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Brahms: Piano Concertos - Emil Gilels / Eugen Jochum

Brahms: Piano Concertos - Emil Gilels / Eugen Jochum

Tower Universal Vintage  PROC-1998 (2 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Brahms: Piano Concertos, 4 Ballades, Famtasias Op. 116

Emil Gilels (piano)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Eugen Jochum (conductor)

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Comment by Steven Harrison - August 23, 2017 (1 of 4)

Remastered by Emil Berliner Studios in August 2016 from 192/24 files from the archived original masters.
I waited a long time for this set to come out on sacd. I had pretty much given up hoping and then there it was reissued by Tower Japan.
Given the lack of new high rez recordings of the Brahms Piano Concertos, nice to have this set along with all the other reissues.

Comment by hiredfox - August 30, 2017 (2 of 4)

Always the clear first choice for this repertoire and some way ahead of the best of the rest.

Pollini has been re-issued on Universal single layer. How do these re-mastered Tower discs compare with Universal's which are re-mastered in DSD?

Comment by Nick - August 31, 2017 (3 of 4)

Funnily enough I had been waiting so long for this I downloaded the 96/24 files from Presto a few weeks ago!

My memories over the years from the Originals CD releases had been a fair bit of hiss, that is nearly all gone now.

Sound is generally good (I would say 7/10)*, better than the Pollini 96/24 Chopin Polonaise downloads (which in turn are much better than the truly horrible original Pollini CD release....), though I much prefer Stephen Bishop's 1980 LSO/Davis traversals for both performance and sound, even though only Redbook.

It may only be my system or ears but I have always much preferred Decca or Philips sound to DG.

N

*In the interests of full disclosure, quale orrore!, I have to admit I use DTS:Neural X on stereo sources......

Comment by Steven Harrison - September 2, 2017 (4 of 4)

HF, I don't have the Pollini discs, so cannot comment on a comparison. As to comparisons with what I do have, I think the sound is slightly better on the Esoteric Brahms First than here. I also think the sound is slightly better on the Arrau Emi single layer release of the Brahms First. For the Second concerto I think the sound is better on both the Backhaus 2004 Universal release and the Richter Emi single layer.
As to the remastering, I was merely repeating what was listed on the obi. I did not know that DGG had archived anything in 24/192, but apparently they have.