Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings

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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #140 on: 26 Nov 2023, 02:40 pm »
Hard to believe an entire year has gone by since my last post.  I was going to let the thread die off but so much wonderful music has come out in the past year, I felt I had to restart the thread.  Almost 15,000 views.  Thank you everyone.

The Schumann Collection, Vol. 2

Nicolas van Poucke, Piano

I was very much looking forward to this release as I have Vol. 1.  The melodies are absolutely wonderful.  What's exceptional is the recording quality.  Each note is distinct and you can hear the right and left hands as clearly as if you were standing next to the piano.

Reviews:

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio.net:  "His careful and well-considered approach to Schumann’s five ‘Gesänge der Frühe’ is a clear and most imposing example of van Poucke’s understanding and empathy for a composer whose feelings in this late work hover between poetry and Introspection. It sets a tone that resonates in the rest of the programme, making this release, like the previous one, irreplaceably wonderful."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek:  "Van Poucke makes it a real gem, with the theme under his hands truly 'Leise, innig', the shades of shadow nevertheless beautiful in color, with as an absolute highlight the third variation ('Etwas belebter') with that fabulous, so strongly contrasting interplay between left and right hand."


Tech Specs:

Available as CD, SACD and download.  Now offering Auro 3D version.  Vol 1 is available on Vinyl.  Go to TRPTK or Native DSD to purchase.
Original Recording format: DSD
Catalog TRPTK TTK 0107  https://trptk.com/shop/downloads/the-schumann-collection-vol-2/
Venue:  Muziekcentrum van de Omroep - Studio 1, Hilversum (NL)
Recording Date:  October 2022
Sound Engineer:  Brendon Heinst







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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #141 on: 26 Nov 2023, 10:48 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated.

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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #142 on: 29 Nov 2023, 07:28 pm »
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet (arr. Honeck/Ille)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, music director.

I love this music.  Movement #1 is so compelling, I feel like getting up and marching around my listening space.  Huge orchestra sound which is typical of Honeck and the PSO.  Excellent sonics, of course, by the Soundmirror team.

---- Review by David Hurwitz:  Review: Honeck's Thrillingly Visceral Tchaikovsky Fifth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sedKJn597Ds

---- Review on HRAudio:  https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=16101#reviews
Review by Graham Williams - June 30, 2023, "This is without doubt the finest modern recording of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony in both musical and sonic terms that I have heard, and I cannot recommend it highly enough."

Tech Specs:
-- Available as CD, SACD and download.  Reference Recordings available for download at Native DSD.
-- Catalog # FR752
-- Venue: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
-- Sound Engineer:  Mixing and Mastering: Mark Donahue (Soundmirror, Boston).
-- Original Recording Format: DSD 256
-- Recording Date: June 17-19, 2022
-- Release Date: July 28, 2023




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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #143 on: 29 Nov 2023, 09:47 pm »
For those that can spin vinyl, this an excellently recorded lp. Both the early US pressings and the later Dutch ones. 


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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #144 on: 30 Nov 2023, 03:16 pm »
Chiaroscuro Quartet: Haydn, String Quartets Op. 33 1-3.

I've never been a fan of HIP (Historically Informed Performance) style.  In this case, however, it is absolutely stunning.  The quartet plays on 1700's instruments using gut strings.  The whole conception of chamber music changes for me.  The artists noted how different it was for them to use gut strings.  For example, they had to make changes in timing to accommodate the swift drop off in sound.  Soundstage is broad and deep. The Quartet surrounds the center channel, each with appropriate distance from one another. The strings sound warm and robust, as they should.

Reviews:

-- Charlotte Gardner from Gramophone writes, "...this is a set begging to be served up with lashings of joy, and that’s precisely what the Chiaroscuro Quartet have done... ...It’s that combination of crisp, earthy clarity and lively, virtuoso sparkle that marks these readings out..."

-- A review of one of their other albums.  Adrian Quanjer - May 10, 2017,  "Perfection. Pure perfection. That’s what we have here and in multi-format. Not only the playing but also the bowing, the minute phrasing, the ‘justesse’, the musical involvement… and all the rest."

All of their releases are listed here:  https://www.hraudio.net/search.php?format=0&keywords=Chiaroscuro+Quartet

Tech Specs:
-- Available as CD, SACD and download (at eClassical)
-- Catalog # BIS-2668
-- Venue:  Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, England
-- Recording Date: 26th—29th October 2021
-- Release Date: May, 2023.
-- Recording Engineer:  Editing and mixing: Oscar Torres
-- Original Recording Format:  PCM 24/192



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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #145 on: 20 Dec 2023, 09:20 pm »
The new recording of Michael Jarrell's orchestral works on BIS is another reference level recording, and its of some quite adventurous very modern classical music.  It's pretty angular, but never devolves into the pure ugliness of the serialists:


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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #146 on: 24 Dec 2023, 03:01 am »
Mahler: Symphony No. 8

Minnesota Orchestra
Omso Vänskä (conductor)

This symphony is complex and exhausting.  I've listened to it a few times and the quality of the performance and the sonics are both superb.

Reviews:

HR Audio Review by Graham Williams   https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=16308#reviews
"... a triumphant performance in this penultimate release.  ...The BIS 5.0 multi-channel recording is simply awesome."

Video Review by Dave Hurwitz
Review: Vänskä Thrills in a Sensational Mahler 8th!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO5iJQtL1mw

Tech Specs:
-- Available as CD, SACD, and download (download at eClassical)
-- Catalog # BIS-2496
-- Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
-- Recording Date: 14th—16th June 2022
-- Recording Engineer:  Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production)
-- Original format: 24-bit / 96 kHz




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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #147 on: 25 Dec 2023, 03:31 pm »
Chiaroscuro Quartet: Haydn, String Quartets Op. 33 1-3.

I've never been a fan of HIP (Historically Informed Performance) style.  In this case, however, it is absolutely stunning.  The quartet plays on 1700's instruments using gut strings.  The whole conception of chamber music changes for me.  The artists noted how different it was for them to use gut strings.  For example, they had to make changes in timing to accommodate the swift drop off in sound.  Soundstage is broad and deep. The Quartet surrounds the center channel, each with appropriate distance from one another. The strings sound warm and robust, as they should.

Reviews:

-- Charlotte Gardner from Gramophone writes, "...this is a set begging to be served up with lashings of joy, and that’s precisely what the Chiaroscuro Quartet have done... ...It’s that combination of crisp, earthy clarity and lively, virtuoso sparkle that marks these readings out..."

-- A review of one of their other albums.  Adrian Quanjer - May 10, 2017,  "Perfection. Pure perfection. That’s what we have here and in multi-format. Not only the playing but also the bowing, the minute phrasing, the ‘justesse’, the musical involvement… and all the rest."

All of their releases are listed here:  https://www.hraudio.net/search.php?format=0&keywords=Chiaroscuro+Quartet

Tech Specs:
-- Available as CD, SACD and download (at eClassical)
-- Catalog # BIS-2668
-- Venue:  Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, England
-- Recording Date: 26th—29th October 2021
-- Release Date: May, 2023.
-- Recording Engineer:  Editing and mixing: Oscar Torres
-- Original Recording Format:  PCM 24/192



It is also available on Qobuz at 24/192, and sounds incredible. Thanks for the rec!

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Re: Demonstration Worthy Classical Recordings
« Reply #148 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:39 pm »
Jeff, I super appreciate your comment.  I listen to the Chiaroscuro Quartet regularly.  Never boring.  Anyone who is a bit timid about chamber music, as I was, should give this album a listen.

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