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Discussion: Mozart: Requiem - Karl Richter

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Post by lennyw January 18, 2013 (1 of 4)
There is no information (at least in English) as to how this was mastered for SACD. There's some hints in Japanese on the paper spine thingy (which, if anyone can read it and wants to translate for the benefit of this discussion, I'd be happy to scan and post here).

The sound is much improved in comparison to the Teldec release, both on the CD layer, and even more so on the SACD layer. The usual warmer/less-harsh sound, as well as better sound-staging are what immediately came to mind.

[EDIT] OK. I just noticed on the paper thingy that it does say "DSD Mastering", but there's no indication of who and where and from what.

Post by Lute January 18, 2013 (2 of 4)
I dug around a little and found out...

These new SA-CDs were released in 2 series. (1st series in September 2012. 2nd series in December 2012.) This Mozart Requiem is part of the 1st series.

The DSD mastering for the SA-CD layer was done at JVC Remastering Center by Kazuya Sugimoto. It seems he worked on the Authoring with Atsuo Fujita of F Audio Recording Services & Consultancy. And the CD layer remastering was done with the DSD master without Digital down-conversion being done.

I could not find out when the remastering took place for this new SA-CD series.

The source...???

I could not find any detailed information on the actual source, either... whether the original master tapes were used or not. At any rate, this series is 96kHz/24bit.

In 2002, there was an earlier RBCD 75th anniversary TELEFUNKEN TREASURES series released by Warner Classics. The remaster for that series was a 96kHz/24bit remastering done in 2002 by Floating Earth in London. A Studer A800 series tape recorder was used to transfer the original master tape to digital.

I don't know if the 2002 remaster was the source for the 1st series or not. (I could be completely wrong for even mentioning the 2002 remastering.) But one has to wonder because the information for the 2nd series does mention the Master Data coming from England.

Anyway, it seems that care was taken in the remastering process for this new series.
Hope this was helpful!

Post by lennyw January 19, 2013 (3 of 4)
Thanks for the info.
Although I believe the improvement to be worth the cost, it's still nice to have an idea about the source(s).

Post by Lute January 20, 2013 (4 of 4)
lennyw said:

Thanks for the info.
Although I believe the improvement to be worth the cost, it's still nice to have an idea about the source(s).

I agree. If I find out any other information about this series, I will post it here.