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In Reply to: RE: Oooooh! New Mahler 3rd from Fischer and Channel Classics posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 13, 2017 at 19:22:22
I have the Chailly on SACD. I have never understand why people think the sound is so wonderful; in multichannel, it seemed very muddy and with poor imaging. I know the Amsterdam Concertgebouw is an echoey hall when empty, but I've put the recording away and stuck with the excellent Haitink/RCO performance from the Kerstmatinee box set in preference to Chailly's.
I was a two channel guy and recall the sound being very "Concertgebouw-ish." Glowing, plush and resonant. (And long before DSD.) Add to that the Decca FFRR sound....
A conductor friend of mine says they hang a heavy curtain midway in the hall when recording.
But I wonder if Chailly will get to complete his Mahler cycle with the LGO (on blu-ray video) before Nelsons takes over in 2018. I don't think he's done the Third or the First yet in this new cycle. So far, I really like a lot of things connected with the new cycle, including the sound quality (24/48 PCM IIRC), which I wouldn't describe as muddy at all. In fact, I've found the Chailly/LGO blu-rays in this newer Mahler series to be well engineered across the board. (I have symphonies 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.)
Of course, I know you're aware of how DSD tends to smooth off the natural edges of the sound, so that deficiency could be a factor in your disappointment in Chailly's RCOA SACD. . . ;-)
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