Philips Classics began making multi-channel recordings back in the 1970s, at a time when most companies were still only recording in two-channel stereo. The concept of surround sound was as yet unheard of, let alone the possibility that this might some day be reproduced at home in the living room.
Now, thanks to the advent of the Super Audio CD – a CD with two layers, the first of which includes the traditional CD signal, and the second the signal for surround sound – there is finally a medium that makes it possible for these magnificent recordings to reach the public with all their original possibilities and quality intact.
In remastering these multi-channel tapes – most of which had been sitting in their boxes for at least 30 years – our sound engineers had at their disposal the original testing and tuning tapes, and were therefore able to replicate the original process used with the analogue machines. The analogue machines were directly connected to state-of-the-art DSD analogue to digital converters, strictly bypassing any mixing consoles and/or other special equipment which might influence the sound, and transferring the information in its original multi-channel glory to the Super Audio CD.
PENTATONE is now presenting the original Philips Classics’ recordings in the REMASTERED CLASSICS series on Super Audio CD, thereby finally permitting these gems to be heard as they were originally intended. Just as the birds intensify and refine the beauty of nature with their song – at times soothing, at others forceful, or amusing, yet on the whole extremely attractive – the perfect mixture of classical works and the superior quality of the REMASTERED CLASSICS series, based on the original Philips Classics’ recordings, are sure to intensify and refine your own musical journey.