A thrilling SACD in performance and recording – but a bit short on music.
New Curated Music & Video Streaming Service; Pono Music Store to Launch in October; Roku Smart TVs from RCA TV; Sony Introduces Hi-Res Portables; MacWorld Says Start with NAS for the Ultimate Home Theater
First Curved Soundbar from Samsung; Texas Instruments Nixes Home UHD DLP Chip; RCA Recorded Legacy of James Galway; Addiction in the Orchestra; Classical Music Performances of 2014-15
MESSIAEN: Turangalila-Symphony – Angel Hewitt, p./ Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, Ondes Martenot/ Finnish Radio Sym. Orch./ Hannu Lintu – Ondine
An amazingly exalted listening experience.
Charles Munch – Boston Rarities, Vol. 2 = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, DEBUSSY, BLOCH & HAIEFF – Boston Sym./ Charles Munch – Pristine Audio
More rare treasures from the RCA vaults of Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony, returned to us in distinctively fine sound.
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PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky Cantata [TrackList follows] – Chicago Sym. Orch. & Chorus/ Rosalind Elias, mezzo soloist/ Fritz Reiner – HDDT DVD-R
Another fine hi-res version of Alexander Nevsky from Fritz Reiner.
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New DTS Headphone:X Technology; New Dolby Home Theater System; New LG Electronics Cinema 3D Smart TVs
“Stokowski, A Renaissance and Baroque Concert” = Works of BACH, VIVALDI, LULLY, CETI, FRESCOBALDI, PALESTRINA & GABRIELI – Solosts/Leopold Stokowski & His Sym. Orch. – Pristine Audio
A collection of Leopold Stokowski’s transcriptions of ‘older’ music, this Pristine reissue presents works in the glorious Stokowski Sound that purists denigrate but music-lovers applaud.
Inexpensive Gefen Audio DAC; Updates to iRiver Hi-Res Portable Audio Player; “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” 25th Anniversary; Finland to Vote on “Crowd-sourced” Copyright Law
ANTILL: Corroboree – Suite from the ballet; GOULD: Interplay ballet music – London Sym. Orch. /Sir Eugene Goossens (Antill); Morton Gould & his Orch. (Gould) – HDTT 24/96 DVD-R
Makes available at a reasonable price a super-audiophile favorite in hi-res.
Byron Janis, piano – The Complete RCA Album Collection = Works of BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, GERSHWIN, BRAHMS, SCHUMANN, RACHMANINOV, MUSSORGSKY, J. STRAUSS, LISZT & GROFE – with Chicago, Boston, Hugo Winterhalter orchestras – RCA (11 CDs + 1 DVD)
A comprehensive, if incomplete, survey of the Byron Janis legacy for RCA, 1947-1959, which exemplifies the often brilliant and intelligent prowess he commanded at the keyboard.
If you can afford it, buy it. Highly recommended!
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SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major; Symphony No. 6 in C Major – Tonhalle Orch. Zurich/ David Zinman – RCA
David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra extend their Schubert symphony survey with two charming renditions of the lyrical works of the 1816-1817 period.
A deluxe reissue of music from the film Dirty Dancing.
ELGAR: Concerto in E Minor for Cello and Orch.; Sospiri; Salut d’amour; La capricieuse; DVORAK: Waldesruh'; Rondo in G Minor for Cello and Orch.; RESPIGHI: Adagio con variazioni – Sol Gabetta, cello/ Danish Nat. Sym. Orch./ Mario Venzago – RCA
Sol Gabetta displays a strong, sweet presence in this showcase disc of classics from Elgar, Dvorak, and Respighi.
45rpm Vinyl Reissues of Gerhardt Film Score Series; Americans Replace TVs Every Seven Years; Obama’s Tweet Might Save American Orchestras?; New Oppo Decks in December
R. STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orch. – Byron Janis, p./ Chicago Sym. Orch./ Fritz Reiner – HDTT
The 1962 Reiner Zarathustra still dazzles and thrills, especially in its new HDTT incarnation; and the Janis Burleske gives us 20 minutes of explosive dynamite.
A compact and effective little DAC & headphone amp with tubes for your computer desk.
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – 40th Anniversary Edition – 12" Vinyl + multichannel audio DVD – Capitol
Transformative 1972 album comes alive in hi-resolution on vinyl & DVD.