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Reviews: Mattias Wager - Organ Treasures

Reviews: 5

Review by audiofreak May 31, 2006 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I like Mattias for his soft playing style, which is also demonstrated on some BIS discs. It's very relaxing to listen to this and sonic quality is at the top. Opus 3 has made use of the subwoofer channel on this disc, which is not the case on any of their other releases (as far as I know).

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Review by eesau August 3, 2006 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This is a very good recording and it clearly demontrates the benefits of multichannel reproduction. Opus3 has, again, captured the ambience in this church with great skill.

Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor belong to the organ music that we should all know even if if were not really into this kind of music. I can recommend this SACD for your (or our) first (or only) organ recording so I really like the performance, too.


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Review by progboy February 16, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I first heard the organ work of Mattias Wager on Peder af Ugglas' "Autumn Shuffle" (2005) which I have really enjoyed.

Organ Treasures is a very apt title for this SACD.....

Great sound...the bass alone is simply stunning and if you like the deep tones of the organ then the mic'ing here and Opus 3 sound quality will amaze you. On higher volumes you will think you just entered the Pro Catherdal in North Bay!

I agree with the other earlier reviews of this SACD....a great experience for sure

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Review by Jonalogic March 12, 2011 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I wouldn't normally be bothered to write a review that just echoes what other folk have said. But I'll make an exception for this one. Quite simply, it's probably the best sounding organ SACD - or CD or vinyl - that I have heard. And in a collection approaching 7,000 recordings (and maybe 100 or so organ?), that means something.

Mattias Wager is a sympathetic and unmannered player, using a fabulous-sounding modern Gronland instrument in the fine acoustic of Hedvig Eleonora Church, Stockholm; he covers not just the standard organ warhorses, but also some more off-the-beaten-track Pierne and Karg-Elert repertoire.

Opus 3 recordings have a fine track record in the analogue era; taking their minimalist approach to miking and post-processing into the DSD era, they here achieve results that are just spectacular in their transparency and invisibility. The engineering vanishes effortlessly and Zen-like, just leaving you to listen to - and into - the music.

I don't like to draw attention to any one aspect of the sound, but I know that certain listeners often latch on to the bass of organ recordings. And why not? Well, they won't be disappointed either- it's spectacular, natural, and floorboard-shaking.

The last disc I reviewed was the LSO Live recording of Belshazzar's Feast. I would like to invite Classic Sound's engineers to listen to minimalist recordings like this, until they realise how their own over-miked and over-processed approach to recording can kill the music.

This is how to do it. Even if you care not one whit to how many mikes are used*, this one amply deserves a listen.

* OK, it's actually two- one custom stereo front, and one AKG stereo surround....

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Review by jimmyjames8 September 16, 2011
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Of the 2 dozen or so organ cd's/sacd's that I own, this one is hands down the best sounding. This is my go to organ disc for inspiration and awe that the king of instruments is capable of delivering. If you only need one organ sacd in your library, this is the one and it's still in print as of 2011.

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