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Cracking performance, sublime recording and the performance is out of this world. Great transfer by HDDT - recommended!
Make no mistake, I am very happy to finally have this recording! However, the Philadelphia Orchestra was renown for their lush string section sound. Even with my high frequency hearing loss this cd is excessive bright and harsh. Also, paragraph four of the liner notes states "Mahler wrote to friend Fritz Lohr in 1984..." Mahler died in 1911. Just nit picking!
This is a masterpiece in musicality and the recording and transfer are technically phenomenal, at least in DSD256. The Blumine movement is interesting, even though when I listen to this recording sometimes I wished I could also listen to the final second movement which is also so beautiful. One thing that is really impressive in this recording is the rare clarity of the sound images, including all ambience and reflections in the recording hall and the separation of instruments, all down to the finest detail, at least in the highest DSD bitrate. It is alwaus a deeply immersive experience that makes me forget about the outside world like rare other recordings that I own. I would buy this album again if I could give it five more stars.
Another great remastering. Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia SO is as good as it gets!
As an audio equipment designer am constantly seeking the best quality in reproduction of music. My collection consists of quite a lot of downloads from hdtt and the quality of these downloads is without peer. My review is as much about the engineering of the recording as it is of the musical content. Unlike many other so called high resolution download sites hdtt does not use excessive compression in their *.zip files; Max is 2:1 and often less; Many sites claiming to have high resolution downloads use compressions well in excess of 6:1 and more. My preference would be for sites that use no compression but this is rare. Hdtt’s files are superb. The orchestral venue for this recording is evident spatially with excellent delineation and location of individual instruments in the stereo field. I downloaded the DSD 256 version; after decompression and playing the file through my Juli@ card with xrecode64 as the source player. Knowing the history of the origin of the composition the first movement gave a more than involving expression of Mahler’s walk in the forests and the bird song that he sought to emulate. Flute and woodwind in this recording are distinct and well located in the stereo field. This carries throughout the entire recording. The recording is not over paced and well controlled by the conductor. His mastery allows the performance to proceed with excellent clockwork. Having several versions of the first in both CD; SACD and FLAC this recording has become my favourite of all. All instruments are present without any disappearing; triangle, violin pluck, brass and bass are all evident along with the velvet strings of the violins; no screeching here!. Listening is done late at night where all aspects of the music become better defined and accessible. Inclusion of the Blumine movement makes enjoying the First more. It’s like having the directors’ cut! More Mahler is good Mahler! Being able to listen at more realistic levels ( am away in the country ) the full power of the orchestra and the skill of both conductor and performers remains flawless. I highly recommend this recording to all who admire Mahler! The performance is a tour de force but is also engaging so much so that listening to this symphony one is not aware of the passing of time. So effectively does this performance command your attention that you will go back for more. Well done hdtt!! Equipment: Source: computer via Juli@ card and Mayflower cabling with B3 connectors to preamp ( Luxman C02 ) and B2 pre to power amp ( Audio Space 9500 ). Speakers: Panda Model10s with Puck5 speaker cable. Isolation devices: Tungsten Mecados and vesicular basalt slabs. Carmine Bocchino www.bocchtech.com
Title: Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Includes the Original Second Movement "Blumine")
Artist(s): The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips tape
Recorded 1969 by RCA Producer – John Pfeiffer
1 Slowly, Schleppand; In Angang Very Leisurely 12:43
2 Andante Allegretto ( "Blumine") 6:31
3 Moved strongly, but not too quickly 7:10
4 Solemnly and measured, without dragging to 10:31
5 Stormy Moves 17:57
Total time: 54:52
Digital re-mastering in DSD256 :
Merging Technology Pyramix software with the
Hapi Analog to Digital converter