgar: Symphony No. 1 - Brabbins        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue June 22, 2012

A late reaction, but in view of the discussion I thought that it might be useful for those still making up their mind about which one to go for. Well, as far as I am concerned, this one is a real disappointment. I should have known better. I got this disk cheaply by mail order from ‘the best ... more
Galakonzert der Dresdner Staatskapelle - Rudolf Kempe      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute June 22, 2012

Glorious sound!! The music jumps out of the speakers. It is only in 2 channel stereo, but who needs surround when it's so full. The sound has good depth and spacial quality. To say nothing of the wonderful music making! Only 46 minutes of music, but... Highly recommended for lovers of Strauss, and ... more
The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by jackan June 21, 2012

First off, this is my favorite Doobie Brothers period. What Were Once Vices are now Habits, and Stampede are my favorite Doobie Brothers albums. To me, it is where the lineup had jelled, and they had matured into a song writing and performance groove. More coherent than the first couple of albums, ... more
  Review by lenw June 21, 2012

I very much like Sara K's artistic impressions and musically I do enjoy this album. I also appreciate the in-site she provides about the creation of each song. Sonically I give the album credit for clear delineation between instruments. But I don't give this album as high marks as her "Play On ... more
Rihm: String Quartets Nos. 1, 4, 5 & 8 - DoelenKwartet          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 21, 2012

Wolfgang Rihm – Streichquartette 1, 4, 8, 5 Four string quartets from German composer Wolfgang Rihm (1952) composed between 1970 and 1988. The quartets continue the line of compositions for string quartets from Hayden, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bartok to mention a few of the main protagonists in ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 21, 2012

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is a relatively new ensemble which made its début in 2008 with Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, which features on this disc. Based at Austin Peay State University, the ensemble is built from a pool of professional musicians from the University and hinterland. They ... more
Rickie Lee Jones: It's Like This        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Listenerman June 21, 2012

I can't say enough for this disc as well as the two other very different SACD releases from Rickie Lee. About the only thing they have in common is perfection of performance and production. "It's Like This" is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, not just for Rickie Lee fans, because of the familiar ... more
Shostakovich: The Nose - Gergiev          (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 20, 2012

The satirical opera The Nose is the first of four (not three as mentioned in the booklet) Opera’s that Shostakovich would compose, and all of them are masterpieces and all 4 are very different. In this opera, unlike the other 3, tonality is almost non-existent. Very modern for the time (1928) and ... more
Tchaikovsky, Glazunov: Violin Concertos - Gluzman, Litton        (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 June 20, 2012

Vive la Vadim, Lauda Litton, Bravissimo Bergen, and Bravo BIS Performance Wow, what a performance! Vadim, Litton and the Bergen give us the most exciting final movement of the Tchaikovsky I‘ve ever heard. Vadim’s emotional bravura and romantic spirit is in full bloom and Litton’s strong and ... more
Rhapsodies - Stokowski        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 20, 2012

Having owned “Rhapsodies” on LP and Living Stereo CD, I was particularly disappointed in this recording. Yes, these are exciting performances. But, I don’t see much of a gain in SACD for this recording. The soundstage is very deep. So deep that clarity suffers because of “cathedral” reverberance. ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 20, 2012

Poor Max Bruch; not only an un-reconstructable late Romantic, his G minor Violin Concerto, penned at the age of 25, became such a success that it overshadowed most of his other life works, leading to deep depression. He was vitriolic towards other more progressive colleagues, whom he saw departing ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 19, 2012

The Skalkottas will be unfamiliar to many but to those not au fait with his compositional style should not be concerned - it shows remarkable similarities to Shostakovich but with a little more atonality replacing the grim irony of the Russian master. The Concertino of 1939 is a remarkably sunny ... more
Dvorak: Symphony Nos. 8, 9 - Fischer          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 19, 2012

