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麥克風收音.. Decca Tree @ STUDIO DIZZY-新浪部落
http://blog.sina.com.tw/studiodizzy/article.php?pbgid=5174&entryid=73125
george1977
10-11-17
13:53:04
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Kenneth E. Wilkinson (1912 - 2004) @ 傑克的黑膠部落格 - Yahoo!奇摩部落格  
 
唱片的錄音效果雖然非常重要,然而錄音師多僅被視為幕後工作人員之ㄧ,  
能夠被樂迷叫得出名字的,屈指可數。  
 
爵士樂出了一個 RVG,古典樂則首推 Kenneth Wilkinson。  
 
Wilkinson 於 1927 年開始接觸唱片圈,  
在七十八轉唱片電子錄音的啟蒙時代,恭逢其盛的在 World Echo 唱片公司學習錄音技術。  
隨著 World Echo 及其他陸續任職公司的倒閉,Wilkinson 於 1931 年轉而加入 Crystalate 公司,  
恰好 Crystalate 歸於 DECCA 旗下,Wilkinson 正式展開在 DECCA 長久且輝煌的職業生涯。  
 
DECCA 由 Edward Lewis 於 1928 年成立,然而到了 1937 年仍處於虧損的情況。  
雖然 Lewis 本人並不懂錄音,但生意人的眼光,讓他買下了賺錢的 Crystalate。  
四位 Crystalate 的工程師 (包括 Wilkinson ),  
加上兩位 DECCA 原來的工程師 (包括 Arthur Haddy ),  
六個人開始一起為新的 DECCA 打拼。  
 
儘管 Belmlein 在 1922 年就曾設計過動圈式唱頭 (MC),但卻未實際應用。  
然而動鐵式唱頭 (MI) 種種的缺點,讓 Arthur Haddy 一心想發展動圈式唱頭,  
帶領 Wilkinson 持續不斷地在錄音技術上努力改良。  
 
不久,第二次世界大戰爆發,DECCA 公司內的員工也紛紛受召從軍,  
Wilkinson 則因專業的技術領域留在英國替國防部從事機密性的工作,  
這也讓他的研究工作得以繼續,技術更加精進。  
 
1943 年,DECCA 在聲效極佳的 Kingsway Hall 進行了第一次的現場錄音。  
在嘗試樂團的各種安排,麥克風的高度,以及與樂團的相對位置後,  
最後採用了三隻麥克風來做七十八轉的單聲道直刻錄音。  
 
1950年代,Roy Wallace 發展出了著名的 DECCA-Tree 樹狀麥克風架構 -  
把三隻麥克風水平放置在倒 T 型架子上,  
兩支在橫桿上的麥克風和樂團平行,  
第三支麥克風是放在向前突出的中央位置,朝向音源。  
 
第一張利用 DECCA-Tree 的錄音是於 1953 年 11 月 4 日,  
在 West Hampstead 錄音室為曼都瓦尼 Mantovani 所錄製的輕音樂唱片。  
 
在經過不斷的實驗改良,尤其是麥克風改用全方向性後,才逐漸成為今天大家看到的樣子。  
全方向性的麥克風不僅保持著音源具方向性的優點,讓雙聲道的效果得以保存,  
同時更因為全方向性的特性,音樂廳的自然殘響也可以完整的記錄下來。  
 
雖然雙聲道的效果不錯,可是 Wilkinson 對音質並不完全滿意,  
所以在 DECCA-Tree 架構外,還運用定點麥克風,來作特別補位,  
除了加強定位的精確度與清晰度,也讓各音域得以更加的平衡。  
通常是兩支擺在木管樂器上方,另外兩支則擺在定音鼓、小鼓或管弦樂後排的其他樂器上。  
 
DECCA-Tree 讓 DECCA 得以稱霸錄音黃金年代,  
而 Wilkinson 獨到的擺位秘技,更讓 Wilkie (暱稱) 的名聲傳了開來...  
 
