SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

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Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – CSNY 1974 – Live, Blu-ray+DVD (1974/2014) Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – CSNY 1974 – Live, Blu-ray+DVD (1974/2014)
Published on August 19, 2014

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – the ultimate tour…


STRAUSS family:  Ov. to “Die Zigeunerbaron”, Polkas and Waltzes – Wiener Symphoniker /Manfred Honeck – 48/24 download STRAUSS family: Ov. to “Die Zigeunerbaron”, Polkas and Waltzes – Wiener Symphoniker /Manfred Honeck – 48/24 download
Published on August 18, 2014

Manfred Honeck’s new selection deserves serious consideration with its winning combination of careful preparation and sparkling spontaneity.


Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards (1957) – Verve/ HDTT DVD-A Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards (1957) – Verve/ HDTT DVD-A
Published on August 17, 2014

A 1957 prerecorded stereotape in hi-res of the great Joe Williams with Basie.


“Ja, vi elsker” – Staff Band of Norwegian Armed Forces/ Schola Cantorum/ Ingar Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray+SACD “Ja, vi elsker” – Staff Band of Norwegian Armed Forces/ Schola Cantorum/ Ingar Bergby – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray+SACD
Published on August 15, 2014

Patriotic? Yes. Norwegian? Yes. Nationalistic? Yes. Fabulous? Absolutely!


* “Zoforbit: A Space Odyssey” = URMAS SISASK: The Milky Way; HOLST: The Planets; GEORGE CRUMB: Celestial Mechanics; DAVID LANG: Gravity – Zofo – Sono Luminus * “Zoforbit: A Space Odyssey” = URMAS SISASK: The Milky Way; HOLST: The Planets; GEORGE CRUMB: Celestial Mechanics; DAVID LANG: Gravity – Zofo – Sono Luminus
Published on August 13, 2014

************* MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH *************
A knock-your-socks off album of tremendous sonic import, with radiant performances to boot


MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Tahrir; Symphony No. 3, “Poems and Prayers” – Soloists/ UCLA Philharmonia & Chorus/ Neal Stulberg – Sono Luminus MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Tahrir; Symphony No. 3, “Poems and Prayers” – Soloists/ UCLA Philharmonia & Chorus/ Neal Stulberg – Sono Luminus
Published on August 13, 2014

Two fascinating pieces that don’t quite uncover the enigma of the composer, though an obvious talent lies underneath.


SIBELIUS: Lemminkäinen Suite & The Wood Nymph – Lahti Sym. Orch. / Osmo Vanska – BIS SIBELIUS: Lemminkäinen Suite & The Wood Nymph – Lahti Sym. Orch. / Osmo Vanska – BIS
Published on August 11, 2014

Sibelius well-played and beautifully recorded.


SCHUMANN: Overture, Scherzo, and Finale; Manfred Overture; Julius Caesar Ov.; Hermann and Dorothea Ov.; “Zwichau” Sym. – Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/ Frank Beermann – CPO SCHUMANN: Overture, Scherzo, and Finale; Manfred Overture; Julius Caesar Ov.; Hermann and Dorothea Ov.; “Zwichau” Sym. – Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/ Frank Beermann – CPO
Published on August 11, 2014

The performances here are solid but not really special. The program and fine SACD recording do have an appeal though.




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