This is a good example of a splendid recording with a caveat. I like this performance and recording a lot because it gives the impression of a live performance with substantial symphony hall acoustics. Based on the results on disk I have to assume that the Italian institute in Budapest is quite a ... more
Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin'        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner June 18, 2012

A tribute to the late Dusty Springfield, the instrumentation is pared back to showcase the interpretations of these classics by Shelby Lynne. The feel is intimate and "live." The vocals are wonderful, which was a pleasant surprise since I don't know anything about Lynne as an artist. The band ... more
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 - Paavo Järvi          (7 of 19 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet June 18, 2012

This is a flat two dimensional, thin, somewhat bright sounding SACD. The interpretation is quite joyful although I am no Schumann expert but the sound is strikingly bad. I listen in two channel.
The Who Sell Out      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 18, 2012

This album has grown on me over the years and it contains their classic I can see for miles. This was the Who's answer to PET SOUNDS AND sergeant pepper. its FULL OF JINGLES, COMMERCIALS AND PSYCHEDELIA. This new shm sacd contains both the mono and stereo versions of the album and thats a great ... more
Ella Fitzgerald: Like Someone In Love        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 18, 2012

This new sacd release from the late 50's is very exceptional. I was very surprised by the sound quality. Some listeners might find the type of style of this music somewhat sappy, sentimental and passe but such is not the case. Yes its a very romantic album and the string and orchestra section might ... more
  Review by vonwegen June 18, 2012

Folks, the reason this SACD disappoints is because the original vinyl does too. Fact is, this album's sessions were blighted by the drug issues of two of the band, and it shows in some of the mixes, especially "Talk Of The Town", which is one of the two standout tunes. This album is without a doubt, ... more
Martin: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod - Steen        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 18, 2012

The Swiss Born Composer Frank Martin lived and worked the most part of his life in the Netherlands. His musical language definitely caries all the ingredients of 20th century composing styles; nonetheless his style is unique and individual and not easily comparable with other composers. Several of ... more
Wagner: Orchestral Music from The Ring - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 17, 2012

I’ve owned these on LP and CD. The performances get raves from almost every reviewer. They are near perfect. Szell conducted 86 performances at the Met from 1942-1946, including 4 Ring Cycles in 1944 and 1945 (with Traubel and Melchior). He conducts with opera experience. What sets these recordings ... more
Strauss Family Waltzes - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 17, 2012

I’ve owned these on LP and cassette. The virtuosity in Perpetuum Mobile alone is worth the price of the disc. Jaw-dropping virtuosity. These may not be quite as “Viennese” as others but they are played impeccably. And they are obviously having a dammed good time making these recordings. The sound ... more
Both Sides, Now - Håkan Hardenberger        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by steviev June 17, 2012

You know you're in for a mopefest when the most upbeat cut on a disc is the Waltz and Love Theme from "The Godfather." Let me set the scene: golden early evening sunlight plays through forest of pine, blackberry tangles, and scotch broom; my day's work is done, and I'm melting deep into my ... more
Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy        (11 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 June 16, 2012

I must say I was very impressed by the detail and beauty of both the performance and the recording of this Debussy 2 SACD set. I followed up with re-listening to versions of the three major pieces, Nocturnes, Images, and La Mer plus the Faun in my collection by Previn, Haitink, Boulez, Tortleir, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 16, 2012

The French have had a love-affair with the harp since Medieval times, yet very few harp concertos, even in France, appear on modern concert platforms. Outside France, the usual suspects are the Mozart concerto for flute and harp (written in the manner of a keyboard piece) or (rarely) Boieldieu's ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 - Gergiev        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 16, 2012

The SACD at hand is a somewhat older release with Gergiev in Shos 4. There are many releases of Shostakovich symphonies but not too many feature on SA-CD. This CD stems from the early days of SACD releases and I think at the time Philips was not fully clear yet on how surround recordings should ... more
Stravinsky: Pulcinella - Chicago Symphony Orchestra        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012

