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SACD Reccomendations

Discussion in 'Music' started by Mark Hedges, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Mark Hedges

    Mark Hedges Second Unit

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    I just ordered a SACD player (Sony C222ES) and am looking for some software recomendations. What do you guys think? I am definetly picking up:

    Nora Jones
    Alison Krauss Live
    DSOTM

    What else do you guys recommend? I like jazz, classical, & bluegrass.

    What do you recommend for multichannel discs? My rear soundstage isn't so good so I would probably be more interested in "audience" type mixes rather than "on the stage" type mixes.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  2. Steve_AS

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    A classical must-get is Carlos Kleiber/Berlin Philharmonic Beethoven 5 & 7th symphonies - classic performances, brought newly to life with SACD surround ambience. Very much a 'best seat in the audience' mix.
     
  3. Hank

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    These are multi-channel:

    Bucky Pizzarelli Swing Live - You will believe you are in a NYC jazz club. Stupendous!!!

    Dave Brubeck Time Out
    Miles Davis Kind Of Blue

    I also 2nd the Kleiber Beethoven 5th & 7th!
     
  4. KrisM

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    Channel Classics has a great sampler disc that is very cheap. I paid about $9CDN for it, and it has some solid performances on it . I bought Vivaldi's La Stravaganza by Rachel Podger and a Pieter Wispelwey disc(C. Saint Saens) that were both featured on the sampler. Both discs are excellent and are worth picking up. I also plan on picking up Wispelwey's Benjamin Britton disc.
    As far as jazz goes I would recommend John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. I have also enjoyed alot of the Sony jazz titles, even though they are expensive in my area. Charles Mingus-Mingus Ah Um and Monk's Straight, No Chaser give me alot of enjoyment.

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    KrisM
     
  5. Mike Broadman

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    You can't go wrong with anything Analogue Productions has put out.
     
  6. Seth--L

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    Having heard the Kleiber SACD on various systems, I find the sound quality to be only slightly better than previous CD and LP incarnations, which were always so-so - DG's recordings tend to be average, they could never touch EMI and Decca ones. To make matters worse, DG did not go back to the master tapes when making the SACD, but instead used old PCM masters. Just about any Sony SACD of a recording from the analog era sounds significantly better than this SACD, and other DG SACDs from this era, even ones that were recorded pre-1960.

    Anyway, I'd recommend any Sony SACD featuring George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
     
  7. KrisM

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    Seth, what is your take one The Four Seasons SACD by Sony?

    Regards
    KrisM
     
  8. Seth--L

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    KrisM,

    I have not heard the SACD. I'm familiar with the recording. It doesn't do much for me, but then again neither does most of Vivaldi's music (though I do like some of Andrew Manze's recent recordings of the violin concertos and sonatas). I'm sure the sonics are quite good. Sony tends to do the best remastering jobs.
     
  9. KrisM

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    Thanks, Seth. I am new to the classical genre, and have enjoyed the Vivaldi I have heard so far. I may pick it up if I can find a decent price on it.

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    A couple goodies from Universal

    John Coltrane A Love Supreme
    Diana Krall The Look of Love

    From Sony if you are into fusion

    Herbie Hancock Headhunters
    Miles Davis In a Silent Way

    J
     
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    Bluegrass : Nickel Creek's two releases and member Chris Thile's album ALL WHO WAUNDER ARE NOT LOST, and Jerry Douglas' Sugarhill album... the title of which I cannot remember at the moment and I'm not home to run and see. Just buy the whole Sugarhill catalog so far and you'll get Dolly Parton too. Jorma Kaukonen's BLUE COUNTRY HEART is one of the better recorded SACD's out and a great performance too.

    Jazz: Manfredo Fest's JUST JOBIM, Will and Rainbow (includes Phoebe Snow on 3 vocals). Take a close look at everything on the Groove Note label. Every one of their releases that I've heard is a winner. Jacintha's new album JACINTHA IS HER NAME is just one of their winners. Anthony Wilson Trio's OUR GANG is another Groove Note triumph.

    For jazz, I'd take a long hard look at the better labels...DMP, Telarc, Analogue Productions, Chesky, Eighty Eight's, Heads Up (get both the Spyro Gyra albums, muy bueno! cultura maximoso!!!!), and Groove Note. These labels feature quite alot of stuff recorded on DSD recorders...well, maybe not Analogue Productions but they have some great old stuff.

    The Universal releases are collectively OK, but are all old stuff...no new stuff recorded in DSD.

    Wellcum tu SDAC! [​IMG]
     
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    The PCM masters for the Kleiber recordings are well over ten years old.
     
  14. Mike Broadman

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    Today I picked up my first SACD by Concord- Tito Puente, at Best Buy no less! That was a nice surprise for me.

    I'll let you guys know how it is after I listen to both tracks.

    I also found Buddy Rich's SACD there. Not bad for Best Buy.
     
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    Here are two recommendations based on recent listening:

    Classical Rainbow Body on Telarc - The Atlanta Symphony plays Aaron Copland, need I say more. The ASO is very well regarded on its Copland. The sonics are spectacular with pure DSD throughout-individuals instruments solid and pure tonality.

    Jazz Four Generations of Miles on Chesky - beautiful tribute to Miles, great sonic ambience.

    I agree with Rachael-the Sugar Hill releases are very good and Dolly Parton is doing some of her best work lately. The Alison Krauss Live is a reference and personal favorite of mine and my wifes. Currently in very heavy rotation. [​IMG]

     
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  17. Mark Hedges

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    Thanks for the recommendations! (Except for Nickle Creek - Nickle Creek is NOT bluegrass [​IMG] )

    I already have The Look of Love (hybrid) and I will definatly have to pick up some of the Sugar Hill releases. You guys recommended too much! I will be broke! [​IMG]

    Mark
     
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