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 analogue techniques to create versions of the highest possible audio quality. Produced on 180g 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, the second batch of the initial selection of 14 Original Source albums for 2023 is now available for exclusive pre-order in our DG Store and includes Brahms' Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2 LPs - Berliner Philharmoniker, Emil Gilels, Eugen Jochum); Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe & Pavane, Debussy's Nocturnes (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado); Verdi's Requiem (2 LPs - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan).
This follows the initial offering of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (Wiener Philharmoniker/Carlos Kleiber); Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (2 LPs – 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). These first four will be issued on 2 June 2023.
Rainer Maillard, recording producer and managing director of Emil Berliner Studios, explains more about the process involved in creating The Original Source series.
"These new records sound enormous, with amazingly life-like dynamics and sonorities, conveying a 3-dimensional sense of the space in which the recordings were made. There is an ease to the presentation that I have rarely heard on a record before — especially when it comes to large-scale orchestral music."
- Mark Ward, trackingangle.com
"Releases like this make the analogue world go round"
- Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia
“The result sounds sensational - thanks to the excellent work of the recording team at the time and the analogue recording technology used.”