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Anybody familiar with this for either performance or sound? It was apparently recorded on the same day as Kleiber's well known Beethoven #4 Orfeo recording, which is a great performance but it has a long time since I listened to it and I don't remember the quality of sound.
The performance is very good and the sound perfectly acceptable. But it is not worth purchasing more than the old DG studio recording of No.7. The MCH track is just a processed one I suspect, the 'real' recording is good radio stereo by BR. Does that help at all?
Thanks, I already have the DG, so I guess I'll pass on this. Unfortunately the DG is a bad example of closeup multimiking.
I thought your question was deserving of a more thorough answer, so I have just listened to the 1st movement of the 7th in both the Orfeo Stereo SACD and the DG (Vienna) CD versions. The Orfeo recording has the advantage of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra in live performance. The recording engineers have gone in closer than the DG engineers, probably because of the audience. That audience is not entirely silent - the usual bronchial interruptions can be clearly heard. The wind section is more closely mic'ed so if that bothers you, then the Orfeo is going to be worse from your point-of-view. However, the playing of the Bavarian winds is marvellously fresh and moulded. There is nothing wrong with the VPO winds (!), but they sound less involved. I don't think Kleiber divides the violins on the Bavarian recording whereas he does clearly on the Vienna disc and this helps to emphasize the conversational aspects of Beethoven's music. The recordings are interesting. I know that they are two different formats but on my SCD777 VSE L5+ the SACD, for all the noises off and close mics, sounds much better than the studio recording. The SACD is AAD so the only digital intrusion is at the mastering. The CD has digital mixing too, being ADD. I think I would therefore conclude that you should seriously consider the Orfeo anyway. It isn't the same and on balance has a vivacity unmatched by the VPO, for all that famous recording's benefits in terms of silent backgrounds and more distant recording. I suggest you buy the SACD.
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