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Schubert: Impromptus - Pires

Schubert: Impromptus - Pires

Esoteric  ESSG-90196

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Schubert: Impromptus

Maria João Pires (piano)

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Recorded in July 1996 at the Concertgebouw, Haarlem, the Netherlands [D. 899] and in September 1997 at the Palacio de Queluz, Lisbon, Portugal [D. 935], 24/44.1

Executive producer: Christopher Alder

Recording producer: Helmut Burk

Tonmeister (Balance engineer): Hans-Ulrich Bastin [D. 899]; Helmut Burk [D. 935]

Recording engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin [D. 899]; Wolf-Dieter Karwatky [D. 935]

Editing: Mark Buecker

Re-mastering producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (Esoteric Company)

Re-mastering engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center Daikanyama Studio)
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Comment by DYB - August 16, 2019 (1 of 1)

Just finished listening to this... Pires' interpretation is for the ages. But what about the sound? It's very good. Esoteric did whatever they do upscaling standard 16 bit digital recordings made in 1996 and 1997 to 24/96. I do not have the original compact disc to compare the two masterings: it is entirely possible that the original recordings are superb in their own right. I only have this Esoteric "remastering" and whatever Esoteric did, it works. The D899 set sounds better: it was recorded at the Concertgebouw in 1996. (Christopher Alder is executive producer on both; Helmut Burk is recording producer on both, but Balance Engineers and Recording Engineers are different.) Anyway, the first set made at the Concertgebouw is pristine, full and clear sound throughout the range. Schubert can get a bit dense, but the music never gets muddy. (No doubt Pires deserves the most credit for this.) Maybe one wishes for just a bit more air around the sound, the piano is recorded very close...

The second set D935, recorded at the Palacio de Queluz in Lisbon is slightly less successful. There's a tiny bit of distortion in the loudest passages and the highest frequencies seem to cap just a little bit. But not enough to ruin the experience.

So, a very fine sounding Esoteric. Is it worth the investment or will the original compact disc be enough? Only you can decide... I am glad to have this.