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    I'm looking to purchase good sounding cds anything from chamber music orchestral to lieder is appreciated

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    These may not be 'in print', but here are 12 favorite CDs with excellent sound quality to my ears & with focus on 20th century:

    Argo 444 519-2 symphonies 6, 7 & 9 by Roger Sessions performed by American Composers Orchestra under D.R. Davies.
    Conifer Classics 74321-15005-2 symphonies 7 & 8 by Malcolm Arnold via Vernon Handley with RPO.
    Cybelia CY 829 centre national de musique de chambre d'Aquitaine renders 2 quintettes by Charles Koechlin.
    Delos DE 1017 an ideal demo disc with which one can introduce the music of Villa-Lobos; contains Uirapuru, Chôros No.8 + more.
    Ebs Records ebs 6070 cellist Julius Berger is the raptorous cantor in Ernest Bloch's Schelomo & Voice in the Wilderness, conducted with Wit (Antoni Wit, that is).
    Finlandia Records FACD 376 Einar Englund's Concerto for 12 Cellos is a must-hear opus, in my opinion.
    Harmonia Mundi HMU 907096 L.A. Philharmonic, D.A. Miller + 2 pianists issue forth Duplicates, Mel Powell's Pulitzer Prize-winning composition.
    Koch Schwann 3-6491-2 superlative recordings & performances of Henri Dutilleux masterpieces Timbes, Espace, Mouvement + L'Arbre des Songes.
    Kontrapunkt 32140 Aarhus Sinfonietta plays a winning hand with King, Queen & Ace plus other chamber delights by Per Nørgård.
    Largo 5134 Concert for 8 joins palms with Roberto Gerhard's other zodiac chamber works Gemini, Leo & Libra in stellar readings.
    Ondine ODE 790-2 Finland's early modernist Väinö Raitio is bestowed a satisfying album program courtesy Jukka-Pekka Saraste & the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    Valois V 4687 a Florent Schmitt Reves disc thanks to David Robinson with the Monte-Carlo, with Symphonie Concertante as highlight.
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    Mahler Lieder / Boulez on DG
    American Mavericks / SF Symphony Tilson Thomas
    Frank Zappa: The Yellow Shark
    Norgard: Symphony No.6/ Terrains Vagues on Chandos
    Webern / Schoenberg Quartet on Chandos
    Messiaen: Quartet For The End Of Time; Chronochromie / Dorati on Warner Classics
    Jonathan Harvey: Body Mandala, etc on NMC label
    Bacewicz string quartets on Naxos
    Beethoven complete piano sonatas / Louis Lortie on Chandos
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Quote Originally Posted by julide View Post
    I'm looking to purchase good sounding cds anything from chamber music orchestral to lieder is appreciated
    Hard to say, there are so many...
    a special favorite of mine -
    the Chicago Pro Musica performances on Reference Recordings....RR seems to always produce great sounding products, but these chamber music ones are special - sounds like the group is right in the room with you....close up, but you also get the "big picture" soundwise....
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    Where to begin? My own preference is for great performances in great sound, not one or the other--though if I can have only one, which is often the case, I'll take the great performance. Still, there are too many examples of recordings that capture both to list them all. I'll offer a few of my favorites; then, if this thread lasts for a while, I might show up with a few more.

    Bach. Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Queyras. Harmonia Mundi
    Holst. The Planets/Strauss. Also Sprach Zarathustra. Steinberg, Boston Symphony. DG.
    Chopin. Nocturnes. Moravec. Connoisseur Society.
    Janacek. String Quartets 1 & 2. Mandelring Quartet. Audite.
    Bartok. Concerto for Orchestra. Reiner, Chicago. RCA Living Stereo. (Also many other RCA Living Stereo analog recordings)
    Beethoven. Symphonies 5, 6; Dorati, LSO. Mercury Living Presence. (Also many other Mercury Living Presence analog recordings.)
    Many Reference Recordings and BIS recordings; choose your repertoire and read reviews.

    These are splendid performances in excellent sound, at least that's my opinion. I hope this helps.
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    I’d try to locate the Decca Analogue Sound box.

    Don’t know how long this link will remain valid.

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    The Shostakovich Symphony cycle by Michael Sanderling/Dresdner Philhamonie released by Sony Classical sounds out of this world on CD. I do think it is out of print though so you may have to find a FLAC download.

    I can't say enough about this set of Schubert String Quartets by Diogenes Quartet on Brilliant Classics. The sound is just stupendous, and it's cheap, too.

    I am currently listening to the Star Wars OST discs (well, my FLAC rips of them anyway) and the technical level of excellence is really astounding. These were released by Sony and Disney.

