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Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy November 3, 2012

....well we're living here in Allentown! The Nylon Curtain was released in 1982 and was another wonderful pop album from an artist that was on quite a roll at the time. This might be Joel's finest album if the lot........ On this album Joel fused Beatles influences like the songs "Laura" , "a ... more
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY November 2, 2012

This disc sounds fantastic. I don't own any other versions, so I cannot compare - but another home run from Analogue Productions.
Holly Cole: Temptation        (1 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc November 2, 2012

good disc. modern but not boring.
The Who Sell Out      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 2, 2012

This Deluxe edition tried to give us an original mix of both mono and stero versions but failed due to distortion and extreme loudness levels. The SACD version is an absolute gem and an essential purchase for all Who fans. The mono version in particular is near enough to perfection in that it is ... more
The Who: Quadrophenia      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by tdunster November 2, 2012

All I ever wanted was a version of Quadrophenia void of the hard sounding sonics of past cd releases such as the Polydor 1996 remix and the later Polydor Deluxe Edition. The SACD version is the smoothest / cleanest sounding recording of Quadrophenia I have ever heard. Unfortunately, I think the ... more
  Site review by Castor November 1, 2012

Mikhail Pletnev's cycle of the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies for PentaTone is now completed by this splendid account of the composer's Symphony No.3. The sheer beauty and realism of the sound on this PentaTone SACD is apparent from the symphony's opening bars and by the time the work's sombre ... more
  Site review by Geohominid November 1, 2012

With Symphonies 7 and 8 already released now joined by a Number 9 which is zesty, confident and full of conviction, the combination of Claus Peter Flor and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra has become a force to be recommend with in Dvorak. So good is the empathy between these musicians, one ... more
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy October 31, 2012

Dylan's JWH is a classic and an excellent album from the vintage folk era......How can you beat "All Along The Watchtower" or "I Pity the Poor Immigrant"....songs that changed the world......or tried to anyway..so musically an excellent album ....but the bummer here is that although this SACD ... more
The Police: Outlandos d'Amour      (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Coughcool72 October 31, 2012

Hello all, this is my first SHM-SACD. I am new to the world of SACD and only have 5 or 6. I only have 2 CH SACD player. It may be to a degree hard to evaluate this SACD, as it is the only SHM SACD I have heard, therefore I cannot of course compare it to any others. And I have not heard the regular ... more
The Police: Every Breath You Take        (0 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by jackan October 30, 2012

First off, this is a collection of great songs. Yes there are some favorites left out, but by and large, a wonderful representation of the band. If you love The Police, this will not disappoint. Next, the sound quality is great. Its the production that stinks. I will not quibble about the use of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 29, 2012

Korea has a rich cultural timeline going back to prehistory. As well as music and dance, it includes visual arts and literature. The Peninsula's cultural evolution has been much influenced by the main religions there, such as shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and later Christianity. However, as in ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 29, 2012

Korea has a rich cultural timeline going back to prehistory. As well as music and dance, it includes visual arts and literature. The Peninsula's cultural evolution has been much influenced by the main religions there, such as shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism and, later, Christianity. However, as in ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

Revelatory. This cycle (amongst others) is evidence that today is a golden age of music making. What characterises Blomstedt's direction (and, indeed, the response of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig) is a naturalness to the playing that is - of course - extremely hard to achieve on a repeated ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

As with Janowski (Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Janowski), Young's account is very much cruder in terms of orchestral colour & phrasing than that of Blomstedt and his superb Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Blomstedt). Like Janowski, I suspect much of the reasons for this come down to ... more
McCoy Tyner: Land of Giants        
  Review by NesY October 28, 2012

Sonics: I listen 2-channel only. I gave a 4 star rating mainly because the drums and bass are just a little bit muddy/veiled. Also, the soundstage was very small and placement of players not very well defined and seemed to shift now and then. Performance: I gave 4.5 stars. I could have given 5, ... more
  Review by miguelito54 October 28, 2012

