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Orchestral Suites Comp [Hybrid SACD]

Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible recording July 30 2004
By P. E. Scholl - Published on Amazon.com
This is an incredible recording of Bach's Orchestral Suite. It was recorded in high-resolution Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format. The recording is crystal clear, the different tonalities of the various instruments are clearly heard and the sound stage is rock solid. The performance is one of the best I have listened to. Even though the Boston Baroque uses period instruments, none of the strident, edgy sound which period instruments usually produce is noticeable here. In other words, this is a lush recording that every lover of Bach's music simply must have!

About this Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD), it is what is called a `hybrid' disc, meaning it has two layers, a standard compact disc layer compatible with all compact disc players, and a high-definition layer recorded in DSD and playable only on a SACD player. The DSD layer has two copies of the same program, one in high-definition, two channel stereo for listening over headphones or on a standard stereo system, and a second, high-definition, multichannel copy for playing on a surround-sound system. Thus, you get a total of three separate copies of the same program, which one you listen to depends on the system you are playing it on.

This recording is also available on standard compact disc for about $4.00 less, but I recommend buying this SACD version. Even if you don't have a SACD player yet, you probably will own one in the near future since many new compact disc players and DVD players will play SACDs.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, Fresh and Engaging April 4 2005
By JMB1014 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bach suites for orchestra never sounded so good. The moment I got this in the mail, I plopped it into my computer at work. Even with those small speakers, let alone on my stereo at home, the sound in this set is as glorious as the performance. Whether or not you have a super audio CD player, don't hesitate: I have both and this sounds so fine on an ordinary CD player it is worth the expense. The strings are lush, the flute silvery and crisp, yet rounded and not whistle-like, as Galway's can be. The effect is to clarify the sound almost to a dramatic extent. Pearlman is also thoughtful and talented. His period ensemble is strong and, as the other reviewer has noted, not subject to many of the infirmities that can plague ancient music recordings. It also is not mannered in the way some performances are; though there is a little latitude with tempi, some of which are a bit faster, others a little slower, it is not to the point that it is annoying or seems to have been done for its own sake. I admit, I did have a problem with the brisk tempi of portions of Suite No. 2, which seemed to overtax the flute: you can hear him take a breath and pause very briefly. My sister is a professional flautist, so growing up I became very familiar with how that sounds. It is a bit distracting. The suites are arranged on one CD, with Suite No. 4 first, then Nos. 1, 3 and 2. To those of us who may be accustomed to listening to these in a particular order, the rearrangment enhances the fresh quality of the recording. I have enjoyed the versions by Ristenpart with Maurice Andre on the trumpet and Roger Bourdin on the flute, and of Menuhin and the Bath Festival Orchestra (which comes with an excellent rendering of the Musical Offering), but with the foregoing reservations, this is my favorite: engaging and fresh Bach. I recommend it highly.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I received a CD - not an SACD as advertised Jan. 17 2014
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon’s title for this recording is “Complete Orchestral Suites [Hybrid SACD - DSD]”

Under Amazon’s section titled Product Details, it reads: “Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD”

The disc that I received from Amazon merchant goHastings, titled “JS Bach, The Complete Orchestral Suites”, Telarc CD-80619, is a CD – not an SACD.

• The disc and printed materials are labeled with the trademark: “Compact Disc Digital Audio”. Nowhere do I find the SACD logo.

• The front panel of my Oppo BDP-105 universal player displays “CD”. (An SACD would display “SACD”.)

• When the disc is playing, the video display shows: “CDDA” (Compact Disc Digital Audio), “44.1k 16b” – i.e., the specs for a Red Book (i.e., standard) CD – not an SACD.

The printed materials state “This Compact Disc was produced from Direct Stream Digital masters made during the recording sessions”, and the DSD logo appears. Perhaps this is the source of the confusion.

Another reviewer has stated that both CD and Hybrid SACD versions of this recording were produced – which I cannot verify.

I’m not saying that the audio quality of this CD is bad. My complaint is that the product that I received is not an SACD as advertised.

Buyer beware.
15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unrewarding Bach Sept. 3 2005
By A. Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
I disagree with the 5 star ratings given for this disc. Performances are generally rather rushed and all the overtures truncated. Playing is acceptable though I was not inspired by the flautist in Suite 2. The trouble is ultimately this disc is neither particularly exciting nor played with real feeling ( if Baroque music can be !). Perfunctory is one word which comes to mind. Chopping great lumps off the overtures might improve the balance of the suites given most other movements are short but that does not really work either.Of course that is how 4 suites get on one disc. I played Musica Antiqua Koln's versions after and these are clearly better considered and are my personal versions of choice. Vastly superior although on 2 discs.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach - Orchestral Suites Jan. 11 2011
By Janette K. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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This item was received in a timely fashion & it was a gift to my son. He says it is great.

Janette Todd

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