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Dvorak: 9 Symphonies, Tone Poems, Overtures, Requiem - Kertesz

Dvorak: 9 Symphonies, Tone Poems, Overtures, Requiem - Kertesz

Decca Classics  4830749

Stereo

Classical - Orchestral


Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems, Overtures, Requiem

Pilar Lorengar (soprano), Erzsébet Komlóssy (mezzo), Robert Ilosfalvy (tenor), Tom Krause (bass)
Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
Istvan Kertesz (conductor)


Kertesz recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra of the Dvorak symphonies are widely regarded as the definitive interpretation of the Dvorak cycle and their recording of the Requiem in 1968 is held in the same regard.

50 years since the completion of the symphonies, Decca are celebrating these unrivaled recordings and have returned to the original tapes to make this definitive transfer and present this audiophile edition on two formats: 9 traditional CDs and 1 single High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, enabling true 24-bit playback of the entire audio contents on a single disc at the highest-possible audio quality.

One hardback book presenting 9 CDs in the original iconic Brueghel covers. A second hardback book, with artist photos, an introduction by musicologist Andrew Stewart, repertoire notes by Jan Smaczny and recollections of the recording sessions by producer Ray Minshall, all in English, French and German, coupled with the Blu-ray disc. Both hardback books are presented in a slipcase with the original Brueghel cover art.

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Comment by hiredfox - October 26, 2016 (1 of 6)

Still no SACD transcript of this now legendary cycle. Top class SACD players do not read Blu-Ray Pure Audio format.

Comment by Luketsu - October 27, 2016 (2 of 6)

But the Blu-ray players of Sony can read SACD discs.

Comment by john hunter - October 27, 2016 (3 of 6)

No Oppo for you foxy?

Comment by hiredfox - October 28, 2016 (4 of 6)

A veritable can of worms indeed. Marantz once offered a reference level universal player with Blu Ray audio capability based on and incorporating the operating elements of the SA7-S1 SACD player which by all accounts from reviews was an outstanding piece of machinery but it came at a price (circa £6k) and was soon sold out and unavailable. The odd one crops up on e-Bay from time to time usually emanating from Germany but as I own a SA7-S1 it makes no sense to add another expensive machine to my list of ever-declining in value assets.

The Oppo is unquestionably a superb machine at it's price point, it is well-made, looks the part but is certainly not cheap; whilst it's SACD performance will not match top notch SACD players like the aforesaid Marantz it might be the best available option for Pure Audio from Blu Ray today.

We have a Sony BDP7200 for video content but at best one might describe it's SACD & Pure Audio sound quality as adequate and this is not meant in any way to be disrespectful of those who own and use Sony BDP as their main disc spinner. In audio you really do get what you pay for even well into the lower realms of megabuck territory.

Comment by Paul Hannah - December 5, 2016 (5 of 6)

Sorry I got to have my two bobs worth cause I can solve all your problems I bought after much listening a Primare universal player. A lot of my friends are as we say down under....Audio wankers..........LOL We have done several A-B comparisons with my friends ultra high end SACD players.......I mean the real gear thousands of dollar of dedicated SACD players Oppo, Macintosh Sony Yamaha would have been the cheapest we tested. And everybody's mouth dropped the Primare blew them all away........clarity detail.............in every facet.

So.........do yourself a favour !

And NO..............Primare are not paying me a commission.......but they should LOL

Comment by ubertrout - June 25, 2017 (6 of 6)

Just FYI, this one seems to be slipping out of print, for those who had been holding off.

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1xBlu-ray audio + 9xCD