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Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances (Suite #2 in particular)


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Anyone care to recommend a good performance of this? I heard Suite#2 on the way into work this morning and it was delightful!

 

I want a great performance of it, hires if possible, but CD quality is quite okay. Download or disc. :)

 

Thanks,

-Paul

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Not hi-res, but Telarc is excellent.

 

This is my first choice for this music with an excellent coupling of the Botticelli, however the Dorati is still enjoyable. The Dorati played as a ripped CD definitely sounds better than the physical disc. I have the original Dorati CD release and the SQ may be different (better or worse?) than more recent editions. I couldn't find the Dorati on HDT.

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As far as I can find, HDTT does not have a version of this at all. (I was hoping for the Mercury release direct from tape... :)

 

ClassicalArchives has the Dorati version as a download, but only at MP3 quality. (Go figure)

 

Soundstage Direct has a 180g vinyl remaster coming out of the Dorati, but it is not released yet. (This is tempting...)

 

System Records in the UK has a copy of the 180gram 2007 Vinyl Dorati, but it is (in converted currency) about $44 including international shipping.

 

Of course, Amazon has both CD's, which is where I suppose, I will go. One day, I might be able to conveniently RIP the SACDs without a lot of trouble or having to ask someone else to do it for me. :)

 

-Paul

 

P.S.

 

HDTracks has this version only, and at CD quality:

 

 

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Not what you are looking for…but…this DSD copy of Respighi "Belkis, Queen of Sheba" (Eiji Oue) just came out today:

 

Eiji Oue-Respighi Belkis Queen Of Sheba Suite-DSD Download | Acoustic Sounds

 

I don't have it but perhaps it is worth a look?

 

Best,

John

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The Dorati on Mercury is considered to be the top choice, although I find it a bit dry and bright sonically. I think HDTracks may have it in 24/88 res from the SACD

 

I'd agree with this assessment Paul. I don't find it dry an bright but YMMV. Get the CD and rip it. You might also check out Church Windows if you haven't heard it yet. Naxos has a very nice version at reasonable rates. Not sure about downloads.

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I ripped both CDs last night and listened to them several times through. Utterly delightful! I do think the Dorati is a better recording, but the Telarc has a lot going for it too. I am very happy!

 

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I'd agree with this assessment Paul. I don't find it dry an bright but YMMV. Get the CD and rip it.

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat DAC.

Robert A. Heinlein

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