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Discussion: Bach: Organ Sonatas BWV 525-530 - Christopher Wrench

Posts: 8

Post by Fitzcaraldo215 May 3, 2011 (1 of 8)
Quite simply the most realistic organ recording I have ever heard. Geohominid's review hits the nail exactly on the head. I find the perspective and the diminished reverb(from the norm) actually to be quite consistent with my experience in many small Baroque churches in Europe.

Exquisite music, lovingly and expertly played in great multichannel sound - a combination made in heaven.

Post by nucaleena May 4, 2011 (2 of 8)
I found this unlistenable, - overmiked and overclose, rather like the Melba trio sonatas disc.

Post by canonical May 15, 2012 (3 of 8)
Thanks for the recommendation, Arnaldo ! (over in the Melba thread) ... and others above and in reviews (Fitzy, Geohominid, jazz1 ...).

My copy just arrived ... and methinks it is simply fabulous.

I think this is now my favourite organ disc (CD or SACD). In particular, what is refreshing is not only the natural organ sound and fine performance, ... but that the parts have amazing clarity. By contrast, all too often, organ recordings often have a murky congested massive sound that congeals the individual parts/lines of counterpoint ... But here, the lines are clean and clear. Magnificent.

Post by jazz1 May 15, 2012 (4 of 8)
Arnaldo said:


Another beautifully performed and recorded Melba disc is Tzigane - Kristian Winther, Michelle Wood, Anthony Romaniuk, displaying the same judicious mic placement, albeit on a chamber-music scale.

Thanks I've placed my order, if it is as good as the Bach Organ sonatas it is sure to be a winner. The music seems also really interesting.

Post by AmonRa November 12, 2013 (5 of 8)
There are some technical problems with this disk. When playing the 5.0 multichannel there are fairy clear static noises and crackling in left rear channel, for example track 1 at 1:15, 2:51 very loud and at 3:01. How this has escaped the engineers is very strange.

Have you people who have given this disk 5 stars for audio only listened in stereo, which does not have these faults?

Otherwise the sound is quite good even if slightly too close and raw to my taste, MCH sounds realistic for a modestly sized building like this.

Post by Fugue November 12, 2013 (6 of 8)
AmonRa said:

There are some technical problems with this disk. When playing the 5.0 multichannel there are fairy clear static noises and crackling in left rear channel, for example track 1 at 1:15, 2:51 very loud and at 3:01. How this has escaped the engineers is very strange.

Have you people who have given this disk 5 stars for audio only listened in stereo, which does not have these faults?

Otherwise the sound is quite good even if slightly too close and raw to my taste, MCH sounds realistic for a modestly sized building like this.

I don't hear any static on my copy.

Post by AmonRa November 13, 2013 (7 of 8)
Fugue said:

I don't hear any static on my copy.

Strange. As these noises are the same ever time and only in one channel, they must be in the coding, not from disk damage (and the disk looks perfect).

Post by Fugue November 13, 2013 (8 of 8)
AmonRa said:

Strange. As these noises are the same ever time and only in one channel, they must be in the coding, not from disk damage (and the disk looks perfect).

I listened to it again...no static! I guess it's possible that something happened to your copy during the pressing stage--or perhaps they found the problem, corrected, re-issued it, and I have one the newer ones.

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