Category: SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Vinyl re-mastering of 70’s West Coast Jazz is compelling! Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records CTI 6029 (1973)/Speakers Corner Records (2014) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 35:39 ****1/2: Brazilian composer, arranger, producer and instrumentalist Eumir Deodato de Almeida has established a unique musical career. His merging of styles include jazz, rock, pop, rhythm & blues, […]

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Carlos Santana’s 1976 comeback album gets a terrific sonic upgrade. Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records PC 33576 (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 41:14 *****: Mexican born guitarist Carlos Santana moved to San Francisco as a young child. He was already a trained musician, first in violin and then guitar. There is an array […]

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

A superior vinyl re-mastering of an iconic, political 1960’s rock band! Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 44:19 ****1/2: The San Francisco Sound enjoyed a huge impact on popular music. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Big Brother And The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth, The Steve Miller […]

Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – Blu-ray – Opus Arte 

Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – Blu-ray – Opus Arte 

A reissue of 2 terrific concerts in a 2 disc set of dazzling video and audio. Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – A 2 Blu-ray disc set in 1080i video, DTS 5.1 sound – Opus Arte OA BD7235- TT: 190 minutes (1/26/18) *** 1/2: This new release is actually a […]

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Fascinating modern compositions, but I could live without the Finnish Rap Music Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra – Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS 2305  (2/2/2018) TT: 83:18 *** 1/2 Great-grandson of composer Jean Sibelius, Lauri Porra began playing the cello at the age of six, but later switched […]

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records HCD-2032 (2-CD box), 102:47 ****1/2 (Wes Montgomery – guitar; Harold Mabern – piano; Arthur Harper Jr. – double bass; Jimmy Lovelace – drums; with special guest Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone) In November, Resonance Records released a rare live recording of […]

Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971) – Pure Pleasure Records (2017)

Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971) – Pure Pleasure Records (2017)

This vinyl recording is a wonderful addition to any jazz library. Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971)/Pure Pleasure Records (2017) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 33:32 ****1/2: (Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, flugelhorn; Jack DeJohnette – drums; Ron Carter – bass; Richard Wyands – piano; George Benson – guitar; Airto Moreira – percussion; Phil Kraus […]

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler  – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Praga Digitals restores in stunning sound Wilhelm Furtwängler’s explorations into tone-poems and orchestral works that gain his sense of Romantic ardor. Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = LISZT: Les Preludes; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a; SMETANA: The Moldau; TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz and Finale from Serenade for Strings […]

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records NV 012LP – audiophile vinyl LP – ****1/2 Newvelle Records continues to pursue the creative less familiar path… (Rufus Reid – bass; Steve Allee – piano; Duduka Da Fonseca – drums; with Sirius String Quartet: Fung Chern Hwei – violin; Gregor Huebner – […]

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet, DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam, Dimitri Vassilakis, pianist / Cybele  5.1 SACD with binaural tracks for headphone listening cat. # 261603 / TT: 58:10  (10/20/17) ****: This is a fine recording and performance of the music of Thomas Adès, born in 1971.  The composer studied piano at the Guildhall School of […]

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Nicholas Horvath – Glass Essentials – An 80th Anniversary Tribute – Grand Piano GP752LP (distr. by Naxos) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 45:19 ****: Gifted pianist pays tribute to Phillip Glass solo piano repertoire.  Pianist Nicholas Horvath is renowned for his interpretation of Franz Liszt’s music. He has been recognized for many awards, including First Prize of […]

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – Thomas Beeecham/Stanislav Macura/ Ernest Ansermet/Mark Erklär – Praga Digitals

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – Thomas Beeecham/Stanislav Macura/ Ernest Ansermet/Mark Erklär – Praga Digitals

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra/ Mark Ermler/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Thomas Beecham/ Prague Radio Symphony/ Stanislav Macura/ Orchestra de la Suisse Romande/ Ernest Ansermet – Praga Digitals SACD PRD 250 384, 75:21 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: The sequel to Volume One proves equally as stirring. For […]

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 […]