where to find Pachelbel"s canon?


I have several variations of this piece on cd. However, even the one in which I would consider to be the "best in my collection" still falls short by many aspects of what I'd call "audiophile". Is it possible that someone can give me at list of recomendations pertaining to this piece?

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Damon
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The "audiophile" version of this piece (which includes the Gigue that follows it and brings it out of the elevator to hell mentioned by our two friends who are sick of it (not without good reason)) would be the Reference Recordings Taffelmusik disc, which sounds best in its analog splendor on 45 rpm vinyl but also is available as a two-CD remastered set with a Helicon Ensemble Bach CD (I think RR calls it Baroque Favorites or something like that--check their website). If you can't get the vinyl, or only get CDs, get the remastered version--the original CD is nothing like the vinyl, it sounds like they made a CD because they had to, but really didn't want to; the remastered version, which is probably HDCD encoded, is a lot better. Performance is good, a little fast and light, but it works. I also like the Archiv recording with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert, but its sonics aren't up to the RR standards. Other than those performances, I've long since given away my other recordings of this work; these stand out as the best I've heard, and have a good mix of other Baroque music with them.
Agree with Rcprince's recommendation of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performance on Reference Recordings.

Also well recorded is the Boughton/English Chamber Orchestra recording on Nimbus NI 7019, which might be another option. It is coupled with some very nice performances of Holst, Albinoni, Warlock, Grieg and Barber. The acoustic is somewhat reverberant in typical Nimbus style (which some like and others do not), but the recording and the performances otherwise are quite excellent.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000037IB/qid=1100200515/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-7073480-1512051?v=glance&s=classical
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