Hmmm - I'm pretty sure I don't own this. Need to check it out.I'm not a big Xmas person, but there's a ton of great seasonal music out there on quad/surround SACD. the one that came immediately to mind is this collection of carols, recorded in quad in the 1970s:
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HRaudio counts 89 titles with "Christmas" somewhere in the data, including several recordings of Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Harnoncourt's recording on DHM is a front-runner and pretty easy to find): HRAudio.net - Search
If you want a complete Nutcracker, there are two recent surround recordings available at regular prices worth looking at - Jarvi on Chandos and Gergiev on Mariinsky. I have a mild preference for the Gergiev myself, and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony is included on the second disc at no extra cost.
Pentatone didn't get a license for any of the original artwork for their releases. As for the name, I'm not sure why either. More generally, glad you enjoyed!Thanks ubertrout!
I didn't hold out too much hope for this disc. I thought it would be typical classical with a small amount of reverb in the rears. But I thought it was worth a try - and was extremely pleased to be proved wrong.
It feels like you are right in the middle of the cathedral. To me the higher voices are up front and lower voices behind, though maybe that is a result of the deeper notes reverberating more? It certainly sounds like you are surrounded by voices. Then, when the organ kicks in, wow! Deep notes on the right (F+S) and higher on the left (F+S). So the surround mix is both front-back and left-right. Maybe I was overwhelmed with Christmas spirit but I thought this sounded fantastic when I played it last night.
I only listened to the first 15 minutes because my wife asked me to stop playing it until we could listen together. That doesn't happen when I am playing Yes or Black Sabbath! But I thought it was worth mentioning now so that anybody who fancies it has a chance to get it before Christmas.
Interesting that it is a 1973 quad recording that was only ever released in stereo at the time. The Winchester Cathedral Choir* Conducted By Martin Neary (2) - Christmas Carols Though I think I prefer the the original title and sleeve design. Not quite sure why they changed it to "Starring: Christmas".
Probably the best price you'll get, although shipping kills the deal if you don't do a bigger order: Starring Christmas (Sixteen well-known seasonal titles) – Berkshire Record OutletGood to read this I ordered myself a copy too.
The other Pentatone quad sacds I own have superb sound.
Thanks for the heads up on this release,I wasn't aware of it.Found a Norwegian shop that has it in stock. Should arrive well before Christmas.Have several of 2L's choir recordings from chuch's,and they all sound wonderful in Atmos.A new disc by the Norwegian Girls Choir on 2L, Stille Grender. Unfortunately, the Blu-Ray is not yet available at Presto Classical, and ImportCDs shows availability on January 1st (!), even though the official release date is November 26th. Amazon: mp3 only. (I can't understand why this Grammy-winning label has such terrible distribution.)
You can download it right now from NativeDSD, at least--the 5.1 and stereo mixes, though not the Atmos mix. And you can stream it in high resolution on Tidal. Here's an article by Morten Lindberg about the recording process, with nice photos:
The Norwegian Girls Choir and pianist Tord Gustavsen combine their talents in a programme of popular and cherished Christmas carols, leading the audience from quiet […]www.nativedsd.com
Received this yesterday, listened to some songs and it sounds wonderful in Atmos. There are songs both in English and Norwegian, an some solo piano improvisations too.Thanks for the heads up on this release,I wasn't aware of it.Found a Norwegian shop that has it in stock. Should arrive well before Christmas.Have several of 2L's choir recordings from chuch's,and they all sound wonderful in Atmos.
I have the CD. It is in Dolby Surround.I've been trying to put together a collection of Christmas music in surround for a couple years now... here's a rundown of what I've found and my thoughts on them. If anyone knows of any others, please post your thoughts
Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Celebration DVD-A - A mix of New Age-ish synthesizer music and midieval-sounding tunes. Excellent fidelity; some songs are very discrete while others have ambience in the rear channels. Available at AmazonUS for about $13
This recording is copyrighted 2001. I have had the CD that long. It is much older than the Christmas Celebration CD. It is not in Dolby Surround.Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Extraordinaire DVD-A - Many of these tunes are on the "Christmas Celebration" DVD-A and the ones that aren't are just OK. I would pass on this and just get the "Christmas Celebration" disc.