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Positive Feedback ISSUE 51
september/october 2010

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Telarc SACD RIP - Roundup of 172 Releases
by Teresa Goodwin

 

This is my Telarc SACD memorial, It has been over a year since the release of the last Telarc SACD. Since Concord Music Group has allowed some of them to go out of print, I think it is time for a roundup of their releases before they are gone forever.

Telarc DSD recorded SACDs are the very reason I own an SACD player and in my humble opinion they have qualities that no PCM recording can approach no matter how high the resolution. From their immensely huge well defined soundstage with its precise imaging, to the warm smooth midrange, the realistic "in the bones" bass, the delicacy in the high frequencies, and the precise realistic attack of percussion instruments. 

It is too bad we never had a SHM green-label single-layer Telarc SACD as I am sure that would have forever cemented SACD as THE preferred format for musical recordings based on the vast improvement it made to the Getz/Gilberto analog recording reviewed elsewhere in this issue. It is dreaming to think that Concord Music Group might experiment with a couple of SHM SACDs in the future but stranger things have happened. However we must live in the present and their hybrid SACD program offered the finest sound these recordings have ever had in a consumer format.

For thirty years Telarc was the world's largest independent classical record label, until they were bought out by Concord Music Group several years ago. Our worst fears were realized when Concord terminated the Telarc recording team (including Michael Bishop, Robert Woods and Elaine Martone) as it was more affordable to outsource recordings rather than doing them in house.

Robert Woods formed SonArc Music with his wife Elaine Martone, both formally of Telarc. I have not heard of any release announcements yet.

The other part of Telarc includes engineers Michael Bishop and Robert Friedrich, they have started Five/Four Productions http://www.recording.pro/ and will continue to record DSD, Mr. Bishop said many of his recordings will be issued by Telarc as well as other undisclosed record labels.

More information on Telarc including the complete Telarc story and discographies can be viewed at "The Telarc High Resolution Fan Club", my blog dedicated to the high resolution recordings by Telarc.

http://telarc-hires.blogspot.com/

The basic Telarc recording technique is a modern day version of the legendary Mercury Living Presence recordings. Jack Renner loved C. Robert Fine's natural sounding three omni microphone recordings and these served as his sonic role models. Renner experimented and further honed his own "minimal miking" approach, which is still the primary model for the Telarc's engineering practices today.

For stereo recordings Michael Bishop, one of Telarc's newer engineer's prefers to use two center microphones, thus expanding Jack Renner's three microphone technique to four microphones. Mr. Bishop's basic surround sound setup uses seven microphones. In addition he not only records a separate mix for the 2 channel stereo and multichannel but uses separate dedicated microphones for each so neither the stereo or multichannel mix is compromised. 

Hundreds of recording companies have released SACDs, however if you want to hear what SACD is truly capable of listen to a Telarc DSD recorded SACD. They produce SACDs that take full advantage of the SACD format from the deepest bass to the highest treble with a realism I have only experienced in an excellent concert hall.

I have been very impressed with the recordings of Robert Woods and Jack Renner since their first Telarc LPs sourced from 50kHz PCM Soundstream masters of the late 1970's to mid 1980's. I was so depressed when CD premiered and it was only 44.1kHz PCM as that totally ruined my enjoyment of any new Telarc recording, since they had to downgrade from 50kHz to 44.1kHz PCM with less than perfect results. But what could they do? Recording companies had no choice but to issue CDs or die, so they tried to make the best CDs they could. Like everyone else they switched to 44.1kHz PCM recording to avoid the awkward conversion from 50kHz to 44.1kHz. In other words they had to make their masters worse so they would be compatible with 44.1kHz CD. Recording at 44.1kHz resolution is not only outdated today but it was outdated in 1978 when Soundstream 50kHz recorders appeared.

