Does the world need yet another recording of Mozart Violin Concerti? In this case, the answer is a resounding YES! This album comes with two separate discs of the same recording. One is dedicated SACD while the other is a normal Redbook CD. I've listened to this recording repeatedly in both 5-channel SACD and 2-channel stereo, and the sound quality and engineering is of the highest order. If you have a system that is capable of resolving the detail that is recorded in this album, you are in for a treat! Even in stereo, the soundstage is expansive and every fine detail is heard. The soundstage was so expansive that I was convinced the 2-channel stereo recording was playing in multi-channel. Of course, the SACD is even better. In several cadenzas, the soloist plays at pianissimo, and yet what glorious detail is still contained within that very soft volume. 10 stars for sound quality. 20 stars! It does not get any better than this. This is a REFERENCE recording to showcase a reference stereo system.
The artistic merit also deserves 5 stars. Many will consider purchasing Julia Fischer's recording on Pentatone records. While both recordings are outstanding with super audio quality, Thorsen's recording with the Trondheim Soloists sounds more intimate while Fischer's violin sounds a little more recessed in the backdrop of a larger orchestra. The details show through only when the volume is turned up. Buy them both! :) I only wish that Thorsen and the Trondheim Soloists could have recorded the other Mozart violin concerti.
I have yet to be disappointed in the sound engineering from any 2L recording. This Norwegian label definitely knows that it is catering to audiophiles.