Holst: The Planets - Previn

Holst: The Planets - Previn

Tower Records Definition Serie  TDSA-105

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Holst: The Planets
Britten: Four Sea Interludes

London Symphony Orchestra Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn (conductor)

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Comments (5)

Comment by Tony Reif - June 25, 2019 (1 of 5)

The Tower website says this uses "the latest mastering sound source in 2019 (SACD layer, CD layer individually mastered)" which implies that The Planets is a new transfer from analogue, as Four Sea Interludes must be, since on SACD for the first time and doesn't seem to have been available as a download. And the Tower description says further: "Only [The Planets] has been released SACD single layer in the past, I think that you can feel the progress of the latest digitization and mastering to pull out the master." However, Tower also says the transfers were done at 24/96, but The Planets is available for download at 24/192. If The Planets really was a new transfer why wouldn't they have used the 24/192 files?

Is there any clarification in the SACD credits/notes?

Btw if you're looking for this on the Tower website it doesn't come up on an artist/title search so search on the cat #: TDSA-105.

Comment by Gleb Panaeff - June 26, 2019 (2 of 5)

Btw, LSO/Previn The Planets and other works by Holst has been issued long ago on an EMI DVD-Audio in beautiful quad sound at 24-bit/48kHz. Not sure how this pairing (Britten) was chosen.

Comment by DYB - June 30, 2019 (3 of 5)

The Tower remastering at 96 and digital downloads being available at 192 - the digital downloads would have to be distributed by the record label (here, EMI/Warner), while the Tower SACD is a Tower transfer. (Doesn't Tower commission its own transfers???) So these may literally be two different transfers. (Britten is not available for download with Holst.) It's odd that they came out at the same time; usually Tower releases seem to be exclusive for X amount of years.

Comment by Tony Reif - July 1, 2019 (4 of 5)

Well, I've just ordered it so maybe there will be more info in the packaging. Tower does normally commission its own, new transfers from the "home country", though they sometimes work with Japanese labels on the SACD mastering and maybe the choice of what to release, such as with Nippon Columbia for the Ancerl SACDs (renewing the Supraphon/Denon connection going back to the 1970s). But usually there is more specific info about the source of the transfers - not for their EMIs though. For keeping things clear it doesn't help that Google Translate has a lot of trouble with Japanese compared to European languages.

Comment by DYB - July 1, 2019 (5 of 5)

Let us know how the two compare! I'm interested in the Britten, so I may end up ordering the SACD as well.