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Sibelius: Symphonies 4-7, Violin Concerto - Karajan

Sibelius: Symphonies 4-7, Violin Concerto - Karajan

Universal (Japan)  UCGG-9105 (2 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Sibelius: Symphonies 4-7, Violin Concerto, Swan of Tuonela, Valse Triste, Tapiola, Finlandia

Christian Ferras (violin)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

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Comment by Luketsu - October 3, 2017 (1 of 3)

The Sibelius recordings on this 2-SACD set were among my earliest listening experiences of these elusive masterpieces (at the age of seven or eight). When listening to these today they offer nostalgic memories, feelings what I felt when I heard these for the first time.

So it was a positive surprise to see that Universal Music Japan has reissued all the works on 2 single Super Audio CDs. The recordings have been remastered in DSD using the original analogue master tapes as a source just shortly before the box set came out to the market. The remastering engineers at Emil Berliner Studios did not use the DDP files, fortunately, as it would have lessen the quality of the audio (or actually there would have not been any difference compared to the CD release except for a little bit brighter sound field).

But look at the price! It's expensive, really. I remember someone praised these Japanese reissues here somewhere but is it really worth of every penny?

Comment by Luketsu - October 4, 2017 (2 of 3)

IMPORTANT: Emil Berliner Studios revealed some very interesting details on these SACD reissues:

"This statement from Universal Japan is absolutely right. Emil Berliner Studios always use the original analogue master tapes for the Japan releases.
The work flow is like this:
1) Getting the original analogue master from the archive. Depending on the recording year it could be either: 2-track ¼ inch , 4-track ½ inch, 8-track 1 inch or 16-track 2 inch tape. From 1972 Dolby A was used almost mostly. All DGG tapes (later than 1956) run with 15 ips and ISRC equalization. Emil Berliner Studios spend a lot of time researching and finally finding the right originals tapes in the archive to avoid using old analogue transfers to other tape copies.
2) Analogue remastering and restauration of the tape (see the photo: cleaning splices)
3) Analogue to digital transfer
4) Remixing if needed (needed with 4, 8 or 16 track originals)
5) Additional processing and restoration in the digital domain.
6) Creating and archiving new PCM digital master
7) Creating DSD-Copies or PCM HighBit Copies from this master for commercial products".

Comment by SteelyTom - October 8, 2017 (3 of 3)

The price (in USD, anyway) doesn't seem excessive given the amount of music on the two discs.