Various Artists – The Nordic Sound – 2L Audiophile Reference Recordings (2009) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Various Artists - The Nordic Sound - 2L Audiophile Reference Recordings (2009) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Various Artists – The Nordic Sound – 2L Audiophile Reference Recordings (2009) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD-ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
DSF-Tracks / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz
FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Stereo & Multichannel | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 12.5 GB (DSF) + 4.85 GB (FLAC) + 4.31 GB (ISO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: 2L | Norway | Cat#: 2L-RR1-SABD | Genre: Classical

2L’s two-disc set includes materials over which audiophiles could sit and argue for hours, if not longer. Each disc contains the same 19 musical selections taken from their growing, broad selection of recordings ranging from Mozart and Vivaldi to Schoenberg and Carter and beyond. The goal, presumably, is to make an argument for the superiority surround sound not just for movies, but for music as well. Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD with three separate audio tracks: DSD Stereo, DSD 5.1 channel surround, and standard 16-bit stereo. The second disc is a Blu-ray disc again presenting three audio formats: 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 channel 24-bit Linear PCM, and two-channel 24-bit Linear PCM. Two discs, 19 tracks, and six different audio formats to choose from; what’s an audiophile to do? There can be little question that three surround options, whether on Blu-ray or SACD, offer a far more pleasing listening experience; the level of detail and realism offered in these formats vastly exceeds the stereo tracks. But even between the surround options, there are differences. There are some tracks, such as the excerpts from Britten’s “Simple” Symphony and Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, where the SACD surround track offers a much cleaner, more detailed accounting. However, the sense of truly being in the center of a live performance of Islandmoen’s Requiem or Haydn’s Op. 76/5, String Quartet that is achieved on the Blu-ray with DTS-HD cannot be improved upon. The decision, then, comes down to the preference of individual listeners. Maybe even more than that, however, is the practicality of using Blu-ray as an audio-only format. Sure, there’s a sharp-looking menu that listeners can use to navigate the disc, but that still seems like a bit of a waste of Blu-ray’s vast storage capacity. DVD-audio was a format that was even less popular and accepted than SACD, so it will be interesting to see if Blu-ray Audio catches on. ― Allmusic

01. Marianne Thorsen, Trondheimsolistene – Mozart: Violin Concerto In D Major – Allegro – 09:12
02. Dena Piano Duo – Mozart: Sonata For 2 Pianos In D Major – 06:04
03. Cikada Duo – Nordheim: Colorazione (Excerpt) – 02:09
04. Ellen Sejersted Bødtker – Åm: Vere Meininga (Excerpt) – 05:05
05. Consortium Vocale – Crux Fidelis – 05:03
06. Kristiansand Symfoniorkester – Islandsmoen: Requiem – Lacrymosa – 04:49
07. Kristiansand Symfoniorkester – Islandsmoen: Requiem – Confutatis – 02:11
08. Ola Gjeilo, T. Barber, J. Martens – Gjeilo: North Country II – 05:09
09. Stig Nilson, Anders Kjellberg Nilsson – Wolfgang Plagge: Duets For 2 Violins – Vivo – 01:46
10. Berit Opheim Versto – Springar Etter Gudmund Eide – 01:32
11. Johannes Martens Ensemble – Carter: Sonata For Violincello And Piano – Moderato – 04:54
12. Annar Follesø – Bartók: Sonata For Solo Violin – Fuga – 04:08
13. Tone Wik, Barokkanerne – Vivaldi: Recitative And Aria From Cantata RV 679 – 04:03
14. Tor Espen Aspaas – Schönberg: Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke Op. 19 (Excerpt) – 02:51
15. Engegårdkvartetten – Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No 5 – Finale / Presto – 03:24
16. Kristiansand Blåseensemble, Bjørn Sagstad – Ives: Overture & March “1776” – 03:31
17. TrondheimSolistene – Simple Symphony, Op.4 – Britten: Boisterous Bouree – 02:59
18. Kåre Nordstoga – Sandvold: Orgelimprovisata Over Deilig Er Jorden – 04:58
19. Ensemble 96, Ø. Fevang – Nystedt: Immortal Bach – 04:04




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