Music Reviews

Hidden DSD Treasures

It suddenly dawned on me a few days ago that Native DSD’s available albums have increased dramatically in number well over 1800 now.  If you’re like me, you might forget to check earlier releases for hidden treasure.  Or, you might have developed a different opinion about a given work or performance.  So I decided to spend some time with some previous releases to see what I might have missed or simply forgotten about.  Here are just a few thought I’d share with you.

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Ivan Fischer, BFO

“I don’t think you could find a better recording of this symphony, both in terms of performance and audio quality.  I have favorites, but none surpass this one for freshness of viewpoint, sense of structure, and a never-ceasing quality that draws the listener in.  One of Maestro Fisher’s best!”

Bill Dodd, Senior Reviewer

Beethoven Symphony No 3 Manze, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

“Andrew Manze brings out the textures and lines of this pioneering symphony in a very exciting way.  Tempos generally reflect “original instruments” playing, but the instruments here are modern.  You may have favorite recordings of this amazing symphony, but this one will reward you as an addition, or even an introduction.”

Bill Dodd, Senior Reviewer


“How can one woman make so much music from one solo viola? Dana Zemtsov’s program is full of what Gramophone calls, “hidden gems”.    From Bach to Stravinsky she lights up the room.  When you check it out, watch the wonderful video as well.”

Brahms / arr. Lazic Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major after Violin Concerto, op. 77

“Both Bach and Beethoven arranged violin concertos for piano and orchestra, so Dejan Lazic is not really breaking tradition with this transcription/arrangement. He writes that it is well received where he plays it, and I believe it.  When I listen to it I hear reflections of Brahms’ admiration for Beethoven. Looking for something new from Brahms?  Take a listen!”

The Origin of Fire 

“Impossibly beautiful sacred music from a thousand years ago–  performed by four women who have totally absorbed it into their beings. This is not Gregorian Chant. It’s similar at first, but it goes way beyond. The two channel version is heavenly, but the multichannel version is a way to totally transport you.”

Spirit of the American Range

“If I could change anything about this album, it would be the title.  I would title it for its main work, Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.  (The one with the incredible Fanfare for the Common Man)  I would make a big deal out of the world class recording quality in both two channel and multi-channel versions.  I would promote it by having it presented as demonstration music in audio shows.  And most important, I would spread the word that Carlos Kalmar and his Oregonians take no prisoners in their performance.   Oh yes-  there’s a fine performance of Walter Piston’s Incredible Flutist Suite as well.  Arron Copland’s music at its best!”

I hope you will take the time to do a little exploring of your own — you will be surprised by what you’ll find!

Cover Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Written by

Bill Dodd

Bill is Senior Music Reviewer at NativeDSD. He lives in the Portland, Oregon area. He is an avid photographer too! Along with his early interest in broadcasting and high fidelity audio, he was exposed to classical music in small doses from age 5, was given piano lessons from age 9— Starting with Bach and including Gershwin. Successful morning personality in San Francisco at age 22. (true). Sang in choirs in high school and college. Although the broadcasting experience was all in popular music, his personal listening has been mostly classical his whole life—along with others including Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Joni Mitchell, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.


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