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Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
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■ Product ID: ESSG-90141-42 (2 discs)
■ Format: SA-CD/CD Hybrid
■ Label: Deutsche Grammophon
■ DSD mastering / SA-CD layer: Stereo
■ Deluxe Digipak packaging
■ Limited edition (3,500 sets)

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. 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 tapes. 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 tapes.

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.
ESSG-90141 (DISC 1):

Symphony No. 4 in G
1.I: Bedächtig. Nicht eilen
2.II: In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
3.III: Ruhevoll
4.IV: Sehr behaglich
"Wir genieβen die himmlischen Freuden" (soprano solo)
(Text from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn")

Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
5.I: Allegro maestoso
6.Sehr mäβig und zurückhaltend
7.Sehr langsam beginnend

ESSG-90142 (DISC 2):
1.II: Andante moderato
2.III: [Scherzos.] In ruhig flieβender Bewegung
3.IV: Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
"O Röschen rot" (contralto solo)
(Text from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn")
4.V: Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
5.Langsam
6.Im Anfang sehr zurckgehalten
7.Wieder sehr breit
8.Maestoso. Sehr zurückhaltend
9.Wieder zurückhaltend
10.Langsam. Immer noch mehr zurckhaltend
11.Sehr langsam und gedehnt
12.Langsam. Misterioso
"Aufersteh'n, ja aufersteh'n wirst du"
(Chorus and soprano solo)
13.Etwas bewegter
"O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube"
(contralto solo, soprano solo)
14.Wieder etwas zuruckhaltend
"Was entstanden ist, das mus vergehen!"
(Chorus and contralto, soprano and contralto solos, chorus)
(Text after Klopstock's sacred poem "Die Auferstehung")
Performance
[Symphony No.4]
Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-Soprano
Wiener Philharmoniker
Gerhart Hetzel, Solo violin

[Symphony No.2]
Carol Neblett, Soprano
Marilyn Horne, Mezzo-Soprano
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Recording
Produced by Rainer Brock
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Heinz Wildhagen (No. 2); Günter Hermans (No. 4)
Recording Engineer: Volker Martin (No. 4)
Recorded: February 1976, Medinah Temple, Chicago (No. 2); May 1977, Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Wien (No. 4)
Re-mastering
Producer : Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer : Kazuie Sugimoto
(Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)