Arthur Haddy、Roy Wallace、Stan Goodall,及 Kenneth Wilkinson 的 DECCA-Tree 技術,  
經過 Wilkinson 的巧手後發展得更為完整,成就了所謂的 "DECCA 之音",  
或者說 "Wilkinson 之音" 更為貼切。  
 
穿牆而出的寬深舞台,  
觸手可及的樂器定位,  
氣韻流動的環場音效,  
對比強烈的動態平衡,  
豐富飽滿的音色質感。  
 
隨著跨世代的立體聲來臨,  
不管是 DECCA 自己,還是其他的唱片公司紛紛發展出了許多新鮮的音響技術,  
包括 Phase 4 四聲道錄音,Dolby A 雜音消除系統... 等,  
雖然都有某方面的成效,卻也不免在有形、無形中損傷了些什麼,都沒能獲得 Wilkinson 青睞。  
 
事後證明,Wilkinson 的堅持自有他的道理,這也是他更讓人敬重的原因。  
 
六零年代,眼見古典唱片進入最盛的黃金年代,讀者文摘 Reader's Digest 也開始推出自己的唱片。  
讀者文摘本身並沒有錄音的班底,因此大多數的唱片都是委托製作人 Charles Gerhardt 與 RCA 來製作。  
當時如日中天的 RCA 忙於自身非常受歡迎的 Living Stereo,無力調派大批的人力與物力投入,  
於是錄音工程又轉移到與 RCA 有合作關係的英國 DECCA。  
 
DECCA 的錄音重鎮 Kingsway Hall 雖然是公認的好聲,但屬於倫敦市政府的公共資產。  
雖然與 DECCA 簽有租約 (直到1983年),不可能只獨利於某營業單位,  
還得開放供一些民間社團租借,檔期很難空出來。  
 
DECCA 與 Kenneth Wilkinson 最後總算在近郊的沃爾瑟姆斯托市,  
為讀者文摘找到符合聲學條件的 Walthamstow Hall。  
 
這座場地原本是當地居民集會的場所,沒有舞台,  
但是把活動椅子搬開後,樓下約有一半的面積可供一個大型樂團使用,  
其餘的場地和樓上的座席剛好造成了一個殘響適中、堂音豐沛的空間。  
 
這些美版掛 RCA 品牌,英版掛 DECCA 品牌的讀者文摘唱片,  
不論內、外在,均成了英、美唱片體系的綜合體。  
我們因而會在這些唱片中,看到一堆英國樂團與藝術家,  
包括:巴畢羅里、沙堅、霍倫斯坦、紀本生、皇家愛樂、倫敦新愛樂、倫敦節慶... 等。  
 
RCA 儘管沒空製作,但掛牌發行,也不好意思全拿 DECCA 的東西,  
於是也貢獻了許多自家萊納、孟許、費德勒... 的經典錄音。  
 
撇開一些爵士樂、流行樂、輕音樂不談,當時讀者文摘這些古典套裝唱片並不成功。  
便宜又大碗的訴求,讓人覺得一定是三流演出。  
不僅吸引不了刁鑽的古典樂迷,  
輕鬆的包裝,卻是嚴肅的內容,也不受一般大眾喜愛,  
最後落得爹爹不疼、姥姥不愛。  
許多被隱姓埋名的大師傑作,就此堆放在倉庫角落長灰塵。  
 
直到讀者文摘結束唱片業務後,把所有的母帶版權全部都賣給了 Ardee 音樂出版社。  
 
1978 年,當時剛從邁阿密到紐約發展的 David Chesky 還是 CBS 旗下的爵士藝人,  
與擔任音樂製作人的弟弟 Norman Chesky,  
深感傳統錄製唱片的方式已漸漸地面臨發展瓶頸,無法更科學的呈現出音樂的真實性 (fidelity)。  
在不斷地與錄音工程師、音樂家 (包括鋼琴家 Earl Wild) 研究後,  
1986年,兩兄弟成立了 Chesky Records。  
 
剛成立的獨立小公司,  
除了 David Chesky 自己的爵士,Earl Wild 的古典鋼琴外,寥寥無幾。  
 
在沒有東西可賣的情況下,  
Chesky 兄弟機緣巧合又慧眼獨具地發現了這些寶貝 (恰好也有 Wild 的錄音),  
向 Ardee 承租這些唱片的版權。  
 
為了重播這些年代久遠的母帶,特地找來一部經過進補的真空管錄音機,  
經由特製的 20bit,128 倍 超取樣 (當時的頂尖規格) 解碼器製成數位母帶,  
使得 Chesky 的音色有別人所欠缺的透明音色。  
 
