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Hi-Fi Fiedler Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • ASIN: B0009U55R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The woman who lives next to the house where I grew up has a scratched copy of the LP version of HI-FI FIEDLER. I know this because she lent it to me if I promised to be very careful. I was just developing an interest in classical music and she thought I would enjoy it. She was correct. I listened to it over and over again. I put it on my father's stereo, something I could only do when my parents were not home, took out a magic wand or some similar stick from my sister's toy chest, became Arthur Fielder and conducted the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra as the music emanated from the speakers. I thought I was alone in the house because I'd never want anyone to see this spectacle, but my younger brother was lurking behind me as I finished "conducting" the march from "Le Coq d'Or." I guess I decided the orchestra needed some extra practice and picked up the needle to play the march again. My brother startled me and the end result, I scratched the record and the needle kept getting stuck at the end of the march. When I returned the recording and asked my neighbor if she knew it had a small scratch, she nicely told me it did not and from that point on, anytime I listened to recordings from her collection, I listened to them at her house and she controlled the phonograph.

Obviously I purchased this recording for nostalgic reasons, but each time I listen to it, I gain a new appreciation for Fiedler. As a Bostonian, I always acknowledged him as a revered cultural icon, but he took music seriously, and his recordings offered listeners a taste of the variety of great music available.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on September 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
As soon as you see the word 'hi-fi' or 'audiophile' in a title, there is reason to worry. This often means bad music, performers or mediocre playing, in hyped-up sound. There is a trace of this phenomenon here (in this primeval show-off disc), but fortunately only a smidgeon.

The major piece here is the Rimsky Golden Coquerel Suite. Back when I was a lad (sometime around 1803) this was much more popular than it is today. Now it's gone into a slump, which is rather a shame. Cast palpably from the same mould as Scheherezade, it shares many of the exotic colourations and characteristics of that uber-popular piece - but maybe with a few less ravishing tunes. It's all part of Slavic composers' long-running love/hate relationship with the mysterious Orient. And it's all good fun. Think of Stravinsky's Firebird, and you won't go far wrong.

It's well played here; however, some of the orchestral warhorses wheeled out later in the disc fare less well. I must confess I am not a great fan of Fiedler; his occasional tinkering is annoying, but more worrying is his tendency to rush, gloss-over and streamline musical lines. The Boston Pops, moreover (the BSO shorn of its front desks and principals) often sounds downright sloppy here. There is also a nasty fluff in the William Tell that should have received the razor blade and sellotape treatment.

I find the sound here most interesting. The great Lewis Layton, in order to hype up the sound, has moved his mikes palpably closer than usual. This brings great immediacy of sound, but shaves away much of the hall sound. He is also running his tapes hotter than usual. The result is all too predictable, regretfully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. Seastrand on June 14, 2010
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I hate these long winded reviews that go on forever (not you Timothy). Having said that, I will briefly relate to you an very inspiring experience of mine. One summer evening long long ago I was at an Esplanade concert overlooking the Charles River in Boston where Fiedler and the Boston Pop were performing. One of the pieces they played was Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky. That was the first time I had heard the piece. It was electrifying. To that point I had never heard a piece that evolked such a responce from me. Those were the days, my friends. Ok, I'll stop now.

This disc is absolutely awesome. The performances are wonderful complete with Fiedler's little flurishes. What makes this disc so great, however, is the technical quality of the recording. It is close miked giving you rhe feeling of hanging a few yards over the front center of the orchestra. Every single nuance is given full respect. The crispness, especially of the high end, and the dynamic range are unsurpaced. Very rarely does everything come together as well as here. Oh, did I mention, all of the pieces were originally recorded between 1956 and 1960.

You all need to buy this disc. Get this specific one, the SACD version (plays on any cd player). There's another one with a similar cover that is not SACD. Even though I play it on a standard cd player, the mixing and whatever else might be different on the regular version. Not good to mess with perfection. And, of course, the better the sound system, the greater the thrill. Happy listening!
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