Mr. Anthony T. Hill

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Elgar: Enigma Variations [Micheal Stern] [Referenc&hellip ~ Micheal Stern
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elgar recording, 20 Nov 2013
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?
Britten: Les Illuminations; Bridge Variations; Ser&hellip ~ Amsterdam Sinfonietta
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A superb music recording from Channel Classics that shows what can be achieved with SACD recordings nowadays. I would recommend purchase simply on these grounds alone.

Turning to the performances of these well known Britten scores I was a bit less happy. The variations are given a workmanlike rendition, but I think Les Illuminations are better rendered for a tenor voice than the soprano. Finally, the tenor and horn serenade was again in my view a little pedestrian. The Scottish Ensemble produced a similar disc not too long ago and although it is itself a good quality SACD recording it's not as good as the Channel Classics disc. The Scottish Ensemble however win in the… Read more
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet ~ Paavo Järvi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg, 24 Aug 2009
At long last it appears that at least some record companies are taking advantage of modern recording techniques such as DSD recording to provide the listener with significant improvements in the quality of the listening experience now available to music lovers. This recording is an example of what can now be technically achieved. Large dynamic range coupled to wide frequency response provide the listener with what has been missing since the advent of CDs; the results are startling.

Turning to the artistic merits of the recording I have some personal reservations. For my own taste I found the interpretaion to be somewhat clinical and lacking in real red-blooded emotion that one… Read more