With regards to DVDs, both Nights from the Alhambra and No Journey’s End are mixed in 5.1 surround sound, and each DVD also provides a menu choice to listen to it in 2.0 Stereo mix.
As for audio discs, many people who have discovered the SACD and DVD-A formats or 5.1 surround mixes have become enthusiastic about their relative merits and have asked us whether we will be supporting these formats in the future.
Historically, we have supported the audiophile audience wherever we can, and feedback we have received suggests that many Loreena fans have an interest in this area. We will continue to recognise the importance of sonic excellence. However, Loreena feels that such new-format options (SACD, DVD-A etc) are best considered at the onset of a creative project rather than applied to recordings retrospectively. That’s not to say that the next studio recording will definitely have a 5.1 module, or will be available as an SACD or SACD Hybrid disc, or a DVD-A, but it will be seriously considered.
With the release of that recording still many months away, and with the rapid change in home audio systems and formats, it is hard to predict what might soon be available to both musicians and listeners.
In remastering Loreena’s studio recordings for our recent reissues series, which we feel go a long way toward satisfying the audiophile listener, it became clear that the master tapes of existing Loreena McKennitt recordings would not necessarily lend themselves to 5.1 versions because of the manner in which the original recordings were built.
There have been 5.1 mixes created of some Loreena McKennitt tracks for cinematic use, but they are not suitable for commercial release and the scrutiny of repeated listening. You will, however, find 5.1 surround audio options on the mixes of “The Bonny Swans” and “The Mummers’ Dance” videos on the DVD of No Journey’s End, which is presently available as a standalone item directly from Quinlan Road.