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Discussion: Liszt: Dante Symphony, Tasso - Botstein

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Post by pann April 1, 2004 (1 of 5)
The realism is unblieveble when played on a high resolution multi-ch system. The best recorded sound ever IMO. It is the closest thing as being in the concert hall. Please listen carefully at least in the first 6 minutes. The air, the tembre of the instruments, and the coherency of the sound were all superbly captured. When the timpani hits, the whole hall resonates. In the bouble bass section unison, You can HEAR each individual bow movement(action). Hats off to recording engineer Everett Porter. Is he a new guy on the Telarc block? Anybody know?
An interesting side note: At 12:14 minutes and on into track 3(the last track), the violin section played the trill (tr.) in UNISON!-- i.e., each violin played the same numbers of trill notes in a bar. Conductor Leon Botstein employed a little trick here :).
BTW, The playing is also superb.
I'll give it a 10 out of 5 for the sound, the same goes for performance.
IMO, this recording reaffirms the full potential, capability and the superemacy of SACD recording!
(I have "copy/paste"ed to the Review page)

Post by beardawgs April 1, 2004 (2 of 5)
pann said:

Hats off to recording engineer Everett Porter. Is he a new guy on the Telarc block? Anybody know?

Everett Porter is director general of Polyhymnia! No surprises there mate!

Post by jeffreybehr July 23, 2015 (3 of 5)
Luukas: "We cannot wish (for?)...better performers for these works: the best orchestra of the world - London Symphony Orchestra...".

Really? I've been listening to and paying attention to the sounds of the London orchestras on recordings for about 50 years. I believe that the LSO is a good to very-good orchestra, but it almost always sound thin to me, as if they simply don't have enough fiddles. IMO that the LPO, the Philharmonia (EMI producer Walter Legge's orchestra), the ACSMF, and especially the Royal PO (Beecham's old band), about-always sound better. But I haven't yet heard this album--just ordered it.

I guess we'll see...or hear.

Post by hiredfox July 24, 2015 (4 of 5)
pann said:

The realism is unblieveble when played on a high resolution multi-ch system. The best recorded sound ever IMO. It is the closest thing as being in the concert hall. Please listen carefully at least in the first 6 minutes. The air, the tembre of the instruments, and the coherency of the sound were all superbly captured. When the timpani hits, the whole hall resonates. In the bouble bass section unison, You can HEAR each individual bow movement(action). Hats off to recording engineer Everett Porter. Is he a new guy on the Telarc block? Anybody know?
An interesting side note: At 12:14 minutes and on into track 3(the last track), the violin section played the trill (tr.) in UNISON!-- i.e., each violin played the same numbers of trill notes in a bar. Conductor Leon Botstein employed a little trick here :).
BTW, The playing is also superb.
I'll give it a 10 out of 5 for the sound, the same goes for performance.
IMO, this recording reaffirms the full potential, capability and the superemacy of SACD recording!
(I have "copy/paste"ed to the Review page)

Careful, you'll set off Teresa (DSD) who loves to wax lyrically about all things Telarc. Pity they disappeared from the SACD scene a few years ago when taken over.

I have this disc and it is quite fine as you say.

Post by hiredfox July 24, 2015 (5 of 5)
jeffreybehr said:

Luukas: "We cannot wish (for?)...better performers for these works: the best orchestra of the world - London Symphony Orchestra...".

Really? I've been listening to and paying attention to the sounds of the London orchestras on recordings for about 50 years. I believe that the LSO is a good to very-good orchestra, but it almost always sound thin to me, as if they simply don't have enough fiddles. IMO that the LPO, the Philharmonia (EMI producer Walter Legge's orchestra), the ACSMF, and especially the Royal PO (Beecham's old band), about-always sound better. But I haven't yet heard this album--just ordered it.

I guess we'll see...or hear.

The LSO is the best funded of all UK orchestras - which frankly is not saying a lot as most are borderline broke or rely on the good old Beeb to maintain them - and their star certainly shone in the 60's and early 70's in no small part because of the efforts of Previn and Davis. Some of their recordings at Watford were superb. It seems a rash claim today when the best players and conductors follow the money and that is not to be found in UK concert halls.

I would take issue on the strings sounding particularly thin 'through, certainly not my experience in concert over many years.

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