The performances of Stravinsky’s work by Pierre Boulez should be well known by now. Integrity, never over the top and the tempi always feel natural. As if this music need to be performed no other way. On this recording Boulez was very lucky with the soloists, Roxana Constantinescu and Kyle Ketelsen, ... more
Baltic Runes - Hillier          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012

Vocal works from Nordic composers are hot, for good reasons. Concerts in western Europe are fully booked when the likes of Pärt, Tormis and Kreek show up on program posters and the influx of choral works from the Baltics and Scandinavian countries has revived choral singing. There is a lot to be ... more
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Jansons        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012

Brahms 2 & 3 So far this is my favourite recording of Brahms 2 & 3. Key words that come to my mind after listening to nr 2. are: architecture, Balanced, warm, deep emotions and also light and clear. Jansons reveals more layers from the score than I had ever heard under other conductors, and he ... more
Schnittke: The Piano Concertos - Ewa Kupiec, Frank Strobel        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012

One of the most recorded and performed works of Alfred Schnittke might be the Konzert für Klavier und Streichorchester from 1979. In this recording this piece gets a philosophical treatment from Ewa Kupiec. She plays the work slower than any other performer I know and in doing so she reveals a few ... more
Aho: Symphony No. 12 - Storgårds        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by willemvoorneveld June 15, 2012

The music: According to the contemporary composer Kalevi Aho, the Luosto symphony should preferably be performed at a specific location outdoors in Finnish Lapland (named Luosto). The composer refers to this as spatial music. This sounds like a very romantic set-up or Sibelius squire. However the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 14, 2012

Finnish composer Seppo Pohjola (b. 1965) comes from a family of three musical brothers, and is the youngest but only surviving sibling. Olli, the oldest, was a renowned flautist and member of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Matti was a cellist in the same orchestra. Seppo's own instrument was the ... more
  Review by chopchip June 14, 2012

excellent cd. very enjoyable variety of music
Yes: Fragile        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by rorschach2009 June 14, 2012

Rhino should be hanged by a dog's tail for releasing this SACD. Let me clear a few things first. This release is NOT A FRESH REMASTER from the original tapes. Rhino released a DVD-A in 2002 from freshly remastered analog tapes, and mind you -- those remasters were badly done. This SACD is based on ... more
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by rorschach2009 June 14, 2012

Norah Jones is an extremely overrated singer. And nowhere is it more apparent than on this SACD. If sonic quality of an SACD can't make her singing enjoyable, nothing else will. The sonics are partly to blame for a disappointing listening experience. Mixing has not been done properly. More detail ... more
Bach: Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould          (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell June 14, 2012

Glen Gould's performance is there but it's vauge...his touches are there but they aren't as fully there the zanph re-performance technology is quite good it works well with oscar peterson's jazz and his friend art tatum but a genuis so ahead like gould is a whole other ball park. The technology is ... more
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Klemperer        (2 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell June 14, 2012

It's a little disapointing that there isn't a 5.1 version of this great recording on the market but it's still very good even if it's just in stereo. The sound is excellent both in part due to the High sampling of the SA-CD and the detail that Klemperer takes in his conducting. The main motif that ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Haitink          (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell June 14, 2012

I don't need to say if it's possible that a recording can be called a masterpiece that is exactly what has been achieved. A masterful collection of masterpiece recordings by a master of music who wrote masterpieces all of which are perfectly captured in this collection. This is a crown ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Gergiev          (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Ian Xavier Roskell June 14, 2012

Straight forward this recording lacks the bite and energy that is required of the 5th the rondo left me unmoved; but the 4th movement is beatifuly performed I was brought to tears by how moving Gergiev's vision of the love song is; its rare that it's performed as a song of passion and love rather ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 14, 2012

It is often wise sometimes to sit back and look at a broader context. For most modern music-lovers, our sense of the Classical period in music history is virtually defined by Haydn and Mozart. Giants they may be in their field, but we must admit that other musician/composers were plentiful in Europe ... more
  Review by cigarette jones June 13, 2012

very nice album. bought it for the pop singles "dare you to move" and "meant to live" and thought it might be a good rock sample of sacd sound. i was pleasantly surprised, not only by the smooth and crisp analog sound, but also by the overall quality of the album. i really liked most all of the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 12, 2012

