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Brava. (Transcriptions for clarinet from works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Elgar, Bassi, and Lovreglio.) Seunghee Lee, clarinet; Arlene Shrut, piano. Recorded in 1999, at St. Peter's Church, New York City. Engineer: Mark Aubort. 60+ minutes. Summit 276. The soundstage here is very close-up in perspective, with the resulting clean and well-delineated sound. While the perspective is what you would get from a front-row, or near-front-row seat (the piano is properly sized, with the clarinet just a bit to the left), the church ambiance also shines through, and gives the sound a really warm, enveloping feel.

DPL decoding was OK, but not spectacular, and it was not even OK unless the center level was backed off - 3 dB. The hall DSP modes available from my Yamaha DSP-A1 (as well as the RX-V3000 receiver I had on hand to review) were only acceptable with the smaller room simulations. However, the Classical/Opera mode was extremely effective. It moved the listening position a dozen rows further back and helped to bring the church ambiance out into the listening room. The hall-simulation mode available from the Outlaw receiver I also had on hand to review, and which was installed in my living room at the time, was terrifically effective with this material. --HF
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Howard, Ferstler
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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