2019-07-20 13:05:01 UTC
I was comparing waveforms between DG's release of the wartime Beethoven 7 and the new one in the BPO box (in Audition). Mostly because I was interested to see if the interventionist stereo effect the BPO applied to their new box would show up in any way.
The fourth movements are clearly the "same" in that the overall relative timings of things in each movement are essentially identical (actually one is 2.5 seconds longer than the other, but once you look past this slight pitch difference, what happens over that span is timed the same). But weirdly, the first two chords that open the movement are different. I feel half-nuts asserting this, but they are timed differently, and the second chords are just wholly different. Overall, the DG release's first two chords take a half-second less time than those in the BPO release. This isn't about pre-gap; once the music starts, these are two completely different animals.
Doesn't matter much, but I can't fathom why. Take a listen for yourself.