The organ featured significantly in Rued Langgaard's early career as a performer and composer. He showed his talents as early as age 11 in his improvisations on the instrument in 1905, and later took the only professional position of his life as organist at Ribe (South Jutland) in ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Whistlerskibum June 12, 2012

This album has been one of my of desert island album for 30+ years. This SACD is now my go to digital copy and comparable to my classic records 200g vinyl. Since I have the booklet in my vinyl version wasn't too bummed about the booklet not being included with SACD. Highly recommended.
Richard Strauss: Josephs Legende - Fischer          (6 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet June 12, 2012

I purchased this based on the reviews and the fact that I basically like Richard Strauss. This is definitely not first rate Strauss. There is little to distinguish the beginning from the middle and end of the piece. There is good reason that the piece has fallen out of favor. What was ... more
Dire Straits: Love Over Gold      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Steveoboogie June 11, 2012

I have had every version of this album on CD since the first one came out from Phillips in the 1980's. First of all I agree there is no "sameness" (every song sounds the same) on this CD. Your telling me Industrial Disease sounds like Telegraph Road ? This is an excellent album and comes third after ... more
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7, Othello, The Wild Dove - Flor        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by emaidel June 11, 2012

Sometimes one purchases a recording and likes one or more aspects of it, but doesn't care much for another. This particular disc is all but a revelation: everything is absolutely first rate. The Malaysian Philharmonic has rarely played with such conviction, giving freshness, life and genuine ... more
  Site review by Geohominid June 10, 2012

"On the fourteenth of December at ten o'clock, exequies were held at the Church of St Nicholas in the Lesser Quarter for the Kapellmeister and court composer Wolfgang Amadé Mozart who passed away in Vienna on the fifth of this month. The ceremony, executed by some of the finest local musicians under ... more
Depeche Mode: Violator        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by audvoid June 9, 2012

I've had this SACD since it was released but recently rearranged my living room for optimal surround listening. I popped the disc in my player and was completely blown away. I've been a Depeche Mode fan for over 20 years and can honestly say I was startled by how great this album sounds. Along with ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by pabu June 9, 2012

What a crasy version. SHM SACD is the third I've just bought. First was a cd before remastering, second after remastering. But neither can be compared with this SACDs. Because the sound is excellent: the consistency of John Entwistle's bass, the real sensation of drumsticks' impact on toms, the ... more
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Don Juan etc. - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 9, 2012

These performances by Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra are classic Strauss recordings. Szell was an apprentice to Strauss and Strauss highly approved of Szell’s performances of his works. The Cleveland Orchestra plays marvelously. Listen to the string tone in the finale of Todt und Verklärung. ... more
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Fiedler        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 9, 2012

I've owned most of contents of this SACD on LP, Cassette, and/or CD. The best performance here is the Concerto. Wild and Fieldler are not only ripping through this unabashed, they are clearly having a great time. The Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris are both very well played and among my ... more
Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne etc. - Boston Pops/Fiedler        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer June 8, 2012

These are classic performances by Fiedler and the Boston Pops. Yes, they are fast and there are a few glitches. But that does not in any way diminish the amount of fun they are clearly having. I'll take fun with a few glitches over sterile perfection anytime. The sound on the two channel SACD is a ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 7, 2012

A recording to savour, although it may not be to everyone's tastes. Firstly it should be noted that both the works presented here face stiff competition: Gergiev's electrifying account of the symphony with the VPO on RBCD and Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Francesca da Rimini - Stokowski for Francesca da Rimini on SACD. Those ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 7, 2012

After some fine accounts of the 6th and Manfred symphonies, Kitajenko's account is something of a disappointment. Things start well enough, with a rich, luxurious patina from the Gurzenich-Orchester Koln conjured up under Kitajenko's baton. Tempo choices are not extreme on one side or the other ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 7, 2012

