I am looking for Classical and other recordings that have the best depth on the recording
to evaluate my speakers.
Real room recordings not studio tricks.
Classic Records Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition / Night on Bald Mountain has excellent depth of field. So does FIM The All Star Percussion Ensemble.
The Stereophile test discs are very useful for such things. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to acquire. One track in particular comes to mind. A drum kit is played with a stereo mic up close, then 10 feet away, then 20 feet away and so on. It’s one of many good tests.
Good choice. I have all 3 CDs since the 90s, and they are still good. I have recently bought this and the real benefit is the literature that comes with it:
The “Tutti!” sampler on Reference Recordings:
A classic recommendation from Paul, which is - heard through a great system, at the right time, in the right mood - just magic:
And a - non classical - recording, that opens up a huge space:
The Rutter Requiem is great. We got to hear it performed live in an old Episcopal church here in Indy a few years back.
Another vote for the Rutter Requiem (and Five Anthems) on Reference Recordings. This recording beautifully captures a chorale in acoustic space. Heard on a system with real bass extension the Fisk Organ Company pipe organ plumbs the depths like few other recordings - not so much with bombast but with what I can only describe as controlled power and majesty. My real reason for adding my vote is after all the audiophile check boxes are checked (including sound stage) Rutter’s Requiem reduces me to tears. I forget I’m listening to my system.
Every Rutter piece has a “Rutter moment” of delicious gorgeousness.
I have performed and arranged a lot of Rutter. Every performance results in a moment where there is a collective intake of breath by the audience. He has a remarkable ability to elicit an emotional response. And, in my experience, he is a very nice guy.
I miss John
he was so funny on three’s company !
the 24/192 version of this is worthwhile
An obvious audiophile choice: The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies.
very great sounding recording and arrangement !!
thank you for this