Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Karajan

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Karajan

Esoteric  ESSG-90181

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

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Comments (4)

Comment by PaulSARenaud - May 30, 2018 (1 of 4)

One of my favourite Bruckner 8th Symphonies. I own the early RBCD (recording was a relatively early digital recording). I own a number of these Esoteric remasters (too expensive??). I am not always impressed by these remasterings, especially when the original recording was digital. Has anybody any idea what Esoteric did in order to get to this release and should I buy this one, or will I be disappointed.

Comment by Don_Angelo - June 6, 2018 (2 of 4)

Hello, was wondering exactly about the same point.
Feedback would be greatly appreciated !

Comment by Steven Harrison - June 18, 2018 (3 of 4)

I have this one and find it to be as good as all the other Esoteric discs in my collection. I also do not have the original 1988 cd, so cannot compare to that one. In reading the previous comments I can only add that the Esoteric discs are seemingly a bit more expensive only owing to shipping costs from Japan. These discs can be purchased from the Japanese buying service at Japanese cost but then there is the shipping cost on top of that. Vendors simply add that cost into their price and these quickly become a bit expensive relative to other sacd's. So, you cannot mind the money if you want these.
As to what Esoteric does................I find I think they really don't do anything much different than any one else. However they do use their own high quality equipment, including their famous rubidium word clock.
As to this particular disc, the booklet states they used the 96/24 archived file from DGG that was upconverted from the original 44.1/16 bit recording. If that bothers you, then don't buy it. If you just want the music buy it now as Esoterics only get more expensive over time.

Comment by Don_Angelo - June 19, 2018 (4 of 4)

Thanks for the feedback and confirming what I suspected, current release being from an upsample of the 44.1Khz-16 bit digital recording.
Since I own a redbook copy for that recording (which is a first class performance) I'll pass on that release.