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#354343 - 09/08/11 10:06 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Following up on my previous recommendation of a recording with the three Borodin symphonies, his two string quartets are notably beautiful and several of the themes were adapted for the Broadway production Kismet, because of their melodious nature. In particular, a theme from the second movement of the 2nd Quartet became "Bobbles, Bangles and Beads" and one from the third movement "And This is My Beloved". As I mentioned before, this resulted in Borodin being awarded a Tony for his music almost 70 years after his death.

An outstanding recording of both quartets performed by the eponymous(finally got a chance to use that word!)Borodin String Quartet is now available on a Musical Heritage Society disc here at very low cost from several Amazon sellers. Although it isn't apparent from the Amazon description, this is the same recording that was previously available on EMI and it's more fully described and reviewed here .

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#356573 - 10/12/11 09:50 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Loc: New Hampshire, USA
The Pink Floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon" on SACD has already been mentioned on this thread. Well, today I got my copy of the DSOTM "Immersion Box", which comes with a Blu-ray disc[*]. One of the things on this Blu-ray disc is the album (audio only) in 5.1 channel surround sound in 24 bits 96 kHz uncompressed PCM format.

It is quite stunning. Better, I would say, than the SACD.

[*It also comes with a scarf and some marbles.]
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#356576 - 10/13/11 05:08 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Henry66]
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Awesome. I lost mine a ways back and could use some more!
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#356581 - 10/13/11 01:35 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I'd like to be able to buy the BR edition separately to try it out but the only separate version I see from the Immersion pack of a gigabillion new versions is the remastered CD.
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#356582 - 10/13/11 01:54 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Murph]
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What he said.
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#356583 - 10/13/11 02:18 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Henry66]
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Originally Posted By: Henry66
DSOTM "Immersion Box"


Didn't Michael Jackson sleep in one of those?

Speaking of sensory deprivation (or depravation, if you like), Immersion Box used to be a classroom language unit for elementary grades. When did it became an object of R & R desirability? Sounds kinda facist.

And speaking of desirablility, Immersion Box is also slang for
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#356651 - 10/15/11 02:19 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: BobKay]
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I am putting that PF album on my Xmas list smile
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#356668 - 10/15/11 01:50 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: jakewash]
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Greetings from Vancouver Island. I am a long time Axiom listener (since Feb 1991) who has been lurking here for sometime. So I decided that it was time to submit my first post to the Forums.

My current favourite is Eric Clapton's CD from the fall of 2010 simply named 'Clapton' (Reprise 2-525325). It is the most richly recorded CD in my large collection & represents the way that all music should be recorded IMHO. This one makes 95% of my other CDs sound downright anemic. The more I play it, the better I like it.

Bass extension is impressive so watch the initial volume settings.

While there are several excellent examples of EC's signature blues tracks, many of the 14 songs represent quite a departure from his normal fare. This CD is decidedly jazzy with wonderful recordings of guitars, piano, horns (including a fine tuba), strings & drumkit with nice, subtle brushes. As I'm becoming an old fart now, track #14 'Autumn Leaves' actually invokes an internal emotional reaction inside me - not many songs have ever done that.

I take this one to our local music stores to audition the latest sound systems that are available here in our small town. I must admit that my fine Axiom AX2s paired with a vintage Velodyne F1000 10" sub still sound as good if not better to me than most anything that I've heard out there lately. I think that I'll keep them around a bit longer as with me being the original owner with the required paperwork, my AX2s are still under warranty, ha!!

Tom, Comox BC

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#356669 - 10/15/11 01:55 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: exlabdriver]
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Welcome! I have to admit to reading your name initially as Ex-Lax-Driver. Sorry 'bout that! smile

Thanks for the tip on the Clapton CD...I'll add it to my Amazon Wishlist!
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#356671 - 10/15/11 03:15 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Registered: 07/05/10
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Loc: New Hampshire, USA
I think the Clapton album "461 Ocean Boulevard" also deserves a mention on this thread. It can be found in many formats, but the two that I know are good are the SACD and the high-def download from HDTracks.com.

The sound quality on this album is superb. Track 3, "Willie And The Hand Jive", in particular, has a fantastically wide dynamic range and will impress people if you put it on and crank it up.
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