Adagio – The BitPerfect Collection, Vol. 1

Amanda Roocroft, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Anna Fedorova, Barbara Hannigan, Brass United, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Candida Thompson, Elin Manahan Thomas, Florilegium, Ivan Fischer, James Gilchrist, Jasper de Waal, Konrad Jarnot, New Century Saxophone Quartet, Paolo Giacometti, Reinild Mees, Robin Blaze, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, The Gents

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Adagio is a DSD Sampler that features 12 tracks from the extensive Channel Classics catalog of DSD recordings available at Native DSD Music. The tracks on this sampler have been selected by Richard Murison of BitPerfect – a firm based in Montreal, Canada. BitPerfect is also the company that has provided the software NativeDSD uses to convert DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel files to 24/96 and 24/192 FLAC for listeners interested in those music formats.

You will find a wide variety of Classical Music artists and performances on the Adagio sampler. Artists featured on Adagio include The Gents, Edwin Wiersinga, Peter Dijkstra, Florilegium, Ashley Solomon, Paolo Giacometti,

Richard Murison says, “When you consider a complex piece of music, such as a symphony with its constituent movements, the tempo markings “Allegro”, “Sehr behaglich”, “Molto vivace”, – and, yes, “Adagio” – are good guides to the overall character of the movement or work. But a lengthy and complex work can become boring without some variation in tempo, mood, or key. So, a piece marked ‘Adagio’ will often have passages which depart from that general indicator to provide not only color and character, but also interest, and so help propel the piece along on its journey from opening to finale.

That’s what I hope I have created here, a listening experience characterized by the mood of an Adagio, but without its constituent parts being Adagios in their own right. I may have succeeded in that. Or I may not. But if you find the selection enjoyable, that’s good enough for me. Either way, I’m confident that the listening experience delivered by these thirteen exquisitely-recorded tracks will be a fine reward in and of itself.”

We invite you to pick up a copy in your choice of Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, 24/96 FLAC, 24/192 FLAC and Stereo DSD 512 and enjoy the music. You may also want to pick up some of the complete albums that provided the 12 sampler tracks on Adagio. Enjoy!

Musicians
The Gents with Edwin Wiersinga, Organ conducted by Peter Dijkstra (Track 1)
Florilegium with Ashley Solomon, Flute (Track 2)
Paolo Giacometti, Piano (Track 3)
Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer (Tracks 4,9,12)
Konrad Jarnot, Baritone and Reinild Mees, Piano (Track 5)
New Century Saxophone Quartet (Track 6)
Anna Fedorova, Piano with Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen conducted by Modestas Pitrenas (Track 7)
Brass United (Track 8)
Florilegium with Candida Thompson, Leader (Track 10)
Jorgen van Rijen, Trombone with Sam Ross & Tyson Johnson, Spoken Words (Track 11)

Tracklist

1.
Requiem - In Paradisium - from 22405
03:13
2.
Flute Concerto - Spirituoso - from 29810
04:14
3.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Fugue - Erard - from 31612
03:48
4.
Andantino in Modo di Cadenza - from 21704
09:47
5.
Where Corals Lie - from 27507
03:26
6.
Contrapuntus 9 - from 20204
02:02
7.
Variation 18 - from 42620
02:52
8.
Aria: Mentre l'Erbetta Pasce l'Agnella - from 38717
02:24
9.
Firebird Suite - Berceuse - from 32112
04:01
10.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge - Fugue & Finale - from 32213
07:19
11.
I Was Like WOW - from 26909
10:31
12.
Goetterdammerung - Sigfried's Funeral March - from 32713
08:18

Total time: 01:01:55

Additional information

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SKU

NDSD019

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Cables

Van den Hul

Digital Converters

various: Grimm Audio, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

various: Hungary, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64 (except Track 7: DXD)

Release Date March 17, 2021

Press reviews

HiFi News 9 out of 5

Compilations can be a curate’s egg. But this – from the catalog of Channel Classics – is different.

Programmed by Richard Murison of Montreal-based Bit Perfect, it’s curated as a sequence of music. From the opening ‘In Paradisum’ from the Duruflé Requiem, a fine performance of the fugue from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, and the ever-reliable Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer in Stravinksy, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. The fugue and finale from Britten’s Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge is dramatic in the hands of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Anna Fedorova’s in sparkling form with the eighteenth of Rachmaninoff’s Variations On A Theme Of Paganini.

Channel Classics makes fine recordings. This is an excellent introduction to the label, and affordable too – from £11.99 for the DSD 64 in which much of this offering was created.

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