Super Audio CD - a CD with two layers, the first of which includes the traditional CD signal, and the second the signal for surround sound - is a completely new way to listen to classical music. Unfortunately there are many works that are only available on 2-channel CD with boring standard 44.1-kHz/16-bit sound quality. On the other hand the released SACD albums have been unsuccessful among the consumers and the reviewers.
Let me take an examples of the works that should be available on SACD. Please remember that the following albums are just my suggestions. There isn't a confirmation that they're going to be available for the audiophiles.
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Strauss, Richard: Don Quixote, Op. 35 & Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra
BIS Records (SACD - includes 96-kHz/24-bit 5.0 surround sound)
"BIS had plans to record the all tone poems of Richard Strauss with Frank Shipway and Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra. Sadly this project ceased in the bud when maestro Shipway died in a car crash on 6th August 2014. Read the news here: http://slippedisc.com/2014/08/road-t...tor-is-killed/ Before the accident they recorded the first SACD of the series. This includes the composer's "An Alpine Symphony" and "Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten". BBC Music Magazine reviewed the disc with highest results and rewarded it with "Orchestral Finalist of 2014" Award.
Now, Marin Alsop - the current chief conductor of the orchestra - could start to fulfill the series. I think that "Death and Transfiguration" would be a perfect pair to "Don Quixote". We are still waiting for a superb SACD of Strauss's "Don Quixote".
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Weber, Carl Maria von: Der Freischutz
PENTATONE Music, Remastered Classics (SACD - includes the 4.0 surround sound, remastered in DSD)
"2017 brings a continuation of PENTATONE's REMASTERED CLASSICS series. This exciting "Der Freischutz" was recorded with 8-channel tapes in 1973 at the Lukaskirche, Dresden. It's not confirmed that they've managed to receive the master tapes from the vaults of Deutsche Grammophon. Nevertheless, I look forward to see this album at the online shop. Currently the only available SACD of the opera (LSC, LSO, Sir Colin Davis, LSO Live) was pretty dull and uninteresting because the tempo choices of the conductor were horribly slow".