• 03-16-2005, 04:15 AM
    Feanor
    My best sounding CD so far
    And perhaps my best sounding recording, clearly beating most SACDs is ...
    John Rutter: Requiem & Five Anthems
    Timothy Seelig, conductor with the
    Turtle Creek Chorale and Women's Chorus of Dallas
    Reference Recordings RR-57CD
    RR really lives up to its reputation hear. Fabulous choral recording and ultra deep, ultra clean pipe organ sound.

    As for the compositions, though, I really only like 'Requiem' which has some real sensibility and depth. The other pieces are sappy religious stuff, (in a Church of England sort of way), IMO.
  • 03-17-2005, 03:19 AM
    newtrix1
    agree, Ref Recordings are quite superb sounding
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Feanor
    And perhaps my best sounding recording, clearly beating most SACDs is ...
    John Rutter: Requiem & Five Anthems
    Timothy Seelig, conductor with the
    Turtle Creek Chorale and Women's Chorus of Dallas
    Reference Recordings RR-57CD
    RR really lives up to its reputation hear. Fabulous choral recording and ultra deep, ultra clean pipe organ sound.

    As for the compositions, though, I really only like 'Requiem' which has some real sensibility and depth. The other pieces are sappy religious stuff, (in a Church of England sort of way), IMO.

    I own that Requiem title, plus a few other Reference Recordings titles and they do rank as some of the best (if not the best) standard cd's I own (from a sound quality standpoint). RR-70CD Stravinsky by Eiji Oue/Minnesots Orch is another that has some awesome moments but overall ain't my cup of tea. The only hi-res albums I've purchased to date are remasters of older (70's) albums, so it's hard to compare to Ref Recs, but you're right, RR's are closer to hi-res format than to std cd's.
    I haven't checked their catalog lately, but I always wished thay would have tried recording some piece of music outside the classical & jazz genres, like rock or pop.
  • 03-17-2005, 06:26 AM
    Feanor
    Hi Res -- no big deal?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newtrix1
    I own that Requiem title, plus a few other Reference Recordings titles and they do rank as some of the best (if not the best) standard cd's .... The only hi-res albums I've purchased to date are remasters of older (70's) albums, so it's hard to compare to Ref Recs, but you're right, RR's are closer to hi-res format than to std cd's.
    ...

    As ever, IMO, it's the record production and engineering that make the big difference rather than the medium. I own a few DSD remaster from analog tape, (e.g. Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Uhm), that are great, and a couple that recent, all-DSD efforts that are also excellent, (e.g. Bruckner: Symphony #9/Harnoncourt), that are excellent. So SACD might have the technical edge, but it is minor at most, at least to 60 year old like me who can't hear anything above 10kHz.