Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Karajan

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Karajan

Esoteric  ESSG-90240

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Metamorphosen

Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

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Comments (5)

Comment by DYB - April 15, 2021 (1 of 5)

I've become very hesitant to buy Esoteric since all they do is tinker with 16 bit recordings using whatever it is they think is super duper equipment - even though occasionally the results are good. But the prices are silly for generally upscaled transfers. Anybody hear this issue? Any reason to pay Esoteric prices for another upscaled 16 bit recording?

Comment by Contrapunctus - April 16, 2021 (2 of 5)

DYB, I absolutely agree with you! Speaking of genuine PCM recordings (16/44.1) like this, there's at least for me no significant improvement soundwise. Things are a bit different if it comes to analog recordings. - Frankly speaking, I bought this one only because I'm really fond of this very recording and I also have a soft spot for the luxurious packaging!

Comment by Athenaeus - April 20, 2021 (3 of 5)

As we all know, this was among the first digital recordings to hit the market. But as the technology was still in its early days, digital sound could be unpleasant. This disc quickly became a classic example of that early, rather unpleasant digital sound (perhaps unjustly). I recall reading somewhere that Deutsche Grammophon tried to improve the sound quality with the various re-releases of this recording. Does anyone on this forum have some insight into this and does anyone have an idea where Esoteric's new release fits in the "evolution" of this recording?

Comment by DYB - April 21, 2021 (4 of 5)

Well...I ordered it! LOL. I'm skipping the new reissue of Pollini's Chopin though from Esoteric. Not sure another issue of that is necessary unless someone hears it and says it's something special.

Comment by Contrapunctus - April 22, 2021 (5 of 5)

Well, as said before, the main reason for my purchase was indeed the packaging. Sometimes I allow myself silly things like this!

Regarding DG's early digital recordings: I don't know it for sure, but I reckon that these early recordings consists of 8 or even 16 tracks. So it's possible to get different remixes. One example of a new remix was DG's attempt to improve the sound with their 'Karajan-Gold-series' (gold-coloured instead of the regular yellow). Compared to the earlier/original releases, these 'Gold-remixes' differ in sound, but I'm not sure if it's always for the better. So, yes, it's most likely possible to get another sound (I hesitate saying 'better') of these early digital recordings.

For me, there's only ONE Karajan DG digital recording left, which I would also buy if esoteric is going to release it: Karajan's DG recording of Holst's Planets with the BPO!

(I also have the new esoteric version of Pollini's Chopin etudes. After some comparative listening between this and the SHM-SACD I'd say: skip it if you already have the SACD.)