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Discussion: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Four Piano Pieces - Hamelin, Litton

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Post by stvnharr June 22, 2006 (1 of 36)
At last, a new recording on sacd of a Brahms Piano Concerto!!

Post by deckerm June 22, 2006 (2 of 36)
stvnharr said:

At last, a new recording on sacd of a Brahms Piano Concerto!!

Hamelin is the rock star of the piano world...as a homer (ie, from Dallas) I eagerly await this recording. Now if they would re-record his Schumann fantasy and symphonic etude, that would be awesome.

Post by nickc June 22, 2006 (3 of 36)
deckerm said:

Hamelin is the rock star of the piano world...as a homer (ie, from Dallas) I eagerly await this recording. Now if they would re-record his Schumann fantasy and symphonic etude, that would be awesome.

I suppose its too late now but I hope Hyperion release this as a 5 rather than 4 channel recording, and that we are not lost somewhere up the back of the hall!

Post by flyingdutchman June 22, 2006 (4 of 36)
nickc said:

I suppose its too late now but I hope Hyperion release this as a 5 rather than 4 channel recording, and that we are not lost somewhere up the back of the hall!

I won't be buying it if it is a 4 channel recording.

Post by terence June 23, 2006 (5 of 36)
me neither - and i'll need some convincing to buy it at all after the mess hyperion made of the hough/litton rachmaninov concertos.

i listened to that again the other day and it sounded as bad as ever - SUCH a tinny piano, among other things....

Post by Polly Nomial June 23, 2006 (6 of 36)
nickc said:

I suppose its too late now but I hope Hyperion release this as a 5 rather than 4 channel recording, and that we are not lost somewhere up the back of the hall!

Well, there is hope in that the recent Monteverdi Vespers is 5 not 4 channels (whether this was a one-off though...)

Post by terence June 23, 2006 (7 of 36)
is the brahms live like the rachmaninov?

Post by fafnir June 23, 2006 (8 of 36)
terence said:

is the brahms live like the rachmaninov?

Interestingly, the Rach Rhapsody was not recorded in concert, but in the same hall almost a year earlier. However, it is just as poorly done as the four concertos. I wonder if was really the sound the artists wanted, or perhaps they just weren't interested in sonic considerations. In either case, the live venue for the concertos doesn't appear to be the problem.

As much as I would like to purchase the upcoming Hyperion Brahms, I will wait for some reviews. "Fool me once,..."

Post by seth June 23, 2006 (9 of 36)
fafnir said:

Interestingly, the Rach Rhapsody was not recorded in concert, but in the same hall almost a year earlier. However, it is just as poorly done as the four concertos. I wonder if was really the sound the artists wanted, or perhaps they just weren't interested in sonic considerations. In either case, the live venue for the concertos doesn't appear to be the problem.

As much as I would like to purchase the upcoming Hyperion Brahms, I will wait for some reviews. "Fool me once,..."

I know this has been endlessly discussed, but just to be sure, it's only the multi-channel layer that has poor sound?

Post by fafnir June 23, 2006 (10 of 36)
seth said:

I know this has been endlessly discussed, but just to be sure, it's only the multi-channel layer that has poor sound?

I haven't listened to the stereo SACD layer, but Classics Today reviewed both the MCH and the stereo in separate reviews. They liked the stereo but quite properly blasted the MCH.

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