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WAGNER: GOTTERDAMMERUNG (4SACD Single Layer) / ワーグナー:楽劇《神々のたそがれ》舞台祝典劇「ニーベルングの指環」第3日 (SACD4枚組) [SSHRS-025/028]

WAGNER: GOTTERDAMMERUNG (4SACD Single Layer) / ワーグナー:楽劇《神々のたそがれ》舞台祝典劇「ニーベルングの指環」第3日 (SACD4枚組) [SSHRS-025/028]

Price: JPY21,000


Item description


Disc form/Package/Bundled items
・The package contains a set of four SACDs (CD is not included):Stereo recording, single-layered SACDs (incompatible with conventional CD players and cannot be played on them).
・The discs are released as a limited edition with no additional issue.
・Outer covering is made as a LP record-sized special package, and same-sized booklet is accompanied.
・The booklet is over-70-pages deluxe edition, containing the lyrics in both German and Japanese.

 Japanese translation of the foreword of the liner notes written by John Culshaw, detailed interpretation by Mamoru Watanabe (reprint from the LP record), and the introduction of players by Toshiyuki Kobayashi and Katsuhide Hasegawa are also contained. 

Audio Masterpiece Collections

Listening to excellent pieces of music of great performances and high quality sound-recordings is a blissful moment for all audio enthusiasts.

However, a lot of original analog master tapes, though they contain the greatest performances and high quality sound-recordings of all time in history and hold eternal values, are often buried in archives or storerooms of record companies all over the world without being shed light on their existence.
We have dug them out of archives, and with state-of-the-art techniques, transferred them to SACDs, the best conceivable playback mediums.
It is a great pleasure for us to introduce you the best-sound playback mediums as our "Audio Masterpiece Collections".

These SACDs have been produced in accordance with our convictions that in a certain sense the conclusive music file with ultimate high quality of sound is none other than the original master tape itself because, without any doubt, if it has been kept well-preserved, it must contain a great amount of unspoiled sound information, thus we shall share the joy of listening to such pure and genuine sound of music----the privilege which is given to exclusively limited persons involved in the recording process. In order to realize such an ideal playback medium, we successfully digitized the analog master tape, and transferred it to the suitable mediums, in principle, with no additional processing treatment such as equalizing or sound adjustment----noises and sound dropouts, which had been attributed to the master tape, were kept intact.
We became at last able to provide audio enthusiasts with the ultimate sound quality that is as close to the original master tape as possible.

Ideal Opera Performance hardly achieved in the opera house
Created by the devotion of John Culshaw

Decca's grand project in producing Wagner's Ring complete has become an incomparable achievement in the history. Recorded from 1958 through 1965, it was the first complete Ring to be taped in the studio, in stereo, with Solti's conducting, the casting of the best possible Wagner singers of the day, and the brilliant playing of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Throughout the opera, reproduced sound and voices are so realistic that one could have the sense of touching the players just appeared in front of you. It allows listeners to experience Solti's Ring more faithfully than previously possible, abetted by the abundance of spatial harmony.

Master tape used for the SACD
The production master used for this SACD is the safety analog master tape that had been kept for the emergency use and unfortunately got forgotten for a long time

It had been made by the Decca Record Company in the beginning of the 1970s as a safety master tape, copying directly from the 1/4-inch original analog master tape on a one-to-one basis, and been provided to the King Records in Japan which was the importer and distributor of the Decca records at that time. It would have been used only if any flaws in the metal master prepared for the LP recordings had been found.
But, for its limited usage (only used for the emergency) it had not been on a written record, and consequently, its whereabouts had become unknown. However, thanks to persistent searching by the Universal Music Japan, it was finally discovered and we got the privilege to be given a license by Decca to make a fresh transfer from this safety analog master tape.

The master source currently used by Decca for Solti's Ring transfer is the digital master tape, commonly known as "James Lock Remaster", which was made by Decca mastering engineer James Lock who had assisted John Culshaw on the original Ring sessions.
Assigned by Decca to de-hiss the Ring for the 1997 edition CD, Lock made new 48/24 transfers (PCM/48kHz/24bit) from the original analog tapes, applying processing treatments such as equalizing and noise reduction.
Since the original analog master tapes were too deteriorated to make a new transfer (that was said by Decca), all digital discs and digital files that have been issued since 1997, without any exception, were made by using this "James Lock Remaster" as a source.
Therefore, our SACD is the first and only transfer in the world, digitized from the precious master source that had been stored before remastering was applied.

DSD Recording by Flat Transfer
We have done the digital editing for the SACD in NIPPON COLUMBIA's mastering studio, and made flat transfers from the analog master tapes converting to DSD signal (digital format of SACD) with a sampling rate of 2.8MHz: playback was done on the STUDER A820 Analog Master Recorder, which had been meticulously tuned by the greatest mastering engineer in Japan, Shigeru Buzawa.
With an aim to make a DSD master as close to the analog master tape as possible, the whole system, including cables (digital/analog/AC), was finely tuned, and state-of-the-art equipments were also utilized; Merging Technologies' Pyramix System for conversion; Esoteric Master Clock Generator G01X to regulate clock timing accuracy.













RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)


Ein Buhnenfestspiel fur drei Tage und einen Vorabend

Dritter Tag


Text von Komponisten

初演:1876年8月17日 バイロイト祝祭劇場
Uraufführung: 17. August 1876 im Bayreuther Festspielhaus

Wiener Staatsopernchor

Chorus master: Wilhelm Pitz

Wiener Philharmoniker

Conducted by Sir Georg Solti

 録音:1964年5月20〜27日、6月1日、2日、10月27〜31日、11月3-5、17-20、22-24日 ウィーン、ゾフィエンザール

Producer: John Culshaw
Recording engineer: Gordon Parry, James Brown
Recording: Sofiensaal, Vienna, 20-27 May, 1-2 June, 27-31 October, 3-5,17-20 & 22-24 November 1964


■ディスク形態:SACD(シングルレイヤー)4枚組 ※1

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