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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Rattle

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Rattle

Warner Music (Japan)  WPGS-50030

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rattle (conductor)

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Comment by Luukas - January 1, 2017 (1 of 2)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid... Can someone please tell me how this SACD version differs on the CD release? About six months ago I listened the CD using the "Dolby Digital Pro Logic II" surround decoder. The results were quite positive, to be honest. But for me here the (original?) 5-channel surround sound is the most important feature as well as the benefits of the surround channels. I read somewhere a while ago that the recording was quite distant but perhaps just in stereo.

Comment by William Hecht - January 2, 2017 (2 of 2)

Luukas,

I haven't heard this sacd, but this is a reissue of Rattle's 2002 live recording of the Mahler 5, his first concert as music director of the BPO. On DVD video it's accompanied by Thomas Ades' "Asyla", on DVD audio it stands alone. I have the two disc EMI set that includes both. The DVD-A is the higher resolution format, reproducing the original 24/48 recording as faithfully, I suppose, as possible. Like many "in concert" recordings, including most that I've heard from the not very recording friendly Philharmonie, it needs to minimize audience noise. On the multichannel DVD-A it's pretty dry and close-up with the emphasis on detail rather than the more realistic concert hall perspective I prefer. A matter of taste, certainly, and what Warner may have done in remastering I don't know, but the original mc mix is far from "distant". I've always liked Rattle's Mahler, but for me sonically this doesn't compare to the Zander, Tilson Thomas, and Fischer recordings in my collection.


Bill

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