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Old 9th May 2004, 12:12 PM   #41
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Hi all

I like tis one:
Madama Butterfly
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Old 9th May 2004, 12:14 PM   #42
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And this one

Knut Reiersrud: "Soul of a man"
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Old 9th May 2004, 02:36 PM   #43
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Hi all

I like tis one:
Madama Butterfly
I have the same "Butterfly" -- I think that any recording (or live performance for that matter) of Butterfly could be improved by cutting the final scene to 20 minutes.
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Old 9th May 2004, 03:13 PM   #44
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Heartbeat DrumSong, From Robbie Robertson's Songs for the Native Americans. Track 4, (I think), Heartbeat Drum Song, although having slightly over produced vocals, has some really good accoustic percussion that really tests definition in a system.

It's also quite a good chill out track!
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Old 9th May 2004, 04:58 PM   #45
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Tzadik recordings (as well as a number of similarly adventurous recordings) are almost always available at Forced Exposure.


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Old 9th May 2004, 05:05 PM   #46
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Hi all,
For outright detail it would have to be almost anything by Massive Attack.
For overall system testing to get an idea of the general sound, I haven't found much better or more challenging than this...and it's an awesome album imo!!
Tool - Lateralus (also on HDCD the only one I own...)

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Old 10th May 2004, 05:02 PM   #47
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Peter, this thread is a great idea.

I have bought "audiophile-rated" records long ago... Yes, very nice quality, but soooo uninvolving for me from the musical viewpoint... I struggled to listen to them, but finally gave up... Not my "Cup of tea", as we say here

So my turn ?

These are just records I love, both for the music on them and their quality....

For classical music, Vivaldi's Four Seasons by "The Connecticut Early Music Festival Ensemble", a Chesky Record, with ancient instruments. Very defined soundstage, and the small dissonances between lightly tuned-out instruments become clearly apparent on good systems.
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For "modern" music I particularly love this one :
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(Yes, the brother )
Mostly an acoustic record, with a minimalist recording gear (as said in the liner notes). But geeeeee... What a sound, and a lot of air between the notes...

And for the "electronic/ambient/d&b" music, "Mo-di" by "Mouth Music" is my long time favourite. The dynamic range together with the level of details make me discover something new every time I listen to it. A must have, IMHO.
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Old 11th May 2004, 05:41 PM   #48
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just about any of Tori's recordings... but when i'm listening to a
new amp, preamp, or speakers i always seem to put this record
on first
Audiophiles don't like synthesizers. But I like Scarlet Walk best, because all songs in the album is okay. But I don't use synthesizers for loudspeaker (or amp) testing. I use great music recordings, or a complex/difficult music recordings.

I haven't played Under The Pink on my current speaker, but I will be in a few hours.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:49 PM   #49
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Being not a big fun of classical music, I found this recording quite impressive.
Impressive?? No!!!! Dissapointing? Yes (but not unexpectedly so).

Since I am an almost 100% classical listeners, your usual
recommendations do not interest me, and I wouldn't have
a clue about how to really judge sound quality on non-acoustical
music. When you suddenly recommended a classical recording I
got curious and for the price of a Naxos I thought it might be
worth finding out what you consider audiophile sound. Well, let's
say I am happy not to consider myself an audiophile. This
recording is not only a typical ordinary modern recording but
it is also a weird one. Why weird? Well, I reacted almost
immediately that something sounded strange. The cello is
rock steady in the middle, which is OK, but the piano is spread
out between the speakers with the high notes to the left and
the low notes to the right!!!! There is no chance in the world
that it could sound even remotely like that unless the cellist is
placed behind the pianist and I am facing the pianist and
leaning over the piano, or something like that. Compare, for
instance, with my favourite recording (musically) of the cello
sonatas, du Pr and Barenboim (EMI), where neither instrument
is spread out, the cello is slightly to the left, the piano slightly
to the right and the cello slightly in front of the piano, just as
is customary in concert. Apart from this strange phenomenon,
the sound is typical modern, or should I say post-modern since
we are past the worst days of early mixing-hysteria and early
digital sound. There is a lot of detail and resolution in the sound,
which we should expect with modern technology, but the sound
is manufactured and dry. There is barely any acoustics at all.
Neither is there much acoustics around each instrument and
nor is there any general acoustics. The instruments are like
in a vacuum, removed from any real hall acoustics, which is
typical of most modern recordings. However, the sounds is
still good enough not to get in the way of enjoying the music,
and I cannot say it is bad sound, just plain, ordinary, modern
sound. I'll post my own list of classical suggestions in a short
while (it will even include a modern Naxos!! ).

Please note, Peter, that I am not in any way complaining, just
commenting and giving my view. I took a calculated risk when
buying the CD on your recommendation and I was fully aware
of that. I wouldn't have done it with a full-price CD unless I
had had other reasons to believe it would be good.
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Old 16th May 2004, 03:53 PM   #50
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Hi all

I like tis one:
Madama Butterfly
You managed to find one of the few decent post-1970
recordings from DG. While looking through my shelves to
figure out what to recommend, I realize I had some excerpts
from Sinopolis Butterfly on an old sampler CD. It is surprisingly
good for a DG, and I think it is recorded at about the same
time as his Manon Lescaut, which I remember to have a
similar sound (don't have it myself). However, in my opinion
we can do better than that (I'll give some suggestions soon).
The DG is a decent opera recording, but not a really good one
(if there are any such at all).
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