這些號稱使用處女膠來製作的 LP,標榜著發燒片的音響效果和價格,  
旋即獲得 TAS 的大力推薦,一炮而紅,發燒迷隨著趨之若鶩。  
 
大家也才逐漸去了解這些唱片的來龍去脈,也才赫然發現 -  
這許多超級錄音竟然又是 Kenneth Wilkinson 的手筆。  
 
想要蒐藏這些 Wilkinson 的錄音,  
您可以選擇讀者文摘的套裝原版,或 Chesky 的單張重刻版來買,價格都不貴。  
 
Chesky 版一目暸然,封底也有列示唱片製作人及錄音工程師的名字,沒有什麼問題。  
但套裝的讀者文摘版,就很麻煩了。  
除非仔細研究裡面的說明書,否則通常連曲目都搞不清楚,  
更遑論是不是出自 Wilkinson ?  
而且也不一定整套唱片都是 Wilkinson 的錄音喔。  
 
值得推薦的有 -  
Best Loved Symphonies / Various(6 lps)  
Festival in Light Classical Music / Various (12 lps)  
The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven / Leibowitz (7 lps)  
The Romantic Rachmaninoff / Wild / Horenstein (4 lps)  
The Power of the Orchestra / Various (9 lps)  
... 等等,  
 
由於這層關係,也讓 Wilkinson 從 70 年代開始,  
在 RCA 陸續為 Charles Gerhardt 和 NPO 錄下幾張古典電影配樂 (編號為英國版黑膠),  
效果一樣非常驚人。  
 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk / GL-43446  
Max Steiner: Now Voyager / SER-5695  
Classic Film Scores for Bette Davis / GL-43436  
Alfred Newman: Captain from Castile / GL-43437  
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Elizabeth and Essex / GL-43438  
Humphrey Bogart: Casablanca / GL-43449  
Max Steiner: Gone with the Wind GL-43440  
Bernard Hermann: Citizen Kane / GL-43441  
Franz Waxman: Sunset Boulevard / GL-43442  
Miklós Rózsa: Spellbound / GL-43443  
Errol Flynn: Captain Blood / GL-43444  
Dimitri Tiomkin: Lost Horizon / GL-43445  
John Williams: Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind / GL-13650  
Various: The Spectacular / GR-42005  
John Williams: Return of Jedi /  
 
除了這些以外, Wilkinson 的錄音就幾乎全在 DECCA 了。  
 
只要掛名 Wilkinson 的唱片張張都是錄音的保證,  
加上適逢緊接而來的錄音黃金年代 (1955-1975),更是讓 Wilkinson 大展長才。  
Wilkinson 錄製的唱片數量實在非常驚人。  
 
如果你有心想蒐藏齊全的話,恐怕不是一件容易的事。  
 
當然啦,要體驗 Wilkinson 的厲害, 用再多形容詞都不如你親自坐在喇叭前聽一次。  
 
要體會 Wilkinson 的錄音,不能不聽這張 - 戰爭安魂曲。  
 
Britten: War Requiem  
Vishnevskaya, Pears, Fischer-Dieskau  
Preston (Organ)  
Britten- LSO  
DECCA SET 252-253 (2lps)  
1963 stereo  
 
因為據說這正是 Wilkinson 個人最驕傲的作品。  
 
二次世界大戰時的 1940 年 11 月,英國倫敦近郊的 Conventry 遭德國空襲,全城幾乎毀滅殆盡。  
1962 年 5 月,當地的聖米迦勒大教堂重建完工時,首演了戰爭安魂曲。  
 
結合在一次世界大戰中陣亡的青年詩人 Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) 的戰爭詩篇 (War Poems) ,  
和拉丁美洲彌撒經文,  
布列頓以戰爭的悲痛,透過詩人的警告及祈福的經文,喚起世人的戒心。  
 
融合了獨唱、合唱、童聲、及管弦樂團的龐大作品,充滿深沈感人的反戰力量。  
 
雖然作曲家本人親自指揮演出具備了無比的說服力,  
然而會讓這個現代作品得以聲名大噪,  
並且獲得企鵝三星戴花、Classic CD 百大名盤、日本究極百大名盤、10R 法國十大名盤...推薦的另一主因,  
 
