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Discussion: Janacek: Sinfonietta, Capriccio, Suite from "The Cunning Little Vixen" - Bavouzet, Gardner

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Post by Vaan September 30, 2014 (1 of 12)

Post by wehecht September 30, 2014 (2 of 12)
Given Mr. Anderson's willful ignorance of, and clear antipathy toward, sacd technology (evidenced in some of the stupidest comments ever to appear in Fanfare) I'd put more stock in Mr. Williams' site review. In any event the disc should arrive in my mailbox later this week, so I'll make up my own mind.

Post by krisjan September 30, 2014 (3 of 12)
Colin Anderson doesn't write reviews for Fanfare. Maybe you're thinking of Martin Anderson.

Post by wehecht September 30, 2014 (4 of 12)
krisjan said:

Colin Anderson doesn't write reviews for Fanfare. Maybe you're thinking of Martin Anderson.

He doesn't any longer, but he did back in the early days of sacd when he took the position that dsd simply can't work (some engineers told him so) that having sound moving around the listener in multiple channels is inherently wrong headed (which is what he assumed multichannel sound would do), and some other stupid stuff while simultaneously acknowledging that he'd never actually heard sacd played back. Whatever his musical credentials, and I'm sure they're impressive, his views on audio technology were simply daft and following reviews on classical source, as I do, suggests that they haven't changed. It's a real rarity when a classical source review mentions the sacd sound, or even refers to the fact that the disc is sacd other than in the head note.

Post by krisjan September 30, 2014 (5 of 12)
wehecht said:

He doesn't any longer, but he did back in the early days of sacd when he took the position that dsd simply can't work (some engineers told him so) that having sound moving around the listener in multiple channels is inherently wrong headed (which is what he assumed multichannel sound would do), and some other stupid stuff while simultaneously acknowledging that he'd never actually heard sacd played back. Whatever his musical credentials, and I'm sure they're impressive, his views on audio technology were simply daft and following reviews on classical source, as I do, suggests that they haven't changed. It's a real rarity when a classical source review mentions the sacd sound, or even refers to the fact that the disc is sacd other than in the head note.

Thanks for the correction - I've been reading Fanfare for many years and I couldn't remember him as a reviewer so I checked the current line-up and he wasn't listed.

I, too, have noticed that references to the recorded sound of reviewed SACD's is getting increasingly rare at Fanfare and Am Record Guide. There are even some SACD releases that are not denoted as SACD's in the headnote and there are no comments about it in the review text. Disappointing...

Post by Iain September 30, 2014 (6 of 12)
As much as I love:
Ravel, Debussy, Massenet - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

... I hope the sound engineers get it right with this title.

98 percent of the former title is superb and Bavouzet is a great Ravel/Debussy interpreter, but the sound engineers spoilt the remaining 2 percent by over-driving the recording input pre-amplifiers during the most "complex" orchestral peaks on all the Ravel and Debussy works of that title.

It's not just that title that's affected in this manner, but most of LSO Live titles as well.

Anyone notice this with this title?

Post by wehecht September 30, 2014 (7 of 12)
krisjan said:

I've been reading Fanfare for many years and I couldn't remember him as a reviewer so I checked the current line-up and he wasn't listed.

You're more patient than I. I gave it up a couple of years ago when Lynn Rene Bayley wrote in a review of a disc in the Brautigam Mozart PC series on BIS that while the disc was an sacd she didn't notice any extra "warmth or amplitude". Of course she only listened to the redbook layer, not having the requisite equipment to reproduce the sacd layer. As much as I admire Mr. Flegler and what he's done for all these years I just blew a gasket that such nonsense was allowed into print to further confuse the uninitiated.

Post by Kal Rubinson September 30, 2014 (8 of 12)
wehecht said:

You're more patient than I. I gave it up a couple of years ago when Lynn Rene Bayley wrote in a review of a disc in the Brautigam Mozart PC series on BIS that while the disc was an sacd she didn't notice any extra "warmth or amplitude". Of course she only listened to the redbook layer, not having the requisite equipment to reproduce the sacd layer.

She continues to advertise her technical ignorance. Since I find her comments on the musical content strange and, often, way off base, I read her reviews mostly to sneer.

Post by old-dog-newtricks October 7, 2014 (9 of 12)
I see that on the back of this release it says it is a 24/96 recording but inside, on the booklet, there is a description of 'Chandos 24 bit 48kHz recording'. I suspect that the editor of the booklet has selected the wrong copy for the inlay - but it would be good to know. The sound is very good whichever is correct.

Post by Simon V. April 6, 2015 (10 of 12)
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