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CD Cover Berlioz Les nuits d'ete Classification: SACD New Label: Linn CD Number:CKD 421 Price:£13.50

Comment:Beautifully recorded selection that will leave you gasping at the imagination Berlioz poured into his music. Sung texts in English are in the booklet together with detailed programme notes.

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CD Cover J S Bach Double and Triple Concertos Classification: SACD New Label: Channel Classics CD Number:CCS SA 34113 Price:£13.95

Comment:Leading from the violin, Rachel Podger directs her Brecon Baroque in these concertos by J S Bach, two of which are reconstructions. Lovely SACD sound!

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CD Cover Kuniko Cantus Classification: SACD New Label: Linn CD Number:CKD 432 Price:£13.50

Comment:Percussionist Kuniko Kato's arrangements of the music on her SACD offers an experience of hypnotic beauty created by her multi-instrumental multi-overdubs. The spatial elements in this music are absolutely made for SACD surround sound!

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CD Cover Luigi Nono La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura Classification: SACD New Label: Urlicht CD Number:UAV-5992-BR Price:£16.99

Comment:La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura is the last work of composer Luigi Nono (1924-1990). Inspired by the phrase "Wanderer there is no way only walking," the violinist plays in a landscape. Presented here in 2 Channel Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound.

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CD Cover Giovanni Gabrieli Music for Brass and Organ Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 509 Price:£15.99

Comment:Recorded in the Berliner Dom (Cathedral) Berlin Brass appears to include all the brass players the city can muster. Gabrieli (ca.1555-1612) is the original surround sound composer and this SACD displays his music to literally stunning effect.

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CD Cover Il Mantovano Hebreo Classification: SACD New Label: Linn CD Number:CKD 429 Price:£13.50

Comment:This selection of Salomone Rossi (c.1570-c.1630) mixes Jewish themes with songs and instrumental pieces. Profeti Della Quinta, based in Switzerland, originated in the Galilee region of Israel and are led by harpsichordist Elam Rotem.

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CD Cover Berlioz L'enfance du Christ Classification: SACD New Label: Linn CD Number:CKD 440 Price:£15.99

Comment:First heard in complete form during 1853, L'enfance du Christ ranks as one of Berlioz's greatest creations. Its story and simplicity of telling making the work all that more powerful. Robin Ticciati enhances his growing stature with this magical SACD.

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CD Cover Lubeck Philharmonic Live Encore Mendelssohn Schubert Liszt Ravel Classification: SACD New Label: Musicaphon CD Number:M 56955 Price:£12.54

Comment:Compiled from live concerts given by the Lubeck Philharmonic between 2009-2012, this SACD is in itself a concert. Roman Brogli-Sacher led the orchestra from 2000 until 2013 and it shows in these performances. SACD surround sounds add that extra reality!

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CD Cover Brahms and Holst Classification: SACD New Label: Musicaphon CD Number:M 56912 Price:£12.54

Comment:Brahms made versions of his sonata for clarinet and viola. This one by Luciano Berio turns a chamber work into a virtual concerto for clarinet and orchestra. Under Roman Brogli-Sacher, Holst's Planets rotate in an atmosphere of warm surround sound.

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CD Cover Sacher Switzerland Echo Halffter Schoeck Honegger Classification: SACD New Label: Musicaphon CD Number:M 56931 Price:£12.54

Comment:All the music on this SACD resulted from commissiones by Paul Sacher. The most recent work is Halffter's Tiento del primer tono y batalla (1986). Schocek's Nachhall is an amost Mahlerian cycle of songs. Honegger's 4th Symphony sounds great in SACD!

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