Wednesday, September 27, 2006

SACD News from the High Fidelity Review

High Fidelity Review includes this piece about Paavo's newest SACD release from Telarc with the Cincinnati Symphony:
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; Elgar: Enigma
Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
SACD Surround Sound/SACD Stereo/CD Audio
(Telarc SACD-60660)

This new Surround Sound Super Audio CD is the latest album from Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Paavo Jarvi has been one of the more active musicians in terms of Super Audio CD releases with this album marking his 15th Surround Sound SACD release on labels including Telarc, PentaTone Classics and BMG Japan. It is a Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recording and features performances of material by two well known British composers - Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar.

Conductor Jarvi says that "This recording pays tribute to three of Britain’s greatest composers—not only Elgar and Britten, but also Henry Purcell, who appears in The Young Person’s Guide as an inspiration from the past. My hope is that by having their voices together on one disc, you will enjoy hearing the dialogue between these giants of British music."

Album Producer Elaine Martone describes Jarvi as "an absolute gem to work with. Paavo Järvi is a brilliant man with a wonderful sense of the line of the music. He brings out the inner parts, illuminating them so they shine. The orchestra played the difficult Britten and Elgar music with virtuosity, and Paavo shaped and guided it all with a sure hand."

The album was recorded at Music Hall in Cincinnati by Telarc Engineer Michael Bishop using the Genex 8500 DSD Recorders, the Sony Sonoma DSD Workstation (for recording and editing) and the EMM Labs Meitner DSD Converters with the EMM Labs Meitner Switchman II for surround sound speaker monitoring. The SACD Production Supervisor was Eric Brenner. The SACD was made by Sony DADC at their Hybrid SACD production line in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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