New York, NY (May 12, 2010)--A stereo broadcast recording of two pieces by Bruckner have been upmixed into 5.1 Penteo Surround for DVD release.
For DVD and broadcast on public television, Sir Gilbert Levine conducted Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 and Te Deum in Germany's famed gothic Cologne Cathedral. Originally recorded in stereo, the performance will be available in 5.1 Penteo Surround for its DVD release. Premiering this May on New York's WNET and PBS stations nationwide, the production features the WDR Symphony, one of Germany's finest orchestras, as well as the WDR Radio Choir, and the NDR choir of Hamburg, all three ensembles in their U.S broadcast debuts.
"Sir Gilbert was very happy with his live stereo recording," explained Sync Sound studio co-owner and re-recording mixer Ken Hahn. "And he was thrilled with the 5.1 upmix made possible with the new Penteo Surround processor. Unlike other 5.1 conversion methods, Penteo adds no coloration. It is absolutely true to the original stereo mix, and this is especially true of classical works and opera."
Hahn, winner of five Emmy Awards and the TEC Award for Best Audio Post Production Mixer, co-founded Sync Sound in 1984. Hahn specializes in mixing for television, film, home video, CD and DVD, in stereo and 5.1. "Upmixing from stereo to 5.1 usually introduces coloration and delays are induced, which causes phase issues and other artifacts. Penteo doesn't do any of that. What you put is in what you get out," he said.
Sir Gilbert Levine has conducted major orchestras in Europe including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Bastille and Staatskapelle Dresden, and in the U.S., the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony. This is his 14th international television concert. Prior to the PBS broadcast premiere of Bruckner's Te Deum, a private surround sound screening and champagne reception was held at The Tribeca Film Center in New York.