Takemitsu From me flows what you call time and Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5

Takemitsu From me flows what you call time and Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5. Yutaka Sado conducts his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2011 at the Berlin Philharmonie.  The Takemitsu piece features the entire percussion section of the Philharmoniker:  Raphael Haeger, Simon Rössler, Franz Schindlbeck, and Jan Schlichte with Wieland Welzel (one of the timpani players). Directed by Michael Beyer; produced by Grete Liffers. This disc is restricted to Region A. It  has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: B for Takemitsu  Grade: A+ for Shostakovich

This was a special performance to raise relief funds for the people of Japan following the earthquakes and tsunami of March 2011. The event took place on May 20, 2011. The title was released in Japan by NHK and by EuroArts in the West in the fall of 2011. We have already published a mini-review of the EuroArts version of this title. Please refer to that review for more general information.

This Japanese market version of the title appears from product descriptions on the Internet to have  exactly the same music as that published by Euroarts. The difference would be, of course, other artwork and the addition of package information written in Japanese.  It also appears that the sound on this recording, while excellent by general consumer standards, was not recorded with 96kHz/24 bit technology that is often used by NHK. So this would not be one of the audiophile recordings we have been enjoying from NHK. We give the same grade to the works on this title that we gave earlier in our review of the Euroarts version.

We would be happy to hear from anyone in Japan would could tell us more about this title. Here is a link for more information: