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SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
Une Symphonie Imaginaire is Minkowskis own collection of 17 orchestral pieces from 11 of Rameaus operas, compiled into a dramatic cycle that represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music. What emerges is a programme that is as dramatic as it is delightful and easily accessible! With this recording the musical universe of Rameau is captured in an entirely new programme concept by one of the most popular interpreters of French Baroque music.
Marc Minkowski has collected about 20 orchestral pieces from 11 of Rameaus operas and has put them together into a dramatic cycle that represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music.
Minkowskis earlier recordings of music by Rameau, also with his Musiciens du Louvre, have received numerous critics prizes including two Diapasons dor and the Record Academy Prize of Tokyo.
"There was no puzzling, religious world-view to get in the way of a suite of Rameau's most delectable dances compiled by Minkowski. Here you could just enjoy the parade of colours and rhythms, played with amazing vividness and sparkling virtuosity." - Daily Telegraph (London), 2003
Super High Material Super Audio CD
SHM-SACD Stereo SACD Layer
Single-Layer Stereo SHM-SACD, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file.
Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection.
Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes.
This Single-Layer SHM-SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player! It will NOT play on conventional CD Players!
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski, conductor
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Une Symphonie imaginaire
1. Zais: Ouverture
2. Castor et Pollux: Scene funebre
3. Les Fetes d'Hebe: Air tendre
4. Les Fetes d'Hebe: Musette & Tambourin
5. Dardanus: Tambourins
6. Le Temple de la Gloire: Air tendre pour les Muses
7. Les Boreades: Contredanse Gavottes pour les Heures et les Zephirs
8. Les Boreades: Prelude
9. Les Boreades: Entree de Polymnie
10. La Naissance d'Osiris: Air gracieux
11. Platee: Orage
12. Concert No. 6 en Sextuor: La Poule
13. Hippolyte & Aricie: Ritournelle
14. Nais: Rigaudons
15. Les Indes galantes: Danse des Sauvages
16. Entree De Polymni (Act 4, Scene 4)
17. Les Indes galantes: Chaconne
Recorded live at the Theatre de Poissy