Regarding the comment about tracks 5 & 6 (the second and third movements of the 3rd concerto) being in stereo only, the CEO of BIS has confirmed that this a printing error ...
Presto and Amazon Uk both list as a March 2nd release in the UK - unless Bissie favours you with review copy. I certainly look forward to a review here.
Very odd recording for BIS. The last two movements of the 3rd concerto are stereo only - the booklet confirms my aural investigation . Did somebody wipe the center and ...
I try to support my local Bricks & Mortar outlet in Salisbury, England (The Collector's Room) as it is the only one left that I know of anywhere in the South or South East of ...
Despite the rush to market that led to such an oversight, I have been unable to get hold of a copy yet!
With a population exceeding 6 million the Philadelphia SMSA is the 6th largest urban center in the US. If there's a bricks and mortar store remaining that stocks anything but ...
I've always been a Ståle Kleiberg fan. This album is no exception. I am playing the multi-channel surround version. If you follow this composer, there are familiar melodies. ...
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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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