SACD review

Concord Jazz Releases Gene Harris and Scott Hamilton At Last on SACD

Continuing their program of releasing classic jazz albums from their catalog in SACD Surround Sound, Concord Jazz has issued a new Super Audio CD of At Last by The Gene Harris/Scott Hamilton Quintet. As with their previous SACD reissues, At Last features the original CD mix of the album as well as SACD Stereo and a new 5.1 Channel, SACD Surround Sound mix. read more…

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Boni) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence and Serenade for Strings’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Is it possible for a composer to have too many well-loved works for yet another one to squeeze itself into listeners’ hearts? How can we otherwise explain the relative obscurity of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’? read more…

Blood, Sweat and Tears – ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears 3’ An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

If someone asked me who Mobile Fidelity are, I would probably say something like this: They used to make high quality vinyl LPs and Redbook CDs (even turning them into gold discs, literally), and perform some analog mastering tricks that I never really cared to learn, just so long as I subjectively thought the disc sounded better than a true comparator – the non-MoFi disc, as it were. read more…

Sheryl Crow, Marvin Gaye and Vince Gill Headline Upcoming SACDs

Continuing their plans for more Super Audio CDs, Universal Music Group announced plans for 5 more Surround Sound SACD releases in 2004. The newly announced SACDs include titles by Sheryl Crow, Marvin Gaye and Vince Gill as well as classical SACDs by Valery Gergiev & the Kirov Opera and a Classical Music Sampler. Also announced are a series of release date changes to Universal Music’s upcoming SACD release list. Here are the highlights from Universal Music’s SACD release announcements. read more…

Hilary Hahn – ‘Mendelssohn and Shostakovich: Violin Concertos’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Half of why I dislike the sound of this disc is due to the difficult acoustics of the concert hall, though other companies have recorded in Oslo’s Konzerthus with more success. But the other half is due to a disagreement in recording philosophy: I have boundless admiration for great musical performers, but they are performers, not gods. read more…

Sony Music Changes Beyonce SACD to Europe Only Release

Sony Music has announced that the upcoming Surround Sound Super Audio CD of Dangerously in Love by Beyonce Knowles will not be available in the U.S. market. It will, however, be released in Surround Sound SACD in Europe on May 10th as previously scheduled. read more…

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (Slatkin) – ‘Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

It depends. That’s my answer to the inevitable question this review will raise: Who will want to rush out and buy this disc? Fans of Mussorgsky may not find any new ground covered in this reissue of Leonard Slatkin’s conservative performance of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, and devotees to modern digital sound might find that this analogue recording is smoother than an orchestra really sounds live in concert, but aficionados of fine analog sound will be in heaven to hear the creamy richness of this 1975 recording engineered by the legendary Marc Aubort. read more…

Philharmonia Orchestra (Zander) – ‘Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Now this is the real thing. Here is a disc to remind classical lovers why we got so passionately attached to music in the first place. Mind you, this is not to say that this new hybrid SACD from Telarc will be welcomed in all corners… Let us save Benjamin Zander’s detractors the trouble of writing another clucking review by writing it for them: “Though Zander is a committed Mahlerian, his performance of the ‘Third’ misses the long line of the piece, breaking down into a series of dramatic episodes without an overlying architecture. read more…

Fantasy Plans 10 More Super Audio CD Reissues in August

Fantasy Records has announced the next 10 titles in their Super Audio CD Reissue series. The next group will focus on some of the classic jazz performances in the labels catalog from jazz greats including Cannonball Adderley, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Merl Saunders, Vince Guaraldi, The Modern Jazz Quartet and Sonny Rollins. read more…

Burkard Schliessmann – ‘Chopin: Ballades’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Fellow composer Robert Schumann once described Frйdйric Chopin’s piano works as “cannons camouflaged with flowers”. With their debut multichannel Super Audio Compact Disc, Bayer Records of Germany gives us a performance by Burkard Schliessmann of Chopin’s ‘Ballades’ which presents those extremes as facets of the unified artistic force of a composer who, despite his extensive fame, is still clearly underrated. read more…

Kjell Fageus – ‘Brahms: Clarinet Trios’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Kjell Fageus – ‘Brahms: Clarinet Trios’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

One of the hardest difficulties encountered in recordings of the late Brahms chamber works with clarinet is that of finding a soloist with the right temperament. Intense, virtuosic solo stars such as Richard Stolzman are very impressive, but sometimes their individuality is a roadblock to the necessary interaction with the other performers. On the other hand, an orchestral player too used to being restricted by the boundaries of large group playing can come off as not sympathetic enough to the constantly shifting moods of such pieces as the Clarinet Trio, Op.114 and the Clarinet Quintet, Op.115. Or else, he or she too plays the role of haughty star. Swedish clarinetist Kjell Fageus is well situated, however, having a declared preference for small ensemble playing, and his ability to communicate without dominating makes this release enjoyable. read more…

Universal Releases Ryan Adams SACD and Announces 5 Steely Dan SACDs

Universal Music continued its release of new Surround Sound Super Audio CD titles this week with the availability of the latest albums by rock artist Ryan Adams and classical music artist Andreas Scholl.

Universal Music also added several new albums to their upcoming SACD Release Schedule. Of most interest here is the news that Universal is working on 5 classic Steely Dan albums for release on Surround Sound Super Audio CD this summer. Here’s a rundown of this week’s SACD releases and news from Universal Music. read more…

David Bowie – ‘Reality’  An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

David Bowie – ‘Reality’ An SACD review by Nicholas D. Satullo

David Bowie’s recent multichannel SACD release, ‘Reality’, poses the same challenge for a reviewer as many college professors must confront: How do you assess the mixed-bag term paper, the one with just enough high quality elements to flirt with that “A-”… but where the quality of the whole not only fails to exceed the sum of its parts, but may not even equal them. read more…

Telarc Issues 3 SACDs and Announces 24 Releases for 2004

Telarc International has released three more Super Audio CD discs. The latest titles include a «day and date» release on both SACD and Stereo CD of the Dante Symphony and Tasso by Liszt as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra as well as two Super Audio CD Samplers of music from the PentaTone Classics and PentaTone RQR Series. read more…

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