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Discussion: Britten: Saint Nicolas, Hymn to St Cecilia, Rejoice in the Lamb - Cleobury

Posts: 5

Post by Polly Nomial November 9, 2013 (1 of 5)
A most unorthodox way of packing the content - 1 x dual layer, 1 x RBCD. Playing time roughly 75' so absolutely no need for the separate discs.

Still, a most welcome venture into MCH - such a shame their Mozart was not. Review to follow...

Post by pacwin November 9, 2013 (2 of 5)
Polly Nomial said:

A most unorthodox way of packing the content - 1 x dual layer, 1 x RBCD. Playing time roughly 75' so absolutely no need for the separate discs.

I think we can use Occam's razor and reason our way out of this one. This is indeed a rare dual layer disc (DVD-9 format) the reason that it has exceeded the 4.7GB limit of DVD-5 disc is either they did not compress the stereo portion using DST and/or they recorded in 6 channels (5.1) instead of 5.0, which is in fact the case and automatically adds 20% to the size of a 5.0 recording. Even if the subwoofer is silent it still must represent digital silence which is data nonetheless. The sub woofer channel is presumably to enhance the organ. Evidently a spectacular surround mix with congregation and gallery chorus, organ, orchestra and solists.

Post by Polly Nomial November 9, 2013 (3 of 5)
Isn't 5.1 superfluous (in that 5.0 can carry all the requisite bass information) though? Hence CC, PentaTone, BIS, Chandos and many others issuing longer playing times on hybrid discs.

Post by nucaleena November 9, 2013 (4 of 5)
Sadly, for me at least, this disc is ruled out of court by virtue of the all-male voice Kings CC. Britten may have loved boy trebles, but not me. The recording quality, therefore, is moot.

Post by Joseph Ponessa November 10, 2013 (5 of 5)
nucaleena said:

Sadly, for me at least, this disc is ruled out of court by virtue of the all-male voice Kings CC. Britten may have loved boy trebles, but not me. The recording quality, therefore, is moot.

You will not want to buy Britten's own recording of the War Requiem, just released on blu-ray audio by Decca.
For me it is somewhat the opposite. I usually prefer the original instruments or voices. Once in a while, though, a substitution is done so well that it overcomes my hesitation. Such a case is Nelson's blu-ray video of War Requiem done at Coventry Cathedral on the 50th anniversary of the work. He used mixed boys and choirs in the choir, and the results are fine. But the children have only a small role in that work.

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