On 30/11/2012, DAVID BURNHAM wrote:
> I've just been impressed by one of the finest, most natural sounding
> orchestral recordings I've come across in a long time. Surprisingly
> it's on Naxos, (I say surprisingly because I've always heard that
> their priority is saving money and, of course, passing those savings
> onto their consumers).
Many of their recordings have excellent sound.
They issue recordings from a wide variety of sources. Many are sponsored
or subsidised, but not all. I see a contribution to the cost of this
disc by a patron is mentioned in the booklet.
So the engineering standard does vary, but the only bad Naxos CDs I have
come across are a couple of discs of transfers from 78s _not_ done by
their usual experts.
> The repertoire certainly isn't everybody's cup
> of tea - "A Carol Symphony and other Christmas Orchestral Favourites",
> but the sound contains all of the virtues I look for in an orchestral
> recording - accurate imaging, depth, natural balance and an overall
> pleasant sound. I wanted to contact the recording engineer, John
> Timperley, to share my feelings but, sadly, it appears that he died
> about six years ago. I would like to find out about other projects
> he's worked on. From what I'm hearing, I would guess that he probably
> uses a multi-mike set-up, but it doesn't have the flatness that such a
> pickup often exhibits. Anyway I guess I'll never know.
I pulled the CD off the shelf to refresh my memory (it's not a disc one
listens to every week).
You nare right, the sound is very good indeed. Just the right balance of
warmth and clarity. It would make a good Christmas gift for anyone with
good playback equipment.
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