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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Klemperer

Posts: 5

Post by Claude January 28, 2013 (1 of 5)
Thanks Manuel for the very informative review.

Why did they have to spread the symphony over two discs, when a single layer SACD could easily accomodate the whole stereo program?

The latest 2CD reissue ("Klemperer Legacy" edition) came with two fillers (Sigfried-Idyll, Metamorphosen)

Post by Polarius T January 28, 2013 (2 of 5)
Claude said:

The latest 2CD reissue ("Klemperer Legacy" edition) came with two fillers (Sigfried-Idyll, Metamorphosen)

I, too, would have been very much looking forward to those two as a major plus. Oh well. But yes, annoying, and not least also because now you have to get up in the middle of it and swap discs. With my player's load and read times, that's a break comparable to an intermission of a concert. This work needs to be heard uninterrupted! Anything else is a disaster.

Otherwise a big cause for celebration, with the excellent new remastering, this release. It was high time.

Post by lennyw January 28, 2013 (3 of 5)
Just wait for the 24/96 downloads that these have no doubt also been prepared for...

Post by Claude January 29, 2013 (4 of 5)
Indeed, the downloads are a good alternative, but much fewer HDtracks downloads than japanese SACDs are being released, as far as these EMI remasterings are concerned.

A european Mahler/Klemperer SACD set would be best, but series seems not to continue.

Post by lennyw January 29, 2013 (5 of 5)
Patience. They'll all come out over time. There's no way Simon Gibson's costs are being born by EMI-JP alone. This is all part of a large last-ever remastering with a look at releasing the lot as downloads as and when the EMI "situation" is resolved.

As the SACDs are taken from 24/96 master files, I see no reason not to wait and pick them up as downloads as and when. That is, assuming EMI don't decide to release them at the Universal download prices of some 20 per CD-equivalent. Hopefully they'll take a leaf out of BIS/Hyperion's book, and charge reasonable prices that represent the actual cost, rather than trying to extort as much as possible.