就在於 Wilkinson 登峰造極的錄音。  
 
對別人來說,這種龐大複雜的作品,通常是大災難的開始。  
然而對 Wilkinson 來說,卻是展現功力的絕佳時機。  
精準的定位,立體的音像,  
讓自然逼真的畫面歷歷如在眼前 (和諾亞方舟有異曲同工之妙)。  
驚人的氣勢,壯闊的場景,  
讓聽者無不感受到戰爭的沉痛哀傷。  
 
另外,還有一張唱片也是非聽不可的  
 
Britten: Noye's Fludde  
Brannigan, Rex, Anthony  
Wandsworth School Boy's Choir  
del Mar- English Chamber O.  
ARGO ZNF 1  
1961 stereo  
 
諾亞方舟是布烈頓專門為兒童所作的神劇。  
 
這個於1961年第十四屆愛丁堡音樂節的現場錄音,  
除了諾亞、諾亞之妻、上帝由專業歌手擔任之外,  
其餘的角色、動物,及合唱團... 皆由兒童參與演出。  
 
儘管看起來不過是一場小朋友的話劇演出,也不是什麼耳熟能詳的動聽曲目,  
但是在 Wilkinson 魔術般的錄音技藝下,  
人聲、童聲、上帝的旨意、動物 (樂器模仿)、暴風雨 (樂器模擬)...  
全都展現無比精準的立體質感。  
 
加上  
穿牆而出的寬深音場,  
如臨現場的舞台走位,  
清晰甜美的弦樂音色,  
滾滾而來的雄厚低頻,  
 
簡直就像是聖經中神蹟,說是唱片工業的奇蹟也不為過。  
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/magicjack-lpclub/article?mid=486&prev=-2&next=483&page=1&sc=1
george1977
10-11-17
13:46:28
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Luciano Pavarotti 'Nessun Dorma' | Classic Tracks  
 
Producers: Ray Minshull, Michael Woolcock • Engineers: James Lock, Kenneth Wilkinson  
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may08/articles/classictracks_0508.htm
george1977
10-11-17
13:39:52
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Agreed with both of you, gentlemen  
 
I rather like taxpayer's money to be spent on building well-acoustic venue and employing a first-rate conductor for HKPO, but officials lack of artistic vision and spend those money in Asian Game.  
 
Among young conductor, Dudamel is a second-to-none option and he is an reincarnation of Leonard Bernstein in his heyday
george1977
10-11-17
13:35:53
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' Have you not forgotten the amount we paid for the Rolling Stones? '  
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That was a big joke with HK government acting as 'water fish' again.  
That is why the officials concern make sure they don't make the same mistake again. Yes, they have the money, but they have the excuse, always,-- money are better spent elsewhere. They wouldn't give a damn about the standard of HKPO .  
 
Back to business. Another DGG recording worth mentioning is Lorin Maazel directing the Berlin Philharmonic playing Respighi Pines of Rome and Mussorgsky Night on the bald mountain. Recorded in 60 when Maazel was in his late twenties. Maazel was a wunderkind with the promise of greatness not fulfilled as he matured. This recording is a sonic blockbuster with stunning dynamics and great playing from BPO.  
kh33
10-11-17
11:38:36
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Singularities do not count, my dear doctor. I could give a dozen names whose conducting prowess and insight is getting more and more refined upon age.  
 
The trick to convince the Hong Kong SAR (or PRC for that matter) is vanity. Our government is never in lack of funds provided she is able to claim having the best of the world!  
 
Have you not forgotten the amount we paid for the Rolling Stones?  
 
limage
10-11-16
20:59:59
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指揮大師壯志未酬 2010/7/28 上午 08:43:40  
網誌分類: 生活  
 
 
 
藝術總監原則上是樂團在藝術指導、策劃、發展的最高統帥、是總指揮,是建造樂團的總工程師。樂團的形象、聲望、藝術水平,以至票房、贊助、捐獻、海外巡演邀約、唱片合約、客席演奏家的任用、國際關係等,幾乎都繫於他一身。國際聲望愈高的指揮,不但身價愈高,而他對樂團的影響及管治權力便愈大,甚至可呼風喚雨,整個行政團隊都要為他服務,按他的旨意而行。  
 
