The music is even better than I remember it from my youth. The sound is to die for...
As, c'mon John lighten up, even we grandpa's and grandma's deserve a little fun now and then. Besides if Chandos sells a ton of these and makes a pile of money on them that's ...
As an aside to your comment about the Trout, Bill, I was amused by a comment made by a Classic FM radio presenter on Saturday morning after playing Schubert's Piano Quintet in ...
Earth to John,
Since this one is due, at least in part, to your own good efforts maybe you should try to forget it's the kind of music that bores you to tears and just bask ...
I think both retreads and new recordings have their place. There is a certain tendency among classical consumers to only purchase recordings from "known" performers, but on ...
I am flagging up this recording as for many colleagues it may have slipped under their radars because of the difficulty of buying Exton recordings outside Japan. Any recording ...
To my utter astonishment Music Web International have marked this up as possibly their candidate for best recording of the year... "it's that good!"
Is this still Planet ...
Soulless. Definitely the worst of OSO's collaboration with Pentatone. There is some sort of ambient hum in Symphony 64. No interpretive insights. Avoid.
Sony Music SICP-10116 (3 discs)
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This is the best live 4.0 mix I have ever heard. Even without the isolated bass track it has a beautiful warm sound. It is much fuller sounding then the domestic 2.0 version. It's glorified stereo with all the music coming from your front speakers with reverb and applause coming from your rears. I have to be honest I am still getting use to the songs running order. It has been put back in the sequence it was in at the actual concert and has added bonus tracks so it's strange hearing them in this order after listening to the original release for years. The packaging is amazing, they put some real work into it and all tracks are multi channel. It's not like some releases where the bonus tracks are only in stereo. Crazy expensive but if you are fan of this record I can almost guarantee you will love it! Best (none Steve Wilson ) mix I have heard!
Yup, bigger than Texas and with more fruit than Carmen Miranda's hat.
Just like being there. The sound and the playing a bit shaky to begin with, then it all starts to tighten up as they get into it. Pretty amazing as an experience.
I can only comment on the stereo presentation and one observation stands out. There is not a lot of bass. Unsurprising really. Given that the album was only intended for the Japanese market, it has been mixed and mastered to suit Japanese tastes. In my experience that tends to mean the bass is dialled back and the recording is very clean sounding.
The other thing that caught my ear is that they appear to have gone a bit trippy here and there with the way they have presented Carlos's guitar. My rig could well be playing up, but in some cases during a solo his guitar notes don't all land at the same point on the sound stage.
All in all it is an excellent SACD remaster though. Spacious sounding, with a well defined sound stage and lots of sonic detail.
I have not listened to the AF SACD remaster, but based on remasters I have heard that Steve Hoffman has done I am pretty confident that this Japanese version is significantly better.
The album can be had from USA based vendors for a touch under $70.00 so get it while you can.
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