This is no simple tribute to Billie Holiday presenting some chestnuts from her songbook - this is James Carter's very personal view of a world of sounds inspired by the great Lady Day. Accompanied by a 6-2-2 string section and a rhythm trio, he plays his full range of saxophones and stylistic ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 28, 2012

A good release but one ultimately, to these ears, succumbs to even finer competition in the form of Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - Blomstedt - not just because of the playing or the sonic aspects of the recording either. Mainly it is down to the less than first-rate hall in which PentaTone do their utmost ... more
Ray Charles: The Genius Sings the Blues        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by NesY October 27, 2012

Have to agree with the previous posters re the sonics of this disc. I also do not understand why MoFi decided to release this. Very dull sounding, except for Ray's voice which was again too much forward. I cannot compare to previous releases as this is the only release I own.
Beethoven: The 11 Overtures - Masur        (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by jeffreybehr October 27, 2012

I'm really happy I ran into this disc--I've been a fan of the Beethoven overtures for decades. I had a Szell/Cleveland LP on Epic with the 4 Fidelios;, it was, IIRC, a typical crappy-sounding Columbia/CBS multi-mono-miced edgy mess, but I loved the music! I enjoy these discs more than Mr. Broggio ... more
Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2 - Zimmermann, Gerstein          (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue October 27, 2012

This is superb stuff! Julia Fisher, asked how she manages to play so very well in tune, replied that she always listens to what she is playing. She was not suggesting that some simply put their fingers in the required position, hoping that a fair amount of vibrato will make it sound right, but her ... more
Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos - Grumiaux        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer October 24, 2012

Beethoven Violin Concerto; Arthur Grumiaux, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis I remember hearing this recording in the mid 70s and wasn’t impressed. The years and the SACD sound have not changed my opinion. In fact, I’ve always much preferred Grumiaux’s recording with Galliera (which has ... more
Anita O'Day: Anita Sings The Most      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jazzsphere2005 October 24, 2012

Well this is a classic album and the shm-sacd is superb. As a physical object it's a thing of beauty, manufactured with extreme attention to detail. I have listened to this around a dozen times on my system through speakers and via Sennheiser HD650 headphones and in my opinion the remastering is ... more
Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

The best digital pressing!!!
Black Sabbath: Sabbath bloody Sabbath      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

One of the best Black Sabbath albums.
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality      (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

Soundwise... the best Black Sabbath SACD. Highly recommended!
Black Sabbath: Paranoid      (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by MacClaus October 24, 2012

I don't understand the rave reviews... The performance is stellar, the sound is lousy!
  Site review by Castor October 24, 2012

Dacapos's new Nielsen project gets off to a most promising start with this coupling of the 2nd and 3rd symphonies in performances that place this SACD amongst the best available versions on record and will be a first choice for many collectors.. The plush playing of the NYPO for Alan Gilbert, their ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 23, 2012

Outside his native Sweden, the name of composer Otto Olsson (1879-1964) is hardly known. Yet, as the last of Sweden's truly Late Romantic composers, his organ music and some choral pieces are still a familiar part of worship in his native land. Beyond that, there are a good number of recordings of ... more
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Gilbert        (11 of 17 found this review helpful)
  Review by hiredfox October 22, 2012

Well, time to lay a few ghosts to rest. There are no noises off to distract during these performances. After all the nonsense early on in this thread it was with a sense of trepidation that we settled down to spin this disc for the first time. The nervous tension that accompanied the performance ... more
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by rflaugher October 21, 2012

I have both the Columbia single layer and this in SACD. I can only speak to the 2 channel but in that regard this is the better disc. The single layer is very good but this one is just much clearer and more dynamic. The music really doesn't need reviewed as this is a true classic.
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D. 960 & 664, Impromptu D. 899/4 - Richter        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist October 20, 2012

I noted only recently this series of historic recordings by Praga Digital dedicated to Sviatoslav Richter! As I didn't have those Schubert works on sacd and considering the price tag, I thought why not ? Given Richer's reputation of being one of all time's best pianists, my only fear was the sound ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Ozawa        (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist October 20, 2012

