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  1. and congratulations to Vienna Phil for keeping the trophy for best Imperial March performance ever. Excellent try though, NSO.
  2. Daughter (*1963) and Grand daughter (*1992). No competition, they can coexist.
  3. Not meaningful? In that (Wagnerian, Norse inspired) mythology, Siegfried is the bearer of hope for change. He is a young, yet unknowing, "Padawan" with superhuman "force". In that sense I very much see a connection.
  4. Odd comment. I hear nothing like anyone "screwing up" on this album. It sounds great to my ears. 8:05 in Rounds there might be a slight compression or limiting going on due to the loud Bass drum, but isn't that always the case in such recordings? The alternative of having the bass drum uncompressed in its full dynamic range means the whole album must be 10 dB or so quieter in level AFAIK. Probably not acceptable? Then everybody would complain why that album is so low in level. And all over I hear no compression on this album, except for these very few loud bass drum places. Where do you hear compression? I love the sound of that album. It has depth, it has dynamic range, it has a great balance between blend and detail. 'Gathering of friends' or the 'Berlin Concert' might have overdone the compression in some places, but here it seems fine to me. Or did you hear the Dolby Atmos stream over headphones? That always sounds bad, blame Dolby or Apple with their "binaural" down mixes. Always listen to the original stereo mix if you don't have a 3D loudspeaker setup.
  5. not trying to get into a semantics fight, but it's not only lossy based on the data, but also because it intentionally changes the audio to make it sound "better", (introducing group delay distortions through upsampling with certain minimum-phase filters AFAIK). Again, nobody wanted this or needs this, the business idea behind is to have an encryption handshake between sender and receiver, a copy protection mechanism, the buzzword is DRM, digital rights management. You are not supposed to own anything anymore, they will happily sell it to you every time you want to use it...
  6. You don't get "studio like sound". MQA is by definition a lossy codec. And it changes the sound. With filters/delays. Yes, in order to "improve" you must change. You can't have it both ways. They claim it improves it. Of course they claim that, because they want to push the technology into the market. But it's not the studio sound, it's not what the engineers in the studio ever wanted and created. Nobody needs this nonsense, except those whose business model is highwayman robbery. (quite a few bad apples like this in the music/recording business. the fruit name is coincidence here, isn't it? ;-))
  7. Interesting. The MQA part makes it incompatible with standard CD players I guess? MQA is bad. A copy protection mechanism, handshake sender receiver encryption type, sold as "better sound" aka as the tale of the Emperor's new clothes. Among the biggest horse shit the industry has ever seen. Can't damage a beautiful recording like this though.
  8. Siegfried Theme, which inspired the Force Theme, which inspired this theme, fitting to Obi-Wan's role in the tale, Bruckner orchestration, a bit of all of that it sounds to me.
  9. I think it's a bit of that, but also the intense artistic relationship with Anne-Sophie Mutter, which makes it all more interesting for the mainstream media. Other than us geeks, the media need more than "only" absolute music, but also a good story. They together are a great story. Nothing against Yo-Yo Ma and the other great and serious musicians JW has collaborated with before, but the Mutter-Williams connection just is a great story that triggers many imaginations, last but not least the composer's own. She is his muse and gives him energy and joy. We can tell he was a bit weary about the film music routines, so this other focus really inspires him, literally lifts his spirit. And the long Previn connection by both, a classic triangle story, makes this even into a psychologically complex tale. The CD is very beautiful and one can tell from the music and how it's played and how it sounds, that there is more to it than only pure professionalism of two of the most accomplished artists on the planet.
  10. Because like all truly great people of good character, he strictly separates private and professional life, and because he doesn't think there is much of interest to the outside world about him, except his professional output for all to hear. And because he doesn't need any publicity except the one naturally evolving from his body of work.
  11. I don't understand the question. All his scores are "released". They are just not free under the usual protection of rights of composers. Will they be released for performance by anyone who is willing to pay the fees? Probably. Will they be free for anyone to use? Not for many decades, AFAIK currently 80 years after a composer's death. So considering JW will live for at least another 30 years, it will be a very long time out. :-)
  12. What is this about? Vienna recording (first concert in 2020) was published by DG in Stereo, Surround and 3D Dolby Atmos mixes.
  13. Oh dear, what a lousy sound mix from Carnegie Hall. Or did JW rewrite the pieces "For Glockenspiel, Mono Violin and remote Orchestra"?
  14. Well... There is also a two track tape recorder to be seen in the pic. Something that wasn't used in that room for about 40 years. Why should they use a tape recorder for recording this? So it seems to be true. The sign current. It was a direct-to-disc recording. Hard to imagine the orchestra would approve it, since those live performances have usually several flubs over the span of a side of an LP. Maybe it was only an experiment.
  15. The mic is probably only there to record JW's voice. Since this was a direct-to-disc recording, as others have already found out, e.g. by the sign at the door of the recording studio, nothing was recorded, except direct to disc. Nothing will be edited. (otherwise the direct-to-disc concept makes no sense. direct-to-disc and editing are mutually exclusive) The red light in the dress rehearsal is probably to tell them, when the direct-to-disc process is running.
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