Category: SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef RHEINBERGER and Modest MUSSORGSKY – Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn, Organs / Conrad Graf, percussion – HD-Klassic

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef RHEINBERGER and Modest MUSSORGSKY – Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn, Organs / Conrad Graf, percussion – HD-Klassic

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef Rheinberger and Modest Mussorgsky – Organists Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn – Konrad Graf- percussion -HD-Klassic SACD with stereo and binaural versions / hd-klassic 3D-001701 TT: 60:31 – Released August 2017 A spectaclular demonstration of audio technology with excellent performances It’s not often I hear […]

Scarlatti Sonatas:  Angela Hewitt, Eri Mantani, Yevgeny Sudbin

Scarlatti Sonatas: Angela Hewitt, Eri Mantani, Yevgeny Sudbin

SCARLATTI Sonatas: Angela Hewitt – Hyperion 68184, 79:14 (9/29/17) ****½ : Eri Mantani – MDG SACD 904-1987-6, 77:52 (1/23/17) ****: Yevgeny Sudbin – BIS SACD 2138, 74:30  (3/14/2016) *****: A wealth of recent Scarlatti recitals which capture the dual nature of this singular musical genius. Midway through a Scarlatti recital, astonishment prompts the puzzled query: […]

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio D. 929; Notturno D. 897 – Trio Alba – Audiomax Super Audio CD 

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio D. 929; Notturno D. 897 – Trio Alba – Audiomax Super Audio CD 

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio D.929. Notturno D. 897 – Trio Alba (Livia Sellin, violin. Philipp Comploi, cello. Chengcheng Zhao, piano) – Audiomax Super Audio CD 9023013-6, 60:17 (9-15-2017) *****:  Trio Alba’s stunning new recording of Schubert’s second Piano Trio is exceptional in the modern fashion: almost casually virtuosic, bright eyed, bushy tailed and up on the […]

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé; Pavane – Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/ Gustavo Gimeno – Pentatone

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé; Pavane – Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/ Gustavo Gimeno – Pentatone

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet); Une barque sur l’océan; Pavane pour une infante défunte – Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/ Gustavo Gimeno – Pentatone multichannel SACD PTC5186652, 72:35 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] *****: A perfumed and utterly intoxicating reading of Ravel’s masterpiece. It was the Greek writer Longus, probably from around the 2nd century AD, […]

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symph. No. 5; BARBER: Adagio for Strings – Pittsburgh Symph. Orch./ Manfred Honeck – Reference Recordings 

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symph. No. 5; BARBER: Adagio for Strings – Pittsburgh Symph. Orch./ Manfred Honeck – Reference Recordings 

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony. No. 5 in d, Op. 47; BARBER: Adagio for Strings – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/ Manfred Honeck – Reference Recordings multichannel SACD FR-724SACD, 60:17 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: A breathtaking release of crushing power. One thing struck me as odd when I received this recording—what in the world is Honeck doing coupling the Barber […]

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – Regal Zonophone/A&M (1969)/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (1969) Limited Edition UDSACD2192 stereo-only SACD, 40:18 ****1/2: This is a stunning re-mastering of classic Procol Harum! (Gary Booker – piano, three-stringed guitar, celeste, bells harmonica, recorder, word, vocals and orchestral arrangement (Salty Dog, All This And More); Matthew Fisher – producer, […]

Albert ROUSSEL: Symphonies, Suites – Paul Paray/ Leonard Bernstein/Andre Cluytens/Herbert von Karajan – Praga Digitals 

Albert ROUSSEL: Symphonies, Suites – Paul Paray/ Leonard Bernstein/Andre Cluytens/Herbert von Karajan – Praga Digitals 

Albert ROUSSEL: Suite in F; Symphony No. 3; Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2; Symphonie No. 4 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray/New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein/Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire de Paris/Andre Cluytens/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan – Praga Digitals PRD 350 138, 79:59, (9/08/17) ****: A fine compilation of this somewhat obscure composer’s best. Albert […]

NORTHERN TIMBRE :  Works for violin & piano – Edvard GRIEG : Sonata No. 3;  Jean SIBELIUS: Danses Champêtres;  Carl NIELSEN: Sonata No. 1 – Ragnhild Hemsing, violin / Tor Espen Aspaas, piano – Pure Audio Blu-ray/SACD

NORTHERN TIMBRE :  Works for violin & piano – Edvard GRIEG : Sonata No. 3;  Jean SIBELIUS: Danses Champêtres;  Carl NIELSEN: Sonata No. 1 – Ragnhild Hemsing, violin / Tor Espen Aspaas, piano – Pure Audio Blu-ray/SACD

NORTHERN TIMBRE :  Works for violin & piano – Edvard GRIEG: Sonata No 3 in C-minor, Op.45;  Jean SIBELIUS : Danses Champêtres;  Carl NIELSEN : Sonata No 1 in A major, Op.9 – Ragnhild Hemsing, violin / Tor Espen Aspaas, piano – Pure Audio Blu-ray – 5.1 surround + stereo + mShuttle / 9.1 Auro-3D […]

Domo: Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 = Various works by SCRIABIN; ABRIL; RACHMANINOV; STRAVINSKY; CHOPIN – Pentatone 

Domo: Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 = Various works by SCRIABIN; ABRIL; RACHMANINOV; STRAVINSKY; CHOPIN – Pentatone 

Domo: Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 = Various works by SCRIABIN; ABRIL; RACHMANINOV; STRAVINSKY; CHOPIN [Tracklist and Performing Artists follow] – Pentatone Oxingale Series Multi-channel SACD PTC 5186 660, 65:45 (8/4/17) ****: The 2016 music festival in Fishtail, Montana celebrates various ecstasies of music and Nature in pantheistic  colors. The inaugural concert (24 June-20 August 2016) […]

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA: Works for Six Voices – Nordic Voices – Chandos

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA: Works for Six Voices – Nordic Voices – Chandos

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA: Works for Six Voices – Nordic Voices – Chandos SACD – 55:40, (6/16/17) : ****½ (Tone Elisabeth Braaten, Ingrid Hanken; sopranos / Ebba Rydh; mezzo-soprano / Per Kristian Amundred; tenor / Frank Havroy; baritone / Rolfe Magne Asser; bass) Sparkling a cappella one-voice-per-part performances of Renaissance polyphony at its zenith. This […]

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion

Dimitar NENOV: Piano Concerto; Ballade No 2 – Ivo Varbanov (piano) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Emil Tabakov –  Hyperion CDA68205, reviewed as hires 24-96 flac download;  TT 63:42 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: The Bulgarian composer, Dimitar Nenov (1901-1953), wrote the substantial piano concerto included in this new Hyperion release between 1932 and […]

Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One – A.T. Music LLC – SACD

Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One – A.T. Music LLC – SACD

Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume One – A.T. Music #3105 – stereo-only SACD and Vinyl, 51:00 ***: A fantastic volume of standards, when can I get volume two? (Lyn Stanley – vocals; Mike Garson, Christian Jacob, Tamir Hendelman – piano; Chuck Berghofer – bass; Ray Brinker, Bernie Dresel, Joe LaBarbara – drums; John […]