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Two unexpectedly nice acquisitions of mine in the last fortnight. The first is a very nice performance and recording of the two Chopin concertos. I'm certainly no piano performance expert but I really like the performance and the string playing is superlative. Every one of those string players could be a soloist in their own right (and the liner notes say they were all specially recruited and all had to individually audition). The recording is actually extremely good by outright standards, let alone the fact that it is a 1999 digital one. The LP was cut (so I understand) from DG's 24/44.1 master (which in reality is more like a 21 bit recording in a 24 bit envelope). The only real caveat is that the low end is rather bloomy and it will certainly test the bass clarity and control of your system and your listening room acoustics and damping, lest it sound overly warm and cuddly. I did some further research into DG's "4D" recording since I well remember it first appearing in the early 90s. There is a really good run down of it here (and the actual LP I bought pictured below).
And now for one I almost missed altogether. Mainly because Acoustic Sounds decided to file this one under their Jazz section as opposed to the classical one. Well, I suppose you could argue for it both ways but for my money I've always regarded these Jazz Suite pieces as parody-like vignettes of the pre-war "cafe jazz" era as envisaged (in only the way Shostakovich can) for a small classical orchestral ensemble. Of course the piano and trumpet concerto sandwiched between the two jazz suites is more typical of Shostakovich's output but even it has somewhat of a jazzy "vibe" at times. Of course, you could just buy this LP for the awesome cover like I did
Sonically this won't necessarily blow anyone's socks off. I am not sure of the quality of the digital sources but it is a Decca digital recording from the early 90s. I'm not sure whether back then Decca were still using their bespoke 18 bit, 48 Khz system or whether they had moved to subcontractors "doing what they like" so to speak. But the engineer, Simon Eadon, was Decca trained through and through and the recording, though a little dry sounding and possessing some digital "edge" and brittleness at times, still does sound better than the previous CD issues (though that could come down to Sean Magee's remastering - Magee now having earned an extremely solid reputation for cutting classical LP releases for Universal). Put it this way - I've enjoyed this LP so much I've already played it three times in the first week and that says something for a regular classical record buyer!
Listening to John Eliott Gardiner's with the MOnteverdi Choir, on original instruments. Digital on CD and doesn't need any ap;ogy. great sound, great work, greta Music. Likely multi miked but hardly intrusive... Ambiance is well captured and the entire oeuvre breathes. Serious, good, big .. somewhat, interestingly Bach-like but definitely Beethoven... haven't heard it for a while but Bach to it (pun intended). Highly recommended
don't know why the yuuuge picture
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