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  1. Not surprised at all, as it's been my impression for many years, apart from some exceptionally successful Esoteric SACD remasterings such as the Callas Carmen, Dvorák/Kertész, Fauré/Cluytens, Holst/Boult, Lehár/Karajan, Mahler/Barbirolli, Mozart/Curzon, Mozart/Grumiaux, Mozart/Paillard, Mussorgsky/Ansermet, Rimsky-Korsakov/Ansermet, Schönberg/Webern/Karajan, Schubert/Kempe, Sibelius/Maazel, Sibelius/Karajan, Stravinsky/Pollini, Tchaikovsky/Fistoulari (of which there's going to be a Tower SACD soon) and the Wagner/Solti, that remasterings based on early digital recordings, i.e. of all categories the one that SACD aficionados most frown upon, is what the Esoteric team excels at. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  2. Interesting way of putting it. The Esoteric seems a little souped or beefed up, but the more I listen to it, the more tastefully I think it's done - reminiscent of an XRCD (there have been more and less successful remasterings there over the years as well). I'm frankly a bit undecided, which is why I didn't reply to Darryl earlier. It's true that the Qobuz remastering may be the most neutral, perhaps even faithful to the master tape (that's always a guess), while the Esoteric seems to share qualities with the LP (I no longer have a turntable, speaking strictly from memory), and given it's a Japanese release, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that may habe been what the remastering engineers had in mind. If anything, I wonder if the sound stage width and depth (acoustic phase faithfulness) may have been affected by the use of e.g. an equalizer, but again, without direct comparison to the LP, I find it hard to call one better or worse. For sure, given the Esoteric SACD is expensive, I'll say it's not a must-buy - neither sounds miraculous, both sound plenty good enough, and at any rate, the performances and/or interpretations (speaking as someone who collects recordings based on performance quality, not "audiophile" recordings based on sound quality) are legendary, absolutely essential. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  3. I find it confusing that to this day, the 24/88 PCM is the only format specifically referred to as "The Bob Katz 15th Anniversary Remaster" - once one chooses e.g. 24/174 PCM from the scroll-down menu, then checks under "About This Album" it says "click here" leading back to the 24/88 PCM as it used to already back when there was no other high-resolution release on HDtracks than the 24/174 PCM conversion from SACD (presumably, at the time, by Bruce Brown). Most clearly, the CD, SACD and PCM conversion from the earlier DSD sound inferior to the 24/88 PCM "Anniversary Remaster", but it remains unclear if the 24/174 has been updated to Katz's native PCM transfer, and whether today's 64fs and 128fs downloads are conversions from the latter as well. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  4. I see now. All the titles from those early posts (which date back to before the web site was redone) are gone! One is referring to Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, of which the new Japanese SACD sounds better than the 24/96 PCM download discussed back then: http://tower.jp/item/4443499/ザ・ケルン・コンサート<タワーレコード限定-完全限定盤> The same is true of the next recording, Erich Kleiber's Figaro: http://tower.jp/item/4457675/モーツァルト:-歌劇「フィガロの結婚」全曲<タワーレコード限定> And again, the same is true of Previn's recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2: http://tower.jp/item/4549246/ラフマニノフ:-交響曲第1番-第3番-&-管弦楽作品集<タワーレコード限定> You'll still find the earlier 24/96 PCM downloads here, of course, however, if you do have SACD playback and/or DSD ripping/computer audio playback capabilities, the above are all preferable: http://www.findhdmusic.com Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  5. Of Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, there is a Japanese SACD now from Tower Records that sounds better than the PCM download. You'll need to order from Tower Japan, though.
  6. I'm slightly confused by the last few posts, but the search engine to use for high-resolution downloads is this: http://www.findhdmusic.com …which should give you this result: http://www.findhdmusic.com/album/piano-concerto-for-the-left-sanson-francois/5648
  7. Are you looking for a specific one? In some cases, better-sounding remasterings and/or releases have become available, as in the case of the above-quoted Köln Concert, of which there is an SACD and DSD download now. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  8. Some remasterings included in the box-set, but in this particular case, the Beethoven has only been normalized (level-adjusted for the peaks to reach the full 0 dB, a procedure that, to my ears, makes a recording, if anything, sound fractionally worse, although measurably, there's no difference except it's louder). Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  9. On LP, you may be thinking of the Kojian on Reference Recordings, if not some of the legendary analogue recordings (Munch, prefer his second stereo - there are four - and Davis, Silvestri, Klemperer, Bernstein, Ozawa, Paray, Beecham)? Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  10. I have the Gergiev. Not in my top dozen Symphonie Fantastique recordings either… It's true it picks up some steam as it goes, though. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  11. I have a number of recordings, including these, and really can't recommend any of those (interpretatively - the Gatti, despite being DXD, sounds as inanimate as it's played, a cardinal sin in the Symphonie Fantastique, the one Berlioz composition one is least supposed to nod off, IMHO, and I love most if not all!). Feel free to PM me for suggestions! Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  12. This topic has been discussed at length: this recording was transferred from analogue to a 24/96 PCM master, from which all digital conversions are derived starting with the "DG Originals" redbook CD (then came the hybrid SACD, the SHM-SACD next, the separate Blu-ray etc.). There appears to be no other transfer from analogue to digital, whether before nor after. So for the time being, the so-called "Studio Master" download is as close as it gets. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  13. Some stuff never ceases to amaze me… So this is from the Kleiber box-set? Another case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing… Quickly checked the separate "Pure Audio" Blu-ray content of the Beethoven (I'm assuming you're referring to the Beethoven 5 & 7 only), as well as the Quobuz download. No out-of-band (DSD modulation) noise on either (i.e. a genuine PCM transfer as indicated earlier, in this thread or elsewhere). I actually compared the sound of these two releases (all of them except the one you're pointing out now), and remember preferring the download (which is what I've been listening to since). Note one needs to adjust the volume for a fair comparison, as the Blu-ray content is noticeably louder. The fact that the "Pure Audio" Blu-ray release is level-adjusted to 0 dB and the download isn't makes me think that the latter is closest to the source - and it represents the best-sounding release of all (including, of course, the SACDs and the e-Onkyo conversion thereof). That is assuming the download has remained the same all these years and not been "updated". Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  14. The piano solo recording of the original Mussorgsky score by Byron Janis is what my review/post here was referring to. Antal Doráti's recording of Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's piano score was originally on a different Mercury LP. The combination of both albums in one download is due to the fact that both fit onto a single CD and later the SACD. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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