Demo quality

grimesbergenIf you follow such things you will probably have seen that the Bergen recording of Britten’s Peter Grimes won Gramophone magazine’s “Record of the Year” award.  This came as no surprise as it is very, very good.  My detailed review is in the Fall 2020 edition of Opera Canada.  In that review, which was made using the electronic copy supplied by the distributor (16 bit, 44.1kHz stereo .wav files), I speculated that the commercial release, which is hybrid 24 bit/48kHz stereo and SACD surround, might well be “demonstration quality”.  It is.  I’ve now had a chance to sample the SACD version and it’s really good.  There’s a really good level of detail and transparency with plenty of entirely natural sounding bass extension.  That’s generally been my experience of such releases on the Chandos label and this is one of the best of them that I’ve heard.  If you have gear that will play SACD you really should hear this!