Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Hickox

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Hickox

Chandos  CHSA 5047

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony, The Wasps (overture)

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Gerald Finley (baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Richard Hickox (conductor)

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Recorded in: Barbican Centre, London 3 & 4 June 2006
Producer: Ralph Couzens
Sound Engineers: Jonathan Stokes, Ian Watson (assistant)
Comments (7)

Comment by Marcus DiBenedetto - August 22, 2019 (1 of 7)

Recorded in DSD in 2007 with Richard Hickox at the helm of the LSO and Chorus this SACD/download multichannel surround album is both well recorded and presented. My livingroom is filled with chorus plus soprano and baritone voices that blend well with the orchestra. The entire album is great but I keep coming back to IV The Explorers. The orchestra is spread out along my front three speakers and the surrounds add presence. While recorded live, there is no extraneous sound to disturb the listener. You feel the emotion of being at sea. The voices move elegantly between mournful to elated to contemplative. Sea travelers know that life at sea is exhilarating to dangerous. These moods are captured and conveyed. I would highly recommend this recording (I have all of Hickox's Vaughn Williams Symphonies). As it turns out, Naxos has provided this music on you tube so you can try before you buy.

Marcus DiBenedetto
Las Vegas, NV

Comment by Euell Neverno - August 24, 2019 (2 of 7)

As far as I know, Chandos records in PCM and this one, I believe, was originally recorded at 16 bit 44 khz and transferred to DSD for SACD production.

Comment by Marcus DiBenedetto - August 24, 2019 (3 of 7)

I would be disappointed if you were correct about this recording in PCM. The back cover of the SACD says "Recorded in DSD 5 channel surround sound". Recorded in 2006 and released in 2007. One would hope that stating recorded in DSD is the truth.

Comment by Euell Neverno - August 25, 2019 (4 of 7)

I suspect that the reference to "recorded" refers to the disk, rather than the original recording. Perhaps indicative of the resolution of the original recording is that it is available for download only in 16/44 format on the Chandos website.

Comment by Steven Harrison - August 25, 2019 (5 of 7)

When the Chandos engineers do the recording it is done in 96/24. When the recording is contracted out to others by Chandos, it may be done in DSD.
A number of years ago there was quite a bit of confusion about the labeling on Chandos sacd discs. There was a bit of discussion on the old forum about this.
There had been several pcm recorded discs labelled as recorded in DSD. In the end one of the Cousens got on the forum and set things straight about how they do things. This particular disc was done back when that was all going on.

Comment by hiredfox - September 1, 2019 (6 of 7)

Quite correct Steven. Chandos had confused DSD mastering for the final disc with the native recording regime. Since then all their discs have been labelled correctly as being recorded at 96 kHz, stated very clearly on their back cover labels. They have never recorded in DSD.

Having corresponded with them once or twice over the years, I read that they have no interest in converting to DSD recording - more's the pity.

Comment by Marcus DiBenedetto - September 15, 2019 (7 of 7)

I stand corrected! And I too feel it is a pity that a major label would not consider moving to DSD recording.