Great performance ! I am a huge fan of the 9th since my childhood, and most of the records I own are from American Orchestras, for me that is the way the new world has to be discovered. Ozawa's conducting is really convincing, a lot more than Jarvi with Cincinnati, my reference being Von Dohnanyi ... more
Sonny Rollins: Way Out West        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy October 18, 2012

I will admit that I was shocked to see that there are THREE version of "Way Out West" on SACD.....Analogue Productions, Japan SHM and this one on Fantasy (Hong Kong). Gee there are about 5 million albums I'd love on SACD and yet there are 3 separate versions of this one alone.......kinda crazy.... ... more
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Espen R October 18, 2012

@analogue has said it all. This SHM-SACD sounds incredible. It now sounds as good as you ever could hope for. It's an amazing transfer from the absolute stereo masters.
  Site review by Geohominid October 17, 2012

Listening to the first few minutes of Puumala's Chainsprings from 1995/1997 clearly put it into the avant-garde category, that catch-all term for post-1945 modernism. Personally, I usually have found this fragmented scatter of sounds, often over-blown or otherwise distorted, to be hard work to ... more
Alison Krauss + Union Station: New Favorite        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by audio.freak October 16, 2012

I fell in love with Alison Krauss's voice (much more warmer than Diana Krall, if I might say so) from listening to the samples on Amazon; ended up picking up the DVD of AKUS Live which quickly became my favorite DVD to play. Since a large number of the songs on the DVD are the same as on this SACD ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 15, 2012

The Trittico Botticelliano is scored for a relatively small orchestra but supplemented with a reasonable array of percussion instruments. This choice of instrumentation aides Respighi's oft-used glistening sound and the Beethoven Orchester of Bonn respond with audible enjoyment to this triptych. ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 15, 2012

This disc may be relatively short on measure (52'48) but it is very long on quality. This disc opens with James MacMillan's "O bone Jesu", a work for mixed choir a cappella and four soloists: Kerstin Steube (S), Maria van Eldik (A), Alexander Yudenkov (T) & Achim Jackal (B) - all drawn from the SWR ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 15, 2012

A wonderful disc! In the opening Op. 3 (that contains *that* prelude), Arghamanyan shows herself to possess not only a phenomenal technique but an understanding of Rachmaninov's music. The rubato is varied but never goes "against the grain"; this is most vividly illustrated in the famous C sharp ... more
  Review by Polarius T October 15, 2012

An odd response by the other reviewer above. What one is hearing on this new remaster is greater fidelity which puts everything into sharper relief. The problem with all the previous releases (I've had maybe six of them over the years, starting with the domestic Soviet-era LP box set) was that the ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 15, 2012

After a disappointing experience with Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - Young, it is a welcome relief to turn to this next installment in Young's Brahms cycle. Although the conditions of recording are the same (concert performances), the Philharmoniker Hamburg seem much more at ease with their intonation ... more
Mike Oldfield: Ommadawn      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by ScienceGuy October 14, 2012

I wholly concur with Zappaien, Deadwing and Espsilon, in that this SACD is absolutely outstanding in every way. I have just carried out comprehensive direct comparision testing between this, the 2012 SACD Version by Mercury Records, and the 2010 (so-called) Deluxe Edition CD, which includes no less ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 12, 2012

Barber was a versatile composer, leaving a work-list covering most of the usual genres of music. Although not the most numerous in his canon, choral works were obviously important to him, as he took the trouble to transform some of his songs into choral pieces. For this disc, Craig Halla Johnson, ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 12, 2012

In the aftermath of the expansion of orchestras for revolutionary new music by Berlioz and Wagner, composers such as Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky were content still to work with conservatively sized orchestras. They could produce "great effects with small means" as the musicologist Ebenezer Prout ... more
  Site review by Castor October 12, 2012

This issue marks the half-way point in PentaTone's ambitious, and so far spectacularly successful, project to record and issue on SACD the ten mature Wagner Operas taken from concert performances conducted by Marek Janowski. All ten are to be completed by the end of 2013, the Wagner Centenary year. ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31, Diabelli Variations - Sviatoslav Richter        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ October 10, 2012

