Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paavo Jarvi/ Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Beethoven Symphonies 1-9

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Limited to Only 999 Numbered Copies!
This Numbered, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set features 9 LPs pressed on 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl!
Cut by Hendrik Pauler and Pressed at Pallas in Germany

This is really like the good old days – a new complete Beethoven cycle on records!
Of course, Andreas Spreer also had several Beethoven symphonies pressed on LP for Tacet (each of which is also worth recommending), but now all nine are available in a high-quality box with a sturdy plastic slipcase. Inside are LPs which have been impeccably pressed by Pallas on 180-gram vinyl and a lavish, large-format 32-page booklet. In other respects as well, everything is of the very best quality. The distinguished Polyhymnia team around Jean-Marie Geijsen did the original ighresolution digital multichannel recordings and the editing. The stereo SACD mix –
outstanding, by the way – was not simply used for the analog master, however.
Instead, Ralf Koschnicke of the Duisberg audiophile label Acousence remixed the multitracks on the analog level. The press matrices were made by none other than Hendrik Pauler at Pauler Acoustics, in the studios of his father, Günter, also committed to absolutely superb sound. It was worth the expenditure. The awardwinning recordings, dating from 2004 to 2008, sound overwhelmingly good. Only the best SACD players (if any) can produce such a colorful sound – both consistently harmonic and discriminatingly dispersed. Such bounding dynamics, dazzling
precision, touching charm, radiant brilliance – even vinyl skeptics get teary-eyed here. The fact that Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi is also a trained percussionist is clearly audible in several rapidly pulsating, brisk movements. The fact that he has inherited a feeling for effects without sensationalism from his father, Neeme, is obvious from several thrilling sforzati and electrifying climaxes. And finally, the fact
that, in addition to all of that, he also has a fine sense for subtle nuances is impressively demonstrated, not only in the softest passages of the slow movements. Every bar makes clear how outstanding the 40 musicians of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen are. All in all, sensational!

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