Karajan: Tchaikovsky - Symphonies no.4,5,6 "Pathethique" (24/96 FLAC)
Karajan: Tchaikovsky – Symphonies no.4,5,6 “Pathethique” (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: EMI
Size: 2.61 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36:
01. I. Andante sostenuto-Moderato con anima
02. II. Andantino in modo di canzone
03. III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato, allegro
04. IV. Allegro con fuoco

Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op.64:
05. I. Andante – Allegro con anima
06. II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
07. III. Valse: Allegro moderato
08. IV. Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74 ‘Pathetique’:
09. Adagio – Allegro con troppo
10. Allegro con grazia
11. Allegro molto vivace
12. Finale – Adagio lamentoso

Herbert von Karajan was unquestionably one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest interpreters. Under his baton, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs a batch of Tchaikovsky’s final symphonies with unparalleled virtuosity and renowned precision. With its rich sonics and colorful dynamics, this is a hair-raising performance that will leave listeners speechless. Karajan’s commitment and passion are simply unmatched, capturing every intense and emotional moment.

About the Mastering
Four engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London have remastered these historic EMI recordings from their original analogue sources for release in pristine hi-def. Between them, Simon Gibson, Ian Jones, Andy Walter and Allan Ramsay have many years of experience remastering archive recordings for EMI and other record labels. The process always starts with finding all of the records and tapes in EMI’s archive in London and comparing different sources and any previous CD reissues. We consult each recording’s job file, which contains notes about the recording made by the engineer and producer. For example, this sometimes explain why there is more than one set of tapes to choose from. All of the tapes are generally in good condition and we play them on our Studer A80 π inch tape machine, after careful calibration of its replay characteristics.

In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution using a Prism ADA-8 converter and capture the audio to our SADiE Digital Audio Workstation.

Simon Gibson, January 2012

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