Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Kindertotenlieder – Bernstein (2007) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:312minutes | 4,14 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.0 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1974/5, 2007
One can hardly believe the SACD sound Sony has achieved here, trumping even the “Carnegie Hall Presents” remaster! It is almost unbelievable that the original sound we were able to hear back in the 60s and 70s has been so revived from those original recordings in New York’s CBS Studios and Tel Aviv.
In the Kindertotenlieder, Janet Baker’s signing is unmatchable. She shines radiantly in every song. The last sung passage of In diesem Wetter is exquisite. Baker keeps her voice steady and is never lacking in purity throughout. She sounds haunting at times, too. It is a truly amazing musical experience. The 10th Adagio is a masterpiece. It’s power sends shivers throughout. This is a definitive recording of the only movement Mahler got to complete of his last Symphony.
As good as the LP vinyl version of this music, the transfer to SACD is heavenly. It completed, for me the entire set of Bernstein/Mahler symphonies reissued on SACD (Japanese imports), and it was a wonderful finale.
The sound is is stunning. Few of the Adagios and Kindertotenlieder available come close. The DSD sonic transfer highlights the wonderful strengths in these performances. The entire set of Bernstein/Mahler SACDs, expensive imports that they may be, is the best things in my SACD collection!
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Janet Baker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)
1. NuN Will Ich Die Sonn’ So Hell Aufgeh’n!
2. Nun Sech’ Ich Wohl, Warum So Dunkle Flammen
3. Wann Dein Muetterlein
4. Oft Denk’ Ich, Sie Sind Nur Ausgegangen
5. In Diesem Wetter
Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (New York Philharmonic)
6. Adagio (New York Philharmonic)
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Adagio recorded at CBS Studios in New York, 1975
Kindertotenlieder recorded at the Mann auditorium in Tel Aviv Israel, 1974