- Herbert von Karajan Collection
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 & Tapiola, Op. 112 - Herbert von Karajan Cond
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I bought the HDTT remasterings of Sibelius 4,5,6&7, as I’ve known these in probably every other guise since the early 1970s and was curious to hear the differences that the new treatments might give. I compared them to the DG CDs already in my collection: full price AAD from the mid-80s, and Galleria ADD mid-price from the 90s. The later DG Originals 2-disc set I discarded as soon as I heard them, 20 years ago, as these sounded over-processed and washed out. I was amazed by how DIFFERENT the HDTT editions sounded. The HDTT remastering has made the soundstage much more immediate – no longer am I hearing from the middle of the hall, I’m now standing at the conductor’s side! This brings in more detail – including some vocalising from HvK, something I’ve never heard before on any of his many recordings. Another slight downside is the loss of some ambient detail. The wide open, panoramic soundstage, typical of DG/Karajan recordings from the 1960s, is diminished and the recording venue sounds somewhat smaller and less reverberant than before. I wouldn’t want to make too much of this as the dynamic range is still there and instrumental detail is as vivid as ever. There’s some pre-echo in places, probably due to print-through on the source tapes. So then, as with most remastered recordings, you get pluses and minuses and in the final analysis the sound will be down, as ever, to personal taste. Also, I listened via headphones so changes in sound tended to be enhanced. In a few sample listens through loudspeakers, the ‘downsides’ were reduced. I would recommend that you give these a try; at HDTT’s reasonable prices you can’t go too far wrong.
Very satisfied with latest purchase, the remastered, classic account of Sibelius' 5th symphony by Karajan and the BPO, now heard in all its sonic splendour
Wow. I'm intimately familiar with the DG Originals issue of Karajan's reading and this HDTT version is spectacular--gorgeous string tone, highs than go on forever without digital glare or bite and wonderfully natural tonal balance and ideal rendering of texture. Guess, I'll have to buy the 4th, 6th and 7th too.
Karajan polarises people for many reasons but he was a master interpreter of Sibelius with these fine performances from the 1960's. The HDTT transfer is stunning with the sound having a lot of impact within a believable acoustic. The quality of the sound perfectly supports and enhances the sound world that Karajan is trying to evoke from Sibelius' music. The dynamic range is also excellent. Classic Sibelius that should be in all music lovers collection