Genre: Classical
Label: Esoteric
Composer: Schubert


Schubert 4 Impromptus D899 & D935 Hybrid Stereo Japanese Import SACD

Maria Joao Pires

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Featuring ESOTERIC’s Proprietary Re-Mastering Process to Achieve the Highest Level of Sound Quality!
Japanese Pressing, Deluxe Digi-pak Packaging, THE definitive Classical Performance on SACD!

Pianist Maria Joao Pires performs Impromptus by Franz Schubert for this audiophile recording.

PIres, born in Lisbon, Portugal, performed her first recital at the age of five and was already playing Mozart piano concertos publicly at the age of seven. Two years later she received Portugal's top prize for young musicians. Later she studied with Campos Coelho at the Lisbon Conservatory. She became known internationally in 1970 upon winning the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels. Her worldwide fame after a performance in Amsterdam. She had rehearsed the wrong Mozart concerto from the one the orchestra started playing, so she quickly recovered playing the correct concerto from memory. The film of this event was published to YouTube in 2013.

The reissue of classical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) technology to improve sound quality. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections that have been mainstays of the catalog since their initial release.

Experience the legendary performance in this new Super Audio CD/CD format. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials. All will be equally impressed by the "soul" hidden within the notes, but never before found in previously released recordings in any format.

The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC’s flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model Grandioso G1 and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master.

Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineering: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center Daikanyama Studio)

Esoteric Equipment list for this re-mastering:
• D-01VU (D/A Converters)
• Grandioso G1 (Rubidium Master Clock Generator)
• ESOTERIC Mexcel Cables

• Super Audio CD
•SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• DSD Mastering
• Made in Japan
• Deluxe, Full-Color High-Quality Digi-pak Gatefold Packaging

Maria Joao Pires, piano

Franz Schubert
4 Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90)

1. 1. No. 1 in C minor (Allegro molto moderato)
2. 2. No. 2 in E flat major (Allegro)
3. 3. No. 3 in G flat major (Andante)
4. 4. No. 4 in A flat major (Allegretto)
4 Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. 142)
5. 1. No. 1 in F minor (Allegro moderato)
6. 2. No. 2 in A flat major (Allegretto - Trio)
7. 3. No. 3 in B flat major (Thema. Andante - Var.I-V)
8. 4. No. 4 in F minor (Allegro scherzando)