With apologies to Sandy Nelson who had an album back in the early 1960s entitled, "Let There Be Drums," I couldn't help but think about that title while I was re-listening to this reissue of Tutti, which was, as another reviewer has noted, originally released in 1998. More on the drums later.
For those who own that original release, please note that there is no advantage whatsoever to purchasing this re-release inasmuch as the goal would be to hear the recording in the higher resolution Direct Stream Digital/SACD, and in this instance, there can be no improvement in sound quality appreciated since Reference Recordings processed this disk in the far lower level of definition known as PCM (pulse code modulation) that is intended for your garden variety compact disk. To be sure, the program selected for the disk was chosen because all of them include grossly exaggerated drum whacks intended to make audiophiles who have no idea what classical music really sounds like to feel really good about how their expensive audio systems can shake the walls of their homes. This Tutti can do quite well -- especially the excerpt from Stravinsky's Firebird which is so powerful that I fear it may catapult my woofers right out of my speakers.
In all, I'd recommend this disk to those who want to hear what sort of extreme things your audio system can do. On the other hand, if you are looking for a set of quality performances of these classical pieces, I would suggest you look elsewhere. Reference Recordings has already intimated that they do not wish to support SACD, and if this is the best they can do, then that may best for classical music lovers who enjoy their SACD players.