Gramophone Editor's Choice - Qobuz or Spotify?

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Gramophone Editor's Choice - Qobuz or Spotify?

I thought some of you might be interested - one thing I use streaming services for is to listen to extracts of Gramophone magazine's monthly Editor's Choice.  I've just checked availability of tracks from the December issue. Much to my surprise, the result out of 11(ten new issues and one reissue) was Qobuz 9, Spotify 7. A few caveats:- 1) I think this was an untypical month, which for instance included nothing from what we used to call the majors - the Universal labels, such as Decca and DG, Warner (ex-EMI) or Sony; 2) I no longer have Tidal available to see where they'd have finished; 3) both services have pretty lousy search facilities and I might just have missed something, though I don't think so.

 

So where will this leave me in subscription terms? On the one hand, I really like Naim's new integration of Spotify into my SuperUniti. On the other, Qobuz offers higher SQ AND usually access to booklets - important to me. I think what I'm going to do is pull back my Qobuz subscription from the £20 all-inclusive to the £15 classical only; and probably stick with Spotify Premium at a tenner (I can probably live with my occasional non-classical listening being at lower SQ). £25 is more than I really want to spend, but it's just about bearable. I do resent Qobuz charging me in pounds what others pay in Euros - but I do like their service.

 

Paul

Quobuz

Paul, at least you can get Quobuz, I can't begin to guess how long it will take before we will finally get Quobuz in the states. Medici has been my next planned decision as Amarra sQ has stepped it up in their software development.

goofyfoot

As I like Pop music as well,

As I like Pop music as well, how much pop does Quobuz contain?

 

Rolf

Loads and loads, if you're

Loads and loads, if you're willing to cough up £20 for the full service.

Does that include Jake Bugg?

Does that include Jake Bugg?

What and how "Pop"?

In the "pop", do they mean any non-Classical? Do they have an extensive update Jazz catalogue or...a wide range of Musicals, Folk music, etc.?

Parla

They have plenty of jazz and

They have plenty of jazz and other genres. It's just they have two subscription levels, £20 for everything, or £15 for classical only. I haven't checked how they've drawn the line - West Side Story for instance.

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

Does that include Jake Bugg?

 

Yes.

pop - the same backwards

Didn't find "Forum" the album by Invertigo (supposedly #2 at some point), but perhaps that's for.. 'em

At the moment still exploring

At the moment still exploring Spotify. Lack of proper Metatada is more frustrating than sound-quality at the moment. Created a blog to help (also for myself :-) ) to keep track of what I just listened... 

 

http://classicalspotify.blogspot.nl

 

Will try Quobuz for a month...

Crossing...over the genres.

That's why I put this question, Paul. I'm sure they have most of the genres, in good variety, but, in case you opt for the Classic "level" only, can you get some "hybrid", "crossover", albeit worthy recordings? Or, simply do they have them?

Recently, I got two quite interesting recordings of this type, very pleasurable, almost brilliantly executed and wonderfully produced, namely:

a) One comes from an apparently "Jazz" pianist called Younee, whose first (probably) release named Jugendstill (on Membran), has been inspired by Classical compositions. A controversial but beautifully played disc, where one can find an "Impromptu 'Reminisence'" (inspired by Mussorgsky's 'Promenade') or a "Fate Blues" (inspired by Beethoven's Fifth) or a "Dream in the Dream" (inspired by Debussy's Arabesque) and so on.

b) A very intriguing release by Cedille titled "Intersection", with the subtitle Jazz Meets Classical Song, inspiringly performed by the American Soprano Patrice Michaels and a good pianist and a violinst and cellist (in some songs). There are rare and few more known compositions (Poulenc's Violon, Gershwin's Lisa, songs by Strayhorn, Chuck Israels, Laurie Altman and more).

If they have them in the "Classical level", give them a shot (I suspect the Cedille double CD might be in there).

There are some great, particularly American, music that transcends the strict boundaries of genres, like West Side Story you correctly pointed out, that might be difficult to spot...

Parla

 

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