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Old 3rd July 2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Does good source material for symphonic music exist? Is it even possible to render it decently in stereo? Redbook stereo, that is.

In my many decades on planet earth, I have heard some very expensive stereos, but I have yet to hear a symphony on a stereo that sounded right. To me it always sounds like a toy porcupine made from modeling clay and tooth picks - a muddy lump with spikes sticking out.

Please share your candidates for good sounding symphonic music on CD or 16 bit flac, if such exists. I tend to like the war-horses - Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and those guys. I also like opera lite, like Carmen, Tosca, etc.. Not symphonic, but close enough.
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Decently : yes , with clarity?: no.
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Old 3rd July 2011, 03:38 AM   #3
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I agree that some records are incredibly badly done, but they are really rare.

IMHO, the main limitation for rendering the space, the dynamic and the details of orchestral works comes from the speakers/room pair and not from the source. Some systems can do this well, but very often they are big ones.
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I am inclined towards England brands.
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Old 3rd July 2011, 10:47 AM   #5
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I am hoping for specific titles. Anyone?
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Old 3rd July 2011, 12:35 PM   #6
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if you insist :

Handel, Dettingen te Deum, Stefen Layton, Hyperion, CDA67678
Simon Preston, the world of organ, Westminter Abbey organ (Widor toccata is a master piece), Decca 430 091-2
Verdi, Requiem, Giulini, Deutsche Gramophon 477 7584, awesome dynamic...

Indeed, some british brands
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Set up your system for ambiophonics. It's not the recordings (given that they were competently made) -- it's the basic flaws in stereo reproduction that's getting in your way.
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If you are still interested:

Holst 'The Planets' - Classical - Nimbus Records

Nimbus use a single point microphone system, and encode for ambisonics.
This recording is a tour de force technically, is precisely played, and is a sympathetic interpretation.
Many years ago they contemplated a full Vaughan Williams symphony cycle, but then didn't do it - shame.

Multi microphones are very good at screwing up an excellent performance.

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