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So Hurwitz likes Davis' New VW "Job" on Chandos. I wasn't impressed with extended samples. Anyone here heard it yet?

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Posted on February 27, 2017 at 08:15:25
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Davis didn't seem to bring out the darker elements, nor did the viola player seem comfortable with Eliau's dance, but then again, I was listening to samples. What I especially missed was the stereotypical hothouse "Arabic" yearning and glow.

 

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RE: So Hurwitz likes Davis' New VW "Job" on Chandos. I wasn't impressed with extended samples. Anyone here heard it ye, posted on February 27, 2017 at 09:08:19
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Yes and the accompanying Symphony 9. IM(inexpert)O both good performances coupled with outstanding sound.

I loved the Job but bow to your expectations and will listen again. Somewhat to my surprise I was particularly taken with the Symphony 9 , my previous experiences ( Boult and Andrew Davis' earlier account for Warner) leaving me thinking along the lines of "oh it's just an old man rehashing parts of his earlier work". AD's new performance opened a door for me into the symphony which now stands up in its own right. A very impassioned performance, again IMO.

This also gives me chance to revisit your query last year regarding the Holst Planets/Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra recording by Gardiner/National Youth Orchestra of GB. Now released it basically supports my opinion attained from the live performance at the Proms that the Planets is superb whilst the Strauss somewhat less so ( though still well worth hearing). In fact this Holst would now be my top recommendation.

All of these recordings have amazingly realistic and powerful sound and my advice is nail down anything that might shake or rattle if you listen at naturalistic levels!

 

Thanks for detailed response. I had a feeling the organ was something else..., posted on February 27, 2017 at 18:20:21
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I could feel its presence at the beginning of Also Sprach in my little ears buds. I like Bournemouth Hall too, and hope Chandos records more there.

You've convinced me to check out their "Planets," and I think I'll just download the opening of the Strauss, for demo purposes.

As for the VW disc, oh, why not? : )

 

RE: Thanks for detailed response. I had a feeling the organ was something else..., posted on February 28, 2017 at 02:47:31
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Just a small correction: the NYO recording was made at Symphony Hall , Birmingham not in Bournemouth. The latter has a very good concert hall, The Lighthouse, but the Birmingham hall is rated as having some of the best acoustics in the UK.

Oh, talking of that organ, check the glissando at the end of Uranus.

 

I like it. (NT), posted on February 28, 2017 at 05:00:51
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Just reviewed today on MWI, posted on February 28, 2017 at 13:28:52
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Quite a review, hopefully not more transcendent and Universe-encompassing than the actual performance! nt , posted on February 28, 2017 at 19:02:31
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Correction to MWI review, posted on March 1, 2017 at 04:36:20
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The review states that this is a DSD recording. It isn't as Chandos do not record in DSD AFIK.

Obviously the reviewer has the SACD but the recording is 24/96 PCM converted to DSD for the SACD release as are most (all?) of Chandos' SACDs (the original recording PCM data rate may vary). The booklet accompanying the disc clearly states the technical details of the recording including mocrophones used.

Just thought that I would mention it as such matters can be seen as important around here.

 

There is a tiny percentage of Chandos discs with DSD masters, although. . . , posted on March 1, 2017 at 15:10:32
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. . . as you say, the vast majority originate from 24/96 PCM masters. I thought that at least a couple of the recordings in their Weinberg series originated from DSD masters however.

BTW, good luck in dealing with our inmate (over on the hi-rez forum) who always has smoke coming out his ears whenever MQA is mentioned! ;-)

 

Is that a lark I hear ascending..., posted on March 5, 2017 at 16:05:43
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in the Dance of Youth and Beauty?

Sure sounds like a lark! ;-)



 

Let's hope so, just downloaded Job: peer pressure. If the organ part surpasses the end of the Chandos' Taras , posted on March 5, 2017 at 16:36:46
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Bulba in Bergen, then it must be really something to behold.

BIS better watch out, Chandos IMHO has had much better luck capturing the Bergen orchestra's "intestinal fortitude," so to speak, than BIS' engineers.

 

RE: Job: Scene 8: Galliard of the Sons of Morning, posted on March 5, 2017 at 18:44:02
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Speaking of Copland, Litton's Billy the Kid on BIS is really, really good, and spectacular recording. nt, posted on March 5, 2017 at 18:58:38
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FWIW, had a listen to VW's fever dream this morning. In a nutshell, more feverish than Boult's 70s EMI, (easy, posted on March 12, 2017 at 13:58:23
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to accomplish), but I still missed the sense of spectacle and radiance found in Wordsworth's on Collins. Far better recorded, but still: even the organ outburst didn't stun as much as it should. I did like Davis' breezy tempo for the opening and closing, which can lose direction otherwise.

IMHO it's worth keeping and it's a very "comfortable" recording, whatever the level.

 

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