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回覆 (192): 除 The Absolute Sound (TAS) & Stereophiles 以外推薦的天碟級靚錄音
limage
11-02-13
12:13:03
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I’m sure everyone would listen to Britten’s Simple Symphony, esp the 4th movement which rightly demonstrates what bass definition is all about.  
 
It will be a grave mistake, however, if you fail to play the short piece by Frank Bridge just before the end of side two — an absolute showpiece of bewildering interplay and shadings of the string orchestra.  
 
limage
11-02-13
12:09:26
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Early works of Shostakovich are much easier to appreciate because you don’t have to probe way beneath the surface.  
 
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limage
11-01-15
21:34:29
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good recordings don't need attractive jackets to bolster sales  
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The CD version is equally unassuming.  
 
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cpsjj
11-01-11
17:20:00
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BTW if you are a newbie to LP, please take heed and look at the jackets with a little insight. Those that look as uninteresting as this Rossini/Gamba are the ones you should NOT miss.  
 
Reason is simple: good recordings don't need attractive jackets to bolster sales.  
 
 
limage
11-01-11
16:46:02
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a masterpiece by Gamba which I suspect is only available in LP now  
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cpsjj
11-01-11
16:31:44
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The other one worth noting is a masterpiece by Gamba which I suspect is only available in LP now.  
 
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limage
11-01-11
15:53:52
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I have a full set of 3 LPs on Rossini's Overtures, but only this one is worth buying. The other two must be recorded by different engineers. It's a pity that Philips does not have the habit, like others do, to give any information regarding the recording.  
 
You'll be taken by surprise to find how magnificent a chamber orchestra can be. Be sure to turn up the volume though.  
 
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limage
11-01-06
12:00:33
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Talking about the mass market, I suspect iTune should now be overwhelming. LP started to recede rapidly ever since the mid 80s when CD took over, in much the same way as the open reel was displaced by cassettes back in the early 70.  
 
Mass market couldn't care the less over audio quality, it's the conveniences that matter.  
 
limage
11-01-03
11:15:31
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I supposed you mean LP was long dead then.  
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Well it is, as it is no longer to the mass market .... only to those limited edition 2 to 3000 worldwide issues each time a re-issue is launched.
daiwok
11-01-03
10:10:58
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Seeing all these box collections of CD recordings just tells me that the death of the CD is nigh.  
 
This same pattern of marketing was used for LP, tapes and now its CD's turn.  
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I supposed you mean LP was long dead then.  
 
Let me know where I can find box collections of tapes. I will be most interested to pick up a few.  
 
 
 
cpsjj
11-01-03
10:01:10
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that the death of the CD is nigh  
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I too have this menacing feeling, but what’s next then?  
 
CAS, possibly, iTunes, quite likely, back to LP, definitely not!  
 
limage
11-01-02
21:14:49
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Seeing all these box collections of CD recordings just tells me that the death of the CD is nigh.  
 
This same pattern of marketing was used for LP, tapes and now its CD's turn.
daiwok
11-01-02
15:35:32
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look interesting  
 
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Album-Collection-Jascha-Heifetz/dp/B00467EKKO  
 
but not sure how good is the recording.....
ackcheng
11-01-02
15:29:42
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These visions fugitives are to me very much like passing whims, sort of unrelated transcendental inspiration, short but sublime, reflecting different moods at different times. We have no way to get into the visions of the composer and hence are free to have the privilege of associating our own.  
 
Eminently melodic, ranging from placidly beautiful to frightfully grotesque. Recording is absolutely first rate.  
 
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limage
11-01-02
13:06:01
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Wilma Cozart Fine and 50 Years Mercury Recordings
http://www.soundfountain.com/amb/mercury.html
george1977
10-12-30
18:23:56
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Yes, the Heifetz tone is edgy through his CD , this was also my experience years ago, but not his LP, esp. when listened through a valve amp.  
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Sorry, strongly disagreed!  
 
IF you listen the new reissue CDs (whether DSD or high bit) through a truful solid-state amp at a tonally balanced and accurate setup, the Heifetz tone is neither edgy nor grainy at all. If it sounds grainy or edgy, it IMHO simply because the system itself is badly tweaked (such like adding an indecent supertweeter(s) or system with aggressive energy of treble due to inapt bass) or the earlier CD remastering in 1980's is really poor.  
 
The divergence and discrepancy between vinyl and CD has been largely mitigated for the past 2 decades, I witness this sea change by my audition and experience.  
 
 
 
What if the tone of Heifetz is not edgy at all in the first place?  
 
