HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (Karajan)


Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is considered his most perfectly conceived, and it has remained among the most performed of his works. The immediate success of his Seventh certainly must have given Bruckner some much needed confidence over the fate of his music.

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1975/77

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.2 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

The symphony was composed from 1881 – 83, beginning with the Scherzo. During this time, Bruckner attended a performance of Parsifal, the influence of which can be heard in the opening melody of the first movement. The composer claimed that the Adagio was written under the premonition of Richard Wagner’s death, which did occur on February 13, 1883. Bruckner proceeded to alter the coda of the Adagio into the solemn melody we now have, which was played at the composer’s own funeral. The addition of the cymbal crash, however, is said to be by Arthur Nikisch, who conducted the first performance in 1884, instead of the place Bruckner was composing when he learned of Wagner’s death. The delightful Scherzo is dominated by a repeated melody in the string with trumpets imitating a cock-crow. The Finale is a blend of solemn and humorous melodies with a final blaze of glory.

This 1975 recording of the Seventh Symphony by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic is just well-regarded. The beautiful sweep and majesty of the opening melody is beautifully played. Throughout the performance one feels that the orchestra is caught up by the music. The tempi are very well paced. The recording is beautifully done, except for some lack of clarity when a fortissimo is called for. The solo passages of the players absolutely clear and show us why the Berliners are so highly regarded. This is a sumptuous recording that anyone interested in Bruckner’s music needs to have.

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Analyzed Folder: /192k Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 – Karajan
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DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR11 -0.64 dB -18.47 dB A Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 1. Allegro Moderato.flac
DR11 over -18.07 dB B Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 2. Adagio. Sehr Feierlich Und Sehr Langsam.flac
DR10 -1.15 dB -16.76 dB C1 Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 3. Scherzo. Sehr Schnell.flac
DR11 -0.74 dB -17.35 dB C2 Bruckner – Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur – 4. Finale. Bewegt, Doch Nicht Schnell.flac
DR14 -0.77 dB -21.92 dB D Wagner – Siegfried-Idyll.flac
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Number of Files: 5
Official DR Value: DR12

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Credits

  • Conductor – Herbert von Karajan
  • Engineer – Günter Hermanns
  • Liner Notes – Hanspeter Krellmann, Richard Osborne
  • Liner Notes [Translation] – Daniel Henry, Mirella Noack-Rofena
  • Orchestra – Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Photography – Siegfried Lauterwasser
  • Producer – Dr. Hans Hirsch, Magdalene Padberg
  • Recording Supervisor – Cord Garben, Michel Glotz

 

Ripping Info

Monitoring

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96(24/192): Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

 

 

12 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (Karajan)”

  1. I am a big Bruckner fan and appreciate all of his music, his symphonies are as big as life and I love music that is organic and celestial all at the same time. Bravo to all associated with bringing this gem to my ears.

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