Does anyone know anything about the Decca Analog Golden Era recordings that are being issued by Universal Mexico? I just got the four Blu-ray discs of the Del Monaco operas. Despite the claim that these are PureAudio Blu-ray discs at 192 kHz/24-bit, the only program I can find on my Oppo UDP-205 or my wife's BDP-93 is DTS HD at 48 kHz/24-bit. Have you heard anything about these? I'm wondering if I am the only one who noticed. The reviewers in Fanfare all seem to have only the CD versions of these remasterings, not the Blu-rays.

It seems very strange that these are coming out of Mexico only. The booklets say that the actual tape-to digital transfers were done at Abbey Road Studios, which I also find strange. I thought all the Decca tapes were in Hanover.

Based on sampling these last night, I will say that even at 48 kHz, the sound is superb - better than anything Decca has issued here of this material. Strangely, I have found a lot of the Decca Originals remasterings to be very bright on top, including the Karajan Otello and the Solti Salome and Elektra. Regarding Salome and Elektra, the Blu-ray editions are just as bright as the two previous CD releases.



Gary Galo
Audio Engineer Emeritus
The Crane School of Music
SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676

"Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
Arnold Schoenberg

"A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
Igor Markevitch