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I never opine that Heifetz tone is edgy or grainy, if you carefully trace my previous comment in review33 several months ago. Since the first day I listen the recordings of Heifetz, this adjective "Edgy" never come into my mind.  
 
george1977
10-12-30
18:21:05
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Some Heifetz's recording does sound edgy and some are not (for example the exemplary Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Schubert Fantasie  
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Yes, the Heifetz tone is edgy through his CD , this was also my experience years ago, but not his LP, esp. when listened through a valve amp.  
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' REG did not blame the edgy tone of Heifetz at all, instead he blame the way of recording '  
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What if the tone of Heifetz is not edgy at all in the first place?  
 
kh33
10-12-30
17:57:33
回覆 (181): REG on recording techniques
Saigon Old Fart,  
 
You’re a wise man.  
When I go to karaoke I never bother to ask the girls if their tities are “organic”. As long as the shapes are good and they feel good in your hands (I don’t need any more than a handful, any more than my hands can handle --- I’m a modest guy, you see.  
 
…不管黑貓白貓,會捉老鼠便是好貓...…  
feikeung
10-12-30
17:12:32
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Ken Wilkinson et el were magicians and have fooled us for the longest time?  
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I, for one, would not mind to be fooled for life. Don't, please don't have me disillusioned!  
 
 
limage
10-12-30
16:42:51
回覆 (179): REG on recording techniques
 
MICROPHONE THEORY and a Microphone Test Recording @ REG / The Absolute Sound  
http://www.regonaudio.com/MICROPHONE%20THEORY%20word.htm
george1977
10-12-30
14:14:56
回覆 (178): REG on recording techniques
REG (Robert Everist Greene) teaches mathematics at UCLA and was one of the very few honest guys at The Absolute Sound (not sure if he still is --- I have not read the publication for ages). I used to have a lot of healthy respect for him, although I had never liked his taste of equipment/music. When IAG was apparently buying off the trade publications at the launch of QUAD 989 REG was the only reviewer who was adamantly against the “new QUAD sound” and said the old ESL-63 was more accurate and more musical, which is true. I bet my ass on it: Peter Walker the Old Fart would not have approved of the new QUAD’s --- he was too honest to be a businessman and his company had to be bailed out on a few occasions.  
 
Robert E. Greene was referring to the miking techniques specifically in his article, which, sadly, a lot of folks here at 1Pekingroad.com did not even bother to read. He might have a point. The Decca tree with 3 cardioid-patterned Neumann, which Ken Wilkinson pioneered and which gave birth to a lot of Golden Age recordings audiophiles have so enthusiastically embraced, actually results in a sound which is not faithful to what’s in true-life.  
 
That the holographic sound stage extending way beyond the walls and a lot of the goodies are fake? Ken Wilkinson et el were magicians and have fooled us for the longest time?  
 
Quite possible……..  
feikeung
10-12-30
13:14:57
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george1977
10-12-30
10:03:46
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george1977
10-12-30
10:02:44
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george1977
10-12-30
10:02:13
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I partially disagreed, somehow the close-miking techique and badly tuned system can lead to such misconception that Heifetz's playing sounds terrible and grainy.  
 
Some Heifetz's recording does sound edgy and some are not (for example the exemplary Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Schubert Fantasie).  
 
Frankly speaking, I prefer a laid-back balance with wholeness of orchestra and soloist at concert hall to those upfront imaging and 1:1 sense of scale as if there playing in your room. We get no better chinese idiom "見樹亦見林" to describe my preference in natural scale.  
 
We are talking about what we really pursue in our Hi-Fi path, either absolute Hi-End accuracy or musical realism, I hardly hear any system which can successfully melt the best of both worlds.  
 
REG did not blame the edgy tone of Heifetz at all, instead he blame the way of recording.
george1977
10-12-30
09:52:07
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Is Heifetz sound and playing really edgy?  
 
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There is nothing wrong with the recording sound of Heifetz, it is only that the system of REG is not up to task in reproducing the glorious tone of Heifetz's Guarnari . If the sound from your system is edgy or hard sounding, don't blame the recording, find fault with your system first. Heifetz's violin is never edgy or hard sounding from my system. Used to consider TAS as bible when I was hi-fi naive, not any more. HP and his fellows sure know how to write, but whether they know how to listen or writing the true story I'm not so sure.  
Had listened to the concert grand Steinway and Bosendorfer upclose in a large living room. The intensity of sound was overpowering but they did not sound clangy, harsh and bright. Similarly with violin,the tone was simply sweet and sumptous when listened nearfield in a living room. So the notion that REG blame the edgy tone of Heifetz's violin due to close miking technique is simply wrong.  
 
kh33
10-12-29
19:52:00
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What Can and Cannot Be Expected from Stereo, Logically  
http://www.regonaudio.com/What%20Can%20and%20Cannot%20be%20Expected%20from%20Stereo.html
george1977
10-12-29
18:06:07
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High Romanticism and the Sound of Recorded Music @ REG /The Absolute Sound  
 
 
http://www.regonaudio.com/HighRomanticism.html
george1977
10-12-29
17:04:04
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Records and Reality: How Music Sounds in Concert Halls @ REG/The Absolute Sound  
http://www.regonaudio.com/Records%20and%20Reality.html
george1977
10-12-29
16:52:19
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Is Heifetz sound and playing really edgy?  
 
