• Product ID: ESSG-90098
  • Format: SA-CD/CD Hybrid
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DSD mastering / SA-CD layer: Stereo
  • Deluxe Digipak packaging

Classical masterpiece collection

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.

ESOTERIC equipment used for re-mastering

These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC´s proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.

Experience by yourself…

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 Berlin Gala - Silvesterkonzert 1997

1 – 6     Gerge Bizet     Carmen (Excerpts)
7 – 10     Maurice Ravel     Rapsodie espagnole
11     Pablo de Sarasate     “Carmen” Fantasy
12     Sergei Rachmaninov     Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
13     Johannes Brahms     Hungarian Dance No. 5 In G minori


Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano
Véronique Gens, Soprano
Stella Doufexis, Mezzo-Soprano
Bryn Terfel, Baritone
Robert Alagna, Tenor
Gil Shaham, Violin
Mikhail Pletnev, Piano

Donostiaco Orfeoia (Orfeón Donostiarra), San Sebastian
Südtilroler KInderchor

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Claudio Abbado


Executive Producers: Christopher Alder, Nigel Boon, Dr. Marion Thiem
Recording Producer: Christopher Alder
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Ulrich Vette
Recording Engineer: Wolf-Dieter Karwatky
Editing: Ingmar Haas
Location: Berlin, Philharmonie
Recording Date: 31 December 1997


Producer : Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer : Kazuie Sugimoto
(Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)