Artist: Various Artists/Compilation
Album: Burmester Vorfuhrungs CD III
Publisher: Burmester
Recording Technology:

About this album:
Burmester is well know as high end and expensive audio equipment manufacturer, from Power Conditioner to Amplifier. This is their third Reference CD Audio (Burmester Vorfuhrungs CD III). A compilation from some best track to measure up your audio system performance.

As their audio equipment product, this CD also quite expensive considering this is just a CD, not a SACD, HDCD, or even a Gold CD. This is just a plain silver CD and may cost you over US$ 20 (I don’t remember precisely, feel free to check from your local Burmester dealer). Just remember, this CD is quite expensive.

Melissa Walker will start with “A Time for Love”. A simple soft slow song with piano. Then “Sonata Concertata” by Gil Shaham and Goran Sollscher will bring you with Classical nuance. Back to live, John Lee Hooker will amaze you with his semi heavy weight voice in “Early One Morning” and Bennie Wallace with “It’s The Talk of the Town”. Then, we will play some Classical with “Sonata I G-Dur” by Gioacchino Rossini. It looks like Burmester like to mix between semi pop and Classical music. Perhaps this two kinds of music are the best to measure and benchmark your system performance.

On the Track #6, Hans Theessink will play “The Planet”. Vocals in this music accompanied with some simple instruments. Really a simple and easy to enjoy track. The next two are also Classical, “Allegro Molto” and “Orgelwerke von Bach”. The last two tracks perhaps quite popular, “Stimela” live version from Hugh Masekela and “Poem of Chinese Drums” from Yim Hok Man. This last two tracks also quite long, around 10 minutes each.

Overall, the tracks on this album are best choice and top quality track. Although maybe not all of them are easy to listen, but they are all have same single word to express: high quality and seriously created music.

Burmester also offers quite range parameters to measure up your system. We have female and male vocal here with simple instruments on the background. You can measure up you system performance when playing the vocal and the ambiance behind. Then, you can play the Classical to measure up your system speed, transient, and capability to play more complex instruments. For live performance, we have Hugh Masekela with his famous “Stimela/Coal Train”. And finally, Yim Hok Man will measure your midbass purity with his drums. Feel the skin of his drum on this track.

This CD is really designed to benchmark your system performance. You don’t have to own a Burmester system to enjoy this CD (though maybe the seller/manufacturer will recommend you to do so). It contains a complete range of music to judge a system performance, from female vocal to live performance. Although this CD is quite expensive, but it’s should be inside of your collections, especially if you want to compare a system from one to another.

Sound Quality: 5 of 5 Stars
Song Popularity/Arrangement (subjective): 4.75 of 5 Stars

Recommendation: 5 of 5 stars.

Track list:
01. A time for Love – Melissa Valker
02. Sonata Concertata – Nicolo Paganini_Gil Shaham und Goran Sollscher
03. Early one morning – John Lee Hooker
04. It’s The Talk of the Town – Bennie Wallace
05. Sonata I G-Dur – Gioacchino Rossini
06. The Planet – Hans Theessink
07. Allegro Molto – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
08. Orgelwerke von Bach – Hans-Jurgen Schnoor
09. Stimela – Hugh Masekela
10. Poem of Chinese Drums – Yim Hok-Man