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  1. I love Bruckner 9th since I heard it the first time with 14 or so years. I have several recordings of it, each with each its own strengths. I love both Guilinis. Most recently i bought the Honeck which is also superb, and has excellent sound quality in multichannel. I was raised on the traditional 3 movement form and was first skeptical about the reconstruction, but when I bought the Harnoncourt recording in which he played all (at the time) sketches and explained them, I realizes, that this movement was almost finished except for the coda. Since then I heard several recordings with the 4th movement, e.g. the Rattle/Berliner recording and am now a fan of the complete 4 movement version. The finale in its most recent completions is a great, almost visionary work since it expands on the more modern elements that Bruckner introduced in the first 3 movements compared to his earlier works. Sometimes it sounds almost expressionist. I still think that it is not his best finale, but that is due to the combination of his failing strength and the fact that it is not finished and only an approximation to his original vision, but a quite close one, I think. So in short: 4 movements, please. Funny enough it is not one of his longest finales compared to 8th and 5th symphony. It is shorter than the 1st and 3rd movement, if played in adaequate speed, around 20 min.
  2. I can relate. I am a fan since 1984, and when I saw him in Vienna from the first row walking by to the podium, just 2 meters from me, it was a great moment.
  3. We do not know which aspect Mike is doubting: that it comes in 2021 (may be postponed to 2022), that it will contain the songs etc. It does not mean that NOTHING is in preparation at the moment.
  4. I like this rerecording very much and am glad that it exists. It is not perfect, but it conveys a excellent representation of this soundtrack that is not available otherwise.
  5. Nice to see another Europa-Park Fan! I was already there 3 times this year and it was always great! There is a reason that some people name this theme park the best overall in the world. I am lucky to live only 1.5 hours away from it. IMA Score is not bad, there is also a bit of music from them in the park (Blue Fire, I think), but it somehow always sounds the same and very bloated/bombastic/trailer-like. I am glad that the Park uses Schwarzer for much of the music. Also there are several compositions by Kolja Erdmann in the park (Voletarium, Märchenwald; Kolumbusjolle); here you can here some (I also like it very much):
  6. I liked Ted Lasso, Long way up and Mythic Quest. The latter is really great after a few episodes to get things going.
  7. Due to lots of things going on at work and in life, I literally forgot that the tickets would start selling on Monday. And then they sell out in 5 Minutes? Oh well, then not, I guess. I was in Vienna last year and will cherish the memory.
  8. Star Wars 8 and 9 Then you would not consider the violin concertos by Beethoven or Brahms as masterpieces? The last 3 string quartets by Mozart? Bruckners 7th Symphony? Bartoks concerto for orchestra? etc. etc. They are absolutely great, but I do not find very much surprise or experimentation in them, compared to earlier works. Just pure musical genius.
  9. Some compare the 2 violin concertos, often preferring the first. While this is a viable opinion, I want to point out that the 1st concerto is very much in debt to 20th century concerti from Bartok and Prokofiev. While the 2nd is pure Williams, unmistakable. This lets me rank the second higher, since I enjoy both equally.
  10. Watched the Concert on Arte yesterday and liked it very much. While his style for concert music had varied significantly in earlier years (compare flute concerto, violin concerto 1 and clarinet concerto) and seemed often a bit meandering and structurless to me, Williams seems to have found his concert voice; the piece is instantly recognizable as mature Williams concert music. While it is much less tonally centered than most of his film music, you hear the same voice in lots of small details like motivs, built-ups and instrumentation.
  11. This is the exact reply I got for my query: We looked into that but it wasn't an option for the service that manages the delivery of our digital files. The SACD is the only way to get the 5.1. Thanks for the question. Jeff
  12. I asked about the 5.1 and they replied that they looked into it, but could not make it work with the delivery system they chose. Pity. I would have payed at least 30 Euro for the multichannel tracks which would be still half of the price of the SACD (due to postage and customs) for me. Heck, I would have payed at least 40, which is double of the regular download.
  13. This is now available as digital download. But can I get it in 5.1? That is the big question here. https://intl.varesesarabande.com/products/the-matrix-the-complete-score
  14. I have 2 DVD Audios without a DVD backwards compatibility, but I agree that most have it, although only in compressed sound. DVD Audio can store 24 bit 96 kHz in lossless with MLP compression which is standard for many years. I have dozens of them.
  15. I am sorry, but every single sentence here is false. SACD and DVD Audio use a standard DVD with the same storage space, it is just used different. SACD is stored as DSD which is a 1 bit format using 2.8224 MHz sampling frequency, so it does not offer greater bit depth. And the surround encoding of DVD audio can use 24 bit at 96 kHz, so much better than CD. Lastly a DVD Audio cannot be played on a regular DVD player, except it has a DVD-Video-Portion on it, e.g. a Dolby Digital version in addition to the hirez portion. The latter is not accessible to a regular DVD player. This is a difference to Blu-ray audio which can be played on every regular BD player. This I can agree on :-)
  16. In my opinion the real sound differences between well made SACD, DVD-Audio and Blu-ray Audio are not significant, although I hear them (SACD of the same 5.1. recording sounding a bit rounder, warmer, the Blu-ray a bit clearer and brighter). The main drawing point for me is a good multichannel mix which can elevate a recording very much, see the JW Vienna Blu-ray. For the matrix release I would have also welcomed a Blu-ray audio sold separately. Doing a backwards to CD compatible SACD and selling it separately is just trying to extract more money from the audiophile customers. Several classical recording companies like Bis show, that it is perfectly find to just release one SACD for all for the standard CD price. People without SACD player just pop it into the CD or DVD/Audio player and do not notice a difference to a normal CD. Therefore I am a bit miffed about Varese´release policy, but am willing to pay the premium just to give a sign that multichannel is a point of interest to some. Providing the mix is good, which it seems to be according to @Jim Ware. Although it is not clear to me if there is just a lot of ambience in the surround or discreetly placed instruments. Well, I think I will just hav to bite the bullet and order the SACD for myself and hope for the best.
  17. Congratulation! So, how is the surround mix? :-) ambience only or a bit more creative/aggressive? And do you think the general sound quality is better than the CD version?
  18. I love good surround mixes, and this is the main reason that I am contemplating buying this one. But only if it is really a good mix, not just a bit ambience. About foreign Blu-ray: Amazon.de is the obvious choice because they have a lot of other European Blu-ray on offer, often by third party sellers
  19. So there is no way for me to get the SACD cheaper than almost 60 Euro… This is a tough one.
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