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Original Image Bit Processing disaster
on 15 August 2015
The performance is wonderful, as is generally always the case when Karajan and Bruckner meet, but the 'original image bit processing' here has to be named and shamed.
It simply must.
I say this because it's appalling. Take a look at the waveform of, say, the first movement in Audacity and you'll see what I mean. The peaks are smashed to ruins. Bruckner wrote music that was designed to reach to the heavens, but not to crash into them as is, catastrophically, the case here.
I've noticed that many of Deutsche Grammophon's OIBP reissues suffer from an element of this (it's obvious that they're often not remastered with any real love or care), but this is the worst I've seen - far, far worse than the Bruckner Masses (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bruckner-Masses-Nos-1-3-Originals/dp/B000001GQ6) that many Amazon reviewers have complained about.
The unreliable quality control that Deutsche Grammophon/Universal exhibit is only matched by their policy of making it about as clear as mud what has been remastered and what hasn't.