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Brahms: 4 Symphonies - Jochum

Brahms: 4 Symphonies - Jochum

Tower Records Definition Serie  TDSA-49/51 (3 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Brahms: 4 Symphonies, Academic Festival Overture, Tragic Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugen Jochum (conductor)

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Comment by PaulSARenaud - January 22, 2018 (1 of 5)

I am intrigued by the SACD releases from TOWER RECORDS DEFINITION SERIES. I bought the Mozart violin concertos with Schneiderhan. Apparently Tower orders "their own" remasterings and these releases are exclusive to Tower. Does anybody has an informed opinion on the transfer/remastering quality of this album?

Comment by PaulSARenaud - January 26, 2018 (2 of 5)

On top of the previous question, I have two other issues: I know that these releases where originally one of the EMI quadrophonic albums. Are multichannel versions on this album. Furthermore, I spotted on Tower.jp the complete Bruckner symphonies with Jochum and the Staatskapelle Dresden on EMI on SACD. Can not be found of this site?

Comment by Tony Reif - January 16, 2020 (3 of 5)

Is there anyone who can compare this to the EMI RBCD release (which doesn't sound great to my ears)?

Comment by Contrapunctus - January 17, 2020 (4 of 5)

I own the SACDs, but unfortunately I don't have an RBCD for comparison. - I am also quite disappointed with the sound quality of the SACDs. I would have expected more for recordings from the 1970s. It is reasonable to assume that the recordings themselves had a poor sound quality right from the start. If I compare this SACD edition with the SACD edition of the Bruckner Symphonies (Jochum / Staatskapelle Dresden), which was also published by TowerRecords, I have to say that there are worlds between these two cycles. (The Bruckner cycle - unfortunately already out of print - sounds really great in my opinion.)

I honestly regret buying these SACDs. - But with a clear conscience I can recommend another Brahms cycle from TowerRecords on SACD that was recorded at almost the same time and sounds really good: Istvan Kertesz / VPO (PROC-1975/77).

Comment by Tony Reif - February 16, 2020 (5 of 5)

Tower Records is having a 20% off sale on over 700 classical titles, mostly their own, including SACD releases as recent as summer-2019 - lots of DG, all the Ancerls, EMIs, Deccas etc. It's happening till the end of the month. Unfortunately there's no complete list, you have to search on specific titles or just on SACD and go through the many pages that come up, or search on SACD + label name. Anyone have any strong recommendations?