This recording was made in October 2000 in Skywalker Sound studios, Marin County, CA. Bach's Goldberg Variations, one of the masterpieces of the repertory, is a welcome addition to the multi-channel library particularly in a performance as knowing as this. But is multi-channel really needed for a solo instrument, particularly the delicate sounds of a harpsichord? Sound on this CD is superb, but watch playback level or you'll have a monster instrument that really doesn't exist. The two CDs sell for the price of one, fortunately, but this is hardly a disk to display surround sound.
LLOYD: Cello Concerto. Orchestral
Suite No. 1 from "The Serf."
A major issue of premiere recordings of music by this sadly-neglected composer. Particularly welcome is one of his last works, the poignant, introspective Cello Concerto, which is coupled with a 7-movement suite of music from his early opera The Serf. This is the first surround recording from the acoustically-superb Troy Savings Bank in Albany, New York, impressively capturing orchestral sound with warmth, clarity and impact. I look forward to future issues from this source...perhaps some of the Lloyd symphonies? In the meantime, enjoy the sonic surround richness to be heard on this release.R.E.B. (NEXT SURROUND REVIEW)