It was not until the debut of SACD and DSD recordings that I could enjoy Telarc's magnificent recordings once again. Besides their DSD recordings, some of their older 50kHz PCM Soundstream recordings were reissued on SACD, so for the first time we could hear their full resolution in digital form. Since then Michael Bishop, Robert Friedrich, and Elaine Martone joined the Telarc team and are also responsible for many wonderful Telarc recordings. A lot of the great Telarc DSD recorded SACDs of European orchestras were done by the world renowned Polyhymnia recording team who also make the superb PentaTone DSD recorded SACDs.

It is important to note Telarc began recording DSD many years before SACD was invented. Why? Because to their ears it was the most transparent and sounded the closest to live microphone feed. Even downsampled to CD, DSD recordings using Super-bit Mapping direct brought CD to new level of performance.

There are more Telarc SACDs on the "TAS SACD Superdisc list" than any other label.

http://store.acousticsounds.com/s/33/The_Absolute_Sounds_Super_SACD_List&banner_id=151

Here is how the "TAS SACD Superdisc list" breaks down by label:

Telarc (12)

Pentatone (3)

Opus 3 (3)

Philips (2)

EMI (1)

Deutsche Grammophon (1)

Abkco (1)

Linn (1)

Harmonia Mundi (1)

Heads Up (1)

CPO (1)

Avie (1)

DMP (1)

Channel Classics (1)

Chandos (1)

Praga (1)

Heads Up (1)

The 172 Telarc SACDs

This list is divided in 8 sections with the SACDs in each section listed alphabetically. Cream of the Crop I - The Harry Pearson Picks, Cream of the Crop II - My Picks, Highly Recommended for both sound and performance, Highly Recommended for sound and recommended for performance, Recommended for both sound and performance, Not recommended for sound, Not recommended for performance, and Not heard.

Cream of the Crop I - The Harry Pearson Picks

The 12 on the TAS SACD Superdisc list. Of all the reviewers Harry Pearson is the closest to how I actually hear things on my stereo. Over the decades he has introduced me to many wonderful LPs on his Super Disc lists. It is not a surprise over a third of the SACDs on his SACD Superdisc list are from Telarc.

Baroque Music for Brass and Organ|
William Kuhlman (organ) Empire Brass Quintet
SACD-60614 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14, Love Scene from Romeo et Juliette
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60578 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Jennifer Higdon: City Scape, Concerto for Orchestra
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60620 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Orff: Carmina Burana
Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
SACD-60575 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Popov: Symphony No. 1 Op. 7, Shostakovich: Theme & Variations Op. 3
Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60642 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites Nos. 1-3
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60597 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Rainbow Body
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60596 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloe, Pavanne pour une infante defunte, La Valse, Five Nursery Rhymes (Mother Goose), Bolero Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60601 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Sound of Glory - Battle Hymn of the Republic
Craig Jessop, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square
SACD-60579 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 Op. 50
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60615 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Turina: Danzas Fantasticas, Sinfonia Sevillana, La Procesion del Rocio, Debussy: Iberia
Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60574 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 "A Sea Symphony"
Christine Goerke (soprano) Brett Polegato (baritone) Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
SACD-60588 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Cream of the Crop II - My Picks 

Ballet Favorites
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60625 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Boléro
Ravel: Bolero, Borodin: Music from "Kismet", Bizet: Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from "Carmen", Albeniz: Fete-Dieu a Seville from "Iberia"
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60703 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Britannia
Elgar: “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 4, Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, Turnage: Three Screamimg Popes, MacMillan: Britannia, Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem |
Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60677 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Debussy: Nocturnes, La Mer, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60617 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice, La Péri, Symphony in C
Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60515 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Epics
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60600 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith, London Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60433 - Pure DSD

Great Film Fantasies
Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60664 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Alan Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountains: Mysterious Mountain, Hymn to Glacier Peak, Mount St. Helens, Storm on Mount Wildcat
Gerard Schwarz, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
SACD-60604 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Liszt: Dante Symphony, Tasso, Lamento e Trionfo
Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra, London Oratory School Schola
SACD-60613 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Masters & Commanders
Eric Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60682 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Mega Movies
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60535 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Michael Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60696 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Lieutenant Kije
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60683 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Russian Nights
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60657 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Scary Music
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60580 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Scherzo a la Russe
Michael Chertock (piano) Paavo Järvi, Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60587 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (favorite selections)
Eric Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60674 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vintage Cinema
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60708 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Highly Recommended for Both Sound and Performance

