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Beethoven: 9 Symphonies - Kubelik

Beethoven: 9 Symphonies - Kubelik

Universal (Japan)  UCGG-9190/3 (4 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Beethoven: 9 Symphonies

Helen Donath, soprano
Teresa Berganza, mezzo
Wieslaw Ochman, tenor
Thomas Stewart, bass
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
London Symphony Orchestra (1)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2)
Berliner Philharmoniker (3)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (4)
Boston Symphony Orchestra (5)
Orchestre de Paris (6)
Wiener Philharmoniker (7)
The Cleveland Orchestra (8)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (9)
Rafael Kubelik, conductor

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Comment by Dissonance - May 15, 2020 (1 of 1)

All the recordings on this set were recorded quadraphonically back then (4-channel) and, apart from 'Eroica' (No. 3), were released on SA-CD as such for the first time by PENTATONE in its RQR (Remastered Quadro Recordings) Series:
- Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 4 - Kubelik
- Beethoven: Symphonies 2 & 5 - Kubelik
- Beethoven: Symphonies 6, 7 & 8 - Kubelik
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Kubelik
Those who own the multi-channel playback system, like me, the PENTATONE re-issues are stuff to pick up; the original 4-channel audio has been beautifully re-mastered by Polyhymnia International BV in DSD 64fs for SA-CD from the original master tapes without artificial echo or other edits by the re-mastering engineer. Although the rear channels does not provide much extra for the listening experience over stereo, it’s interesting to hear an unique glow to the soundfield due to the different recording venue for each of the symphonies.

A question to debate is has PENTATONE ever made plans to re-master ’Eroica’ and thus finish up the entire cycle on multi-channel SA-CDs? I’m speculating: due to the 250th Anniversary Year on the birth of the composer (1770-2020) it could be wise to release the recording as a single album or alternatively as a part of the box set (Special RQR Edition). PTC 5186 253 (Beethoven: Symphony No. 9) was the last installment to the Remastered Classics, released on 16th February 2018, and it seems to be very unlikely PENTATONE is going to continue the series (which would be, on the other hand, very desirable act due to the excellent quality of the recordings, thanks to the original engineers and the re-mastering team at Polyhymnia).