[Japan Post] Resumption and temporary suspension of acceptance, delivery delays of mail items destined to various countries/territories (Updated on July 29)

Our acceptance of various international mail items has been temporarily suspended due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
For details on the countries and territories to which acceptance of mail is still temporarily suspended as of July 17, please see the appendix below (PDF).

appendix (As of July 17, 2020) (PDF file)

We continue to temporarily suspend acceptance of mail items destined to these countries and territories because their postal operators are still not accepting inbound postal items and/or our transportation performance remains significantly reduced due to reduction of flights from/to Japan.
Meanwhile, we continue to temporarily suspend acceptance of various mail items to the United States because we are unable to make any prospect for securing sufficient transportation capability for the time being.
In addition, because of the global reduction of flights, considerable delivery delays are expected for accepted outbound mail items.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. It would be appreciated if you would kindly understand this situation in advance.

RACHMANINOFF: PIANO CONCERTO No.3 JANIS (double "SACD single layer + CD" set) / ラフマニノフ:ピアノ協奏曲第三番(SACD+CD・2枚組) [SSHRS-031/032]

RACHMANINOFF: PIANO CONCERTO No.3 JANIS (double "SACD single layer + CD" set) / ラフマニノフ:ピアノ協奏曲第三番(SACD+CD・2枚組) [SSHRS-031/032]

Price: JPY5,000


Item description

DISC Form: Double (SACD (Single Layer) + CD) Set

Stereo Sound Exclusive Sales Item (Also at some selected audio-shops)

For this item, the same sound source has been used to record both the single layer SACD (DSD) and the CD (PCM). Each requires the specific player for each format to be used.

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 mediums, we successfully digitized the analog master tape, and transferred it to the suitable mediums 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.


 第2期第1弾のもう1作は、アメリカ人ヴィルトォーソのバイロン・ジャニスが、アンタル・ドラティ率いるロンドン交響楽団とともに1961年にロンドンのワトフォード・タウン・ホールで録音したラフマニノフの「ピアノ協奏曲第3番」です。ジャニスにはシャルル・ミュンシュ指揮ボストン交響楽団と1957年に録音した同曲のRCA盤LPレコードがすでにマーケットに存在していたにも関わらず(しかも同じステレオ録音盤)、マーキュリー・レーベルがなぜ本作を制作したのか? その答えは本盤を聴けばわかることでしょう。名録音で溢れる「マーキュリー」レーベルの中でも伝説級の1枚と言ってもけして過言ではなく、「優れたスタッフが優れた演奏家の決定的名演を、コストを度外視した機材を用いて録音した夢のようなレコードとして、歴史に輝く1枚だと断言しよう。必聴!」と嶋護氏が記した本作が、ユニバーサルミュージックに現存する最良のコンディションのオリジナル・アナログ・マスターテープからのフラットトランスファーで蘇ります。



Classic Sound Ltd UKでのデジタルトランスファー作業

 アナログテープからのデジタル化を担当したのは、デッカ出身でClassic Sound Ltd UKに所属するエンジニアのジョナサン・ストークス氏とニール・ハッチンソン氏です。この2人のベテランエンジニアがステレオサウンド社からのリクエストにより、オリジナルのアナログマスターテープから、コンプレッサー等の使用を廃したフラットトランスファーによって、デジタル化を行なっています。そのためマスターテープに含まれるヒスノイズやドロップアウトは残ったままですが、限られた関係者のみが聴くことの許されたマスターテープの音をできるかぎり忠実に2種類(SACDとCD)のデジタルディスクに封じ込めています。


Serge Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
ピアノ協奏曲 第3番 ニ短調 作品30
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

1. 第1楽章: Allegro ma non tanto [14:54]
2. 第2楽章: Intermezzo (Adagio)  [10:11]
3. 第3楽章: Finale (Alla breve)  [12:52]

Byron Janis, Piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Antal Dorati
録音: 1961年6月16、17日 ロンドン郊外、ワトフォード・タウン・ホール

Recording: Watford Town Hall, outside London, 16 & 17 June 1961
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer and Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz