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Haydn: Emperor Quartet, Mozart: Hunt Quartet - Alban Berg Quartett        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  November 19, 2015

Releases like this make me scratch my head sometimes, although mainly in terms of what else there would be in the majors' vaults to remaster and release in high-resolution). SACDs mastered from PCM sources or PCM transfers from analogue are one thing, but from RBCD PCM sources? What good can a ... more
Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  January 12, 2015

Note this is NOT a reissue of the earlier APO SACD (remastered by Doug Sax?), which by the way, I do not know. This review is for the 2014 series of Kevin Gray remasterings. Compared this to the recent SHM-SACD. The APO sounds as if from session tapes, very transparent, having said that, there are ... more
Adagio d'Albinoni - Gary Karr      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  December 16, 2014

Thanks to this reissue in SACD I'm rediscovering an album of which, to be honest, I'd only listened to the first track with regularity (but, as one can see, that alone may be worth ordering it again in high-resolution format). Sonically, the improvement from the Cisco Gold redbook CD did not, at ... more
  December 16, 2014

This, to me, is one of the handful most successful Esoteric remasterings. The luminosity of Grumiaux' tone, the sheer joy of music-making, sheer bliss. Been listening to e.g. the Fischer and Thorsen SACDs lately, but hearing this, one is reminded some things were indeed better in the olden days… If ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  December 11, 2014

I only have the DG Originals redbook CD to compare to, compared to which the improvement in sound quality is nothing short of astonishing. If I had anything negative to say about Esoteric releases in general (apart from availability and price, not to mention the selection), then that I've sometimes ... more

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