Universal Music Releases Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in SACD Surround Sound

October 22, in DVD-Audio News

Universal Music’s Deutsche Grammophon label has released a new Surround Sound Super Audio CD by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In performances conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra performs several classic compositions: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Mussorgsky’s Night On A Bare Mountain and Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin. The SACD release comes a month after Universal Music brought out the balance of the 5 Moody Blues Super Audio CD Remastered Series discs in the U.S. market.

In addition to these releases, Universal Music’s Fontana Distribution Group continues to be active in the Super Audio CD market by issuing new SACDs from the Telarc, Heads Up and Chesky labels. Universal Music’s latest release list now shows their planned Super Audio CD releases through November.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Mussorgsky: Night On A Bare Mountain; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
SACD Surround Sound/SACD Stereo/CD Audio

(Deutsche Grammophon B0007182-36)

Deutsche Grammophon’s newest Surround Sound Super Audio CD features Esa-Pekka Salonen’s first recording as Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. It is also the first live recording made at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The record label says that “The central piece, Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps was conducted by Salonen on the inaugural night of the Hall in 2003, a masterpiece that becomes something of a miracle within the outstanding acoustics of the Walt Disney Hall. This recording captures the energy, beauty and musical power of this extraordinary collaboration.”

Album Selections
1. A Night on the Bare Mountain – Original Version
2. Suite
3. Introduction
4. The Harbingers of Spring, Dance of the Adolescents
5. Mock Abduction
6. Spring Rounds
7. Games of the Rival Tribes
8. Procession of the Sage
9. The Sage
10. Dance of the Earth
11. Introduction
12. Mystical Circle of the Adolescents
13. Glorification of the Chosen One
14. Evocation of the Ancestors
15. Ritual of the Ancestors
16. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)

Universal Music SACD Release List
In addition to the new Surround Sound SACD by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Universal Music’s Fontana distribution operation has several Super Audio CD releases planned in October and November from the Telarc and Chesky record labels. Here’s a look at these releases:

Surround Sound SACD Releases – October 24, 2006

  • Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Christian McBride – West of Fifth (Chesky SACD 313)
  • Nicholas Payton, Bob Belden, Sam Yahel, John Hart, Billy Drummond – Mysterious Shorter (Chesky SACD 321)
  • The Never Ending Waltz by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Telarc SACD-60668)

    Surround Sound SACD Releases – November 21, 2006

  • John Hicks, Buster Williams and Louis Hayes – Tribecca Blues (Chesky SACD 318)
  • Fred Hersch – Personal Favorites (Chesky SACD 324)
  • Mega Movies by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Telarc SACD-60535)
  • Kullervo by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Telarc SACD-60665)

    The Surround Sound SACD by Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is now available in music stores in the U.S. market. It is also available for purchase from several web sites that carry Super Audio CDs including Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc, Music Direct, CD Universe and Amazon.Com.

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