Dodd’s DSD Discoveries: The Cobra Catalog Jun 27 by Bill Dodd in Dodd's DSD Discoveries, NativeDSD SALE, News

Dodd’s DSD Discoveries, Blog #33  
written by: Bill Dodd

NativeDSD’s Label of the Month is Cobra Records. I dove into their catalog and discovered some absolute gems! I don’t know many labels whose music I find so attractively presented, both technically and artistically. Here’s a selection of 12 Albums I would extra warmly recommend, out of Cobra’s 44 DSD Albums Catalog.


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Always listen to a cobra

Last time I featured a wonderful album of music by Czech composers.

 


Fenetre sur le jardin, Czech music for piano solo

Ksenia Kouzmenko

Qualities: DSD 64, 128, 256, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

That one made me think about some other wonderful albums I’ve mentioned over the course the last couple of years released by Cobra Records. I don’t know many labels whose music I find so attractively presented, both technically and artistically. I also like that many of these albums are available in binaural versions– plop on your headphones and you are there! But whether you choose binaural or one of the two-channel or multi-channel versions you will get some wonderful music, beautifully performed and captured.

I decided to go back to some earlier releases and was delighted to discover these:

 


Voyage

Trio Suleika

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

Ravel’s Trio, played by the Trio Suleika, a wonderful, warm four movement work. And if you’re like me you will be especially delighted by the arrangement for piano trio of Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso. I was totally charmed by this set, and I think you may be as well.

 


Dialogo

Joris van den Berg, Martijn Willers

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

What wonderful music! Joris van den Berg, cello, and Martijn Willers, piano, play these sonatas by Prokofiev, Lutoslawski, and Britten. It’s all accessible and very involving. There’s something about hearing musicians who seem totally committed to the music that is especially gratifying.

 


Russian Generations 3

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi
 


Russian Generations 2

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

More from Joris van den Berg along with other members of the Ruysdael Quartet. I fell in love with the Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev works on both of these albums. You can’t help but have a strong emotional reaction to these recordings.   Volume 2 has Tchaikovsky’s exquisite 2nd Quartet, Prokofiev’s folk-based 2nd Quartet, and his grandson, Gabriel’s 2nd quartet.

Volume 3 has the same composers; Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Quartet, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins, and Gabriel Prokofiev’s 3rd Quartet.

So where is Volume 1? I knew you’d ask me that! I really don’t know. Start with Volume 2 and revel in the Tchaikovsky and the Sergei Prokofiev Quartets.

 


FREI ABER EINSAM

Cuarteto Quiroga

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

Sometimes I wonder what sort of music Brahms would have composed had he been born 20 or 30 years later. In his first symphony and in these quartets he reveals the influence of the “giants” who preceded him, and yet I do not find Brahms at all regressive or conservative. In fact I have heard shades of what has been called impressionism in his piano music. Anyway— that’s all well and good, and maybe we can discuss it over some libation someday. But these quartets as performed by the Cuerteto Quiroga are universal in their appeal. And I especially enjoyed the Binarual version in my headphones.

 


Modinha

Pauline Oostenrijk, Enno Voorhorst

Qualities: DSD 64, 128, 256, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

Why aren’t there more recordings like this? The combination of Pauline Oostenrijk’s oboe and Enno Voorhorst’s guitar is a match made in music heaven! I was reminded of one of my favorite albums of the past, “Duets with the Spanish Guitar” featuring Laurindo Almeida on Guitar and his wife, Salli Terri (soprano-alto). Peaceful, restful, soulful music to make you very happy. Take a listen…

 


Philippe Graffin, Mozart

Philippe Graffin, Nobuko Imai

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

The highlight of this 33rd edition of my discoveries is this album of “youthful” works by Mozart. Philippe Graffin conducts the remarkable Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra and is the violin soloist in these works. He is joined in some of them by Nobuko Imai on viola. And worth the price all by itself is a short story commissioned by Graffin, “Too Much Mozart”, by journalist and author Jessica Duchin. By the way, this is a double length album, so you get twice as much joy for your buck, euro, piaster…   What? Mozart has never been your thing? This is an album that may just change your mind!

And a reminder about a few that I’ve already covered:

Featured in Blog 9:

 


Sounds of War

Maria Milstein, Hanna Shybayeva

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

 

Featured in Blog 29:

 


Harmoniemusik from Mozart’s Favourite Operas

Winds Unlimited with Chen Halevi

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

 

Featured in Blog 11:

 


Hendrik Andriessen

Amsterdam Bridge Ensemble

Qualities: DSD 64
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 

And one of the best ever, a truly amazing chamber reduction:

Featured in Blog 14:

 


Mahler V

Natalia Ensemble

Qualities: DSD 64, 128, 256, DXD
Channels: Stereo, Multi, Binaural

 

Always listen to a Cobra!

 

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd

Bill Dodd is a retired radio broadcaster who was born and raised near San Francisco, but now lives in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. “Discovery is important to me. Along with finding an exciting new viewpoint of a favorite work, I really love discovering music and composers I haven’t heard before, or haven’t been able to get close to in the past.”

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