Label : GOP
Format : Ape
Cover : Yes
Abbado, Ansermet, Ashkenazy, Bartok, Beethoven, Bernstein, Bloch, Bonynge, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Cesar Franck, Chopin, Copland, Curzon, David Oistrakh, Debussy, Dorati, Dutoit, Dvorak, Fistoulari, Fitzwilliam Quartet, Fjeldstad, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gardelli, Gershwin, Grieg, Gustav Holst, Haitink, Haydn, Hindemith, Horenstein, Horst Stein, Karajan, Karl Munchinger, Kertész, Kodaly, Krips, Kyung Wha Chung, Maazel, Mahler, Massenet, Mehta, Mendelssohn, Monteux, Montsalvatge, Mozart, Offenbach, Pascal Roge, Piero Gamba, Previn, Prokofiev, Puccini, Radu Lupu, Ravel, Ricci, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rostropovich, Saint-Saëns, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin, Serafin, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Solti, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Walter Weller, Walton, Wolf-Ferrari
Label : Decca
Format : Flac track
Cover : Front
In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity.
Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born. THE ANALOGUE YEARS presents a 50-Album overview across 53 CDs, in original jackets, of the celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.
Alceo Galliera, Ambroise Thomas, Anna Moffo, Antonino Votto, Arturo Basile, Beethoven, Bellini, Bergonzi, Berlioz, Bizet, Callas, Cappuccilli, Cherubini, Christa Ludwig, de Sabata, di Stefano, Donizetti, Franco Corelli, Gavazzeni, Gluck, Gobbi, Gounod, Karajan, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Massenet, Mozart, Nicola Rescigno, Nicola Zaccaria, Nicolai Gedda, Ponchielli, Pretre, Puccini, Rolando Panerai, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Schwarzkopf, Scotto, Serafin, Tagliavini, Verdi, Wagner, Weber
Due for release on September 22 is ‘Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings’, a 69-disc Warner Classics box-set produced as the result of a major remastering project to transfer the original tapes to 24-bit/96kHz digital sound.
Containing 26 operas and 13 recital albums, and the subject of a major feature in Gramophone’s 2014 Awards issue, on sale now, the Callas project will also be available as 24-bit/96kHz downloads from the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound, exclusively from Monday (September 22) until October 5.
The new set encompasses all the studio recordings Callas made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969, and while these recordings have previously been remastered at CD quality, remastering engineer Allan Ramsay explains that this is the first time the tapes have been remastered at 24-bit/96kHz ‘beyond CD’ quality: ‘What this means is we’ve now got more high-frequency content and better definition to the sound.