The Absolute Sound SACD Sampler
SACD-60011 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Bach: Orchestral Suites (complete)
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60619 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Brain
Hiromi (piano) Tony Grey (bass) Anthony Jackson (bass) Martin Valihora (drums)
SACD-63600 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Junior Brown: Down Home Chrome
SACD-63612 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Dave Brubeck: The 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K.
SACD-63440 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Michel Camilo: Triangulo
SACD-63549 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

A Celtic Spectacular
The Chieftains, James Galway (flute and whistle) John McDermott (tenor) Liz Knowles (fiddle) Kieran O'Hare (uilleann pipes and whistles) Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
SACD-60571 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Classical Brubeck
Beloved Son - an Easter Oratorio, Pange Lingua Variations - A Celebration for Sacramento, Voice of the Holy Spirit - Tongues of Fire, Regret for string orchestra
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Russell Gloyd, London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices
SACD-60621 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo 2 SACD set

Ann Hampton Callaway: Blues in the Night
SACD-63641 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Classics at the Pops
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60595 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Dupre, Franck, Widor: Organ Work
Michael Murray, The Organ at St. Sulpice
SACD-60516 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 "From the New World", Martinu: Symphony No. 2
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60616 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

From the Isles to the Courts
Ensemble Galilei
SACD-60536 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Got Swing!
The Manhattan Transfer (vocals) John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar) Janis Siegel (vocals) Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60592 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music, Suite in G major
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60594 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, Prelude No. 2
Michel Camilo (piano) Ernest Martinez Izquierdo, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
SACD-63611 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Gliere: Symphony No. 3, Op. 42 "Il'ya Murometz""
Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60609 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Goldsmith: Christus Apollo, Music for Orchestra, Fireworks
Jerry Goldsmith, London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices
SACD-60560 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Howard Hanson: Bold Island Suite, Suite from Merry Mount, Symphony No. 2 Op. 30 "Romantic"
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60649 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Live at the Blue Note
Michel Camilo (piano) Charles Flores (bass) Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (drums)
SACD-63574 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo 2 SACD set

Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Songs of a Wayfarer
Christopher Maltman (baritone) Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra
SACD-60628 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo SACD plus bonus discussion CD.

Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano) Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin Boys' Choir
SACD-60599 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo - 2 SACDs plus bonus discussion CD.

Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra
SACD-60569 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo SACD plus bonus discussion CD.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra
SACD-60586 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo 2 SACDs plus bonus discussion CD.

The Never-Ending Waltz
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60668 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

On Broadway
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60498 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Sound & Vision SACD Sampler
SACD-63012 - DSD & PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley
Monty Alexander (piano) Steve Turre (trombone, conch shell) Derek DiCenzo (guitar) Hassan J.J. Wiggins (bass) Troy Davis (drums) The Gumption Band Dwight Dawes (keyboards) Robert Angus (guitar) Trevor McKenzie (bass) Glen Browne (bass) Rolando Wilson (drums) Desmond Jones (percussion)
SACD-63469 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Tango, Elegy for Those Who Are No Longer
Rudolf Werthen, I Fiamminghi
SACD-60526 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Capriccio Italien, Marche Slave, Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Festival Coronation March, Cossack Dance from Mazeppa
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Chorus
SACD-60541 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc SACD Sampler 1
SACD-60006 - DSD & PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc Classical SACD Sampler 2
SACD-60007 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc SACD Jazz Sampler, Vol. 3
SACD-63008 - DSD & PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc Classical SACD Sampler 4
SACD-60009 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc/Heads Up SACD Sampler 5
SACD-63010 - DSD & PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc Classical SACD Sampler 6
SACD-60013 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc / Heads Up SACD Sampler 7
SACD-63014 - DSD and PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster
SACD-63488 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

