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Discussion: Bach: St. Matthew Passion - Klemperer

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Post by Polarius T April 13, 2015 (1 of 13)
Finally!

Post by Fitzcaraldo215 April 13, 2015 (2 of 13)
Undoubtedly one of the greatest recordings of our lifetime, certainly in terms of artists and performance. It should be interesting to see how well they might have been able to clean up the vintage sonics in this remastering. Though I normally lean toward authentic performance practices, this is one unforgettably beautiful and moving performance. I have owned the LP and remastered CD since they first came out.

Post by Polarius T April 14, 2015 (3 of 13)
The recordings were made in 1960-61 in several sessions, but some of the arias in particular are exquisitely captured. It truly is a treasure, in terms of both the performance and the recording.

For me, acoustic music does not get better than this.

And in terms of performance practice, Klemperer insisted on reduced forces and a very spartan approach, so the whole thing was really far ahead of its time. No romanticizing here, just Bach in full glory (with the finest singers of the last century). One of the greatest recordings of all time (it dates from before my lifetime, so I modify your summary a bit, Fitz) for sure.

Post by hiredfox April 14, 2015 (4 of 13)
Sadly if anybody can screw it up it will be Warner Music

Post by Polarius T April 14, 2015 (5 of 13)
hiredfox said:

Sadly if anybody can screw it up it will be Warner Music

After their acquisition of EMI, I'd, however, expect them to rely on the same Abbey Road engineers who did such a superb job with those not long ago released EMI SACDs. Warner's own from about that same time were, to be sure, lousy: often made from second-rate sources and always based on a digital copy of the originals. EMI's were all from the session tapes themselves.

Would be nice if Simon Gibson could confirm this, though (he's been posting here on occasion).

Post by Chris April 16, 2015 (6 of 13)
Polarius T said:

After their acquisition of EMI, I'd, however, expect them to rely on the same Abbey Road engineers who did such a superb job with those not long ago released EMI SACDs. Warner's own from about that same time were, to be sure, lousy: often made from second-rate sources and always based on a digital copy of the originals. EMI's were all from the session tapes themselves.

Would be nice if Simon Gibson could confirm this, though (he's been posting here on occasion).

I have a couple of the Karajan Philharmonia re- issues as 24/96 downloads from the same era and at least Sibelius' 5th is sq wise good enough for me to basically forget that is is an early 60s recording and just enjoy the music-making.
Unfortunately I don't have Klemperer's ST Matthew Passion on LPs but I have the B-minor mass and it is ok sq wise for its age even on LP.
I am pretty sure this one will be released as download by Warner too and I will be tempted to buy it when it does appear.
Meanwhile DGG are about to release a few more of their old gems from the 60s and 70s as hi res downloads soon.

Post by pacwin April 17, 2015 (7 of 13)
The Klemperer Mass in B minor will follow in June: WPCS-13156/7

Post by Johnno April 19, 2015 (8 of 13)
How times change! Warner could hardly have been more opposed to SACD when the SACD-DVDA rivalry was at its height.

It's great that common sense prevails now and again.

Post by ar80 May 12, 2015 (9 of 13)
I can confirm that the process is the same as it as with EMI Classics releases. We are responsible for any remastering required and the SACD authoring here at Abbey Road. There is an ongoing release schedule drawn from EMI's catalogue recordings.

Post by cpwheeler May 12, 2015 (10 of 13)
Any chance of future European/international SACD reissues from
Warner. I myself would not mind paying a slightly higher price for a more limited run in hopes that the profits would mean continuing releases.

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