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    It looks like there are yet more Furtwängler SACDs coming to Japan, but this time, it's via the Berliner Philharmoniker and King International in Japan:

    http://www.kinginternational.co.jp/classics/kkc-595273/

    What is somewhat confusing to me is that, while many SACD versions in particular seem to be exclusively sold in Japan, many of these King International releases are just import versions with an Obi strip or Japanese commentary booklet attached. Yet, I can find no announcement of this set in the West, so I'm trying to figure out if this is a worldwide release that's just been announced in Japan first, or a Japan-only release.

    The Google translation to English mentions the King International version comes "with a bonus footage of Japan only (DVD)", and that the first run in Japan comes with a 2019 calendar, which makes me wonder if the 22 SACD set itself will be released by the Berliner Philharmoniker label outside of Japan.

    Here is what is listed after the track list in the Google translation:

    - The edition which assembled broadcasting recording by Berlin Phil and Furtwangler recorded the German empire broadcast during the war (1939 - 45 years).
    ● Fortunately, also included the first sound source! (Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe 1st Suite (excerpt), Schubert: Symphony "Incomplete" 2nd Movement)
    - As a tape sound source of the German Empire Broadcasting, sampling (28 bit / 96 kHz) is performed with the current highest technology, the appearance of Furtwängler highest sound quality of war when Berlin Phil himself handles.
    ● Choose the best sound source that can reproduce the performance at the time. Covers all the existing German empire broadcasting tapes, based on original tapes, set as best conditions.
    ● 22 sheets set SACD hybrid board. With a bonus footage of Japan only (DVD).
    ● First time benefit: Furtwangler 2019 calendar (A5 size)

    This time "Furtwangler Empire Broadcasting Station (RRG) Archive 1939 - 45". This set is a compilation of broadcast recordings by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954) recorded during the war (1939 - 45 years) by the German Empire Broadcasting.
    Even in the era of turbulence under wartime, Furtwangler who put a life in his artistic activities. Performance during wartime in the conductor Furtwängler is the most important thing. It covers all the existing performances of the wartime Berlin Philharmonic & Furtwängler and revived with the highest quality of the past, it can be said that it is a decision board that surpasses all the boards so far.

    In addition, it is about "tape itinerant" that is indispensable for talking about recording of Furtwängler in wartime. After the occupation of Berlin, the Soviet army confiscated approximately 1,500 tapes in the German empire broadcasting as a booty item. It has been used as a program for Moscow Broadcasting based on that tape, or releasing LP from Dew Melodia Label. In 1987, however, 20 copies of the original tape were returned, and the original tape seized in 1991 was returned to free Berlin broadcasting (SFB), and it is preserved in the archive of Berlin-Brandenburg broadcast (RBB, former SFB) until today It was done. In this time, most of the sound sources used in this set were sampled at 28bit / 96kHz by the Berlin Phil newly reproduced tape in 1987 and 1991. According to Tonemeister who was in charge, it says that these tapes could be sampled in very good condition despite the time being 30 years. In addition, we have sampled the pitches which had been problematic with many CDs before, based on the correct pitch and speed at that time. Unfortunately, although the concert record still remains, as for the missing program, the possibility that the tape has already disappeared is extremely high, and the sound source recorded in this set is the existing wartime Berlin Phil and Furtwen It is thought to be all of Gurler's performance.

    Specifications will be released on the SACD hybrid board in order to take advantage of sampling at the highest sound quality. The commentary is an interesting content written about the history of this recording, from the seizure of the Soviet forces after the war to the return of copies, discovery of master tapes (with Japanese translation). In addition, as the first privilege of Japan only, one DVD including Documentary with Furtwängler's valuable footage and the 2019 version Furtwangler calendar (A5) are included.

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    I guess they can charge ten bucks more a disc if it's an SACD.
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    I don't see the advantage of remastering a mono recording in DSD for SACD. This is the kind of thing that would attract buyers in the Far East

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    I don't see the advantage of remastering a mono recording in DSD for SACD. This is the kind of thing that would attract buyers in the Far East
    Right; it's the act of remastering that improves the sound, not the SACD format. I've bought a few Furwangler SACD's on Tahra, and they do sound terrific - but they sound terrific whether I'm playing the SACD layer or the RBCD.

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    The set is now up for pre-order at Amazon Japan for a cool ¥35,000 (currently US $308.00):

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07K7P2V98

    It's still unclear to me whether the set will be released outside of Japan, but if the recordings really have been remastered, then hopefully they do get released.

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    It would make a great budget priced CD set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCrutchy View Post
    The set is now up for pre-order at Amazon Japan for a cool ¥35,000 (currently US $308.00):

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07K7P2V98

    It's still unclear to me whether the set will be released outside of Japan, but if the recordings really have been remastered, then hopefully they do get released.
    Does it include the Schumann Fourth Symphony? I had just picked up the DG CD release of that a few months ago at a resale shop. Fantastic performance, now my favorite recording of the piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Does it include the Schumann Fourth Symphony? I had just picked up the DG CD release of that a few months ago at a resale shop. Fantastic performance, now my favorite recording of the piece
    It doesn't appear so. Here is what is listed for Schumman on the discs (Discs 3, 5 and 14, respectively):

    Schumann: Piano Concerto (30'30)
    Walter Gisezing (piano)
    Recording: March 1 - 3, 1942, the former Philharmonic

    Schumann: Cello Concerto (22'30)
    Tiborde de Mahula (cello)
    Recording: October 25 - 28, 1942, former Philharmonic

    Schumann: Cello Concerto (2nd movement fragment, 3rd movement only) (10'30)
    Pierre Fournier (cello)
    Recording: On November 16, 1943, the former Philharmonic

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    If as the translation suggests, these are taken from the original radio tapes and not from the usual bootleg home-taping sources, this could be epochal. I hope it's released some place other than Japan at some kind of reasonable price.
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    The choice recordings offered here are:

    1942 Beethoven 9th
    1942 Brahms Piano concerto No. 2 w/Edwin Fischer
    1942 R. Strauss Don Juan
    1942 Wagner Tristan Prelude and Liebestod
    1942 Bruckner 5th
    1943 Beethoven 4th, 5th, Coriolan Overture
    1943 Brahms 4th
    1943 Mozart 39th
    1943 R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
    1944 Bruckner 9th
    1945 Brahms 1st: 4th mov.

    All of these have fair claim to being the greatest recorded performances of said works. I am curious about the listed 1942 Beethoven 7th. I have never heard of this one. The familiar recording is from November 1943.

    It's a shame there is no recording of WF's 1941 Berlin Mozart Requiem. I would have loved to hear the work in his hands. Ironically there is a very good sounding 1941 recording of the same work with the same chorus and orchestra issued by DG, but it was conducted by the chorus master, Bruno Kittel.
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