Deutsche Grammophon (The Original Source Series)
Pure analog mastering from original 4-track recordings
180-gram vinyl pressed at Optimal in Germany
Deluxe gatefold editions featuring additional photos and documentation
Deutsche Grammophon announces the launch of The Original Source, a new series of celebrated albums reissued on vinyl. The renowned Berlin-based Emil Berliner Studios are remastering 4-track recordings from the 1970s, using their own cutting-edge and 100% pure analog techniques to create versions of the highest possible audio quality. Produced on 180-gram virgin vinyl by Optimal, the discs will be issued in deluxe gatefold editions featuring additional photos and/or recording documentation.
An initial selection of 14 Original Source albums will be released over the course of 2023, starting with these four: Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (Wiener Philharmoniker/Carlos Kleiber); Mahler's Symphony No. 5 (2LPs — Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan); Schubert's "Trout" Quintet (Amadeus Quartet, Emil Gilels, Rainer Zepperitz); and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado).
Mahler's 5th Symphony is one of the legendary recordings made jointly by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. It is considered "one of the most beautiful and intense versions" (Penguin Guide) of the work.