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Karajan & Callas 4 Great Operas Salome / Aida / Carmen / Tosca
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■ Product ID: ESSG/D-90089-97 (9 discs)
■ Format: SA-CD/CD Hybrid
■ Label: Deutsche Grammophon / Decca
■ DSD mastering / SA-CD layer: Stereo
■ Box set / Deluxe Digipak packaging
■ Limited edition (1,500 sets)

* This opera collection does not include libretto of each title.

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.

Le Nozze di Figaro ESSG-90089-91
((Disc 1,2&3):

"Le Nozze di Figaro"

Opera buffa in quattro atti (Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte)

Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Conducted by Karl Böhm

Recorded: March 1968, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin
Executive Producer: Dr. Hans Hirsch
Recording Producer: Wolfgang Lohse
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Günter Hermanns
Verdi Aida ESSG-90092&93
(Disc 4&5):

"Il Barbiere di Siviglia"

Molodramma buffa in due atti (Libretto: Cesare Sterbini after Beaumarchais)

The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Recorded: September 1971, Town Hall, Watford, London
Executive Producer: Karl Faust
Recording Producer: Rainer Block
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Hans-Peter Schweigmann
Bizet Carmen ESSG-90094&9
(Disc 6&7):

"La Traviata"

Opera in tre atti (Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
after Alexandre Dumas fis)

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conducted by Carlos Kleiber
Recorded: May 1976, June 1977, Bürgerbraü-Keller, Munich
Executive Producer: Dr. Hans Hirsch
Recording Producer: Hans Weber
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Klaus Scheibe
Puccini Tosca ESSD-90096&97
(Disc 8&9):

"La Bohème"

Opera in quattro atti (Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica after Henry Murger)

Schöneberger Sängerknaben
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Recorded: October 1972, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin
Recording Producers: Ray Minshull, James Mallinson
Recording Engineers: Gordon Parry, James Lock, Colin Moorfoot
Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)