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Sorcerer's Apprentice / Symphony in C / Peri Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. La Péri, fanfare to the ballet
  2. La Péri, ballet
  3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra
  4. Symphony in C major: 1. Allegro non troppo vivace, ma con fuoco
  5. Symphony in C major: 2. Andante espressivo
  6. Symphony in C major: 3. Allegro spiritoso


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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2001)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004T0G9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The only problem with Paul Dukas' work is the startling lack. Essentially all of his surviving pieces are featured on this disc. Aside from the justifiably popular "Sorcerer's Apprentice" piece, there is a symphony and some interesting "dances" (entitled Le Péri) that, while not to my taste, are definitely well-penned.

This recording is much more...alive...than the other, more readily available recording that I've seen online and in music stores. Unfortunately for me, I bought the CD version right before the SACD hybrid disc was released...The worst part is that because it's so hard to come by, I paid nearly as much as I would have for the SACD version!

Any way you can get this recording, though, I recommend it. The second movement of his Symphony in C is worth 10 bucks just by itself. I heard this recording on NPR one night while driving across the country, and I spent 3 months looking for this recording. I had almost given up when I found a used copy on Amazon.
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Most people's experience with Dukas stems from hearing "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Disney's classic "Fantasia". This is a shame, albeit partially the fault of Dukas himself - a noted perfectionist who threw most of his work away. Most of his known symphonic work is included on this outstanding disk.
From the regal "Fanfare" (which I programmed as my bride's processional at our wedding)to the Symphony in C, Dukas' (1865 - 1935) gift for lush orchestration is a pleasant surprise to new listeners and refreshing to find on one disc for those already familiar with his work. While Dukas doesn't break new compositional ground, lovers of Beethoven, Franck and Debussey will find much to like here. The Symphony will be a revelation to most, and its gorgeous 2nd movement is worth the purchase price by itself.
The performers do a wonderful job breathing life into the music. Jesus Lobos-Cobos maintains control without squashing enthusiasm and the Cincinnati responds with a balance of exuberence and delicacy.
The sound engineering and mastering are up to Telarc's usual high standards. I have only listened to the SACD layer as I love the added realism, naturalness and clarity of this format. This recording uses multichannel technology to effectively expand soundstage ambiance to concert hall dimensions, delivering on the promise of an SACD "you are there" experience.
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The performances of the Dukas selections are very good, but despite the vertical banner on the front of this hybrid disk that clearly states "SACD SURROUND" this is only a 2-channel SACD. If you're looking for an immersing surround sound experience, you won't get it. It's a nice, clean stereo sound on a SACD player, but many people will not find it that much better than the regular CD stereo audio that is also on this hybrid disk. In fact, I sometimes will listen to the CD stereo tracks and switch on Dolby ProLogic decoding or the "7 channel stereo" setting on my receiver for a nice surround experience, because my receiver won't let me use any kind of multichannel decoding or effects when I am playing a 2-channel SACD signal. I've discovered you have to be careful if you want to purchase a full multichannel SACD recording, since many SACD disks are 2-channel stereo only, and it's often not clear exactly how many channels you are getting.
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This is one of the first super audio cds produced, in 2 channel stereo using Sony/Philips new (this was recorded in 1999) technology with its sampling rate of over 2 million bits per second and incredibly smooth response curve. This is a hybrid sacd which also has a cd compatible layer. I happend to buy it years ago because of the outstanding program and found the performances were outstanding. Too often, a new technology is introduced with second tier orchestras or of routine performance. No such case here. The Cincinnati Symphony is well honed ensemble, one of the nation's top 10 and Lopez-Cobos has helped keep them there with well balanced and paced performances and excellent recordings. The Dukas symphony is something of a revelation; an unusual 3 movement symphony in the same vein as the contemporaneous Chausson or Franck symphonies, but with its own style and sound. It's an exciting propulsive work with a tender and passionate slow movement, well worth hearing. The accompanying La Peri is a gorgeous work with a fanfare that hear reveals the high quality of the orchestra's brass section. The performance stands up well to the competition from Ansermet and Boulez. The famous Sorcerer's Apprentice tone poem compares well with Ansermet's and is certainly much better executed. The sound is clear with a distinct sense of spatial width and depth. Telarc's choice of mics includes a binaural that might well be the reason why the sound stage sounds so 3 dimensional yet subtle with headphones. I can't say enough about this recording, except for regretting they were not yet able to record it in multi-channel. Still, the sound quality is even better than some of the multi-channel sacd's they have produced in Cincinnati since this was released.Read more ›
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