This hybrid SACD contains stereo and 4.0 multi-channel audio and I think it's fantastic!
For this album TOMITA created some of the most unusual, high quality electronic sounds ever heard. Then he used these sounds very effectively in some amazing orchestrations. The listening is as enjoyable as it is bizarre, quite an accomplishment in itself.
Chandos Records is delighted to present this new recording of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the enduringly popular song cycle Sea Pictures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who this year was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the composer’s music. In Gerontius the soloists are Stuart Skelton, David Soar and Sarah Connolly, who also sings in Sea Pictures. This recording was made in the days leading up to their triumphant live performance of Gerontius in April of this year in which Skelton was praised as ‘the ideal tenor for the role of Gerontius’, Soar described as ‘an implacable, dark sounding Priest’ and Connolly, ‘a consummately polished Angel’ (The Guardian).
Essential: a masterpiece of electronic music.
Who does not know “Pictures At An Exhibition”? I think very few. This time I leave part of the legacy of Tomita. Again it possess flawless execution and careful use of the sounds of old synths and wonderful Mellotron.
All hail the bargain-basement Hallmark label, purveyors of some of the greatest compilations in the early-'70s British rock realm, and pursuing that briefly towards the end of the decade with a great selection of old Status Quo hits. There are absolutely no surprises here. Ruthlessly mining the band's 1968-71 catalog, the Pye label had already released more Quo collections than the band itself had released LPs, and this one just adds its weight to the pile. But, just as Hallmark's late-'60s Kinks collections have since been revealed as an entire generation's first taste of that band's most glorious catalog, so Pictures of Matchstick Men (titled, of course, for the group's first hit) filled the same need among a later brood – and the fact that it came along just as Quo themselves began lapsing into parody gave its release further flavor…
On this magnificent audiophile download, world renowned cellist Jacqueline Du Pre renders a gut-wrenching performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor. This standard in the classical repertoire is delivered with unmatched emotion and virtuosity. This recording also features breathtaking vocals by Janet Baker on the Elgar classic, Sea Pictures. The purity of her tone is absolutely stunning. A highly recommended addition to any classical lover’s collection.