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Josef Suk: Asrael

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

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"Five Stars ... could easily stand beside Bruckner and Mahler ... the hi-res sonics of the live recording are exemplary and perfectly suited to Suk’s music ..."
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Asrael, Op. 27. Part I  
I. Andante sostenuto
Josef Suk; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy
II. Andante
Josef Suk; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy
III. Vivace
Josef Suk; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy
Asrael, Op. 27. Part II  
IV. Adagio
Josef Suk; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy
V. Adagio e maestoso
Josef Suk; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:24
"Disc of the Month. Within seconds of sliding this into my hifi system and hitting play, I knew it was going to be special. Suk's symphony is a true one-off and shines in this performance ... if Asrael is Suk's masterpiece, then here's a recording to match it."
- Classic FM

"Four Stars. Ashkenazy stresses the lyricism as well as the anguish of Suk's score; this is a performance of great dignity and nobility, with fine attention to detail ... the recording sound is outstanding: the effect of the first movement's coda, for instance, is overwhelming."
- BBC Music Magazine

"This performance is magnificent. (Ashkenazy) brings more sheer excitement to the finale than any other conductor on disc ... Ashkenazy also enjoys far and away the best engineering ... if you love the symphonies of, say, Mahler or Tchaikovsky, then you really must hear Asrael."
- ClassicsToday.com

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in a masterful and intense performance of this deeply moving work, which has never been released in high-resolution until now. Named Editor's Choice by Gramophone and critically praised around the world, this is a superbly recorded version of Suk's greatest work, a masterpiece of the late Romantic repertoire which has been compared in scope and emotional range to Bruckner and Mahler.
352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD – 2xHD - Ondine Studio Masters

Recorded in 2.8224 MHz DSD
Mastered in 352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD

This album was mastered using our 2xHD proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording we tailor our process specifically for each project, using a selection from our pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original DSD master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube pre-amplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
DSD and PCM versions are separately generated, directly from the analog signal.

2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme
2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

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