Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Karajan

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Karajan

Deutsche Grammophon  4791053


Classical - Orchestral

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan

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Analogue recording
Resolutions (3)
  • 2.0 Dolby TrueHD 24bit/96kHz
  • 2.0 DTS HD MA 24bit/96kHz
  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/96kHz
Comments (2)

Comment by Dissonance - May 19, 2020 (1 of 2)

One of the earliest Blu-ray Audio releases by Deutsche Grammophon. On the side of resolution / available sound options quite an odd choice, all in stereo without surround sound option. The recording took place in February 1973 at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, and was most likely implemented using a quadrophonic technology. It could have been possible to offer 4.0 or an advanced 5.1 Surround Sound options for consumers. Hard to understand the reasons behind remastering processes, in my mind three almost identical presentations does not give enough bang for the buck...

Comment by Contrapunctus - May 19, 2020 (2 of 2)

I would like to contradict something here. This recording has been remastered indeed two times at least. More important: you can definetely hear the time between these two remasterings (that means the progression/development in technology).

I suspect that this edition (BD) uses a remastering from 1995. Why? In January 1996 the corresponding CD was released in the "Originals" series. (The Originals series had set the standard in remastering at that time - and that was PCM 24/96). These (old) remasterings were pressed on BluRay a few years ago and also offered as "new goods" on HiRes download portals. But they were not "new" in the real sense. And technology has advanced significantly in the past 15-20 years. In the area of ​​remastering and restoring old tapes, incredible things are now possible.

In December 2017, over 20 years after the first remastering for the Originals series, this recording of Mahler's 5th was re-digitized in the Emil Berliner Studios after cleaning and restoring the original tapes (PCM 24/192) and then for the SACD DSD converted. The result can be found on the SHM-SACD UCGG-9122.

And now I come to the contradiction announced at the beginning: there are worlds between this new remastering (SHM-SACD) and the old one of the BD!