1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- Oct 12, 2011
Absolutely! And I'd assume the rears are fairly active, although someone who has heard could verify. Would be a great SACD from Dutton. A proposed coupling would be his recording of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with the same forces, and mixed in quad but only released in stereo (not counting a reel copy that leaked out). Apparently they performed the same material live along with the Capriccio, which exists on video (sadly not in great shape). I wonder if they recorded the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra as well but never released it? - https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/stravinsky-the-rite-of-spring-symphony-of-psalmsOk mixed for quad in NY is close enough for me.
Yep that’s that’s the one. Now don’t that one deserve a quad SACD reissue before many classical albums from the true quad era. Unless it turns out to be an ambient rear channel letdown.
Edit to add: there's a photo of the recording session here: https://stereosociety.com/20/QuadBernsteinRite.shtml
Edit again: a comment from Classic CD Review:
Leonard Bernstein always championed Sacre and recorded it three times, plus a video. When Stravinsky heard the NYP recording made in Brooklyn's St. George Hotel January 20, 1958, his comment was, "Wow!" Stravinsky had recorded it with the same orchestra in 1940, tame when compared with Bernstein's dynamic performance, now issued on Sony on a mid-price newly remastered disk as well as on an audiophile LP (that costs twice a much). It seems odd that Sony instead didn't issue this performance on SACD and couple it with Bernstein's1972 LSO recording which was made when there was considerable interest in quadraphonic recording. It was recorded multi-channel; I never heard it multi-channel but the two-channel reduction (included in Sony's "reference" set) is a mess—overly reverberant and muddy. It would be interesting to hear the original four-track recording, and with today's technology this would have been the opportunity to do so . An opportunity missed, unfortunately.