I have just acquired the big DG Karajan box and it highlights a dilemma I find increasingly in the era of multiple reissues. How do you know which remastered version of the recording you are getting?
For example, a while back I saw the Galleria issue of HvK's Beethoven overtures cheap on a resale website and succumbed as I particularly wanted his Consecration of the House. Later I also saw a bargain offer for the HvK Beethoven box and fancied giving the digital symphonies a try. (I had expected marmoreal downgrades compared to the 70's, 60's and 50's sets but was astonished at how good the middle symphonies are.)
Anyway I now have three pressings of all the DG Karajan Beethoven Overtures and they each sound slightly different. I find it difficult to decide which I prefer and would like to know if they are different remasterings or perhaps it's merely a variation in sound volume.
Lavish presentation in the big box and comprehensive details on recording dates and venues, but nothing on the ADD remastering dates/techniques!
I have other duplications - DG Kubelik Ma Vlast is one, where there is a huge difference in sound between the Galleria and the 2CD releases - so this is quite a common event.
Thing is: I tend to rip all my CDs and then listen wirelessly, so I just want to store one copy of each HvK Beethoven Overture. Trouble is - which one, when the brain tells you the other one lying in the box might actually be better?
Anybody know where remastering details (for any and all CDs) might be accessed?