The Very Tall Band: Recorded Live at the Blue Note
Oscar Peterson (piano) Ray Brown (bass) Milt Jackson (vibes) Karriem Riggins (drums)
SACD-63443 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo


Highly Recommended for Sound and Recommended for Performance

Mozart: Flute Concertos, Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
Jacques Zoon (flute) Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60624 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain, Prelude to "Khovanshchina"
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60705 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Recommended for Both Sound and Performance

Monty Alexander: My America
SACD-63552 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Another Mind
Hiromi (piano) Mitch Cohn (bass) Dave DiCenso (drums) Anthony Jackson (bass) Jim Odgren (alto saxophone) Dave Fiuczynski (guitar)
SACD-63558 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone
SACD-63562 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14, Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite Op. 71A
Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra
SACD-60650 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

The Big Picture
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60437 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Bizet: Carmen - Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Grieg: Peer Gynt - Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture Op. 36, Satie: Gymnopedie Nos. 1 & 3, Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia, Nocturne for String Orchestra (from Quartet No. 2)
Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60655 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Blues for the Soul: Mighty Sam McClain
SACD-63487 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Celebrating the Music of Weather Report
Aaron Heick (soprano & tenor saxophones); Jay Beckenstein (soprano saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Joe Sample (piano); Jason Miles (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Tom Schuman (synthesizer); John Scofield, Chuck Loeb, Dean Brown (guitar); Victor Bailey, Mike Pope, John Patitucci, Will Lee, Marcus Miller (bass); Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim (drums); Andy Narell (pans); Mark Quinones, Cyro Baptista (percussion); Mary Fahl, Porter Carroll, Take 6 (background vocals).
SACD-63473 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Al Di Meola: Consequence of Chaos
SACD-63649 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Al Di Meola: Flesh on Flesh
SACD-63543 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Del Tredici: Paul Revere's Ride, Theofanidis: The Here and Now, Bernstein: Lamentation from "Jeremiah"
Hila Plitmann (soprano) Nancy Maultsby (mezzo-soprano) Richard Clement (tenor) Brett Polegato (baritone) Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
SACD-60638 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Freddy Cole: Merry-Go-Round
SACD-63493 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man
Louis Lane, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60648 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36, Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34, Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes" Op. 33a
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60660 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Hiromi: Beyond Standard
SACD-63686 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Holst: Suite Nos. 1 & 2, Handel: Music for Royal Fireworks, Leo Arnaud: Olympic Theme from Three Fanfares, Karl King: Barnum and Bailey's Favorite, Johann Strauss: Radetzky March, Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever, Vaughan Williams: Folk Song Suite, Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy
Frederick Fennell, Cleveland Symphonic Winds
SACD-60639 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Hovhaness: Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra, Spirit of Trees
Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) Rudolf Werthen, I Fiamminghi
SACD-60530 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Illuminations
McCoy Tyner (piano) Gary Bartz (saxophones) Terence Blanchard (trumpet) Christian McBride (bass) Lewis Nash (drums)
SACD-63599 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Long Walk to Freedom
SACD-63109 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Land of Giants
McCoy Tyner (piano) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Charnett Moffet (bass) Eric Harland (drums)
SACD-63576 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Life of a Song
Geri Allen (piano) Dave Holland (bass) Jack DeJohnette (drums) Marcus Belgrave (flugelhorn) Dwight Andrews (saxophone) Clifton Anderson (trombone)
SACD-63598 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Delta Crossroads
SACD-63509 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Kathleen Battle (soprano) Maureen Forrester (contralto) Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony
SACD-60081 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo - 2 SACD set

