Question for Classical/Hirez Buffs

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  1. ScottCHI

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    what is(are) your best-sounding classical hirez disc(s)?
     
  2. Sathyan

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    Best sounding overall: Ravel - Bolero (Mobile Fidelity SACD)
    Best sounding modern: Ravel - Bolero (Mobile Fidelity SACD)
    Best sounding baroque: Vivaldi - La Stavaganza (Channel Classics SACD)
    Best sounding solo: Bartok - Miraculous Mandarin (Praga SACD)
    Best sounding opera: Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias (DG SACD)
    Best sounding jazzy take on classical music: Jacques Loussier Trio - The Best of Play Bach (Telarc SACD)


    All are hybrid multichannels and evaluated as such with unmatched speakers.


    Note: I have CDs (JVC XRCD and Reference Recordings HDCD) and LPs (Classic Records) which sound better than these high rez discs on my system.
     
  3. Lee Scoggins

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    Ditto on both. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Plus add in any of the Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler Series.
     
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    I'm a huge fan Zander's Mahler cycle on Telarc. The recent Symphony #3 release is outstanding.
     
  5. Hartwig Hanser

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    I second Mahler/Zander from Telarc on SACD. Also Dvorak 8th and 9th symphonies by Ivan Fischer from Philipps. For Piano: Beethoven sonatas from Pentatone (Mari Kodama).
     
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    Liszt: Dante Symphony; Tasso / Leon Botstein, LSO

    Already mentioned:
    Dvorak: Symphonies 8&9 / Ivan Fischer
    Vivaldi: La Stavaganza / Rachael Podger
     
  7. Mike Broadman

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    I prefer the Zander performances, but still think the Thomas sonics are superior.

    I've been really digging the Scheharazade, I think it's from UMG's label.
     
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    Adding my 2 cents in - the Tilson's Mahlers as well as Podger's Vivaldi La Stravaganza are incredible. In SACD I also like the London Mozart Players - Herschel's Symphonies (one of Chandos pure DSD recordings). For DVD-A's - Vivaldi's 4 Seasons (NAXOS - London Mozart Players) sounds great. Where as the Mozart Sym #'s 26 & 41 + Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (both by the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra on the AIX label)leave me absolutely breathless.

    Oddly the items I added all use a center channel as an 'equal' partner with the front's left & right. Just something I noticed (although I still like the Mahlers & Podger).
     
  9. Doug Otte

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    Ravel/Jarvi - various works on Telarc

    Wakao - various oboe works by various composers on Pentatone

    Sweet! Enjoy
    Doug
     

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