A great new shm sacd release of Pete Townsend's and the Who's most ambitious album. And it sounds amazing. For those familiar with this album from 1973 you must know thats its a true classic. Filled with teenage angst and anger it tells a sad and bitter journey of the main character but with ... more
Handel: Esther - John Butt        (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur June 5, 2012

There is some very nice stuff here, and the playing, in particular, is excellent. The music itself contains some very fine and virtually unknown Handel. All is not perfect, however, as with other releases from this team and Linn. The solo singing is good, but it is not right up there with the very ... more
Sam Cooke: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy June 5, 2012

Sam Cooke had the voice ! Sam Cooke had the soul ! Brought to you by the same label that brought you those great Rolling Stones sacd and Herman's Hermits ABKCO. And just like those other sacds this one offers wonderful clean sound and excellent speaker separation. Sam's voice is so pure and ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 5, 2012

Outstanding. The disc opens and closes with "Arioso - Hommage a Walter Levin 85"; why two renditions? The first is played with wooden mutes, the second with metal mutes. The wooden account is quite gentle in tone from the Athena Quartet. The 6 Moments musicaux Op. 44 are next up and are frequently ... more
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - Gary Cooper          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by aaron June 5, 2012

This is my first review here, and there is a reason why this is the first! I find Coopers play absolutely mesmerizing on this glorious restored instrument. He really understands this music as far as I can judge. The sound is as good as it get and I can say this with some degree of certainty because ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Claude June 5, 2012

I compared this 4th SACD release of the 1956 "Ella and Louis" album to the japanese hybrid SACD from 2004 (UCGU-7039) The difference is quite important. At first, the japanese SACD sounds much more detailled and forward, but this is due to a big upper treble boost compared to the Analogue ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 3, 2012

Another self-recommending set from the Dunedin Consort under John Butt. After a three-part overture, the work is structured into 3 acts of 3 scenes almost all of which have at least 2 recitatives, 1 air and 1 chorus. The first number, musically, to stand out is that of "Tune your harps to cheerful ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 2, 2012

Another outstanding release from this astonishingly talented young conductor. Those fearing that the Scottish Chamber Orchestra forces are too meagre for such an orchestral extravaganza can rest easier, for this is not their ordinary scale (strings are 9, 8, 6, 6, 4) and they strike a good balance ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial June 2, 2012

The turn of Barthold Kuijken to take a bow... As a small rest from their ongoing Bach Cantata project, La Petite Bande under Sigiswald Kuijken take a holiday to Italy and present Vivaldi's Op. 10 collection, a later solo concerto and a double concerto from their principal flautist Barthold Kuijken. ... more
Steely Dan: Aja      (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by gingerbeardman June 1, 2012

I actually prefer the 5.1 DTS version of Aja compared to this SHM-SACD reissue. It just lacks a bit of sparkle for me.
Gotan Project: La Revancha del Tango        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by gingerbeardman June 1, 2012

A great album, but watch out for the killer bass. You might annoy the neighbours!
  Review by progboy June 1, 2012

Bjork's Medulla is definitely an acquired taste album ! I have loved some of Bjork's stuff and others less so...kind of hit or miss for me personally but based on the glowing reviews here I decided to pick it up and will admit that it is an intense but rewarding listening experience. The sound ... more
The Who: Tommy      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus June 1, 2012

The best digital pressing. I never heard a better Tommy CD.
The Who: Tommy      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue June 1, 2012

I was a huge fan of the original sacd as it was the disc that forced me to go hirez. For its day it was a great release but as sacd quality has improved over the last 8 years the sound quality has grown long in the tooth as it were. Its obvious that some of the re Mastering TRICKS OF 90's CD ... more
Dire Straits: Dire Straits      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by cooksta June 1, 2012

