Listening Impressions (Part II)
|Performer:||Carolyn Chan 陳楚喬|
|Album:||Carolyn Plays Piano Collection of Hayao Miyazaki
This is a very interesting album. When playing this on my Marantz SA11-S2 I skipped through the tracks and finished it in 3 minutes. Do not really know why but the interest is just not there. The reason dawned on me when playing this via the Accuphase DC-37.
The whole album is actually very beautifully recorded (Ghibli movies have beautiful music), but very dead sounding at the same time. There are next to no reverberations on any of the recorded instruments, the entire recording is very damped.
This is still a good album though, the piano is very dynamic and at times explosive; the timbre of the violin is sublime. The ensemble is in total sync with each other to a clinical precision.
As mentioned before the only pitfall for me is the sound is too clean. I can only hear the fundamental notes of the piano and other instruments and there is too little ambiance to add interest.
Your playback room plays a critical role when it comes to recordings like this - my room is too small and too heavily treated to give this album justice.