96kHz/24-bit FLAC, In-akustik 0169125 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Singing variously in English and French, Canadian-born jazz singer/composer Diana Ariadne Panton has an enchanting voice, To Brazil With Love being her fourth album, released in 2011. It’s a meticulously manicured collection of Brazilian-infused MOR material with which you might want to chill out late at night: a curiously eclectic mix including compositions from Panton, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Paul McCartney. Panton’s moving interpretation of ‘And I Love Her’ (here it’s ‘And I Love Him’, of course) is a notable highlight – if you’re not offended by classic Beatles numbers being sprinkled with a heavy helping of saccharine – featuring a delightful piano accompaniment by veteran multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. This is a lovely, if artificially intimate recording with a sound balance that’ll sound great on any good hi-fi system. JB
Sound Quality: 80%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
The appeal of Panton’s voice is clear enough but some of the ultrasonic energy (and noise) presented in this 96kHz rendering looks to be associated with downstream microphone amps and other processing/compressors. PM
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