How It Can All Go Wrong  
 
The trouble is that if you record a modern piano or a modern orchestra at close range, even, as is often the case, with the microphone inside the piano, what emerges is utterly wrong in musical terms. The smoothing effect of the hall is eliminated. The resulting sound is far too bright and, worse perhaps, far too bangy and aggressive, more like a jackhammer than the Chopin/Schumann aolian harp. The Heifetz recordings by RCA in the early stereo era show how these effects operate on the violin: In real life, in the concert hall, Heifetz was ultra-smooth, almost too smooth for some tastes (Virgil Thomson called it "silk underwear"). On the records, his style seems crunchy and somewhat rough. I keep coming back to this example because having heard Heifetz live -- an unforgettable experience -- I find the misrepresentation on records is particularly disagreeable. But the phenomenon is general. Everyone is abused.  
 
It is no wonder that musicians have found it hard to take audio seriously (Heifetz called high fidelity and stereo "high phooey and hystereo"). But of course this aggressive sound is not an intrinsic property of recording. It is simply a feature of too close microphone placement, egged on by generations of audio and record critics calling for "immediacy," "presence," and "clarity." (An empty hall is somewhat more reverberant than the same hall with an audience present. But this justifies only being slightly closer than in the concert situation, and slightly is the operative word here.) The intended sound of music is the sound in the hall. To the TAS motto, "the sound of real music in real space," we should add, "at a sensible audience location." In our own time, there has been a trend toward a more distant perspective. Let us hope this trend continues.  
 
Excerpt from the article "WHY RECORDED MUSIC SOUNDS TOO AGGRESSIVE BUT DOESN'T HAVE TO @ REG / The Absolute Sound"  
 
For full article ,please click:  
http://www.regonaudio.com/Why%20Recorded%20Music%20Sounds%20Too%20Aggressive.html
george1977
10-12-29
16:48:27
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大師級經典色士風,別號瀑布。  
 
警告:小心水浸,揸定地拖穩陣!  
 
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limage
10-12-23
14:15:08
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The engineer, Mike Hatch, is the guy behind many new recordings which make their way into the TAS bill board. This one must have escaped the ears of HP.  
 
If you want to know how bad your system can be handling mass string, this would give you the answer.  
 
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limage
10-12-22
14:30:31
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For the Getz/Gilberto album, let's not forget the Singing of Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto. Her voice is simply adorable.
kh33
10-12-21
17:28:33
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This is the notorious "rolling phlegm" of Louis Armstrong. To this date, only the LS3/5A could have the rolling part uncannily reproduced. Many speakers call themselves monitors, but very few live to it.  
 
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limage
10-12-21
12:35:26
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Like everybody else, my favourite track is the Girl from Ipanema. Ipanema is a district in the city of San Paulo within half an hour drive from Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil. In general, men's got no money and girls got no bra.  
 
Don't get around Ipanema with too much money in your pocket. Twenty bucks US are all you ever need.  
 
Recording is first class, but the performance can be a little boring with style very similar from song to song.  
 
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limage
10-12-20
16:02:58
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For Saint-Saens Organ Symphony the version by Charles Munch is still my top pick, for both sonics and performance, but it was included in the TAS list. Have the original shaded dog and the Classic Record reissue, prefer the latter for its transparency and dynamics.
kh33
10-12-20
11:20:40
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古典音樂欣賞的科學基礎隨筆 之二:首版LP真的較佳? @ PSYCHO  
http://blog.chinatimes.com/psycho/archive/2010/12/19/582885.html
george1977
10-12-19
19:38:39
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' Happiness is very much a conviction and when this conviction is immersed into music...'  
 
No wonder your system sounds so musical , happy man !  
 
 
For soul searching but hard to digest... Beethoven piano sonata 29, the Hammerklavier,op.no. 106 by Maurizio Pollini.  
The legendary performance by Pollini of this most difficult of Beethoven sonatas needs no introduction, some regards as the ONE, even better than Snabel.  
Soundwise this DG LP is of demonstration quality. There is authenthicity to the sound of grand piano that is seldom heard, the fingering and pedalling of Pollini is crystal clear and there is no compression of his amazing dynamic power.
kh33
10-12-18
10:44:01
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Happiness is very much a conviction and when this conviction is immersed into music, it crystallizes into sublime felicity.  
 
Two concertos every evening is all I ask of a semi-retirement living. Life can just be very simple.  
 
This superb recording from the 2 Christophers:  
limage
10-12-17
23:58:45
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