    These are all DDD recordings. Although I do think DDD provides the best possible sound on the format in terms of detail and dynamic range, there are of course many great ADD recordings on CD as well, as others above have mentioned. To their suggestions I would add the St. Saens Organ Symphony by Charles Munch/BSO on RCA Living Stereo and the Planets by Karajan/VPO on Decca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Hard to say, there are so many...
    a special favorite of mine -
    the Chicago Pro Musica performances on Reference Recordings....RR seems to always produce great sounding products, but these chamber music ones are special - sounds like the group is right in the room with you....close up, but you also get the "big picture" soundwise....
    Yes. This is the best one in terms of sound quality, imo. It may be the best wind ensemble cd I have, and I have many:

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    This is another great one:

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    Nobody has mentioned Channel Classics. Try some of Rachel Podger’s recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    I’d try to locate the Decca Analogue Sound box.

    Don’t know how long this link will remain valid.
    [Venting Begins]

    When checking availability on this set, I came across an Amazon UK review that gave it one star. This review was found to be helpful by 25 potential customers. They were misled. The gist of the review was that the 54 discs (including four 2-disc sets) came with "grocery store" packaging and did not include the original liner notes. I have a few big box sets that do contain original liner notes: mostly original album cover sets with miniscule print on the back. Most do not. So - arguably a valid complaint.

    But the review also complains about the dynamic range. Specifically the review states, "These things sound like they were mastered during the worst phase of the CD era. They're extremely LOUD (NO DYNAMIC RANGE on any of the 12 or so CD's that I've listened to so far)."

    Now, this is an objective, measurable determination. So I used JRiver to run an audio analysis on the entire 54 disc set. Of the 569 tracks there were only 13 in single digits. Virtually all of the others were between 10 and 17. There were two 18s, one 19 and one 22!!. The smallest dynamic range was 7 for a 20 second passage from Rite of Spring.

    Now, I wouldn't say these numbers are outstanding for classical albums. (They would be for modern pop music.) But they are the norm.

    As this was a thread partly on great sounding albums, I thought it was worth mentioning.

    [/Venting Over]
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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Nobody has mentioned Channel Classics. Try some of Rachel Podger’s recordings.
    Presto is running a Channel Classics label sale. May have to pick up a few more titles.
    Last edited by jegreenwood; Aug-27-2021 at 13:13.

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    There are many good sounding CDs available. From my own experience, here are some thoughts on major label recordings in terms of realistic sound (i.e. exaggerated dynamic, sound stage, artifical timbre, unbalanced sound etc. are considered as negative factors).

    Decca: generally outstanding HIFI sound quality from 1960s on, especially in terms of sound stage and dynamic. A few recordings may have V-shaped sound, or unrealistic instrument timbre.
    Philips: very pleasant, rich, balanced and real sound for chamber music from mid-1960 on. Some early recordings may have problems of close miking.
    DG: good quality, quite real and balanced sound in general. Earlier recordings (before 1970s) could suffer from harsh sound and poor sound stage. It gets significantly better from 1970s on.
    EMI: outstanding quality at the beginning of stereo era (compared with recordings by then), inconsistant quality after 1960s. Problems could be V-shaped, dry or thick sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruckner Anton View Post
    There are many good sounding CDs available. From my own experience, here are some thoughts on major label recordings in terms of realistic sound (i.e. exaggerated dynamic, sound stage, artifical timbre, unbalanced sound etc. are considered as negative factors).

    Decca: generally outstanding HIFI sound quality from 1960s on, especially in terms of sound stage and dynamic. A few recordings may have V-shaped sound, or unrealistic instrument timbre.
    Philips: very pleasant, rich, balanced and real sound for chamber music from mid-1960 on. Some early recordings may have problems of close miking.
    DG: good quality, quite real and balanced sound in general. Earlier recordings (before 1970s) could suffer from harsh sound and poor sound stage. It gets significantly better from 1970s on.
    EMI: outstanding quality at the beginning of stereo era (compared with recordings by then), inconsistant quality after 1960s. Problems could be V-shaped, dry or thick sound.
    Intersting thoughts - may I ask what you mean by V-shaped sound, thats a term I've never heard before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    Intersting thoughts - may I ask what you mean by V-shaped sound, thats a term I've never heard before.
    Treble and bass boosted as compared with midrange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Treble and bass boosted as compared with midrange.
    Thank you - so a similar effect to listening with a 'loudness' control that was available on some integrated amps from years back activated. I believe, but I am happy to be corrected, that the loudness control was usually used when listening at lower volume levels.

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