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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Tubin: Symphony No. 5 (Audio CD)
UPDATE: (Dec 3, 2011) I posted the review below when I first received this disc from Amazon. I have since learned that the noise I heard was caused by my SACD player, not the recording. A firmware update to my player eliminated the noise and I now enjoy this recording immensely. I have revised the star rating and title of my review. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
I won't repeat the comments made here and elsewhere regarding the performance. I read them and purchased this disc to add another Sibelius 2nd to my collection. I've re-read all the reviews I could find before I wrote this to make sure that I wasn't forewarned - there is severe low frequency rumble through the entire disc.
I cannot hear it when I listen to this SACD through my headphones or through my reference bookshelf monitors, but in my home theater equipped with full-range powered towers, the rumble is very noticeable and distracting.
I can only assume that none of the other people who reviewed this disc have speakers capable of reaching below 30Hz. If they did, they would surely have commented on the sound. The noise (for those that care), sounds like a large air conditioning system was running near the microphones during the recording. I put my hand gently on the speaker woofer, and even during quiet passages, it was moving and pushing air in a manner consistent with the rumbling sound.
I have tested this again and again with my 2 sound systems and it's definitely not instrumental. This is a very nice recording on my smaller 2-channel stereo system, but do not purchase this recording if you have full-range speakers or a subwoofer.