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I don't care for any of the high-res Faure Chamber music available at the moment, so I downloaded Hyperion's Domus Quartet in 16 bit.
I've always loved their performances of Faure and I recall the recording being unusually high-quality.
Well, the performance was as satisfying as ever, but the sound was as flat as a pancake.
24 bit (or DSD) sampling absolutely does not guarantee a "perfect" or superior recording, and 16 bit doesn't guarantee a "bad," lifeless recording, but man--I remember Hyperion being the standard-bearer for sound. Just my humble observation.
Is hi-res a scam? I'll have to download a few more must-have recordings from the 80's before taking a side in the argument.
Try Hyperion's Faure Piano Trio (along with the Ravel and Debussy) by the Florestan Trio.
I must second Kal Robinson's excellent recommendation of the Fauré Piano Trio (Hyperion SACD) with the Florestan Trio. If memory serves, it is a pure DSD recording, and one of the earliest too (1999)!
Thanks, very familiar with that one over the years but my current love affair is with Trio Wanderer's Faure.
most of the time, 16-bit, is more than acceptable.
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