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#313443 - 07/06/10 01:09 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: SirQuack]
Dave B Offline
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Tons of great stuff here that lightened my wallet quite a bit. Thanks to all.

Three completely unrelated questions:

1) Does anyone know of any pipe organ CDs that are superb quality?
2) Is anything that Rammstein has ever released of reference quality?
3) Can SACDs be ripped into Apple Lossless or any other lossless format and played without an SACD player? (I currently use AppleTV because of its optical digital out, but that's cause I bought it before I realized there were many excellent USB DACs out there)

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#313444 - 07/06/10 02:19 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
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3) I don't think anyone's ever been able to rip SACDs; certainly not to Apple Lossless.
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#313561 - 07/07/10 01:51 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Dave B]
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Sure, Dave; two terrific pipe organ recordings which I've suggested here in the past are Organ Blaster Sampler , and this 2-disc Bach collection .
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#313729 - 07/08/10 12:29 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: SirQuack]
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For a regular CD, I really love the acoustic guitar playing of Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:00. Just 2 acoustic virtuosos, very cool sounding music and I think it was recorded very well.
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#313957 - 07/10/10 02:42 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: DreamTheater]
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I think RyG 11:11 sounds great too. Their first album is great as well, although I do hear some minor distortion in their first recording at times. But their talent is fantastic and sounds great on a good system.
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#320028 - 08/25/10 10:08 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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The dramatic and beautiful music which Prokofiev composed for Romeo and Juliet should be in every collection. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a very energetic performance in excellent remastered sound, available from sellers here and from other sources for just a few dollars.
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#320044 - 08/26/10 05:56 AM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: JohnK]
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Added to my cart at Amazon. Thanks, John!
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#320336 - 08/27/10 10:27 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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OK, I know this is always listed as one of the best recordings, but just in case anyone has missed it:

The Pizza Tapes.

It absolutely, 100%, lives up to the hype, quality-wise. For as good as Knopfler and others here are, it is still head and shoulders above that level.

Yes, it's Jerry Garcia and the Dead isn't for everyone. But this is bluegrass and a lot of traditional tunes. Even if you hate that genre I'd imagine you could tolerate this. Especially when it shows you just how good your speakers can sound.

(BTW, thanks to John and others who recommended some good organ music. I cranked Toccata and Fugue in D Minor at 50 the other day and had one of those cartoon eyes bulging out of their sockets moments when the low end kicks in. That's just plain awesome.)


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#326100 - 10/19/10 09:25 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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I've suggested stunning recordings of the symphonies of my favorite composer, Rachmaninoff, and it's time to recommend a recording of his great piano concertos which should be part of every collection. The late Earl Wild, who passed away earlier this year at age 94, recorded very high-powered performances of the four concertos plus the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Royal Philharmonic, which has been re-issued in excellent remastered sound. Power and beauty abound here, and the 2-disc set is available for about $17 plus shipping from the usual sources.
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#328907 - 11/18/10 10:03 PM Re: Stunning Recordings [Re: Mojo]
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Something a bit different here. Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos had composed some material to be used as the score of a film flop titled "Green Mansions". Most of it wasn't used, and the material has been restructured into an exotic set of tone poems with a Latin American flavor. Played and sung(including gorgeous selections by soprano Renee Fleming)excitingly, this is a recent discovery by me of stuff buried deeply in the classical catalog which makes for great listening. Available here for around $10 shipped.
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