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Uncommon Bach (HD-DVD/Music Experience in 3-Dimensional-Surround/DTS-HD/Surround Records)


Sound: B+     Music: B



Ever since Wendy Carlos stunned the world with an all-electronic hit album in 1969 called Switched-On Bach, the legendary composer has been a constant source of material for those who love music and can see the unique, subtle innovations in the master’s work.  In the multi-channel music era, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) continues to be a popular favorite for conductors and music performers like Alexander Golberg Jero, who has issued yet another first connected to the Bach name.


After the rise & fall of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD still hanging in there as products of a small all-audio high definition battle a few years ago, the recent High Definition video launches should have inspired a major record label to do something with either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.  Instead, small, bold Surround Records embraced the HD-DVD format and released an all-audio album called Uncommon Bach.  A brand new recording using DTS-HD playback, the disc claims a “Music Experience in 3-Dimensional-Surround” and despite some higher definition codecs available, it does deliver impressive playback.


The music selections are:

1. BWV208, Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!
2. BWV1, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, No.3 Aria
3. BWV5, Wo soll ich fliehen hin, No.1 Chorus
4. BWV10, Meine Seel' erhebet den Herren!, No.1 Chorus
5. BWV33, Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, No.1 Choral
6. BWV225, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, No.1 Singet dem Herrn
7. BWV525, Trio Sonata No.1 in Eb, No.1 Allegro
8. BWV530, Trio Sonata No.6, No. 1 Vivace
9. BWV592, Concerto in G, No.1 Allegro Assai
10. BWV812, French Suite, No.1 in D
11. BWV831, French Overture, No.3 Gavotte



Set to decent full-color stills of flowers throughout, much like a DVD-Audio, where you do not have to watch the images if you so choose, the songs are done all electronically.  However, electronic music has come a long way since Carlos broke so much ground four decades ago.  The results are very pleasant playback and nicely performed versions of these classics.  Best of all, if you have a proper surround set-up and your speakers can create a proper soundfield, you really will notice an excellent surround experience that many will find of demo quality and is the reason people invest in such systems to begin with.


Though we take surround for granted, Jero seems to love this music and has an advanced understanding of how good surround music can be.  If you have an HD-DVD player, you’ll want this disc.



For more multi-channel Bach works, try these links:


DTS Entertainment 5.1 Disc



Uncommon Bach DTS CD (NOT THE SAME AS THIS TITLE; meaning unusual selections/two different conductors & releases)




-   Nicholas Sheffo


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