192kHz/24-bit FLAC/ALAC*, Linn Records CKD 540 (supplied by www.linnrecords.com)
Linn has worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a decade and marks its 40th anniversary with a new Usher Hall recording of Wagner's Siegfried idyll and two reissues (Sibelius' The Tempest and Mozart's Symphony 41 'Jupiter'), upsampled from 88.2kHz/24-bit (Mozart: producer James Mallinson) and 96kHz/24-bit (Sibelius: Andrew Keener) masters. The Wagner is sensitively done, with notable horn playing and a very fine coda. A pity, perhaps that Ticciati didn’t opt for the 13-instrument version like Georg Solti [VPO/Decca]. With enjoyable but ‘softer’ sound also from the Usher Hall (2003) Sibelius’s theatre music suite is with the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus. The Mozart is a boldly dramatic reading from Sir Charles’s ‘Indian Summer’ of mostly SCO recordings. City Halls Glasgow adds a slight brashness. CB
Sound Quality: 80%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
While still lighting the 192kHz LED on your DAC, all but track 1 look to be asymmetrically resampled from 88.2kHz stock. Tracks 2-10 are first downsampled from SACD [see Graph] and tracks 11-14 upsampled from 88.2kHz LPCM. PM
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