The remarkable release of Richter on SACD from the Praga Digitals label continues with this third volume which includes two Beethoven scores that the Russian pianist was always able to transcend with the most inspired authority. Recorded in June 1965, the Sonata N°31 in A sharp major Op.110 was ... more
Dances to a Black Pipe - Martin Fröst, Richard Tognetti        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by JJ October 10, 2012

This rich SACD (more than 81 minutes!) proposes a most enticing program: the Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano (1947-48) by Aaron Copland; the arrangement by Martin Frost himself for clarinet and strings of four Hungarian dances by Johannes Brahms; Brahms’ “Klezmer ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 9, 2012

Here is a cleverly contrived album which not only offers entertainment, but also a learning experience. Mikael Strömberg's liner notes amount to an historical over-view of a special type of singing, known as 'coloratura' which came to be adopted by opera singers. It was particularly cultivated by ... more
Helmet of Gnats      
  Review by progboy October 8, 2012

The Helmet Of Gnats released this debut album in 2004 on SACD mixing fusion and progressive Rock somewhere in the Deep Purple meets Mahavishnu Orchestra meets King Crimson camp. The Gnats were a 4 piece band with Mark Conese on the drums, Chris Fox on the Guitars, Matt Bocchino on keys and Wayne ... more
The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy October 8, 2012

A few months back I was surprised to have found this gem from the 80's re-released and available on SACD format at a low low price .......i was bummed out that I missed this one the first time around ! I should mention that I am still a big fan of The Police albums. Zenyatta is one of my favourite ... more
Art Taylor: A.T.'s Delight        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy October 8, 2012

Art Taylor was one of the great drummers from the 50's jazz scene.....He recorded a lot on the Prestige label and was a sideman to some of the greats.....Donald Byrd , Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk! ART'S DELIGHT was his 3rd album released in 1960 and uniquely features conga player Carlos ... more
Ray Charles: Genius+Soul=Jazz        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by sibelius2 October 6, 2012

One of the strangest and most fascinating recordings I've heard. For one thing, the title really doesn't prepare listeners for what they're about to hear. I was completely unfamiliar with this album before acquiring this SACD. So yes, it's a jazz album, and yes, Ray Charles performs on every track, ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial October 6, 2012

These recordings of concert performances were compared with the following sets: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Haitink Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 - Paavo Järvi, Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 - Paavo Järvi, Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 - Paavo Järvi, Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 - Paavo Järvi & ... more
Alison Krauss: Now That I've Found You        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Tangman October 6, 2012

Let me position myself here, first: decent sound system (Magnepan/Linn/Red Dragon/Oppo); wide ranging tastes centering on rock and pop from the 70s onward. I only own a dozen sacd titles and am slowly accumulating more. I have better ears than many civilians but do not consider myself an ... more
  Site review by Castor October 5, 2012

Stefan Blunier and his fine Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn, have compiled a most enjoyable programme for this SACD - described collectively, though not entirely accurately, as “ Russian Composers around 1900”. Perhaps the least well-known name on this SACD is that of the Ukranian composer Mykola Lysenko ... more
  Review by canonical October 5, 2012

Sviatoslav Richter's recording of the Well-tempered Clavier is my favourite rendition … I prefer it to even that of Glenn Gould. So, this is not only a five-star performance, but amongst the very finest that exist, and the best that I know of. The merits of the performance are already well-known, so ... more
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 15 & 16 - Smetana Quartet      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute October 3, 2012

Please see my full review for this set of Beethoven's late quartets on the review for quartets no. 12 and 14 performed by Smetana Quartet (Supraphon COGQ-1019).
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13, Grosse Fuge - Smetana Quartet      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute October 3, 2012

Please see my full review for this set of Beethoven's late quartets on the review for quartets no. 12 and 14 performed by Smetana Quartet. (Supraphon COGQ-1019)
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 14 - Smetana Quartet      (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lute October 3, 2012

