Audio Physic, an audiophile loudspeaker manufacturer from Germany, celebrates their 25th anniversary with this sampler of classical music from Turtle Records.
25 years of Audio Physic is an anniversary like no other. Audio Physic has been enriching the technical reproduction of music for a quarter of a century! This special sampler disc is an excellent example of Audio Physic's motto: no loss of fine detail.
Created in co-operation with the audiophile label Turtle Records, Audio Physic 25: Turtle Records Classical Sampler is not to be missed! This anniversary edition establishes new benchmarks in terms of sound with its perfectly processed production. The 16 pieces of classical music will captivate listeners with an absolutely flawless sound quality and extreme musical precision. When reproduced using top-class equipment, these recordings not only sound fantastic, but also reveal the entirety of a piece and its artistic intention.
Join in on a journey of discovery through five centuries of classical music, from the Renaissance right through to the present day. Experience, for example, exquisite singing (track 5), which on the one hand challenges the acoustic neutrality and tonal balance of every loudspeaker to the limit with its facets and finest details and, on the other hand, captivates listeners with its ascetic purity within just a few bars. You can also enjoy the unabated and vibrant energy in the Rondo of Mozarts Allegro KV 485 (track 4), played on a Steinway D grand piano, which gives the piece a majestic sovereignty whilst radiating youthful vigour and enthusiasm.
Be it songs, large orchestral pieces or string quartets, enjoy the tracks on Audio Physic's anniversary CD and let them whisk you away into a musical universe that is as exciting and diverse as life itself!
Audio Physic 25: Turtle Records Classical Sampler has been compiled with the idea of not only demonstrating sound quality and realism in recording and playback techniques, but also to show the variety in modern playing practice of Classical music.
There are many ways to look at classical music. One can take the approach of simply playing what is written down with the traditional instruments that are available at this moment, or one can try to investigate what instruments or different permutations of instruments were current when the music was written.
The approach that Turtle Records has taken for this sampler disc is unprejudiced towards any choice or interpretation, but aims to show what different solutions are available and how all lead to a result that is very convincing and enjoyable to listen to. Music is sound, and when the sound is beautiful the music will communicate with the listener.
This disc brings you the opportunity to hear music played in different settings or with instrumentations other than was originally scored. This gives new insight to the music and it is quite often such a transcription communicates more easily then the original because it brings new colors and subtleties to the music!
"This disc seems so far to me to have that same eloquent voice as the Karr-Albinoni. I can listen to it for a long time and do that frequently... What is known, and very welcome, is the amiable sweetness and veracity of these recordings. The instrumental and vocal timbre is about as perfect as Ive encountered, especially with the piano cuts, and the sound staging is quite fine, too... There is a quiet darkness to the background such that the musical notes can be given by musician to listener quite softly, and yet nothing is lost. Great atmosphere." - Gene Pitts, Audio Physic 25 Years, Vol. 1
"[T]he tracks actually do sound great, and the performances, no matter how brief, are uniformly outstanding... The music begins with the Second Concerto for Trumpet, second movement, by Andre Jolivet... It demonstrates a fine sense of space and air around the performers, a wide frequency range, and excellent transient attack. 'Wohin' from Schuberts Die schone Mullerin shows off Christoph Pregardiens faultless voice and the dynamics of a modern Steinway-D grand piano... Anima Eterna, a period band, under Maestro Jos van Immerseel in a selection by Hugo Distler... not only sounds beautifully and enthusiastically played but, of course, beautifully and enthusiastically recorded in clear, clean sonics... A passage from Mahlers First Symphony, performed from an original score by the Netherlands Symphony under Jan Willem de Vriend has an enormous dynamic range. More important, because the recording engineer had the sense to give it some distance, it comes across sounding most natural...[T]he opening Battle segment of Wellingtons Victory by Beethoven... offering not only strong impact but a good degree of lifelike stage presence." - John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
Audiophile CD Recording
Recorded, Mixed & Edited by Bert van der Wolf, Northstar Recording Services, BV, Holland
Andre Jolivet (1905-1974)
1. Second Concerto Pour Trompette, 2nd movement
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
2. Wohin from Die schöne Müllerin
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
3. Quintet in D Major Hob.X:5, 3rd movement, Viola, Contrabass & 2 Horns
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
4. Rondo /Allegro KV 485
Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)
5. Gaude Virgo, 15th century
Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
6. Variationen Ei du feiner Reiter, aus Konzert für Cembalo und Streichorchester opus 14
Giovanni Antonio Terzi Da Bergamo
7. A duoi Liutti vnisoni, Canzon di Claudio da Correggio a 4, late 16th century
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
8. Excerpt from 1st Symphony Titan (Hamburg 1893 version)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
9. Ich kanns nicht fassen, nicht glauben from Frauenliebe und Leben
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
10. Mache dich, mein Herze, rein from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
11. Eritaña from Iberia
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764)
12. LArte del Violino, opera omnia III, Concerto 5, Allegro/Cappricio (no.10)
Tristan Keuris (1946-1996)
13. String quartet no. 1, 3rd movement, Quasi agitato
Johann Sebastian Bach
14. Falt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben from the Christmas Oratorium
15. Die Taubenpost
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
16. Wellingtons Sieg, (Die) Schlacht bei Vittoria, op. 91