SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews


Concierto – Jim Hall, guitar – CTI/ Pure Pleasure PPAN 6060 – (2 vinyl discs) Concierto – Jim Hall, guitar – CTI/ Pure Pleasure PPAN 6060 – (2 vinyl discs)
Published on August 25, 2015

Probably Jim Hall’s best album, now in glorious remastered vinyl sonics.


Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection – Sony/ Legacy Edition (6 vinyl discs) Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection – Sony/ Legacy Edition (6 vinyl discs)
Published on August 24, 2015

Vinyl box set of this iconic duo is superb!


R. STRAUSS: Symphonia Domestica; Die Tageszeiten — Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Marek Janowski – Pentatone R. STRAUSS: Symphonia Domestica; Die Tageszeiten — Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Marek Janowski – Pentatone
Published on August 23, 2015

Excellent sound and performances make this hi-res surround disc very worthwhile.


JOHN ADAMS: Absolute Jest; Grand Pianola Music – SF Sym./ Michael Tilson Thomas – SFS Media JOHN ADAMS: Absolute Jest; Grand Pianola Music – SF Sym./ Michael Tilson Thomas – SFS Media
Published on August 22, 2015

Two wonderful works by John Adams in hi-res surround – one early and one late.


MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e minor; TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major – Arabella Steinbacher, v./ Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Charles Dutoit – PentaTone MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e minor; TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major – Arabella Steinbacher, v./ Orch. de la Suisse Romande/ Charles Dutoit – PentaTone
Published on August 22, 2015

The inevitable violin concerto duo yet once more – wonderfully played – but do we yearn to add another such combination to a glut of performances?


SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9; Violin Concerto No. 1 – Valery Gergiev/ Mariinsky Orch. / Leonidas Kavakos, v. – Mariinsky SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9; Violin Concerto No. 1 – Valery Gergiev/ Mariinsky Orch. / Leonidas Kavakos, v. – Mariinsky
Published on August 20, 2015

The enigmatic Shostakovich 9th, with the superb Violin Concerto No. 1.


HENRI HERZ:  Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and other works – Howard Shelley (piano) / Tasmanian Sym. Orch. / Howard Shelley – Hyperion hi-res HENRI HERZ: Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and other works – Howard Shelley (piano) / Tasmanian Sym. Orch. / Howard Shelley – Hyperion hi-res
Published on August 15, 2015

Early Romantic works for piano and orchestra in hi-res to raise the spirits.


Emil Gilels in Prague = MOZART: Piano Sonata in F Major; BRAHMS: 4 Ballades; 7 Fantasien – Praga Digitals Emil Gilels in Prague = MOZART: Piano Sonata in F Major; BRAHMS: 4 Ballades; 7 Fantasien – Praga Digitals
Published on August 15, 2015

Emil Gilels comes to Prague, shedding his Russian sensibilities to proffer fine renditions of Mozart and Brahms.


American Chamber Music: HERRMANN /GERSHWIN / WAXMAN/COPLAND  [Tracklist Follows] – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion Hi-Res American Chamber Music: HERRMANN /GERSHWIN / WAXMAN/COPLAND [Tracklist Follows] – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion Hi-Res
Published on August 14, 2015

A superb performance of a first-class piece of American Chamber Music.




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