Thread: What is the worst sounding SACD you own?

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Post by rammiepie April 25, 2012 (21 of 55)
DSD said:

Lain the MFSL LP has excellent bass and is one of the best sounding MFSL's IMHO. I didn't get The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed because I didn't want all the worthless (to me) extra's spread over two SACDs when the album is only 42 minutes long.

Take my word for it.......the SACD multichannel release of Days of Future Passed is breathtaking..........
Absolutely NOTHING wrong with it that a good sound system can't alleviate.

Could Analogue Productions do better.........most probably but for the price it was commanding at time of release......a no brainer purchase.

I'm sure careful remastering could make most of those older mch releases sound better but be prepared to pay the price.

Post by tream April 25, 2012 (22 of 55)
Cicero said:

Not necessarily the worst, but this one never worked for me (harsh sound, close-up perspective):

Hans-Werner Henze: Symphony No. 8 - Stenz (Henze/Stenz).

There are many others I do not much care about, even though they are not necessarily bad-sounding. But I miss a realistic front-to-back perspective in, e.g.,

Bach: Keyboard Concertos 1 - Hewitt/ACO

Bach: Keyboard Concertos 2 - Hewitt/ACO

Shostakovich/Shchedrin: Piano Concertos - Marc-André Hamelin

where I find the soloists unduly spotlit and the ensembles relegated to the background. But then, others here have raved about these recordings, and anyway I would not call them "the worst I own".

I agree that the Hewitt Bach concertos could be better. For me, though, perhaps the worst might be the Brahms 4th symphony, conducted by Haitink, on LSO Live...unfortunately it really sounds like the Barbican...LSO Live has done a much better job since.

Post by Polly Nomial April 26, 2012 (23 of 55)
Gosh, I found those two Ravel discs as different as chalk & cheese! First one swimming pool-esque, second not.

And the Mozart double/triple concertos is not under-miked, IMO we're just not used to the balances relative to orchestra when fortepiano's are used instead of modern concert grands.

Post by bissie April 26, 2012 (24 of 55)
Arnaldo said:

As to Mozart: Concertos for Two and Three Pianos - Brautigam, Lubimov, Huss, the balance engineer allowed the fortepianos to be drowned even by the smallish ensemble, the extenuating circumstance being that they don't often play tutti.

I can assure you that that is the original balance, as heard in the (good) hall. Should we do anything to it? The jury are out on that one, but I, for one, don't think we should make any drastic changes to the way the music sounded in Mozart's time, especially not, since we are recording this cycle on period instruments.
But to each his own...

Robert

Post by seth April 26, 2012 (25 of 55)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Temirkanov - I know some people love it, but I think it's a case of the emperor having no clothes because everyone wants to love the minimal mic'ing technique.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites - Paavo Järvi - As I noted in my review, it sounds like the orchestra was placed behind a heavy cloth curtain.

Post by Windsurfer April 26, 2012 (26 of 55)
bissie said:

"I can assure you that that is the original balance, as heard in the (good) hall. Should we do anything to it?"

You should NOT do anything to it! If that is how it sounds in the hall, that is how it should sound in my home!

"The jury are out on that one,"

I am truly sorry that the concept of honestly reproducing what happened during a musical performance should be controversial. - there should never have been a jury convened in the first place!

With the exception of edits for coughs, sneezes, dropped seats, passing trucks etc, the sound captured in the hall should never be messed with.


"but I, for one, don't think we should make any drastic changes to the way the music sounded in Mozart's time, especially not, since we are recording this cycle on period instruments.
But to each his own..."

Robert

Post by Polly Nomial April 26, 2012 (27 of 55)
Arnaldo said:

Suffice to say that I purchased Ravel: The Complete Piano Works Vol. 2 - Artur Pizarro based on your review, but found the piano sound devoid of high-frequencies and truly worthy of this thread, along with its even duller older sibling.

The piano employed is notably duller sounding than a Steinway or even a Bosendorfer; that is why there are far fewer high-frequency overtones to be heard. I am sorry that I did not make this clearer in my review.

Regards

PN

Post by Windsurfer April 26, 2012 (28 of 55)
seth said:

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Temirkanov - I know some people love it, but I think it's a case of the emperor having no clothes because everyone wants to love the minimal mic'ing technique.

+1 !

I know I listened to that thing once! Not so sure I ever will again though. There are too many wonderful recordings to spend my time listening to. Some are of the Mahler #5, in fact.

Post by Kutyatest April 26, 2012 (29 of 55)
I'm pleased that I own it - no regrets whatsoever - but probably the dullest-sounding SACD I own is "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos. It's not that it's particularly bad, just that it doesn't really stand out.

I've never owned this album on a different format, so I'm unable to make any sort of comparison. Perhaps the SACD version would be the best anyway? I've got it, like the music on it, and listen to it every so often.


I suppose following the above SACD would be my Nick Drake "A Treasury" and Little Richard "Here's Little Richard" albums. I'm struggling to appreciate the Nick Drake album on any level. It's a shame really, as I'm "trying my best" to like it, but never seem to be able to find the right mood for what is quite melancholy music. With the Little Richard album, I make allowances for the vintage of the recordings - but I still think I've never heard the music better on a different format.

Post by Windsurfer April 26, 2012 (30 of 55)
Smetana: Ma Vlast - Neumann

This is one of the worst! echo on top of echo plus very weird treble.

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