Titles

The Rat Pack – ‘The Rat Pack Live at The Villa Venice’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

The Rat Pack – ‘The Rat Pack Live at The Villa Venice’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

After the overwhelming success of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ DVD-Audio disc, Warner’s Reprise label has quickly followed up with a recording that showcases all the members of the legendary 1960’s Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra at their best in a 1962 fundraising cabaret performance captured at The Villa Venice nightclub, located in the outskirts of Chicago. read more…

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells 2003’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Tubular Bells 2003’, the updated version of Mike Oldfield’s seminal instrumental album will be released by Warner Music Group as a DVD-Audio disc, complete with a newly-created multi-channel mix, and as a DVD-Audio/Video anniversary box set, sometime in early 2004. read more…

Crowded House – ‘Crowded House’ A DVD-Audio review by Nicholas D. Satullo

A review of ‘Crowded House’, the DVD-Audio title by the group with the same name, ought to begin with something of a confession: Yes, it’s been out for over a year, and, despite full knowledge of its quality, there has been no review. read more…

Europa Philharmonia Budapest (Cobra) – ‘Mozart Overtures Album I’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Hodie is another label that I discovered while carrying out research on DVD-Audio labels prior to the launch of High Fidelity Review and is the label for HD Studios based in Paris. HD Studios is a multi-faceted operation covering production, post-production, DVD-A (and more recently SACD) mastering and authoring. read more…

Geoff Tate – ‘Geoff Tate’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

I was unsure what to expect from Geoff Tate’s self-titled first solo album, released ahead of schedule during the first week of September, the Queensrяche frontman was always instrumental in pushing the band in new, experimental directions. read more…

Vienna Philharmonic (Kleiber) – ‘Beethoven: Symphonies No.5 and No.7’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Vienna Philharmonic (Kleiber) – ‘Beethoven: Symphonies No.5 and No.7’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The greatest recording ever made of Beethoven’s Fifth now makes its way onto SACD. It isn’t perfect – not that it could be – but this hybrid CD/SACD release is the finest incarnation yet of the inspired Carlos Kleiber’s legendary Vienna Philharmonic recording. The additional bonus for surround-sound listeners is that when this recording was originally made in 1975, quadrophonic sound was being toyed with, so Deutsche Grammophon made the recording in surround sound. Finally this release allows us to hear it in its full multi-channel glory. The multi-channel sound is 5.0 (3/2.0), without a separate low effects track, thus the bass is shallower than in many modern recordings, but it is by no means inadequate, considering that Beethoven’s orchestra of the early 1800’s did not call for the use of as many extended low registers as later composers such as Mahler or Strauss. This disc also contains the same team’s performance of Beethoven’s Seventh from a year and a half later. It is not quite in the same league as the Fifth, neither as performance, nor recording, but it is a logical and welcome filler for this release. read more…

Tipper – ‘Surrounded’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

5.1 Entertainment often come under fire from multi-channel music fans for their pseudo-surround productions, those titles where the rear and centre channels are created artificially, with varying degrees of success, by TC Unwrap. read more…

Chicago – ‘Chicago’ A DVD-Audio review by Nicholas D. Satullo

Thinking back to the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, there was not a lot of popular music that was strongly defined by horns and woodwinds. Set among a musical culture that expressed a strong “electric” definition, it was not unusual to point out, if applicable, that some bands were called “horn bands,” simply because they integrated horns and woodwinds into their performances. read more…

Ministry – ‘Sphinctour’ A DVD-Audio review by Jeremy Frost

Ministry is the creation of guitarist/vocalist and all around nutcase Al Jourgensen, he and bassist Paul Barker form the core of this revolving mob of musicians. Ministry has put together a tumultuous blend of unclassifiable music that has been evolving with the band for the past twenty years. read more…

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam – ‘Exceptional Masterpieces’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam – ‘Exceptional Masterpieces’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Fame is fickle. But after nearly three hundred years of obscurity, it seems to be coming at last to Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Although fairly well known in his day, his music drifted out of favor in the 1700’s as the intelligentsia gravitated towards bright and logical composers of the classical era. To them Biber must have seemed a real crank, moody and prone to unpredictable outbursts of passion. But in recent years, his star has once again risen. Biber first hit the radar of many classical listeners in 1965 when Nikolaus Harnoncourt recorded the now famous ‘Battalia in D’, a programmatic romp that includes pages that wouldn’t sound out of place in Ives or Bartok. On the other hand, Biber still wouldn’t have flown if his music didn’t strike a resonance in listeners. After all, if the late twentieth century saw a great swelling of interest in the music of Gustav Mahler, then it seems only natural that it would be accompanied by a rise in interest in the composer who could best be described as the Baroque Mahler. Biber is indeed the most commandingly interesting composer on this fine hybrid CD/SACD from Bona Nova entitled ‘Exceptional Masterpieces’, but the other works performed here by the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam don’t lag far behind. The stated intent of the disc is to present some lesser known but amazing pieces from the ensemble’s repertory, and they deliver on that promise.

read more…

Donald Fagen – ‘Kamakiriad’ A DVD-Audio review by Patrick Cleasby

Hot on the heels of the exemplary DVD-Audio version of the latest Steely Dan album ‘ Everything Must Go’, Warner Strategic Marketing are today releasing the DVD-Audio of Donald Fagen’s second solo album to the US market. read more…

Pennetier, Monte Carlo Philharmonic (Baudo) – ‘Beethoven: Piano Concertos No.1 and No.3’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The producer and engineer of this Lyrinx SACD, Rene Gambini, sets aside a page in the booklet to mention his discovery of Brauner Microphones, citing their neutrality and precision, allied with a liveliness and warmth akin to prestigious vintage mikes. read more…

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati’s Music Hall is a grand old sprawling building built over what was once the burial site for area paupers. Indeed, it has been pointed out that either accidentally or intentionally, the balcony support posts in the auditorium are vaguely reminiscent of long, thin bones, many of which had to be moved when it was built, as well as in later renovations. What more could you ask for in a recording of Berlioz’ nightmarish masterpiece ‘Symphonie Fantastique’? Well, better acoustics and a more unbuttoned performance, perhaps. read more…

Giorgio and Martin Cope – ‘Ambra, Honour and Glory’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

The MAWA label is a recent addition to the DVD-Audio family; based in Potsdam, MAWA Film und Medien is Germany’s largest provider of what they call “DVD entertainment” via distribution, licensing, authoring, technological development and their own record labels. read more…

WordPress.org

Copyright © 2000-2018 HighFidelityReview – Hi-Fi systems, DVD-Audio and SACD reviews - HQ Hi-Fi Review Theme by ThemeShift.com