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).
Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony Orchestra presented a highly-praised interpretation of Stravinsky's Sacre du printemps in 1976. They do justice to the complexity of the rhythmically demanding work as well as to the loving elaboration of numerous details. Among the many recordings of the Sacre, this is certainly a highlight.