可是,歸根究柢,管治樂團的最高權力、最終決策,還是落在樂團的董事會手上。董事會往往是由所謂社會賢達、音樂愛好者、政府利益的代言人及贊助人等組成,絕大部份成員並不真懂音樂,由他們監察行政總裁及行政部門的財務、一般行政及營運決策,還說得過去。若董事會過份干涉藝術總監的決策、藝術發展方向、節目策略、客席演奏家的任用等,顯然就是「外行領導內行」。  
 
有「樂團建造者」美譽的艾度.迪華特,○四年底以「君臨天下」之勢,走馬上任成為港樂的藝術總監及總指揮,起初他確實是躊躇滿志,一心希望利用十多年時間把港樂打造成世界級的樂團。他毫不矯情的向各地媒體大讚香港、這裏的樂團、文化、人和事。他甚至舉家移居香港,港樂歷任總監都未有如斯全情投入。  
 
可是,自上任至今,他似乎都未能走出樂團三大權力長久角力的困局,壯志未酬,已萌去意,決定二○一二年後離任。他上任時信誓旦旦,要演完馬勒全套交響曲及全套華格納《指環》歌劇音樂會的宏願,至今未能實現,而港樂的發展,能否再攀高,更是未知之數。(待續)  
 
黃志煒  
 
The actual culprit is the hairless jerk at HKPO who is a control freak in artistic consideration, as well as those self-righteous and uscrupulous online critic
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george1977
10-11-16
18:54:40
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Pavvo Jarvi and Mark Elder are great candidates, but they are famous and hot, we might not able to meet their asking price . Since the persons in charge are not music lovers, they would not be too generous in their offer  
 
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Sometimes remuneration is not their top priority (ok, most conductors are money-hungry and utilitarian for god sake), the artistic freedom and dignity are sometime much paramount.  
 
I just wonder how many conductor(s) would be willing to be bound by and subject to the "executive" instruction given by the CEO of orchestra in repertoire, supporting resource and program schedule. The departure of EDW somehow reflects this miserable truth and his utter contempt against those caustic review of music laymen in mass media and online forum.  
 
Really hope Zdeněk Mácal can take over this post, at least he is well-known among Asian youth.
george1977
10-11-16
18:46:27
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To a musician, being young means better agility. For a conductor, however, older may mean higher wisdom.  
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Not necessary. There are plenty examples of successful young conductors, most notable one is Gustavo Dudamel, being music director of LAPO at age 26. And let's not forget, the greatest of all conductors, Mahler, took over the helm of Vienna State Opera at a relative young age.  
Pavvo Jarvi and Mark Elder are great candidates, but they are famous and hot, we might not able to meet their asking price . Since the persons in charge are not music lovers, they would not be too generous in their offer.  
 
 
kh33
10-11-16
18:09:42
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Sir Mark Elder had a marvellous collboration with HKPO, he once said after rehearsal "Your guys are excellent in virtuosity"  
 
He conducted Shostakovich 6th Symphony and Bach / Elgar BWV437 Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor with HKPO  
 
The follwoing review is written by a friend of mine in Taiwan:  
 
2008/12/12-香港愛樂
http://blog.chinatimes.com/lotuseater/archive/2008/12/14/359243.html
george1977
10-11-16
13:45:29
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See how self-righteous music critic can inflict HARM to the mass at large, the ultimate loss is borne by the music lover and orchestra members.  
 
We have an amateur critic in review33 already.... enough is enough!  
 
 
Angry Over Bad Review, Conductor Zdenek Mácal Abruptly Quits Czech Philharmonic
http://www.playbillarts.com/news/article/7047.html
george1977
10-11-16
13:36:44
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Zdeněk Mácal recorded for DGG before, however the cellist Anja Thauer did not draw the limelight at all
george1977
10-11-16
12:30:20
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Zdeněk Mácal recorded for DGG before, however the cellist Anja Thauer did not draw the limelight
george1977
10-11-16
12:27:51
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Paavo Jarvi is also a great choice, his recent reading in Mahler 2nd Symphony (Virgin) made me teardrop rolling down.....
george1977
10-11-16
12:16:42
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I opine that he is the ideal candidate coz he has similar path of Edo de Waart, at least he studied with Bernstein, conducted Sydney Symphony , WDR Cologne , Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra before.  
 
