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Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Power Of The Orchestra Product No: RRAP 0006
Available: InStock
Category: Reel to Reel
Label: Analogue Productions

A Leibowitz/Gerhardt/Wilkinson Masterpiece

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

Perhaps the best demonstration to date in the series of the unmatched ability of tape to demonstrate the limitless dynamics of the original recording. No other medium can approach this version. [The recording venue was Walthamstow Town Hall, not Kingsway Hall, as is demonstrated by the shorter reverberation timing of the recording acoustic.]


Ernest Ansermet - The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Product No: CAPC 6065 SA
Available: InStock
Category: SACD Box Set
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA/DECCA Living Stereo)

5 Stars
Posted by John

Just listened to Disc 1 (SACD, stereo) and the sound is beautiful. Great job!


Fritz Reiner - Respighi: Pines Of Rome & Fountains Of Rome Product No: RRAP 0008
Available: InStock
Category: Reel to Reel
Label: Analogue Productions

Magnificent!

5 Stars
Posted by tjn

Have we ever heard a fundament from hifi like this? The soundstage is huge and natural clear, you pick every instrument there, sounding as natural as you would have experienced them in a music hall. The air between the instruments and the movement in the music is what making tape the no.1 reproducer of recorded music, this wonderful feeling of no limits. I will for sure be back for more tapes and really hope that we will see more titles to come. from AP. Thanks!


Anne-Sophie Mutter - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor Product No: ADGR 479220
Available: InStock
Category: Vinyl Record
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

A nostalgic look back at early 80s digital

4 Stars
Posted by Jonathan

I bought this album on analogue cassette as a violin student back in the early 80s when it first came out. Over the next year I wore that cassette out on my Walkman. When I knew it was being reissued on LP I jumped at the chance to reacquaint myself with it, with the added bonus that with the large LP cover, I could finally discern the fine stitching on Mutter's dubiously coloured sweater! Time has not tarnished my opinion of the technically flawless performances which are very conservative both musically and in terms of tempi. At age 18, Mutter's mature musical personally was yet to emerge and thus there is a very distinctive difference in style between these performances and those of later years. The sound does suffer from its 16 bit origins and this is more noticeable in the Bruch than the Mendelssohn, though Gunter Hermanns did as good as job as anyone back in this early digital era. The sound is thus very good for early digital and certainly better than the old analogue cassette!


Fritz Reiner - Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition Product No: CAPC 2201 SA
Available: InStock
Category: Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous


Fritz Reiner - Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade Product No: CAPC 2446 SA
Available: InStock
Category: Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)

Five stars +++++

5 Stars
Posted by My2cents

Classical music is a relatively new (and limited) exploration for me so I cannot speak with authority concerning the music itself but it doesn't need me to as it certainly speaks for itself. Suffice it to say that I love this music even though it is new to these ears. But I can speak to the quality of this reissue because I have been purchasing music for over half a century and I've experienced all of the highs and lows that go with this lifelong endeavor. It seems that I am always in search of the "definitive" version of albums that I love and this was one of those rare times when you know that you could not have done any better and likely never will. I purchased the vinyl edition first and loved it so much that I also purchased the SACD for those times when a disc is more convenient. I cannot recommend this more strongly or more highly. If you are a fan of this title (or a novice such as myself), then purchase this with confidence. A huge "thank you" to all responsible.


David Oistrakh - Sibelius:Violin Concerto/ Ormandy Product No: ACOL 6157
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Speakers Corner (Columbia)

The jewel in the Speakers Corner Columbia crown

5 Stars
Posted by Jonathan

The Columbia classical reissues from Speakers Corner have uniformly been excellent, but this reissue is extraordinary. The performances are of course top notch, but what stands out even more with this reissue is the sound quality. This is amongst the very best classical recordings I have ever heard, regardless of label, with soundstaging, focus, clarity and air in abundance. The sound of the first violin section, for example, often relatively rough and uncouth sounding in this repertoire, is detailed and clear with extended frequency response, but also smooth sounding. The presence of quite noticeable tape hiss suggests that we are listening to a record made with no "intervention" or "improvement" at any time right from the original recording session through to the pressing of this reissue 55 years later. It certainly puts to complete and utter shame previous efforts over the last few decades to put this recording onto CD.


Mstislav Rostropovich - Dvorak:Cello Concerto/Saint-Saens:Cello Concerto No. 1 Product No: AWCL 559864
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Warner Classics

Superb remastering

5 Stars
Posted by Jonathan

As someone who was never impressed with any EMI CD reissues over the last three decades, this is a real ear-opener. This recording has never sounded better. Expertly captured at 24/96, the sound is exceptionally clean,smooth, cavernous and detailed with absolutely none of the telltale, ham-fisted over-processing so evident in the vast majority of reissues from this label over the years. This release also represents extremely good monetary value, with the performances spanning two disks and with suitably upmarket (for the price) packaging.


Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphony No.9, Overtures Product No: XUNI953487F96
Available: InStock
Category: FLAC 96kHz/24bit Download
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Great

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

Wow this recording really amazes me. The conducting is superb but the sound quality is surprising considering the age of the recording, very nice surprise!