Kevin Mahogany: Pride and Joy
SACD-63542 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Manhattan Transfer: Vibrate
SACD-63603 - Analog Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Monty Meets Sly and Robbie
Monty Alexander, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare
SACD-63494 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas
Craig Jessop, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Orchestra at Temple Square
SACD-60552 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Music of the Beatles
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, King's Singers
SACD-60540 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain
Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra
SACD-60042 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Najee: My Point of View
SACD-63104 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Nice 'N' Easy, Celebrating Sinatra, featuring the arrangemens of Nelson Riddle
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60532 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Orff: Carmina Burana
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
SACD-60056 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

John Pizzarelli: Kisses in the Rain
SACD-63491 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin: Etudes
Lang Lang (piano) Yuri Temirkanov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
SACD-60582 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Rare Delight of You
John Pizzarelli, The George Shearing Quintet
SACD-63546 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Rocksteady
Monty Alexander (piano and melodica) Ernest Ranglin (lead guitar) Quentin Baxter (drums) Toots Hibbert (vocals on "Pressure Drop") Junior Jazz (rhythm guitar) Gary Mayone (keyboards) Courtney Panton (hand drums on "Nightwork" and "River Nile") Hassan Shakur (acoustic bass)
SACD-63581 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Round-Up: Favorite Western Themes
Frankie Laine (vocals) Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
SACD-60141 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Miklos Rozsa: Three Choral Suites - Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis and King of Kings
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
SACD-60631 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Encores a la francaise
Michael Murray (organ) Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra
SACD-60634 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet
Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra
SACD-60561 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Sibelius: Kullervo Op. 7
Charlotte Hellekant, Nathan Gunn, Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60665 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Tubin: Symphony No. 5
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60585 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Sisters & Brothers
Eric Bibb (vocals, guitars) Rory Block (vocals, guitars) Maria Muldaur (vocals) Michael Mudcat Ward (upright bass) Chris Burns (piano, Wurlitzer) Per Hanson (drums)
SACD-63588 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Spiral, Music for Three-Piece Orchestra
Hiromi (piano) Tony Grey (bass) Martin Valihora (drums)
SACD-63631 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Spirit of the Moment
Michel Camilo (piano) Charles Flores (bass) Dafnis Prieto (drums)
SACD-63653 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Spyro Gyra: Wrapped in a Dream
SACD-63107 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Tod und Verklarung Op. 24, Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde"
Christine Brewer (soprano) Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60661 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Borodin: Polovtsian Overture and Dances
Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60039 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

SuperBass 2
Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride
SACD-63483 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tierney Sutton: Dancing in the Dark, Inspired by the Music of Frank Sinatra
SACD-63592 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tierney Sutton: Something Cool
SACD-63548 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tapestry: Song of Songs: Come into my garden
SACD-60486 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien Op. 45, Cossack Dance from "Mazeppa", Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris
Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60646 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra
SACD-60563 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite
Oscar Peterson Quartet, The Michel Legrand Strings
SACD-63500 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Transmigration
Barber: Adagio for Strings, Agnus Dei, Higdon: Dooryard Bloom, Corigliano: Elegy, Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls
Nmon Ford (baritone) Gwinnett Young Singers
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Choruses
SACD-60673 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Joseph Silverstein (violin) Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony
SACD-60070 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Junior Wells: Come On In This House
SACD-63395 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Not Recommended for Sound

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 5
Rudolf Serkin (piano) Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60566 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
Mary Dunleavy (soprano) Elizabeth Bishop (mezzo soprano) Stephen Gould (tenor) Alastair Miles (bass) Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
SACD-60603 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Rory Block: Last Fair Deal
SACD-63593 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique", Romeo & Juliet Overture
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

SACD-60681 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Not Recommended for Performance

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra, Fanfare for Louisville
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60618 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27, Dances from "Aleko", Scherzo
Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60670 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5, Tallis Fantasia - Spano   
Thomas Tallis: "Why Fum'th in Fight?", Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Symphony No. 5 in D major, Serenade to Music
Jessica Rivera (soprano) Kelley O'Connor (mezzo soprano) Thomas Studebaker (tenor) Nmon Ford (baritone)
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus
SACD-60676 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


Not Heard

4 + four
Turtle Island String Quartet, Ying Quartet
SACD-60630 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

