The Ultimate Audio Experience - Netrebko, Gheorghiu, Scholl, Terfel, Mutter, Ashkenazy, Thibaudet, Boulez, Masur, Kaplan - 2003 (SACD-R, ISO)

The Ultimate Audio Experience – Netrebko, Gheorghiu, Scholl, Terfel, Mutter, Ashkenazy, Thibaudet, Boulez, Masur, Kaplan – 2003 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Gustav Mahler, Antonín Dvorák, Ludwig van Beethoven, Francesco Gasparini, Giacomo Puccini, Vincenzo Bellini, Heinrich Biber, Modest Mussorgsky, Frédéric Chopin, Gaetano Donizetti, Richard Wagner, Olivier Messiaen
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64 (2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 4.31 GB
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The Ultimate Audio Experience (2003)

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911):

01. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Pt. 1 – Kräftig. Entschieden – excerpt 5:30
Wiener Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Antonín Dvorák (1841 – 1904):

02. 8 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147 – No.1 in B (Molto vivace) 4:13
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

03. Rusalka, Op.114, B. 203, Act 1 – Mesicku na nebi hlubokém 5:02
Anna Netrebko, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gianandrea Noseda

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827):

04. Violin Romance No.2 in F major, Op.50 8:20
Anne-Sophie Mutter, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur

Francesco Gasparini (1661 – 1727):

05. Ecco che alfin ritorno, Critical Edition: Dr. Alessandro Borin – Il nocchier nella procella 3:19
Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924):

06. La Bohème, Edited Francesco Degrada (1988), Act 1 – “O soave fanciulla” 4:03
Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Simon Keenlyside, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Chailly

Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835):

07. La Sonnambula, Act 2 – Ah, non credea mirarti 6:37
Renée Fleming, Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Of St Luke’s, Patrick Summers

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644 – 1704):

08. Missa Salisburgensis – Kyrie 5:50
Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel, Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881):

09. Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. Ravel) – Promenade I – 1. Gnomus 3:56
Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911):

10. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection”, Tracking of Symphony by Gilbert Kaplan – 5th Movement – Sehr langsam und gedehnt (“der grosse Appell”) & Pesante 4:48
Gilbert Kaplan, Wiener Philharmoniker

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849):

11. Waltz No.8 in A flat, Op.64 No.3 2:31
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848):

12. Don Pasquale, Act 3 – Com’è gentil…tornami a dir 3:47
Juan Diego Flórez, Andrea Menafra, Rossella Perrone, Giulio Patara, Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Frizza

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883):

13. Tannhäuser, WWV 70, Act 3 – Wie Todesahnung… O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram) 5:34
Bryn Terfel, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992):

14. Turangalîla Symphonie – 5. Joie de sang des étoiles 6:20
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

The subtitle of this SACD is “The Ultimate Audio Experience”. But open the notes, and you discover that all the tracks save one are from 44, 48, and 96KHz PCM sample original sources. There are some great performances here –- forever trapped in mid-definition resolution. They date from 1993 to 2003, a surprising number of them being recorded in 2001-2003, after DSD recording was available. In listening to this SACD, I was beginning to have doubts about the SACD format until I noticed the sources in the liner notes.
The one DSD recording here is the Dvorak Slavonic Dance op. 71 #1 with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra Dvorák: The Slavonic Dances [SACD]. My reference is Reiner’s performance Dvorak: Slavonic Dances & Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Fritz Reiner Conducting The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and I would have to say that I prefer Fischer’s performance, which has tremendous nuance and exuberance.



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