• Product ID: ESSS-90066
  • Format: SA-CD/CD Hybrid
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • DSD mastering / SA-CD layer: Stereo
  • Deluxe Digipak packaging

Classical masterpiece collection

The reissue of classical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) technology to improve sound quality. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections that have been mainstays of the catalog since their initial release. These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC’s proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.

ESOTERIC equipment used for re-mastering

The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC’s flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model G-0Rb and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master.

Experience by yourself…

Experience the legendary performance in this new Super Audio CD/CD format. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials. All will be equally impressed by the “soul” hidden within the notes, but never before found in previously released recordings in any format.

Title and track list
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Ein Sommernachetstraum – Ouvertüre, Op.21 & Schauspiel musik, Op.61 (Auszüge)

  1. Ouvertüre, Op.21 Allegro di molto
  2. No.1 Scherzo. Allegro vivace
  3. No.2 L'isteso tempo:"He,Geist! Wo gehr die Reise hin?"
  4. Elfenmarsch. Allegro vivace - "Schlimm treffen wif bei Mondenlicht"
  5. No.3 Lied mir Chor. Allegro ma non troppo:"Kommt! Einen Ringel, eine Feensang! ...Bunte Schlangen, zweigezüngt!"
  6. No.4 Andante:"Was du wirst erwachend sehn"
  7. No.5 Intermezzo. Allegro appassionato - "Strets irrst du dich"
  8. No.7 Notturno. Con moto tranquillo
  9. No.8 Andante:"Nun,da der Knabe mein ist"
  10. No.9 Hochzeitsmarch. Allegro vivace - "Jerzt beheult der Wolf den Mond"
  11. Finale. Allegro di molto:"Bei des Feuers mattem Flimmern"

    Symphony No.4 in A major, Op.90 "Italienische"
  12. I. Allegro vivace
  13. II. Andante con moto
  14. III. Con moto moderato
  15. IV. Saltarello presto

Performance
Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Barbara Sukowa, Narrator(1-11)
Sylvia McNair, 1 Eife(1-11)
Angelika Kirchschlager, 2 Eife(1-11)
Damen des Ernst-Senff-Chorus
(Sigurd Brauns, Chorus Master) (1-11)

Recording
The Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester,
Berlin, December 31, 1995.
Producer: Pauline Heister
Recording Engineer: Ulrich Schneider
Technician: Olaf Schmeizer
Tape Editor: Johannes Müller
Mastering: Pauline Heister

Re-mastering
Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)