TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the April 2013 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Epic, Brilliant, Stunning Sonics!
Audiophile XRCD24 Mastered from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes!
Can Be Enjoyed On Any CD Player!
This recording of Carmina Burana dates from the zenith of André Previns golden era at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra and has been newly mastered from the original stereo EMI Master Tapes.
Recorded November 25-27, 1975 at Londons famous Kingsway Hall.
"The music is vivid and vibrant... There were two advantages of the 1998 and 2010 EMI discs over the companys very first CD mastering: Superior sonics and a cheaper price... Now, the sound is even better in Hi-Qs audiophile remastering, and it makes Previns interpretation, full of love and lust and other sensual delights, an even greater delight... Hi-Q use the JVC XRCD K2 disc processing system... the process is about as precise and accurate as you can get in transferring an analogue tape signal to compact disc... As usual, I put the Hi-Q disc into one CD player and the latest EMI issue into another... [T]he biggest improvements I noticed were in the quieter moments of the music, the wider dynamic range and greater lucidity of the Hi-Q product effecting a better low-level response... Hi-Q Records package the disc in a very substantial and beautifully illustrated Digipak, with note pages fastened book-like inside. As always, its a first-class presentation." - John J. Puccio, Classical Candor, November 13, 2012
"The conductor relishes the quieter, quirkier, rhythmically unstable, and lyrical moments of the score... Three terrific soloists are on hand... Armstrong's ineffably beautiful 'In Trutina' is a higlight. Instrumental detail and color are outstanding: check out the riff for piccolo, flutes, oboes, and piano at the start of 'Veris leta facies.' Massed brass sonorities are thrilling. Currently, one can choose among something like ninety Carmina buranas but none I've heard is preferable to this one." - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, April 2013, 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics
Mastered from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes!
Superior Audiophile XRCD24
XRCD24 is a standard "Red Book" CD and can be enjoyed on any CD player
Sheila Armstrong, soprano
Gerald English, tenor
Thomas Allen, baritone
London Symphony Orchestra Chorus
The Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor