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Discussion: Both Sides, Now - Håkan Hardenberger

Posts: 8

Post by pgmdir April 26, 2012 (1 of 8)
I'm not entirely sure what made me decide to listen this with the excellent BIS listening facility, but I was intrigued. It arrived today and I've enjoyed it twice. Trumpet and strings in amazingly simple yet sophisticated arrangements of generally well known tunes. I would suggest a really good listen on the BIS site. THE ASMF shines, and Hardenberger blows a great horn (trumpet) I have no idea why, but I coincidentally picked up a very different trumpet set on CC--Wim Van Hasselt's "On The Road"---Not at all like this set, but also very intriguing. On the Road - Wim van Hasselt

The sound on this BIS SACD is quite fine. Recommended for sure, if the music appeals.

Post by rammiepie April 26, 2012 (2 of 8)
pgmdir said:

I'm not entirely sure what made me decide to listen this with the excellent BIS listening facility, but I was intrigued. It arrived today and I've enjoyed it twice. Trumpet and strings in amazingly simple yet sophisticated arrangements of generally well known tunes. I would suggest a really good listen on the BIS site. THE ASMF shines, and Hardenberger blows a great horn (trumpet) I have no idea why, but I coincidentally picked up a very different trumpet set on CC--Wim Van Hasselt's "On The Road"---Not at all like this set, but also very intriguing. On the Road - Wim van Hasselt

The sound on this BIS SACD is quite fine. Recommended for sure, if the music appeals.

Never wandered onto the BIS website but was amazed that full albums (in NEAR CD quality) can be auditioned (none of those pesky soundbites).

A very pleasant album and one than will eventually find its way into my collection.

Thanks, pgmdir!

BTW, just picked up ON THE ROAD .......... a very intriguing disc and a pure DSD mch recording, as well.

Post by Jonty April 26, 2012 (3 of 8)
It is not pure DSD. The booklet states it is 24/96 as is becoming usual for BIS.

Post by Jonty April 27, 2012 (4 of 8)
Sorry rammpie was referring to 'On the Road".

Post by wehecht April 27, 2012 (5 of 8)
I've been housebound with a spinal injury for several weeks with the result that my listening opportunities have increased dramatically. This wonderful disc has probably been in my player more than any other during that time. Personal thanks to bissie for easing my recovery (for the NY Polyphony disc too).

Post by rammiepie April 27, 2012 (6 of 8)
wehecht said:

I've been housebound with a spinal injury for several weeks with the result that my listening opportunities have increased dramatically. This wonderful disc has probably been in my player more than any other during that time. Personal thanks to bissie for easing my recovery (for the NY Polyphony disc too).

Certainly wish you a speedy recovery, wehecht and what better way than with music.......Bissie always manages to please with his SACD arsenal of beautiful and interesting releases.

Post by pgmdir April 27, 2012 (7 of 8)
wehecht said:

I've been housebound with a spinal injury for several weeks with the result that my listening opportunities have increased dramatically. This wonderful disc has probably been in my player more than any other during that time. Personal thanks to bissie for easing my recovery (for the NY Polyphony disc too).

Sorry for the injury, Bill, but I'm glad you are mending. This is the sort of album that can't be described all that well-- the initial thought being that it must sound like wimpy elevator music. BUT it it isn't. That's why BIS' listening feature is such a good idea. I'm also glad they treated this like a good classical recording--- very natural. Speedy recovery!

Post by wehecht April 27, 2012 (8 of 8)
Thanks guys, appreciate the good wishes.
Bill

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