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Discussion: Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Hickox

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Post by terence February 8, 2007 (1 of 18)
this is apparently now available. MDT have it for £10 plus 50p P+P. good price.

i'd buy it directly, but am worried as i gather it's a barbican recording.

Post by Claude February 8, 2007 (2 of 18)

Post by Collectus February 8, 2007 (3 of 18)
terence said:

this is apparently now available. MDT have it for £10 plus 50p P+P. good price.

i'd buy it directly, but am worried as i gather it's a barbican recording.

Hi

I've just bought it from HMV online for £8.99. Haven't played it as yet.

Post by terence February 8, 2007 (4 of 18)
thanks - even better!

Post by Windsurfer February 8, 2007 (5 of 18)
Claude said:

I'm happy with the Telarc recording

Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony - Atlanta Symphony/Spano

I am too - but shouldn't we, as AVID supporters of the medium, acquire at least two versions of everything?

Actually I am only speaking partially with tongue in cheek here. What is sort of palling is the number of basic repertoire items begging to be done in SACD while labels record repetively what is already out there in very satisfactory editions.

HEY Chandos - how about giving Lydia Morkovidich another run at the Moeran Violin concerto - this time recorded in DSD. I will probably buy your Sea Symphony, but I'd much rather have the Moeran. You could couple it with McConchy's Serenata Concertante. What a great SACD that would make! Yeah I know that's not exactly "basic repertoire" so consider a BBC Symphony / Noseda recording of Mendelssohn's complete Midsummer Night's Dream" in a pure DSD recording - Wouldn't that be smashing?

Post by rosenkavalier817 February 8, 2007 (6 of 18)
Just listened to the first movement of the Sea Symphony a few times. Is the sound unusually quiet for anyone else? The soundstage is nice and wide, but the sound is kind of quiet and the chorus sounds a bit hollow to me.

Thoughts?

Post by Jonty February 9, 2007 (7 of 18)
I didn't like the Spano recording either as a performance or technically. I thought the soloists sounded too separate from the rest.

I attended the Hickox performance so I am probably inclined to like it anyway but I think the recording has captured the event rather well. I had feared that given the venue and that Chandos were using the usual LSO engineers that we would be in for the usual dry, soundstage created in the mixing desk sound. I don't here it. However they have done it the sound is full and clear without the boxy quality encountered in some LSO releases. It is transfered at a lowish level but this is due to the realistically wide dynamic range. I don't hear any hollowness in the chorus sound. Go ahead and buy.

Post by Edvin February 9, 2007 (8 of 18)
I think the Spano is a very bad performance. The one from Paul Daniel on Naxos is much better. Looking forward to the Hickox, but I wasn´t too impressed by his earlier efforts in this series.

Post by Collectus February 13, 2007 (9 of 18)
rosenkavalier817 said:

Just listened to the first movement of the Sea Symphony a few times. Is the sound unusually quiet for anyone else? The soundstage is nice and wide, but the sound is kind of quiet and the chorus sounds a bit hollow to me.

Thoughts?

Yes, I completely agree! Had to turn my amp way up beyond any other setting I've ever used for my collection. Also not a lot of rear ambience at all. Just to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with my set-up I then played Angela Hewitt's Beethoven sonata disc on Hyperion - not problem at all. Can anyone give the technical reason why the V-W is recorded at such an incredibly low setting? How about a comment from Chandos themselves? To be honest, I wasn't exactly wowed by the recording.

Rob

Post by wehecht February 13, 2007 (10 of 18)
Windsurfer said:

I am too - but shouldn't we, as AVID supporters of the medium, acquire at least two versions of everything?

Actually I am only speaking partially with tongue in cheek here. What is sort of palling is the number of basic repertoire items begging to be done in SACD while labels record repetively what is already out there in very satisfactory editions.

HEY Chandos - how about giving Lydia Morkovidich another run at the Moeran Violin concerto - this time recorded in DSD. I will probably buy your Sea Symphony, but I'd much rather have the Moeran. You could couple it with McConchy's Serenata Concertante. What a great SACD that would make! Yeah I know that's not exactly "basic repertoire" so consider a BBC Symphony / Noseda recording of Mendelssohn's complete Midsummer Night's Dream" in a pure DSD recording - Wouldn't that be smashing?

Bruce,

Couldn't have said it better, though I'd prefer the Moeran Symphony to the violin concerto. I left a posting on the Chandos forum a couple of years ago suggesting they record the orchestral music of Elizabeth Maconchy, obviously to no avail. On their forum Chandos has explained their slowness to adopt sacd as the standard for orchestral recordings by saying that some of the venues in which they record are not equipped to support multichannel recording. It seems more likely to me that the real culprit is the extent of their corporate commitment to MP3 and the whole business of downloading, where sound quality is a non-issue. But I guess they make the ipod nuts at Gramophone happy.

Bill

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