This review is for all 3 SACDs of Beethoven's string quartets nos.12-16 and Grosse Fuge performed by the Smetana Quartet (Supraphon COGQ-1013,1019, and 1027). So much has been written and said about Beethoven's late quartets that I feel a little under qualified to write a review about them. Of ... more
  Site review by Geohominid October 3, 2012

Here is a programme of post-Mahler songs, accompanied by string orchestra or chamber ensemble, which is both intriguing and inventive. Only Britten's brilliantly eclectic 'Les Illuminations' makes a regular appearance on records and concert platforms, and it is centre-stage on this disc. Finnish ... more
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Audioflea October 2, 2012

If this were vinyl, I’d have already burned through 3 copies. This Armstrong/Fitzgerald collaborative in SACD is proof that there is a God and he wants us to be happy. 3rd track; Moonlight in Vermont. Could be the purist and most beautiful thing that I have ever experienced. From beginning to end, ... more
  Review by imageten October 2, 2012

To be honest, this is the first SACD I have purchased that I am unhappy with. This album seems to be listed everywhere as multi-channel, but if it is, it does not perform as such on my surround system. I was really looking forward to getting this set, mainly just for a chance to hear Baba O'Riley in ... more
Glazunov: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4, Idyll - Zemlinsky Quartet          (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue October 2, 2012

Praga Digitals have given us some excellent chamber music from well- and lesser known Eastern-European composers. This time a disk of two of Glazunov’s seven quartets, for which they have hired the services of one of the best Czech quartets around. Is this the first installment of a complete set on ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 30, 2012

Aapo Häkkinen (b.1976) is a Finnish keyboard player and conductor who specialises in the Baroque. He studied organ at the Sibelius Academy, then turned to harpsichord at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory with Bob Asperen, later working with Pierre Hantal in Paris. Gustav Leonhardt's guidance and ... more
Nat "King" Cole: Just One of Those Things        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 30, 2012

Now this is a great album and a great recording..... Backed up with the brilliant Billy May and his full orchestra, Nat King Cole struts his smooth velvety voice in full stereo. In fact the album liner notes address the fact that Cole always wanted to record with May and his orchestra like Sinatra ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Jansons        (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by boxer_ian September 30, 2012

I can't thank you guys enough for all your reviews. You have introduced me to recordings I would never have discovered on my own, and this is another one. For an old rock and roller who was introduced to this piece by E,L &P and wondered from where this music came, then I this is the source. Rich, ... more
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Gilbert        (22 of 23 found this review helpful)
  Review by Adrian Cue September 28, 2012

From the French perspective, Nielsen’s symphonies seem to be mainly reserved for ‘well informed’ Nordic music enthusiasts. Just like Sibelius. Neither composer draws large crowds over here. Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks differently. It so happens that this Saturday (29 September) ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 28, 2012

Make no mistake, this is a real power-pack of Dvorak's late orchestral pieces. The 7th Symphony, shortest of the cycle except for the 3rd, is here a cogently argued masterpiece of dramatic contrast quite unlike the rest of the symphonies. Set during a sombre period of the composer's life (resulting ... more
Bill Evans: At the Montreux Jazz Festival        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Bill Mac September 28, 2012

I would have to agree with JW's review as this is one fine sounding live SACD. I feel it is an excellent performance from Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez and Jack deJohnette.
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Martinu: Symphony No. 2 - Paavo Järvi          (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oliver_twist September 27, 2012

Reference recording for me is Christoph von Dohnanyi / Cleveland Orchestra on RBCD, I also own Szell / Cleveland and Ozawa / San Francisco on SACD. I was looking for a more recent multichannel recording and chose Jarvi after hearing his excellent Beethoven symphonies cycle, with the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 26, 2012

The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra is one of the finest on the world stage. Proud of its versatility, it specialises in Finnish string music not only from the late C19th and early C20th, but also applies its virtuosic qualities to modern and contemporary compositions for the medium. A major feature ... more
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Gragra September 24, 2012