A Cappella Works by Copland, Durufle, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Messiaen And Tallis
Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus
SACD-60654 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Art of the Guitar  
David Russell (guitar)
SACD-60672 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Berlioz: Requiem Op. 5
Frank Lopardo (tenor) Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
SACD-60627 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Best of Play Bach
Jacques Loussier Trio
SACD-63590 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
SACD-60701 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Brazil  
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SACD-60686 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra
SACD-60706 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Cameron Carpenter: Revolutionary   
Chopin, Bach, Carpenter, Demessieux, Liszt, Ellington, Dupré, Horowitz
Cameron Carpenter (organ)
SACD-60711 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Cherubini: Requiem in C minor, March funèbre, Beethoven: Elegiac Song (Elegischer Gesang) Op. 118
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60658 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Grieg: Holberg Suite Op. 40, Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E major Op. 22, Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20
Conrad van Alphen, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
SACD-60623 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Guitar Heroes
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SACD-60598 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Impressions of Chopin's Nocturnes
Jacques Loussier (piano)
SACD-63602 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Lang Lang: Recorded Live at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood  
SACD-60524 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Latin Album
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SACD-60593 Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

A Love Affair - The Music of Ivan Lins
SACD-63496 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Mozart: Requiem (Robert Levin Edition)
Christine Brewer (soprano) Ruxandra Donose (mezzo-soprano) John Tessier (tenor) Eric Owens (bass) Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus
SACD-60636 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Dear Mr. Sinatra
John Pizzarelli, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
SACD-63638 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

John Pizzarelli: Knowing You
SACD-63615 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

John Pizzarelli: Live at Birdland
SACD-63577 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo 2 SACD set

Private Brubeck Remembers
Dave Brubeck (piano)
SACD-63605 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Puccini: La Bohème
Norah Amsellem, Marcus Haddock, Georgia Jarman, Fabio Capitanucci, Denis Sedov, Christopher Schaldenbrand, Kevin Glavin
Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
SACD-60697 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Raise Your Spirit Higher, Wenyukela
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
SACD-69083 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Ray Charles, Count Basie Orchestra
SACD-63679 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

The Romantic Harp
Yolanda Kondonassis (harp)
SACD-60581 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"
5-8, Dvorak: String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, "American" (arr. strings)
Charles Rosekrans, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
SACD-60610 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Solo
Michel Camilo (piano)
SACD-63613 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Some Skunk Funk
Randy Brecker (trumpet) Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone) WDR Big Band
SACD-63647 - PCM Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Spin
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

SACD-60647 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Telarc Super Audio CD Sampler
SACDP-99-1 - Pure DSD Hybrid Stereo

Tierney Sutton: On the Other Side
SACD-63650 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Time Control
Hiromi (piano, keyboards) Hiromi's Sonicbloom: David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitar) Tony Grey (bass) Martin Valihora (drums)
SACD-63655 - Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings, Gabriel Faure: Pavane Op. 50, Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves, Johann Pachelbel: Kanon, Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Op. 48, Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from Country Derry (Danny Boy)
Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
SACD-60641 - 50kHz Soundstream PCM Hybrid Stereo

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F major, Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D minor - Variations on La Follia
Christina Day Martinson (violin)
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60698 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo

Vivaldi: Gloria in D major RV 589, Bach: Magnificat in D major BWV 243
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
SACD-60651 - Pure DSD Hybrid Multichannel/Stereo


High definition PCM Telarc downloads may be coming

http://www.passionato.com/ may be offering Telarc high resolution music files this fall. Currently they offer Telarc MP3's and lossless FLAC at standard 44.1kHz resolution. Passionato's James Glicker said they are planning to offer some high-definition titles this fall and have been talking to Telarc and Universal. They are concerned about the download time because high resolution files are 2GB or more in size.  I will be watching to see if this comes to fruition and will report on their sonic results. However in the meantime I advise to pickup whatever Telarc SACD titles that interest you as many of them may never be available in high resolution again.

 

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