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    Album of the Evening

    Howard Shelley (Pianist and Conductor) Edvard Grieg Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Orchestra of Opera North My favorite performance of this concerto by far. Likewise for the Schumann and the Saint-Saëns No. 2 on this CD, but I'm only listening to the Grieg today! Part of my tests of my first Sennheisers, the HD 58X Jubilee, received as a belated birthday gift from a friend. It's on Qobuz and Spotify (and presumably the other streaming services) for anyone who is interested. https://open.qobuz.com/album/0095115150924
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    Album of the Evening

    Richard Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Evgeny Nikitin Ingela Brimberg Marc Minkowski/Les Musiciens due Louvre Grenoble (This is the original version, in one act, written for Paris, but declined haha! The French instead offered Wagner 500 francs for the story idea!) This is on Qobuz if anyone is interested: https://open.qobuz.com/album/0822189024291
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    IDAGIO - For Classical Music Lovers

    @rodrigaj Any updates on the state of IDAGIO? I've been using the U.S. Beta of Qobuz, and while the sound quality is wonderful, it's too frustrating finding albums, even worse than Spotify. I'm not sure why people talk of Qobuz being geared in any way toward classical music listeners, as they just don't seem to get the concept of multiple soloists, composer, composition, ensemble, etc in their tagging and search. It's a complete mess. You have to try searching by composer, but that may not work, so try the name of the composition, conductor, or perhaps one of the singers, or the orchestra. Eventually, it turns out the recording is on Qobuz, but it's listed with one of the comprimario singers, rather than the prima donna. WTF lmao! Whenever I remember that IDAGIO exists, I come back to the warnings that they don't have gapless playback. I listen to too many operas for lack of gapless to be remotely acceptable. I hope they will fix it, and have no clue why they wouldn't have had gapless playback from the beginning, since all they do is classical. I'm a member of Talk Classical, but I don't post or read there too much as I'm not an acolyte of either the Mozart Cult or the Callas Cult, so the experience there can be unpleasant haha! What I do have in common with others on that forum, apparently, is my love of physical media. I only own around 3,000 CDs, however (but I don't think I could even come up with a wish-list that would take me to 10k!).
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    Album of the Evening

    Antonio Vivaldi Juditha triumphans Magdalena Kožená Alessandro de Marchi/Academia Montis Regalis An oratorio by Vivaldi with a libretto in Latin. Wonderful performance and lovely sound! I'm listening to my CD set, but it's available on Qobuz for anyone interested: https://open.qobuz.com/album/0709869002193
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    Hyperion isn't allowing their music on any streaming service. Edited to add: what's even more annoying about them, is that they have allowed huge numbers of their albums to go out of print. Nearly all of my Hyperion CDs are no longer available, such as the majority of Howard Shelley's incredible recordings of Rachmaninov's solo piano music. I hope my discs don't ever suffer from "CD rot," which was an issue for a number of their releases from the early 90s. haha! You can buy downloads directly from Hyperion's website, otherwise you're pretty much SOL with them. CD rot: https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/pages/bronzed.asp
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    MQS--Mastering Quality Sound (predates MQA--and MQS is lossless, unlike MQA) https://obsoletemedia.org/mqs/
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    Qobuz doesn't own the music, and didn't produce it, so I can't imagine how they could know the provenance of any of it on their own. I suppose they could analyze it all and make determinations/guesses on their own, but it seems much more likely that they simply rely on what the labels/rights holders/distributors tell them. Perhaps they shouldn't trust the labels at all, but in the case of the marketing logo "Hi-Res," I can't imagine anyone cares too much. I would guess that even fewer people care about that logo than about the silly MQA one. I don't know anyone outside of this site and ASR who is even aware of either bit of industry marketing. At least the Hi-Res one is harmless, as it is simply a logo that can be slapped onto existing music files in accepted quality lossless formats (also harmless when slapped onto hardware, as it doesn't require weird or harmful processing of the music). No harm is done to the masters or the product that is sold to or streamed by customers/listeners. To return to the topic of Qobuz issues, I can report that after three weeks of heavy daily use of the U.S. Beta (Studio), I have only had issues on two days, where gapless playback did not work correctly on the Windows app, and both times the issue was acknowledged by Qobuz within hours and fixed before the day was out. So kudos to the Qobuz team for that!
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    That is a trademark of the Japan Audio Society, and those criteria apply to the use of that logo. High Resolution, on the other hand, seems to generally be accepted as 24/44.1 and above. In my opinion, some analogue remasters and good conversions to digital sound superior to some albums that were recorded digitally and always at these "high res" or Hi-Res rates. As usual, mic placement and engineering and mastering quality seem to matter more than the original or final format. Qobuz uses the Hi-Res Audio logo, but I would assume they are relying on the provider of the files, so if the music doesn't meet the Japan Audio Society's criteria, that would be the fault of the labels, and I wouldn't blame Qobuz for the misrepresentation. Regarding missing artists and albums, there are a bunch of missing Chris Isaak albums, and regarding country as Sal has mentioned, LeAnn Rimes is completely missing, unless her albums are completely mis-tagged lol. There are very many classical albums that are missing, by artists that are partially represented, and on major labels like DG, Sony, Warner, etc. Perhaps those are still in the process of being added, since I imagine the rights themselves aren't at issue. I'm very pleased with the sound quality on Qobuz, but the tagging and search for classical is absolutely horrible. The soloist(s), composer, conductor, ensemble, work name and opus number should always be properly tagged and searchable. With many albums on Qobuz, it seems they've chosen only one or two of those categories to tag, instead of all of them.
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    Album of the Evening

    Clever mic placement and engineering? The Royal Albert Hall is notorious as having among the very worst acoustics of all the concert halls of the world where orchestras perform.
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    Album of the Evening

    ...and back to French Baroque! French Cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau and André Campra Peter Harvey & Philippa Hyde London Baroque https://open.qobuz.com/album/7318590014950
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    Album of the Evening

    ORBI The Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments https://open.qobuz.com/album/eh1a1wbrv9v2b Here's a music video for anyone interested:
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    Album of the Evening

    Sadly, his work is underrepresented in concert and recordings. That said, when anyone performs Lully, it is generally a labor of love, so the existing recordings are of generally high quality in my experience. My first exposure to French baroque music was through the film Tous les matins du monde, whose soundtrack was provided by the marvelous Jordi Savall. Lully was among the composers featured. Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques have recorded a number of the operas, such as Armide, Amadis, Alceste, Bellérophon, and Phaéton. These are very good recordings, and it looks like they are all available on Qobuz if you want to check them out. The CD sets are sometimes priced outrageously high for no apparent reason. I was patient and watched for sales haha! A great single-disc recording that I suggest for anyone new to Lully is Les Divertissements de Versailles, by Les Arts Florissants and conducted by William Christie. This one by Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations is also marvelous:
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    Album of the Evening

    Thank you for sharing this, @christopher3393! I love J-B Lully, but I'd never heard this recording before. Listening to it now on Qobuz, just ordered the CD from arkivmusic. Gorgeous! https://open.qobuz.com/album/0812973011859
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    Album of the Evening

    Wonderful choice! I'm listening to her recording of Puccini's Il Tabarro right now as part of my celebration of this blessed day! Leontyne Price ❤️ Giacomo Puccini Il Tabarro with Placido Domingo & Sherrill Milnes
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    The Audiophiles wife...

    Maybe he doesn't even have a system now. Is Frank married? 😎😁
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