Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone SACD
A co-worker loaned me his Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone (SACD) thinking that I'd enjoy it. It's ironic that he purchases hybrid SACDs but doesn't own an SACD player because he has been much happier, on average, with the recording quality of redbook layer on these albums. Our theory is that if they go to the trouble of making an SACD they are putting forth an extra effort that shows up in the Redbook layer. In any case, the recording and music were wonderful and compelling for me. I have 1 and 19 month old kids so finding any time to listen to music is difficult. This SACD kept me listening for several evenings. Several days later, after returning the disk, I was listening to my iPod at work and realized that I was listening to one of the songs and discovered that it was on my Appassionato CD. The interesting thing is that I had always like the music on this CD but wished it was a better recording. I loaned the disk to my co-worker so that he could do a Redbook comparison and he reported that the Appassionato version sounded a bit "thin" on the secondary instruments. He really couldn't describe it, but it was lacking. It was the same recording originally so it's sad that it's hasn't maintained the same sound quality. I just ordered the SACD for myself and am looking forward to adding it to my collection and also comparing the two for myself.
The point of this post is if you enjoy classical music this is a MUST own.