One recording for system evaluation?

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I'm surprised no one has suggested Justin Bieber.
 
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Thankfully we're not, but If limited to just one record that has multiple facets, one that I use all the time for equipment evaluation is Finzi's Intimations of Immortality. (Lyrita SRCS-75) It has a moderately large orchestra with percussion, choir (male and female) and tenor soloist, none of whom are world class but are suited to the music and venue. An HP list favorite early on, Finzi's 45 minute one-movement composition uses Wordsworth's Ode of the same name as his libretto.

Mid-20th C. British. It lacks huge climaxes a la Mahler or Shosty, and of course Finzi is not Beethoven, but sonically many of the audiophile elements are there.

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I listen primarily for clarity and flow, how well the choirs sound like groups of individuals singing together, dynamic gradations and timbre from the soloist and particularly from the percussion section. Lyrita seems to have a knack for recording percussion. Some of the singing is done in rounds, so I listen for vocal clarity and articulation as each wave launches over its predecessor.

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Other records I may use for component evaluation:
- Six Symphonies Op.3, JC Bach from The Rise of the Symphony collection, Marriner - Philips 6707 013
- Trio, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Warner Bros. 9 25491-1
- Symphony 1, 4, 5 or 6 Sibelius, often Maazel or Ansermet on Decca, Karajan on DG
- Violin Concerto, Heifitz, Rosza LSC-2767 or Bruch LSC-2652 or Sibelius, LSC 2435
- Die Zauber Flote, Mozart, Bohm BPO Fischer-Dieskay, Wunderlich, Lear, etc., DG 136 440
- Kraftwerk, you pick, sometimes Electric Cafe
- Blood Sweat & Tears, Spinning Wheel, 45rpm Columbia / ORG 133
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Sort of reminds ne of the Lays potato chip commercial. "i betcha can't eat just one."
I love orchestra and choir. There is jsut so much going on.
 
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I actually find this LP excellent. Boult introduces each instrument of the orchestra, explains what it is and what it does, and sometimes why it is used. Then these introductions are followed by sections from famous works featuring the instruments being played by his orchestra. Hearing the compass of each of the instruments in isolation and then playing well known music passages makes for great variety. It is very helpful for hearing the timbre of each instrument.

One can also make out scale and localization around the stage. The recording quality is excellent.


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I actually find this LP excellent. Boult introduces each instrument of the orchestra, explains what it is and what it does, and sometimes why it is used. Then these introductions are followed by sections from famous works featuring the instruments being played by his orchestra. Hearing the compass of each of the instruments in isolation and then playing well known music passages makes for great variety. It is very helpful for hearing the timbre of each instrument.

One can also make out scale and localization around the stage. The recording quality is excellent.


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That is VERY cool and educational :cool:
 

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May I nominate Mahler 2 , for dynamic range, scale (large orchestra), vocals, etc.
Live recordings by the BBC of Tennstedt conducting the LPO are excellent performances & erasonably well recorded
There is also a dramatic live rendition by Klemperer conducting the Concertgebouw (on EMI I think).
 

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May I nominate Mahler 2 , for dynamic range, scale (large orchestra), vocals, etc.
Live recordings by the BBC of Tennstedt conducting the LPO are excellent performances & erasonably well recorded
There is also a dramatic live rendition by Klemperer conducting the Concertgebouw (on EMI I think).

There is a world in which Mahler 2 is the answer to many questions.
 
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From my experience, any well recorded and dynamic piano recording will immediately reveal most of the system’s qualities.
 

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From my experience, any well recorded and dynamic piano recording will immediately reveal most of the system’s qualities.
A piano is quite the challenge. "well recorded" is quite the accomplishment. I am often amazed by the subtle nuance of live piano.
 

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From my experience, any well recorded and dynamic piano recording will immediately reveal most of the system’s qualities.

A lot of them, but not most. For separation of instruments you need orchestral, for timbral micro-detail you need solo violin and saxophone (yes, piano is revealing there too, but you need other references as well), for rhythm & timing you need good jazz and/or rock, etc. etc.

But yes, I will grant that *at least* one piano recording is an absolute *must* for system evaluation.
 

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May I nominate Mahler 2 , for dynamic range, scale (large orchestra), vocals, etc.
Live recordings by the BBC of Tennstedt conducting the LPO are excellent performances & erasonably well recorded
There is also a dramatic live rendition by Klemperer conducting the Concertgebouw (on EMI I think).

The klemperer original is fantastic and was recorded without delimiters so the dynamic range is extremely high.
 
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The klemperer original is fantastic and was recorded without delimiters so the dynamic range is extremely high.
Is that recording also available on Qobuz?
 

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Is that recording also available on Qobuz?

I am referring to the original LP. The effect will not be the same on other media.
 

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