One of the best sacd's I have in my small collection, smooth, silky without a hint of harshness. I listened to this at high levels as soon as I received the disc (-5 from reference) and could have done so for hours. There us noticeable tape hiss in quiet passages, however this does not distract from ... more
Bach: Les Quatre Ouvertures - Savall        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Araner May 31, 2012

Older recording (1990) of Bach's four overtures. Very well made, very natural sound of the orchestra, I like a party string, brass section sounds rather isolation from the overall sound. Some songs feel unnecessarily slow pace (glorius Air). Technically very well recorded, stereo sounds fuller than ... more
Russian Ballet Suites - Vedernikov          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by ruxtonvet May 31, 2012

I almost did not buy this SACD because of the mixed reviews. Castor's review: "First, the sound quality is, for the most part, unappealing. It gives a harsh metallic edge to the strings, and climaxes are brash and sometimes congested, even in MC". This is one of the finest recordings I have ever ... more
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue May 31, 2012

I m pretty sure lovers of classic folk/ rock were excited by this sacd release. I sure was. This particular Cat Stevens album is very musically excellent all the way through. Upon my first couple of listens I was fairly impressed with the sound. I felt perhaps that there was a certain smoothness ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 30, 2012

West10brass are a symphonic brass band of ten players who come from the orchestras of North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany. Their aim is simply to have fun by playing their instruments together, - hopefully before audiences. Their first SACD disc title is named (somewhat with tongues in ... more
  Site review by Castor May 30, 2012

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, their indefatigable Conductor Laureate, continue their fruitful relationship for Chandos with a generously filled SACD (77' 40”) of familiar and unfamiliar orchestral works by Saint-Saëns. Those who enjoyed the recent survey of the composer's ... more
  Site review by Castor May 29, 2012

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Britten's War Requiem that took place at the consecration the rebuilt Coventry cathedral on 30th May 1962. When the composer's own interpretation of his most ambitious work was enshrined by Decca the following year, it became a unique ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 29, 2012

René Clausen (b. 1953) is presently best known as one of America's most popular composers of choral music, even though his output covers most musical genres. For more than twenty-five years, he has directed the Concordia College Choir in Minnesota, an internationally renowned body. As well as ... more
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

This was one of the first SACD's I ever bought and tonight felt like a little Sonny Clark so threw this disc into the player and was transformed! These songs were originally recorded back in 1959 a year after the release of his classic "Cool Struttin" which I picked up a while back on XRCD! The ... more
Hank Mobley: Workout        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

Hank Mobley, Grant Green, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers (who else) and Philly Joe what a line up. Workout is a way more relaxed album that you might have thought from its title but trust me nothing is missing! What is great about this album is that everyone gets a good chunk of space and ... more
The Kinks: Preservation Act 1        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 29, 2012

The Kinks albums on can you go wrong ! Preservation Act 1 is totally mapped from the genius drama-like qualities of the "Arthur" album with huge themed songs and great musicianship. Ray Davies had this huge concept stage and album presentation in mind when he undertook this huge project ... more
Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lucabeer May 29, 2012

Definitely better than the Redbook releases, the difference is noticeable! Finally we can listen to this album with good presence, depth, clarity and frequency extension. Sure, it never was a particularly "hi-fi" recording (most takes were done in Richards' villa in France, not in a professional ... more
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 - Fasolis        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by wilbur May 27, 2012

Wow - I bought this on the strength of a couple of reviews and was frankly not expecting all that much as the group was unknown to me. More fool me, therefore, to find what is absolutely spectacular playing here. There is real fire in these performances, and the solo playing is quite something to ... more
Linda Ronstadt: What's New        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner May 27, 2012

This SACD is an OK experience for me and could have been a lot better if there was better song variety. I found it to be a bit plodding after a while. It needs some toe tappers to go with the wrist cutters. Linda's voice dominates the mix, perhaps a bit too much. The orchestration doesn't seem now ... more
Blue Coast Collection - Various Artists        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Discspinner May 27, 2012

