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SACD: The Classics Sampler [Hybrid SACD]
Simon Keenlyside, Gustav Mahler, Antonin Dvorak
SACD: The Classics Sampler [Hybrid SACD]
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Classical
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Tour of the "lost generation" of 44-96KHz digital recording
A techno geek | Kihei, Maui, HI USA | 08/27/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The subtitle of this SACD is "The Ultimate Audio Experience". But open the notes, and you discover that all the tracks save one are from 44, 48, and 96KHz PCM sample original sources. There are some great performances here --- forever trapped in mid-definition resolution. They date from 1993 to 2003, a surprising number of them being recorded in 2001-2003, after DSD recording was available. In listening to this SACD, I was beginning to have doubts about the SACD format until I noticed the sources in the liner notes.

The one DSD recording here is the Dvorak Slavonic Dance op. 71 #1 with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra Dvorák: The Slavonic Dances [SACD]. My reference is Reiner's performance Dvorak: Slavonic Dances & Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and I would have to say that I prefer Fischer's performance, which has tremendous nuance and exuberance.

I would skip this SACD unless you want it to demonstrate the limits on 96KHz-and-under digital recording to your friends and colleagues. May it also serve as a warning about buying DGG SACDs, most of except for the brand new crop are recorded in 96KHz PCM. It's sad --- Poor Hillary Hahn in the 21st century Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos [SACD] is trapped with lower fidelity recordings that Jascha Heifetz in his late 1950s tape recordings, now available on SACD Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos [Hybrid SACD].

I've recently discovered the PentaTone label, which is a new DSD recording company --- so you are guaranteed to get the real deal with their SACDs. I have been very pleased with the ones I've tried so far --- the only SACD (analog->DSD) recording of Szeryng I've found Paganini Violin Concertos 1 & 4, and Stay in Tune with PentaTone [Hybrid SACD], Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 [Hybrid SACD], Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 2 & 5 "Ghost Trio" [Hybrid SACD]."