Dear Amazon purchaser,
This is the third time DG has offered us with a taste of Böhm's Mozart symphonies in the CD age. The first, issued in Green, was a result of the late eighties, when DG had Tonmeisters prominently displayed, and could afford to issue discs in luxurious amounts. The name of the game was warmth and all-enveloping sound; consider yourself blessed/lucky if you have one of these Greens.
Next came the Blues, in a leaner sound, as if DG were trying to emulate the historically-informed-practice pack: leaner and cleaner sounds came out of their archive. It sounded nice on headphones, but was it was what recorded? To each their own. This product of the nineties gave us a more affordable product, in fewer discs, and "more appropriate" for the times. You can hear it on streaming services; good for you if you enjoy it.
A few months ago DG took the last of these symphonies (K385-KK501) and re-mastered them in 24/96 sound, releasing it online through a few HD outlets. DG let us know what they could do by re-visiting the original '60s tapes and giving them some love. Perhaps from this adventure came this endeavor, and I am glad for it.
Originally announced as a 24/96 re-master of Böhm's legendary cycle of Mozart symphonies, when I received my copy I was in for a surprise: it came with a 24/192 kHz BluRay audio of the cycle. It indicates that DG took it a degree higher in their remaster, and we are glad to have the option of enjoying what they've done in PureAudio. I have since gone through about half of the cycle and have found a bit of a mixed bag: some samples sound incredible, faithful to their original release, while others seem to be bereft of their depth. I suspect most of it stems from the different dates in recording these works, thought these seem to interrupt a single work (cf. Alte Lambach).
More worrisome is how something like K22 sounds as if we were in the recording session, while K200 sounds a bit removed from this. As this is the third version of this cycle that I've heard, it warrants a lot attention and inspection. Is DG pulling some cloth over our eyes, or are we being given the best treatment possible? At 24/192, this is the highest quality release of a historical recording that I've encountered by DG. At under $30 USD, it's an incredible deal.
If you are into Mozart and looking to discover his symphonies much like the Berliner Philharmoniker of the '60s did with Karl Böhm, this is the cycle to own. Böhm and the Berliners are not scared to struggle with the jovial Salzburger, and they leave us with the best recordings of the latter symphonies, plus K200 and earlier. If you have the equipment, step into the re-master studio and enjoy this rare 24/192 release of a "historical" recording. For a pittance, take away Mozart's masterful symphonic works in great sound. You're in for a treat, but don't neglect the mythical Greens!
- Audio CD (27 July 2018)
- Original Release Date: 20 July 2018
- Number of Discs: 10
- Format: Audiobook, Import
- Label: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
- Run Time: 1490 minutes
- ASIN: B07C5K7RBN
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
8,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
- #172 in Symphonies