I have ordered a copy of this new recording from CDJapan and will write an outline review on here in due course.
The only other coupling of these works on SACD is the ...
These performances were produced, engineered and edited by the pianist himself, at 24 bit/176.4 kHz.
That’s interesting to know Aastroem. Looks like they must have corrected the Blu-ray disc. I wonder if there is any way of telling which are the amended ones?
Would you ...
Sorry about the misunderstanding. The link mentioned was to the article included by Aastroem in his previous comment.
I'm not easily beaten by such issues - see Hi-Res on Audio Asylum.
What an idiot! (ref: link)
I had a look on Discogs and it seems the Ballade was never recorded by Berglund in Bournemouth. It therefore seems it isn't an omission if only the first and third movement of ...
Hiredfox, here is a Google Translate version of what is written for this release on Tower's website - "For this reproduction, a master digitized at 96kHz/24bit from the ...
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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.
I have just heard from my seller and it is now in the mail. Very excited to get this. Could be the coolest SACD packaging ever!
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