Thread: Archiv's Giulio Cesare

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Post by tream January 15, 2004 (1 of 3)
Now that we've established that Handley's Bax is unlikely to make it to SACD, does anyone have information whether or not Minkowski's Giulio Cesare, which according to multiple reviews is one of the major Handel releases of the past few years, will make it to SACD? I see that Archiv is not even listed under the labels on this site so they clearly seem to be lagging their Universal kin when it comes to high resolution sound. Anyone with news?

Post by nucaleena January 15, 2004 (2 of 3)
tream said:

Now that we've established that Handley's Bax is unlikely to make it to SACD, does anyone have information whether or not Minkowski's Giulio Cesare, which according to multiple reviews is one of the major Handel releases of the past few years, will make it to SACD? I see that Archiv is not even listed under the labels on this site so they clearly seem to be lagging their Universal kin when it comes to high resolution sound. Anyone with news?

dear tream,
part of the reason is that Archiv is not a sep't record label but is just a Deutsche Gramophon house badge. On most sites, including this one, archiv recordings (carrying the blue archiv logo) are consequently listed as DG releases e.g. the Biber Missa Saliburgensis (which you'll find listed here under DG). It's not much different from EMI Debut series still being listed as EMI rather than Debut.
Minkowski has released some really exciting recordings on Archive/DG in recent years (the Gluck Armide being a real fav. of mine) but I've not seem a word anywhere about any of them being scheduled for SACD release. If the Biber SACD is anything to go by, then that's something to be grateful for, as DG just haven't got the hang of SACD. Maybe if they and we can wait for a year or so, they might learn how to re-master.

Post by mdt January 16, 2004 (3 of 3)
nucaleena said:

dear tream,
part of the reason is that Archiv is not a sep't record label but is just a Deutsche Gramophon house badge. On most sites, including this one, archiv recordings (carrying the blue archiv logo) are consequently listed as DG releases e.g. the Biber Missa Saliburgensis (which you'll find listed here under DG). It's not much different from EMI Debut series still being listed as EMI rather than Debut.
Minkowski has released some really exciting recordings on Archive/DG in recent years (the Gluck Armide being a real fav. of mine) but I've not seem a word anywhere about any of them being scheduled for SACD release. If the Biber SACD is anything to go by, then that's something to be grateful for, as DG just haven't got the hang of SACD. Maybe if they and we can wait for a year or so, they might learn how to re-master.

I dont think it's a problem of remastering but of recording, the results of close miking and "fixing-it-in-the-mix" remain the same be it on CD or SACD.With the Karajan Beethoven-cycle DG have shown that they have learnt how to subtly remaster with good results if the source material is good.(luckily there were no 48+ channel mixing boards and all of todays outboard gear back in '62)

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