This thread has been dormant, even though people keep adding to the ‘Redbook CD’ thread regularly. So I’ll add a few of my new DSD favorites.
For those who haven’t noticed, the recordings made by David Wilson (of loudspeaker fame) decades ago are now being reissued as DSD downloads available from NativeDSD. These are all very good, but one that really struck me was John Fenstermaker playing the organ at Grace Cathedral. My speakers disappear and I seem to be in a great big reverberant space. That’s a neat trick, given that my speakers and room are smaller than what many of the folks on this forum have. The dynamic range and tonality of the organ are demonstration-class. I also like pianist Hyperion Knight playing the original (piano solo) version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, with excellent piano sound.
NativeDSD is also distributing recordings by the Russian label Caro Mitis, which specializes in Baroque and early Classical music. They are all worth checking out if you like this era of music, and the sound is excellent. In particular, I enjoyed the keyboard sonatas of J. C. Bach played by Olga Martynova.
I studied harpsichord for many years. Harpsichords are tricky to record, since close miking can emphasize the pluck on the string rather than the tone that follows; the result can be overly bright, even fatiguing. Martynova plays an instrument by William Dowd. My teacher owned a Dowd of about the same vintage as the one Martynova uses. The minute I started this album playing I was strongly reminded of what it was like to play her instrument – quite resonant with a complex but not too bright tone. While I haven’t personally heard this particular instrument, it sure sounds like the Dowd I played often.