SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews


Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (vinyl reissue) Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (vinyl reissue)
Published on September 30, 2014

The Blue Note remastering is a definite sonic improvement over the ‘60s original LP.


BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi (8 SACDs) BEETHOVEN: Complete String Quartets – Tokyo String Quartet – Harmonia mundi (8 SACDs)
Published on September 29, 2014

How does the Tokyo String Quartet handle these works? With utmost aplomb, guided by an uncanny degree of inspirational talent.


Travis & Fripp – Discretion [TrackList follows] – Panegyric (DVD-A & CD) Travis & Fripp – Discretion [TrackList follows] – Panegyric (DVD-A & CD)
Published on September 29, 2014

Fascinating hi-res ambient music tracks, plus a standard CD.


Stacey Kent – The Changing Lights – Warner Bros./Pure Pleasure Stacey Kent – The Changing Lights – Warner Bros./Pure Pleasure
Published on September 25, 2014

This album is definitely demonstration quality, and Stacey is an excellent vocalist.


KALVEVI AHO: Concerto for Theremin & Chamber Orch., “Eight Seasons”; Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orch. – Carolina Eyck, theremin/ Annu Salminen, horn/ Lapland Ch. Orch./ John Storgards – BIS KALVEVI AHO: Concerto for Theremin & Chamber Orch., “Eight Seasons”; Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orch. – Carolina Eyck, theremin/ Annu Salminen, horn/ Lapland Ch. Orch./ John Storgards – BIS
Published on September 25, 2014

There are few theremin concertos, so this SACD is of top interest to fans of the no-touching electronic instrument.


GLIERE: Symphony No. 3 “Il’ya Muromets” – Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray GLIERE: Symphony No. 3 “Il’ya Muromets” – Buffalo Philharmonic Orch./ JoAnn Falletta – Naxos audio-only Blu-ray
Published on September 23, 2014

May be the best available version of this colorful widescreen late romantic epic, certainly sonically.


SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: “Repentance” = Repentance; Serenade for solo guitar; Piano Sonata; Sotto voce – various performers/soloists – BIS SOFIA GUBAIDULINA: “Repentance” = Repentance; Serenade for solo guitar; Piano Sonata; Sotto voce – various performers/soloists – BIS
Published on September 19, 2014

Very interesting collection of chamber works by this characteristically “dark”-sounding composer.


TCHAIKOVSKY-ZHILIN: The Seasons (8 of the 12 seasons) – Sergey Zhilin, piano and with his trio – Melodiya vinyl TCHAIKOVSKY-ZHILIN: The Seasons (8 of the 12 seasons) – Sergey Zhilin, piano and with his trio – Melodiya vinyl
Published on September 19, 2014

An interesting Russian pianist’s jazzed-up version of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.


ELGAR: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town) Overture – Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo – BIS ELGAR: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town) Overture – Stockholm Philharmonic/ Sakari Oramo – BIS
Published on September 12, 2014

A worthy Symphony No. 1 and a memorable Cockaigne.


PICKARD: Eden; Gaia Symphony – Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag Orchestra/ Andreas Hanson – BIS PICKARD: Eden; Gaia Symphony – Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag Orchestra/ Andreas Hanson – BIS
Published on September 11, 2014

Contemporary brass music played with passion and well recorded.




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