My five-star classical SACDs (on Amazon)

A Listmania! list by P. SIMPSON "nucaleena" (North Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
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Beethoven; Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos /Mullova · ORR · Gardiner
1.  Beethoven; Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos /Mullova · ORR · Gardiner by Viktoria Mullova
The list author says:
  "A performance of the Beethoven that, by placing it in period, makes it seem both more evolutionary and yet more revolutionary than usual. Truly lovely Philips DSD sound."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Mozart: Requiem /Harnoncourt
2.  Mozart: Requiem /Harnoncourt by Gerald Finley
The list author says:
  "Raw and powerful yet always utterly human. Fine recording."
£12.30   Used & New from: £4.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Bach: Cantatas BWV 56, 158 & 82
3.  Bach: Cantatas BWV 56, 158 & 82 by Thomas Quasthoff
The list author says:
  "Singing of depth and devotional power and the Hi-res PCM recording is very good, if not quite of the calibre of the performance"
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
4.  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "How could I not list this classic, well remastered for surround?"
£12.39   Used & New from: £6.91
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Brahms - Horn Trio; Violin Sonata No 1
5.  Brahms - Horn Trio; Violin Sonata No 1 by Johannes Brahms
The list author says:
  "Warmth, poetry, nostalgia, reflection and beauty. Sound to match."
£15.18   Used & New from: £8.46

Johannes Brahms Trio & Quintet
6.  Johannes Brahms Trio & Quintet by Kjell Fageus
The list author says:
  "Another great Brahms chamber disc with a wonderful Opus 3 DSD recording."
£23.20

Polonaises (Pollini) [Sacd/CD Hybrid]
7.  Polonaises (Pollini) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] by Fryderyk Chopin
The list author says:
  "This was always a great set of performances, but in glassy DG sound. Now, the remastered surround layer will amaze and delight you."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9, From the New World
8.  Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9, From the New World by Antonín Dvorák
The list author says:
  "Utterly natural performances, utterly natural DSD sound."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Symphony No. 2
9.  Symphony No. 2 by Albany Symphony Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Music well worth exploring, in fine performances and sound."
£15.25   Used & New from: £7.77
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Caldara - Missa Dolorosa; Handel - Dixit Dominus
10.  Caldara - Missa Dolorosa; Handel - Dixit Dominus by Markus Flaig
The list author says:
  "Sparkling, joyful Handel and exquisite Caldara in lovely performances that sparkle in surround."
£29.87   Used & New from: £11.17
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 1
11.  Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 1 by The King's Consort
The list author says:
  "Of the three Hyperion Monteverdi discs, this one has the most varied and exciting program. All have beautiful sound and come alive in surround."
£23.29
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition; Saint-Saens - Symphony No 3
12.  Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition; Saint-Saens - Symphony No 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns
The list author says:
  "Stunning performances from unexpected performers. Breathtaking sound."
£15.19   Used & New from: £7.19
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet; Schubert - Trout Quintet
13.  Mozart - Clarinet Quintet; Schubert - Trout Quintet by Grumiaux Quartet
The list author says:
  "Another Pentatone RQR triumph, - playing of classical elegance and romantic style. Rich, open, caressing 4.0 sound."
£15.19   Used & New from: £8.46
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Sibelius/Walton: Violin Concertos
14.  Sibelius/Walton: Violin Concertos by City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Elegant, polished but still mysterious and powerful. A Philips DSD recording to match."
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Bach - Art of Fugue
15.  Bach - Art of Fugue by Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The list author says:
  "iI'm not normally an ASMF/Marriner fan, even of their Pentatone releases, but this is possibly the most cogent modern-instrument (and slightly traditional) Art of Fugue out there."
£15.19   Used & New from: £8.46
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony
16.  Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony by R. Vaughan Williams
The list author says:
  "The silver medalist in Hickox's traversal of the symphonies. A revelatory performing edition in magnificent sound."
£13.12   Used & New from: £9.82
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Stabat Mater (Banchini, Ensemble 415, Scholl)
17.  Stabat Mater (Banchini, Ensemble 415, Scholl) by Andreas Scholl
The list author says:
  "One of Harmonia Mundi's few entirely successful SACD re-issues. Once a classic, always a classic."
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From the Isles to the Courts
18.  From the Isles to the Courts by Ensemble Galilei
The list author says:
  "A glorious, lovely, toe tapping, life affirming, classical-Celtic collection in stupendous Telarc sound."
£16.48   Used & New from: £14.69
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Georg Gulyás plays Guitar
19.  Georg Gulyás plays Guitar by Georg Gulyas
The list author says:
  "One of the finest guitar recitals out there and with all the clarity and realism of SACD."
£14.90   Used & New from: £9.54
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Beethoven: Symphony 5;  Mendelssohn: Symphony 4
20.  Beethoven: Symphony 5; Mendelssohn: Symphony 4 by Felix Mendelssohn
The list author says:
  "perhaps the best artistically/sonically balanced performance of the Beethoven 5th on SACD. Less so the Mendelssohn."
£15.09   Used & New from: £8.67
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Symphonies 8 & 3 (Hybr)
21.  Symphonies 8 & 3 (Hybr) by Schubert
The list author says:
  "A fine 3rd and a truly excellent, youthful "Great" (usually numbered the ninth) in lovingly restored analogue sound."
£31.57   Used & New from: £12.41

String Quartet D94, String Quintet D956 [Sacd/CD Hybrid]
22.  String Quartet D94, String Quintet D956 [Sacd/CD Hybrid] by Franz Schubert
The list author says:
  "This is a fine performance, in lovely DSD sound. Maybe just not the last touch of catharsis to warrant a Rosette."
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Debussy; Ravel - String Quartets
23.  Debussy; Ravel - String Quartets by Párkányí Quartet
The list author says:
  "A splendid, spirited and civilised disc from the Parkanyi, - previously the Orlando Quartet. Excellent DSD sound."
£15.59   Used & New from: £9.70
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Schubert - Piano Trios 1 & 2
24.  Schubert - Piano Trios 1 & 2 by Franz Schubert
The list author says:
  "Sparkling performances, almost as good as the Beaux Arts, and that's high praise. Nicely balanced DSD recording."
£15.59   Used & New from: £8.99

Haydn - String Quartets, Op 74
25.  Haydn - String Quartets, Op 74 by Joseph Haydn
The list author says:
  "Warm, civilised and spirited chamber performances from a quartet previously unknown to me. Lovely, intimate sound, far better thanany redbook competition."
£15.58   Used & New from: £9.00

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