CV of Zdeněk Mácal  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zden%C4%9Bk_M%C3%A1cal
george1977
10-11-16
12:13:01
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My favourite young conductor would be 李心草 & 張弦  
 
For elder and experienced conductor, the new chief must be more communicative and charismatic yet demanding, I nominate Sir Mark Elder (Current Chief conductor of Halle Orchestra and expert of Wagner and Shostakovich )and Zdenek Macal (who just quiited from Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for political reason, he is quite famous in Japan and Taiwan because of his casting in the popular drama 交響情人夢, also an expert in Mahler and other slavonic composers)
george1977
10-11-16
11:52:08
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his asking price won't be cheap  
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He doesn't have much in terms of bargaining power, I presume. HKSAR's concern is prestige. Money could be less of an issue.  
 
To a musician, being young means better agility. For a conductor, however, older may mean higher wisdom.  
 
limage
10-11-16
11:23:20
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' What do you think, gentlemen? '  
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The idea of inviting Marriner as the next music director would not cause any excitation. He is old and is not that successful since leaving ASMF, further more ,his asking price won't be cheap.  
It is more appropriate to invite some young, up and coming conductor that is more affordable, and is able to bring freshness and inject new ideas to HKPO whose standard is declining. One person comes to mind is Chang Yuen, the assistant director of New York Philharmonic. The last time she visited HK, she was doing a very good job.
kh33
10-11-16
10:56:42
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Since Edo de Waart is leaving us soon, what about Sir Marriner taking his place? He did not seem to be doing too well with his ventures for years.  
 
What do you think, gentlemen?  
 
limage
10-11-15
18:33:40
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If St. Martin were to record it once again, I wonder she could make it half as good  
 
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Since the departure of Neville Marriner the standard of their performance would never be the same again. Iona Brown is not in the same league as Marriner. In their prime,I couldn't recall any recording that is disappointing, esp. those recorded by the ARGO label..  
Limage, guess that by acquiring the deadly weapon, A-90, listening to vinyl will be a new ball game. I'm sure there will be plenty of recommended recordings coming.
kh33
10-11-15
18:04:28
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Kingsway Hall now becomes a hotel, sigh!
george1977
10-11-15
18:03:28
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LPO under the baton of English Conductor Adrian Boult playing Vaughan Williams: A Pilgrim’s Progress  
george1977
10-11-15
18:00:26
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The renowned Kingsway Hall where both Kenneth Wilkinson and Walter Legge recorded lots of greatest sonic blockbuster
http://davidpickett.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/the-golden-age-of-stereo/
george1977
10-11-15
17:58:53
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Another angle
george1977
10-11-15
17:52:52
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Interior of Snape Maltings
george1977
10-11-15
17:51:36
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Snape Maltings - 南方音響
http://www.southaudio.com.tw/Music%20ACJ01.htm
george1977
10-11-15
17:49:48
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吳鳴部落格 : 夢想隨著穀倉去旅行 - 樂多日誌
http://blog.roodo.com/wuming/archives/2009-09.html
george1977
10-11-15
17:48:00
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Still remember Limage replayed this Britten record for my last visit with Eric 2 year ago, truly a demonstration recording in its own league with Kenneth Wilkinson and gorgeous acoustic of Snape Maltings
george1977
10-11-15
17:45:33
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The other one that took me by storm last evening was this majestic piece from Britten — variations on a theme of Frank Bridge. One just could not imagine how a young lad of 24 could have conceived anything so grand and yet so poetic in resonance. St. Martin-in-the-fields was right at the zenith of her fame at the time of this recording, making thereby this staggering string showcase a legend of all times.  
 
If St. Martin were to record it once again, I wonder she could make it half as good.  
 
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limage
10-11-15
15:09:23
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Musicweb International
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2002/sept02/russo_gershwin.htm
george1977
10-11-15
14:12:35
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Agreed! Mark it on!
george1977
10-11-15
14:10:50
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' Russo Street Music: '  
 
Totally agree with the quality of this recording. In fact this is my secret demonstration dics. One word that best described the sound---vivid ! The D of DG should stand for distinction grade. Good DG recording is characterised by clearness and accuracy. There is none of the artificial flavour of RCA, the plum thick sound of DECCA , the exaggerated liveliness of Mercury and the blurring of Philips.  
kh33
10-11-15
11:55:35
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Russo Street Music:  
 
This LP of mine is a gift from my best friend, Big Chan, who also happens to be a most loyal reader of this forum. For the fact that I got the CD version as well and being indolent in nature, I rarely took the trouble to listen to the LP which, I must confess, is indeed streets ahead of its digital counterpart. What a great loss I’ve suffered for the last 20 years!  
 
