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I'm not hearing at the beginning of the 3rd movement what you describe. I've listened several times, once with my ear up close to each speaker. My disc sounds normal throughout all four tracks. So it may be a defective disc.

With this SACD I need to listen with the volume at a higher than normal setting in order to get the full impact. I have the original Turnabout pressing and both the reissued Athena Japanese and USA pressings. I don't have the 45 rpm reissue. I find the SACD diminishes the three dimensionality and the delicate beauty of the soft playing on my Ayre C-5xeMP player . The dynamic range is there, but I expected a little more impact from the bass drum and more space between the instrumentalists. Other players may give different results.

I've always liked this recording because it creates an uncanny sense of an orchestra in a dryish hall. In fact, last night at the concert I attended (Mandeville Center at UCSD with the La Jolla Symphony, there is a very similar acoustic with an exposed sound that is very clear and can be very explosive at the loud moments. Two weeks ago I attended a performance of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto in a small, wetter hall. I was about 20 feet from the piano in the sixth row. The sound was more cushioned, but had the explosive characteristics of the composer's orchestration.

Someone said that the way to enjoy digital sound is not to listen to analog sound. I listen to both. There is a photo with the disc of the two original tape reels of the 2-track recording. Now if the folks at The Tape Project would reissue a 2-track 15 ips version, I would consider buying it. I have 4 of these tapes, and they are the ne plus ultra in recording.

I think most listeners will find this SACD a satisfactory transfer.

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