I have to agree with Analogue. I was very much looking forward to hearing this disc and was going to purchase it as a matter of course, because it's my favourite Pink Floyd album. I used to love playing my vinyl version of it way back when. However, the SACD sounds lifeless, flat and dull. All the ... more
  Review by JReedC243 September 24, 2012

I bought a multichannel surround system just so I could listen to this album. It was worth every penny. The music has a whole new life and is even more amazing on multichannel. My favorites on the album in MC are "Closer", "The Becoming", "Piggy", and the title track.
Dire Straits: Making Movies      (1 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc September 24, 2012

excelent disc.
Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin'        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by agentsmith September 24, 2012

I played the original RBCD to death. I thought nobody could top Dusty but her performance comes close. The CD is raw from analogue and had a few obvious overload distortions. Probably due to overloading of the mic. Despite that the CD sounds very lively with lots of PRat. I read about the Analogue ... more
  Site review by Castor September 23, 2012

The Bavarian State Orchestra (Bayerische Staatsorchester) has a history dating back almost 500 years and during that time, in its capacity as the orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, musical directors have included some of the most eminent conductors of the past one hundred and fifty ... more
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Litton        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Hitters September 22, 2012

What can I add to Castor's impeccable review? It says it all! Modestly, I just would just say that I gave been hooked by this SACD, listening to it again and again, discovering the many subtleties of these magnificent performances. I do own a few excellent blue Rhapsodies, but this one has opened my ... more
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite - Fischer          (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by aaron September 22, 2012

First I have to say I totally agree with (Castor)Graham Williams' review. This a Rite like I have never heard before, never! Like the Devil him(her?)self had something to do with it. Scary is the word. Hair-raising experience, really. What energy, what pagan-dance. Stamping rhythms, crying ... more
Genesis: Selling England By The Pound        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 22, 2012

Selling England is perhaps the finest moment in the recording history of Genesis for me. I have owned pretty much every version of this album.........vinyl......cd's and now SACD.......and I gotta say that this SACD version is amazing (or sick.....as my kids say). Like the other Genesis SACD ... more
  Site review by Castor September 21, 2012

There is no shortage of recommendable versions of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 even on SACD. For this listener the field has been led by Ivan Fischer and his wonderful Budapest Festival Orchestra on a recording made in 2000, originally issued by Philips and now available on Channel Classics. The bracing ... more
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by cooltype937 September 20, 2012

As excellent an album as it it, technically "Sticky Fingers" is rife with problems. The most notorious of these problems are the distortion and clipping on the beginning of "Brown Sugar" and throughout "Wild Horses". Historically, this distortion has been on all releases of the album. The high ... more
Dead Can Dance: Spiritchaser        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by progboy September 20, 2012

Wow.........what a great sounding disk! No question Dead Can Dance are the perfect band for SACD format. I am a huge fan of this band and have been slowly replacing my redbook CD collection with MOFI's SACD version one by one. Spiritchaser is one of my fav albums by DCD and I am just amazed how ... more
Brahms & Ligeti: Horn Trios        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Polarius T September 20, 2012

Since no one is reviewing this, I'm just going to register my gut reaction basically lifted from a discussion thread: What phenomenal music-making going on in here! Only highest marks, and that in every department coming into question: virtuosity and expressiveness of the individual players (both ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 19, 2012

James Gilchrist is one of the most sought-after of singers in the post-Peter Pears/Britten group of English tenors who are renowned for their interpretations of Britten's superb song cycles. Here he joins outstanding pianist Amanda Tilbrook with a nicely-rounded programme headlined by two of ... more
Orff: Carmina Burana - Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer September 18, 2012

Classic recording of Carmina Burana has never been out of the catalog in one format or another. Ormandy and Philadelphia Orchestra are appropriately brash. The Rutgers University Choir sings this with all the lust you could imagine. At some points they become so involved driving the text that the ... more
  Site review by Castor September 16, 2012

Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 is one of the most problematic of his nine symphonies with regard to alternative versions of the score. A quick look at http://www.abruckner.com/discography/symphonyno3indmino/ will illustrate the potential minefield of various editions to be negotiated by any prospective ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (9 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Wartybliggens September 15, 2012

