Universal Releases 7 SACDs and Issues June SACD Release List

Continuing their release of SACD discs, Universal Music has brought out 7 more Multichannel SACDs of albums on their Deutsche Grammophon label. In addition, Universal Music has also issued their list of SACDs scheduled for release during the month of June.

Up until now, all of Universal Music’s Classical Music SACD releases in the U.S. market have been Hybrid Layer SACDs (playable on CD and SACD players) while their non-Classical SACDs have been a mix of Hybrid SACDs and Single Layer SACDs (playable only on SACD players). This week’s Classical Music SACDs from Universal Music change that pattern with 5 Hybrid Multichannel SACDs and 2 Single Layer Multichannel SACDs. The new Classical Music Multichannel SACD releases are:

Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACDs

  • Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic — Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter — Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Maurizio Pollini — Chopin: Polonaises (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Gardiner, Philharmonia Orch. — Holst: The Planets & Grainger: The Warriors (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Goebel, Musica Antiqua Kцln & McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players — Biber: Missa Salisburgensis (Deutsche Grammophon)


Single Layer Multichannel SACDs

  • Leonard Bernstein — West Side Story (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic Orch. — An Alpine Symphony; Rosenkavalier-Suite (Deutsche Grammophon)


The 7 new Classical Music Multichannel SACDs from Universal Music are now available from Tower Records as well as several web stores that carry SACDs including Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc, Music Direct and Red Trumpet.

SACDs Scheduled for June Release
In addition to this week’s 7 Classical Music Multichannel SACDs, Universal Music also issued its SACD release list for June. The list is as follows:

June 3, 2003
Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACDs

  • Peter Gabriel — Up (Geffen)
  • David Sanborn — Time Again (Verve)


June 10, 2003
Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACDs

  • Alagna, Gheorghiu, Chailly, Orchestra of La Scala — Puccini: La Boheme (Decca)
  • Juan Diego Flуrez — Una Furtiva Lagrima (Decca)
  • Thibaudet, Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra — Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony (Decca)
  • Von Otter, Boulez, Vienna Philharmonic — Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Deutsche Grammophon)


June 24, 2003
Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD

  • Allison Moorer — Show (Universal South)
    Single Layer Multichannel SACD
  • Roger Waters — The Wall: Live In Berlin (Mercury)


June 25, 2003
Single Layer Multichannel SACD

  • B.B. King — Reflections On Life (MCA)


Future Universal Music SACD Releases
In addition to the SACDs listed above, Universal Music is also listing 12 SACDs slated for release later in the year. Of note here is the addition of new Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD titles by Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald and George Strait and the removal two planned SACDs: a Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD of Bring The Family by John Hiatt and a Hybrid Layer Stereo SACD of Unchained by Johnny Cash.

Here is the list of the upcoming Universal Music SACDs:

Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACDs

  • Peter Frampton — Frampton Comes Alive! (A&M)
  • Renйe Fleming — Bel Canto (Decca)
  • Roby Lakatos — Film Music: As Time Goes By (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Yundi Li — Liszt (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Dredg — El Cielo (Interscope)
  • Sigur Ros — ( ) (MCA)
  • Steely Dan — Gaucho (MCA)
  • George Strait — Honkytonkville (MCA Nashville)
  • Shania Twain — Up! (Mercury)
  • Marvin Gaye — Let’s Get It On (Motown)
  • Michael Mc Donald — Motown (Motown)
  • Aaron Neville — Nature Boy (Verve)
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