RHEIN­BERGER & MUS­SORGSKY

Australian HIFI - - SUPER FIDELITY -

En­de­brock/Rohn/Graf (HD-Klas­sic SACD 3D-001701) It’s not of­ten I hear some­thing re­ally new and unique, both mu­si­cally and tech­ni­cally. But that’s the case with this new SACD from HD-Klas­sic, which fea­tures three ways to lis­ten to this mu­sic—on the stereo layer of the CD, in 5.1 sur­round on the SACD layer, and as a bin­au­ral record­ing de­signed for head­phone lis­ten­ing. The mu­sic in­cludes Josef Rhein­berger’s Or­gan Con­certo No 2 and an or­gan tran­scrip­tion of Mus­sorgsky’s Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion that’s also scored for per­cus­sion. In 5.1, the disc is sim­ply thrilling. The prodi­giously deep bass of the or­gans, com­bined with the light per­cus­sion in the Mus­sorgsky give the lis­tener an in­volved and breath­tak­ing per­for­mance. The stereo record­ing is fine, but not as in­volv­ing as the sur­round high-def­i­ni­tion tracks. I can rec­om­mend this disc for the unique mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences it of­fers. Mel Martin

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