I won't repeat the types of things that the other reviewers here and elsewhere are better at describing. I'll simply say that this is the first time I've truly enjoyed this symphony and feel like coming back to it again. Mr. Hurwitz at Classics Today, while giving the highest rating, still has some ... more
  Review by progboy September 15, 2012

Aside from the fact this album is amazing.......and remains one of 60's folklore most magical albums , the Sony SACD release is stunning! It really is like Bob Dylan is in your living room (or music room!). Like all the Dylan SACD's "Freewalkin'" has been carefully remastered and presented and ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Mácal          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by cherrell September 15, 2012

Having just recently gotten my hands on this disc, I thought I would put down some thoughts about it. This is a good performance of one of Mahler's most difficult works. His first movement is a bit on the quick side, coming in at 32:10. The pace works for certain sections, especially the lighter ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 15, 2012

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1784) was a towering composer of the French Baroque, known most for his operas. He was, however, a complete keyboardist, having trained and searched (in vain) for a significant organist's post, but using his skills as a formidable harpsichord player to entertain the ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 74 - Kocian Quartet          (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by analogue September 14, 2012

If someone were to ask me who Haydn was and what string quartets are..I would ask him to sample this sacd. Although recorded in 2004 and since sacd quality has really gotten much better since then.....I still have to say that this disc has excellent sonics. And its a pure Dsd recording all the ... more
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by EdBoxer September 13, 2012

Having owned these on Odyssey LP, cassette and Sony Essential Classics (“SEC”) CD I have been looking for this SACD and finally got my hands on one. The performances, as Penguin used to write, are an orchestra reveling in their own virtuosity, and have never been bettered. Doing a direct comparison ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (16 of 18 found this review helpful)
  Review by seth September 13, 2012

This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance of the Mahler 1. While I find that it lacks the same unique insight that Fischer brought to the Mahler 2 and 4, this recording is still way ahead of a very crowded field (which is led by Gielen). If there is a stylistic choice that permeates the ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 13, 2012

Kalevi Aho (1949-) is regarded as one of the most inventive and productive of contemporary Finnish composers. Although mainly an orchestral composer, it is likely that he became interested in the King of Instruments during his early composition lessons with Einojuhari Rautavaara, whose affinity with ... more
  Site review by Castor September 12, 2012

Valery Gergiev has previously made more than one recording of the final three symphonies of Tchaikovsky, but this is, I believe, the first time he has committed the three earlier ones to disc. On this new LSO Live 2-disc set Symphonies 1 and 2 are comfortably accommodated on the first disc while ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 10, 2012

This disc of chant is hypnotic musically and stunning sonically - one of those times where Tacet just push the boundaries of multi-channel presentation to the benefit of the music. As the absolutely first-rate notes from the Ensemble Providencia's sopranos (Maria Andrea Parias & Sarah Richards) ... more
  Site review by Geohominid September 9, 2012

Having greatly enjoyed Schmidt's and Solyon's collaboration in the first volume of their survey of Widor's organ and orchestra works (Widor: Organ Symphony - Christian Schmitt, Stefan Solyom), I'm pleased to report a similar success for the second. Widor, as one of the great architects of French Late Romanticism, was ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 9, 2012

As with Schubert: Symphony No. 8 - Herreweghe before it, this one has very good playing & fine playing but is let down by the astonishing amount of reverberation captured in the recording so that the many subito-piano effects are completely lost in the wash of a timpani thwack. It's a great shame for the ... more
  Site review by Castor September 9, 2012

In my review of the excellent Chandos disc of Josef Suk's orchestral music in September 2010 I expressed the hope that there would be a follow-up disc – well here it is. Once again the performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek - now at the end of his tenure as the orchestra's ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial September 8, 2012

This set is a compilation of: , , and The booklet is a hybrid of the four single discs and comes with a note that connects them all. As is common with all, Sir Neville Marriner gets his ASMF to play with considerable style (even by the standards of today & HIP practice). Tempo choices are superb, ... more

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