Fritz Reiner - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Product No: RRAP 0007
Available: InStock
Category: Reel to Reel
Label: Analogue Productions

My hair stood on end

5 Stars
Posted by Adrian Wu

This is the fifth tape of the series I received. I also have the complete first subscription of the Tape Project tapes, and more than 20 concerts I have recorded live of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and chamber concerts from the era of Edo de Waart. I thought nothing could compare to the session masters of live concerts, but I was wrong. This 54 year old recording really taught me what a concert recording should sound like. Of course, I would love to have the M49, M251, C12 and other classic mikes they had at their disposal. This tape has a realistic sound stage, and no hint of dynamic compression. It gives a sense of unlimited dynamic expansion in the last movement, something I have only encountered with true master tapes. The sound is absolutely natural, nothing hi fi about it. Just make sure your system can handle it. The only realistic way to fully reproduce this is to use compression drivers with horns.


Petra Magoni and Ferrucio Spinetti - Musica Nuda Product No: AFON 106
Available: BackOrdered
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Fone

It's worth the money

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

I'm really glad that I pulled the trigger on this one. It's a true reference disc and now among my best sounding albums.


Alexander Dmitriev - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 Product No: XWAT77D64
Available: InStock
Category: DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download
Label: Water Lily

Great Recording, Poor Performance

2 Stars
Posted by Steve Heronemus

This recording does, as stated in the professional reviews, present an extremely life-like representation of a live performance. There are fantastic dynamics and the clarity is stunning - to the point of revealing the occasional audience cough. Unfortunately the performance is uneven at best. There are pitch problems and the horns in particular had a rough night, with several glaring missed notes. I found Mr. Dmitriev's leadership cautious and, at times, plodding. Perhaps he knew his orchestra was overmatched. There are a few fine performances of the "Leningrad" on DSD. This is not one of them.


Krystian Zimerman - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Product No: ADGR 4796871
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Superb - DG at its very best

5 Stars
Posted by Jonathan

DG's vinyl reissues of older recordings over the last couple of years have been of a uniformly high calibre, but this one takes things to a new level in the value of money stakes if nothing else. This is a beautifully presented gatefold double LP consisting of both Chopin piano concertos, exceeding 80 minutes of playing time. The late 1990s digital recording is truly excellent and ought to please even the most fastidious "analogphiles" - a testament to what digital recording was capable of even 18 years ago so long as you had a world-class classical engineer at the helm (Rainer Maillard). The performances are superb with the orchestra at the time specially chosen for the occasion by way of individual auditions of the players - all of them very high calibre musicians.

At just under $35 for this title, acquisition of this title should be a no-brainer for any classical vinyl collector and most particularly if you do not already possess performances of these works.


Charles Mackerras/ LSO - Grieg & Sibelius: Finlandia Product No: AAPC 2336
Available: InStock
Category: 200 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA/DECCA Living Stereo)

Gorgeous...

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

Gorgeous performances, sound, and packaging. I didn't have a copy previously. Wow am I glad I have this subscription!


Ernest Ansermet - The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Product No: AAPC 6065
Available: InStock
Category: 200 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA/DECCA Living Stereo)

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous


Georg Solti - Venice Product No: AAPC 2313
Available: InStock
Category: 200 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA/DECCA Living Stereo)

Performances and Sound - Collection Worthy

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

The new AP version sounds excellent. Clarity, sound stage, and presentation are spot on. That said, for the first time in quite awhile, I did have to clean the LP in my RCM (it wasn't as quiet as most AP releases I receive, now it's just fine and quiet). I have a few versions including the original and Classic Records. The AP version is better sounding than the 180 gram Classic version and original. The sleeve packaging is very nice, however, the photo transfers have become more blurred over the years. The original has that wonderful Encyclopedia Britannica feel from the early 60s (that's gone unfortunately). Que Sera, the music survives!


Charles Munch - Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 'Organ' Product No: XSON548215F192
Available: InStock
Category: FLAC 192kHz/24bit Download
Label: Sony Classical

Terrible recording

1 Stars
Posted by Jeroen

What is the point in having high resolution audio when the recording is mono and full of noise?


Fritz Reiner - Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Product No: CAPC 1806 SA
Available: InStock
Category: Hybrid Stereo SACD
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)

Astonishing for its time ... or any time.

5 Stars
Posted by F. P. Walter

The SACD version is marvelous -- airy, luminous, faultlessly spread, and not a rough edge on the most rambunctious fffs! What's more, AP's remastering adds a delightful fillip: tr. 9 lets the tape roll on after the whole take is over ... so at 04:38 you can actually catch John Pfeiffer saying: "It sounds very good, Dr. Reiner." I guarantee you'll agree.


Charles Munch - A Stereo Spectacular: Saint-Saens Symphony No.3 Product No: CAPC 2341 SA
Available: InStock
Category: Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD
Label: Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)

Major Disappointment

2 Stars
Posted by David W

Munch, BSO, Zamkochian all brilliant. Recording is not. Strings are shrill and lack definition. Overall there is no depth or warmth. Seems like many parts of the recording were highly oversaturated and could not be rescued by this remaster. Sections that are mezzopiano or mezzo forte actually sound quite good, furthering the disappointment in those sections that are louder, Quite a shame especially when compared with the Living Stereo recording of Reiner - Alexander Nevsky from just one year later, a recording with elegant balance, tone and accuracy. Get this one for the historical performance but don't expect to be wowed by the acoustics. You won't be. A real shame.


Zubin Mehta - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor/ Forrester Product No: CAPC 117 SA
Available: InStock
Category: Hybrid Stereo SACD
Label: Analogue Productions (Decca)

Rich, warm,

5 Stars
Posted by David W

From the opening moments it hits you that this is a strikingly well recorded and remastered performance with elegant balance. No harshness, no distortion, nothing out of place. Very very good. Highly recommended.



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