Excerpts from new multi-channel recordings including music of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schmidt, Mahler, Bach, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Richter
PENTATONE POTC 5186 043 (F) TT: 74:50

PENTATONE SUPER AUDI CD SAMPLER (Remastered Quadro Recordings)
Excerpts from original four-channel recordings including music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, Handel, Schumann and Saint-Saëns
PENTATONE POTC 5186 044 (F) TT: 75:48

These CDs serve their purpose well offering complete movements or sections of recordings available on Pentatone. The only listing of contents is on the back jewel-box cover; the booklet(s) are actually catalogs of what is available in the format. Each CD is given a full page in the booklet with complete track listings and performer informtion. I'm surprised each of the CD booklets doesn't list all of the multi-channel recordings (both new and RQR) on the label. One features excerpts from new multi-channel recordings; the most impressive sonically are those by the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, New Dutch Academy, Russian National Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Dvorak/Tchaikovsky coupling. All of these are 5 channel recordings (left/right, front and rear, and center front).

The other CD samples RQR (remasered quadro recordings) made in the '70s; these have been discussed at length on this site and all of them have been reviewed. All are the original four-channel master analog recordings (the SACD player still reads 5 channels but there are only four), and most are superb—for more information read the reviews. I would question Pentatone's choice of repertory. From Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 they have included the second movement—why not the exciting third movement with its display of full-orchestra sound? And from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 we have the quiet second movement instead of the rousing finale. I also question their decision to release these samplers at full price. They are samplers and presumably will result in collectors buying many of the complete recordings.

R.E.B. (November 2003) (NEXT SURROUND REVIEW)



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