If you think DG stands for D Grade sonics, be sure to get a copy of this LP. It will be your turn to be awe struck after me.  
 
Bass freaks, in particular, would not be disappointed, but if you cannot hear the stage pulsating, your system is not quite up to it yet…………  
 
Corky Siegel plays the harmonica like no one else does and he certainly lifts the instrument to a new horizon never before realized. His is no simple harmonica.  
 
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limage
10-11-14
19:28:19
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One thing I like about DG tulip lp is its 'cheap' price relative to wide band DECCA, blue silver Columbia and white gold EMI.  
Another one that captured my attention is Rossini Overtures by Tullio Serafin and Orchester der Romisichen Oper. DG 136395 SLPEM, recorded by their star engineer, Gunter Hermanns. When it comes to directing Italian opera, none surpasses Tullio Serafin. He was also well known for his mentorship with Maria Callas who acknowledged that without him, she wouldn't be the prima donna assoluta.  
If you want hi-fi spectacular like those from RCA or Mercury, with explosive dynamics, spot lighting of instruments, thunderous bass, this disc is not for you. Instead you'll treated with natural balance and proper perspective, like sitting in the 10th row of the concert hall..The details of each instrumental section are clear, they just don't grab your attention, don't interfere with your concentration on music appreciation. While listening to this album, imagine you are having an Italian appetizer, sweet, delicate, not too sumptuous, with plenty doses of Italian flair and finesse.
kh33
10-09-16
12:10:18
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It's often impossible to tell if one recording engineer is definitely better than another but suffice it to say that in terms of recording team, Decca has had undoubtedly the strongest cast among the top music companies of the world and hence, the largest collection of ground-breaking recordings.  
 
Decca had their classical section closed last year. It's such a miserable fact that they all become history now!  
 
The future of classical music looks gloomy enough. The only consolation is that we have their timeless recordings to set the benchmark against which results of the latest technology, however advanced, are yet to be rightly judged. I am looking forward with all my heart to gleams of classical music revival ushered by new technologies, hopefully in the not too distant future.  
 
limage
10-09-16
11:04:10
回覆 (113): Digital Decca vs Analogue EMI
Always fun to AB, and see how Colin Moorfoot fared against the pinnacle in analogue recording:
davidchan
10-09-16
06:03:01
回覆 (112): Colin Moorfoot
I believe Colin Moorfoot has been overshadowed by K Wilkinson and has bot been given the credit he deserves. His work on the Decca/Shostakovich cycle by B Haitink in the late 70's/early 80's should be considered as a milestone in digital recording. In this cycle we can hear the sonic differences between the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Kingsway, London (at closing dusk of her glorious recording career).
davidchan
10-09-16
05:59:13
回覆 (111): Romeo & Juliet
The Prokofiev Cinderella is a bona-fide sequel, I surmise, to the Romeo & Juliet, albeit in digital recording and under different batons, as the orchestra and recording location were identical. The Romeo & Juliet was recorded in 1979 by the team of Gordon Parry (who recorded the monumental The Ring/Vienna/Solti), Jack Law and Colin Moorfoot, and without K Wilkinson. The Cinderella was recorded single-handedly by C Moorfoot just 4 years later.  
 
The Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland has such mid bass impact and low frequency extension that is at least as awesome as the Kingsway, if not better. The Romeo & Juliet sounds a little more upfront, a Gordon Parry signature that I’ve found inherited by Wilkinson, while the Cinderella bears a deeper soundstage but yet exhibits tremendous details.  
davidchan
10-09-16
05:46:31
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limage,  
 
Sorry for the absent of pictures as I was typing these from my office.
kh33
10-09-16
00:39:40
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Agree the recording quality of this is not bad but there isn't much music in it.  
 
If anyone is interested, I have one in mint condition for sale. :-)  
 
 
 
cpsjj
10-09-16
00:16:41
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