Exclusive Unthanks compilation plus Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

This month’s albums for Society of Sound members include Bernard Haitink’s staggering recording of Beethoven’s ninth symphony from the LSO live archives as well as a brand new handpicked compilation, A Retrospective, by folk wonders The Unthanks.

The Unthanks sisters’ atmospheric tales of love, loss, birth, death, brawls and booze meant their second album was Mercury Award-nominated and this compilation includes tracks from all three of their albums plus a brand new track from their forthcoming album ‘Last’.

The LSO are on magnificent form with this magisterial recording concluding Haitink’s complete set of Beethoven symphonies in a triumphant fashion.

As with all Society of Sound albums, we try and bring you a mixture of music you know and some you haven’t yet discovered but all recorded beautifully to really bring out the best in your speakers.



  • Rob Kendrick says:

    Also note the Accidental Powercut 3 album is up this month. Interesting to note that albums commissioned by B&W aren’t available in 24 bit.

  • Susanna Grant says:

    Hi Rob,
    Thanks for mentioning the binaural recordings. These actually were recorded in 24-bit but we thought that the majority of headphone users would be using iPods or other music players which only support 16-bit.

    Kind regards
    Society of Sound

  • JJ says:

    This is very interesting.

    I am not clear on the offering of SOS membership. Does subscribing to SOS get you an unlimited # of available downloads or are you limited to just 2/month?


  • Susanna Grant says:

    Hi JJ,

    Subscribing to Society of Sound entitles you to two new recordings each month and access to a catalogue of previous recordings. You can read more here

    The current available albums can be found here

    I hope this helps,
    Kind regards

  • JJ says:

    Thanks Susanna.

    I am having trouble negotiating the links you provided for some reason.
    I joined the free offering and see that there are 24 titles available for download. Of course, while in free mode you are only allowed partial download ability but this restriction is lifted after signing up for 3/6 months, full membership.

    What I am unclear of is does subscribing to either 3 or 6 month membership allow you complete downloads beyond these 24 titles? If so, how many additional titles are there?

    Thanks, JJ

  • Graham Smith says:

    Hi I have a pair of B&W Matrix 2 speakers that unfortunately have been badly damaged. I have a full replacement insurance policy and want to know what the current equivalent. When I purchased them around 20 years ago they were one of the top models available from B&W-any thoughts one an appropriate replacement from the current range?

  • Richard Kimber says:

    In February, Verdi’s Requiem was available for download. Is it intended that there will be a classical release this month?

  • Susanna Grant says:

    Dear Richard,

    The next LSO album will be available by the end of this week.

    Kind regards

  • Kieran says:

    Good morning Graham,

    The current equivalent to your vintage Matrix 2 speakers would be from our CM range, and it would be the CM8 model at a suggested retail price of £1,250 a pair.

    Please pop along to your local authorised B&W dealer, where they will be happy to demonstrate the model to you.

    Kind regards

    New Media Product Support

  • Paco says:

    The 9th Beethoven Simphony in 24 bit in wich frecuenccy is abailable? 44.1 Khz 96 Khz 192 Khz.?

    King regards

  • Bowers and Wilkins says:

    Dear Paco,
    It is available in 24-bit 48khz.
    Kind regards

  • William G. Scott says:

    I’m a member of the Society of Sound and have several of the Beethoven symphonies and the Unthanks retrospective, as well as a few others.

    Today I found out that Symphony No. 9 (but not the other symphonies I have) is a 16 bit recording with zero-padding to 24 bits. It is the same for the Unthanks album and for Brahms Symphonies No. 2 and 3. The remainder of what I have from the Society of Sound is authentic 24 bit (or at least appears to be).

    Further details are posted here, for anyone wishing to verify this observation:

    I hope the Society of Sound will be willing to replace these with genuine 24-bit recordings.

  • Michael Doyle says:

    Please respond to Mr. Scott’s post concerning Symphony No. 9.
    Is he correct? If so, what will be done to make this right?

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