Post by Frank Berger Post by Néstor Castiglione
The company is called Countdown Media GmbH. Looking at their disc of Leopold Ludwig conducting Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben right now. It is indeed factory-pressed. My guess is that the initial run in 2012 was pressed on CDs, with all subsequent runs being made-to-order on CD-Rs. Haven’t kept up with Countdown’s reissues since buying their discs all those years ago.
Can’t remember the name of the company which made those mid-2000s reissues, but presumably they were Harkit. Atrocious, godawful sound.
There are also a handful of Everest SACDs in my collection, but cannot recall at the moment who made those.
Here the Ludwig Heldenleben Cd can be purchased from Amazon
for a mere $12.95. There is no mention of it being a CD-R or
of Countdown Media. The cover is that of the original LP.
And here is an ARKIV listing of the 1997 release from
Are you saying that you expect the sound to be different on
Apparently, they are CD-Rs, at least now. Amazon often doesn't label whether a particular disc is a CD or CD-R. (Found out the hard way a couple weeks ago with a Paul Desmond reissue.) These Countdown transfers were issued on factory-pressed CDs when they initially went on sale eight years ago.
The liner notes relate the following information:
"Executive producer: Mark Jenkins for Countdown Media/Everest. Project coordinator: Helge Jürgens for Countdown Media. Digital transfer and remastering: Lutz Ruppe at Countdown Media using the original master tapes. . . Digital restoration and remastering using Algorithmix software products."
I didn't say I expected them to be anything, but since these transfers and the ones from Arkiv (which are CD-R copies of the ones supervised by Maynard Solomon in the 1990s) are indeed different, then presumably they would also sound different from each other. At least to my ears there's enough to distinguish them: The sound on the older transfers sounds a bit mellower, more tilted towards mid-range blend; the newer ones brighter, with a slightly more profiled treble, and a subtle boost in the bass. Both sound great.
What I did say was that those Harkit transfers, which weren't among your examples, were execrable; their glassy, over-filtered transfers harkening back to the bad ol' days of Iron Needle and Grammofono 2000.