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Audiophile Orchestral Music w/ wide dynamic range. Soundtracks maybe?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hello all.

As the thread title suggests, I am looking for well recorded/mastered orchestral CDs with a nice wide dynamic range (not compressed due to loudness wars) for something interesting/fun to listen to in between my usual stuff.

Are there any specific pressings/discs (CD only please) that you can recommend?

I was also considering buying some original soundtracks, as a lot of them have the film score on them, so they would me more "engaging" for the un-initiated, as way to "ease" myself into a different genre. My train of thought essentially thinks that OST recordings are the "pop" music of orchestral stuff.

Are there any audiophile grade OSTs available?

Also, other than OTS's, what would you recommend?

Thanks.
post #2 of 23

First musically and dynamically impressive soundtrack examples that come to mind are the OSTs for the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series (soundtracks for seasons 2 and 3 being my favorites) and the movie Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

post #3 of 23

Gladiator Soundtrack is rather good.

 

The original 4 CD RCA release of the Star Wars OST are decent as well.

 

Finding good, original OST soundtracks that have everything to make them "audiophile" quality are hard to find. Most need some really hardcore remastering to shine.

post #4 of 23
Not really orchestral, but the Blade Runner OST is excellent in so many ways.

http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/details.php?id=42530
post #5 of 23

To name a couple video game OSTs that came to mind, the soundtrack for Shadow of the Colossus is simply epic. Also if I follow MorbidToaster's example of not sticking to strictly orchestral scores, then the soundtracks for the first Mass Effect game and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots are both very impressive in their own right. The OST for MGS4 is without question one of the best-produced albums I've ever heard. Its production value is SICK. Owning the actual CD might cost you a pretty penny, but at least for me personally it's almost literally worth its weight in gold.

post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions all. I will take a look at Amazon for the ones suggested, and see if it has snipppits of the songs for preview.

Since soundtracks seem to be out, what regular releases can you all recommend?
post #7 of 23

Here's a good one, Eric Kunzel/Cinncinatti Pops, Star Tracks, available on Amazon, used for a little as 1 cent It's on the Telarc label.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Tracks-Kunzel-Cincinnati-Orchestra/dp/B000FTHBPI/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1381335721&sr=1-3-fkmr1&keywords=eric+kunzel+star+tracks

post #8 of 23

Pretty much all the Telarc/Erich Kunzel CDs have a wide dynamic range.  I'm partial to "Chiller", a scary CD, out of print but available cheap on ebay.  Excellent for Halloween.

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=erich+kunzel+chiller&LH_BIN=1

post #9 of 23

Does anyone listen to Joe Hisaishi (Composer for Miyazaki films)?

 

i personally love him.

 

not the best recordings for dynamic range though. 


Edited by Ginron - 12/5/13 at 10:41pm
post #10 of 23

I really like this recording of Holst's Planets: http://www.amazon.com/Holst-The-Planets-Gustav/dp/B000050AQC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386354844&sr=8-2&keywords=holst+planets

 

It features the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta conducting.

 

I'm not sure if it would be considered to have "wide dynamic range," but it sounds great on my simple set-up!

post #11 of 23

i just listened to the Ghost in the shell 2 sound track as mentioned above, and it has some great dynamic range. 

 

not really orchestral though.


Edited by Ginron - 12/6/13 at 10:50am
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ginron View Post
 

i just listened to the Ghost in the shell 2 sound track as mentioned above, and it has some great dynamic range. 

 

not really orchestral though.

I guess it does lack brass and woodwinds, so technically a full orchestra is required on none of the tracks.

post #13 of 23

its still great though.

 

i added the CD to my Christmas wish list.

 

:L3000:

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by N D Plume View Post
 

I really like this recording of Holst's Planets: http://www.amazon.com/Holst-The-Planets-Gustav/dp/B000050AQC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386354844&sr=8-2&keywords=holst+planets

 

It features the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta conducting.

 

I'm not sure if it would be considered to have "wide dynamic range," but it sounds great on my simple set-up!

That is one of my favorite recordings of the Planets.  I would definitely consider it to have a wide dynamic range.  There is a section in Saturn that is so loud, the recording distorts.

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by goldtuba View Post
 

There is a section in Saturn that is so loud, the recording distorts.

That doesn't sound like a good thing.

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