Its not on topic, but does anyone know of a good Quad mix and performance of Handel's "Messiah". Its a piece of music I have loved ever since I was taken to a performance of it by my late father, I must have been about 13, so a long time ago!
If you're still watching this thread, Mr. Mowrey, do you recall if the MTT "Winter Dreams" Symphony from the same year was recorded in quad? That, along with the Steinberg Planets, were two of my most-listened-to albums of 1971, the year when I first got hooked on classical music as a teenager. I'd certainly love to hear what that sounds like in surround as well!I have not heard the Planets/Zarathustra in quad for about 48 years now, but I remember it very well. This was one of our first quad recordings in Symphony Hall, and it was made with ambiance only in the back channels. I was a co-executive producer (with Karl Faust), but, as such, cannot claim credit for the spectacular mix, which belongs solely to the late Günter Hermanns.
As far as other quad recordings are concerned, I would love to see the complete Ravel with BSO/Ozawa come out in quad on Blu-ray, as well as the BSO/Ozawa Berlioz Damnation and Fantastique (even though they're already on SACD from Pentatone), and the Russo Street Music and Three Pieces for Blues Band with Corky Siegel and Ozawa/SanFrancisco. And the Fiedler/Boston 1812 Overture, with cannon to left of you, cannon to right of you, and cannon behind you as you ride into the Valley of Death (with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson).
Of course, there's the issue that Geijsen's remaster was, as I understand it, to native DSD for Pentatone's SACD release. This would imply that it would have to have been converted to 24/96, which most audiophiles I know would consider a downsampling to a lower-resolution format.I would guess it just means that as of 2018, DG has now registered the copyright for the 2014 remaster that they previously licensed to Pentatone. As someone else (me?) stated earlier in this thread: there would be absolutely no reason to have remastered this yet again when Jean-Marie Geijsen already did such an exquisite job the first time 'round.
Yes, it was a studio production, recorded in ten sessions during September and October, 1972 at the Manhattan Center in New York and post-produced (editing and mixing) over the following five months at DG's pp studios in Langenhagen, near Hannover.Perhaps if the blu-ray has an accompanying video of the performance, it might be worth it, but since it's a quad mix I assume it's a studio recording. Yes?
Peter Scheiber, the inventor of matrixed quadraphony, was my partner in Audiodata, a company which he and I founded in September, 1969, to exploit his invention. Originally he owned 85% and I owned 15%, although both our shares were diluted as other partners came in. There are a lot of contemporary magazine articles about early quad development at Thomas Mowrey Archive Quadraphonic.info™ Articles, Manuals and Quadraphonic and Surround Sound Information including one in TIME magazine about demonstrations we did at that time. I was not at the broadcast demo you mentioned, however, as I was already working for Deutsche Grammophon in May of 1970 and was producing several Boston Pops records that month.Looks like a fine recording Thomas.
I'm certain it'll sound great in quad .
Sorry to change the topic a bit , but I recently read an article about .....likely the very first quad broadcast .
It was a "Scheiber encoded " demo at a New York hotel someplace in downtown New York in May 1970.
Did not indicate what music selections were played though.
The article was a mention in Men In Hifi , by Harry Maynard and can still be found via American Radio History.(sorry I don't have a link)
Now , immediately you came to mind and I of course wondered if you got to attend ?
Anyways it's a cool rather historic quad article worth reading.