The seeds were already planted in the early 1970s, when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. But it was not meant to be back then, as imperfections in the playback equipment of the day made it impossible for musical connoisseurs to enjoy these recordings in the way artists, producers, engineers and others who had created them intended – the new recording technology was clearly way ahead of its time.
Now with the advent of Super Audio CD, there is finally a system that makes it possible to release these magnificent recordings in the quality they already deserved back then. There is finally a system that enables these magnificent flowers to come into full bloom!
In re-mastering these multi-channel tapes – most of which had not left their boxes for 30 years – it was possible to use the original testing and tuning tapes, in order precisely to tune the analogue reproduction machines used. And the analogue machines were directly connected to state-of-the-art DSD analogue-to-digital converters, without the intervention of any mixing consoles and/or other special equipment which could have influenced the sound.
As the famous American poet, Park Benjamin once said, “flowers are love's truest language,” and we are delighted to present this labor of love in its truest form: Re-mastered Classics in full bloom. A bouquet filled with new original beauty in every release.
What a luxury in the 21st-century to hear these discs, not only as they were originally intended, but clearly sounding better on SACD than they would have done when originally recorded, given the technological limitations of the long-playing record (CD Choice UK, December 2014). Read more here.
Ik heb genoten van mijn ritje in de tijdmachine uit de jaren zeventig. Het is alsof je er middenin staat. En de tijdmachine van Pentatone heeft nog veel meer in petto! (Klassieke Zaken Nederland, December 2014). Read more here.
Echte Legenden der Aufnahmekunst. (Stereoplay Germany, December 2014). Read more here.
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