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Elgar: Enigma Variations [Micheal Stern] [Reference Recordings: RR-129SACD] [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Micheal Stern , Edward Elgar , Vaughan Williams , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Entr'acte, Molto Moderato
3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
4. Entr'acte, Andante
5. Ballet and Final Tableau
6. Fantasia On Greensleeves
7. Part 1
8. Part 2
9. Part 3
10. Part 4
11. Part 5
12. Part 6
13. Part 7
14. Part 8
15. Part 9
16. Part 10
17. Part 11
18. Part 12
19. Part 13
20. Part 14

Product Description

Product Description

This magnificent new symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony now also available as a multi-channel SACD hybrid! The disc contains both 5.1 surround and stereo SACD layers, as well as a stereo compact disc layer made with the HDCD process for higher fidelity.

This colorful, beloved English music was recorded and mastered by RR’s own GRAMMY®- winning engineer Keith O. Johnson.

The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for “The Tempest” by Sullivan and Sibelius (RR115). Their second release on RR, “Britten's Orchestra,” received a GRAMMY for Best Surround Sound for both engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elgar recording 20 Nov 2013
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The musicianship displayed in the Enigma variations is of a high standard. I have only used the record in SACD dual channel replay mode and hence the sound quality of the recording is very high, fully capturing the dynamic ranges of the organ to the violin. One niggle I did find with the SACD recording itself is that it required an extremely high gain level to be set on the replay preamplifier for the recording to be heard at normal playback levels. I don't believe it is a fault in my playback system;anyone else noticed the same?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Soft & Mushy Treatment of Edwardian Music. 28 Nov 2013
By Hannibal - Published on Amazon.com
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Perhaps it helps to be British, but it's heavy going for these Edwardian war horses to my ears. Sadly, Michael Stern brings nothing to the tea party to change matters, unless it's hearing some extended music after the Wasps overture (under the title of the Aristophanic Suite), but where's the zest Andre Previn or others have brought to the score?

The Enigma Variations is somewhat better, but not too much better. Again, Michael Stern gives us little or nothing to challenge Pierre Monteux or the usual suspects like Barbirolli from the UK. And surely, Greensleeves should go right into the "mood music" bin, no?

Sadly, I must also report that the usual exceptional sonics which come with a Reference Recording SACD seem in this case also to have gone South, so that the sound is flabby and diffuse....There are better accounts of all these pieces to be had, if you must have them.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD offers slight improvement over its HDCD predecessor 9 Oct 2013
By S. Baird - Published on Amazon.com
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This Reference Recordings release has been much anticipated by audiophiles and SACD enthusiasts alike, and the company has made it easy for those of us who have an audiophile interest to compare the original HDCD release with this new one. My findings are in favor of the SACD layer here, even though my extensively modified HDCD player generally produces higher sound quality; the improvements are worth buying the disc again if you already have the original.

There are a number of reviews of the original CD that go into detail on the performances better than I could since I have not spent much time listening to Elgar. You will find them here: Enigma Variations: The Wasps / Greensleeves.

Strongly recommended.
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