One or two instruments accompanying one or two voices predominate in this mostly folk-sounding SACD. Guitars and vocals are recorded beautifully. I couldn't immediately find the songriter credits so I am assuming these are singer songwriters. Great atmosphere in these recordings (am listening in ... more
Lalo: Concerto russe, Piano Concerto - Bakels        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue May 27, 2012

Another interesting disk from BIS, delving into largely unexplored French musical territory. For most ‘mélomanes’ Edouard Lalo equals 'Symphonie Espagnole'. Here, the two main works clearly are the ‘Concert Russe’ for violin and orchestra and the piano concerto; the other three pieces being welcome ... more
  Review by dane May 25, 2012

Have anyone noticed that left and right channels are swapped compared to the standard cd version? The sacd has significantly better sonics than the cd - track 6 sourrounds you completely with soundstage like I had a surround system. My favourtite sacd at this time!
Dead Can Dance: Aion        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy May 25, 2012

Aion was the 5th album released from the creative prowess of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. This album is another deep spiritual exploration into a wonderful fusion of music, tones and emotions. With a nice mix of instrumental and vocalized songs this album takes you on quite a journey. This is the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 25, 2012

In their survey of Eduard Lalo's concertante works for violin, BIS already released an RBCD disc with Kantorow, including Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, which garnered warm critical acclaim. The present disc follows with somewhat lesser fare, including sundry pieces for violin and orchestra, as well as ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 24, 2012

Langgaard's musical career was mostly blighted by the Danish artistic Establishment, since he persisted to compose in the retrograde late Romantic style, while his peers were intent on absorbing themselves into the turn of the century avant garde. Nonetheless prolific, producing works in most of the ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4 - Ikuyo Nakamichi, Paavo Järvi          (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by dist1610 May 23, 2012

MY Review in German (cause I'm from Austria) Vorab: Diese Aufnahme wurde in Deutschland aufgenommen. Der Klang und die künstlerische Ausführung sind ausgezeichnet. Järvi und Nakamichi sind bestens aufeinander abgestimmt. Auch die lyrischen Stellen im 1./2. Klavierkonzert kommen hier nicht zu kurz. ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 23, 2012

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) was prepared for his musical career at a very early age, utlimately becoming known Europe-wide as a great harpsichordist, at least the equal of Handel. A Neopolitan, he spent most of this career in the Iberian Peninsula, first in the employ of King John V at Lisbon ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial May 22, 2012

Even though this is a new recording, I suspect I will not be the only having a trip down memory lane with this disc. Here, Harald Vogel records an appealing mixture of chorale preludes, fantasias and some of the big preludes or toccata's and fugues that Bach composed relatively early in his life, ... more
  Site review by Castor May 22, 2012

These days there is almost an embarrassment of riches where phenomenally gifted young artists are concerned. They burst upon the music scene blessed with astonishing technical prowess and with a fistful of awards from international competitions, so any newcomer has to be the possessor of extra ... more
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by canonical May 22, 2012

Performance ----------------- I have many, many recordings of this violin showpiece, as it is a piece I studied when I was a young teen. My favourite recordings include a young Itzhak Perlman, the superbly brilliant (but short-lived) Michael Rabin, and Nathan Milstein. It may not be a very deep ... more
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos - Savall        (4 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeff3948 May 21, 2012

Since I had bought several re-mastered to SACD discs by Savall previously such as Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks and Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols both of which were superb stereo to multi-channel re-mastering jobs, I thought this was going to be superb too. However, I was ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 21, 2012

'Viola Tales' comes from an early title of one of Schumann's pieces on this disc. He was aware that some musical instruments had unforgivably low profiles, especially the viola. In 1849, 7 years after his "year of chamber music", he started an attempt to "give each instrument a turn". The first of ... more
Café Bleu: The Style Council      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mofangels May 20, 2012

And here we go!.....this SACD sounds really well! The sound is well detailed and balanced through stereo channels. I mean....i grew up with this record and i say that, IMHO, this is a great album and this SACD mix could be the definitive recording masterpiece. In other it!

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