Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Jungfrun I Tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), Karelia Suite Op. 11 (Järvi)

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Sibelius’ only opera, the one-act “The Maiden in the Tower”, is hobbled by a shallow Swedish libretto that’s basically a recounting of the Rapunzel myth. Like Kullervo and many other early works, it was well received initially by its Northern European audience, but Sibelius soon withdrew it to his desk drawer, discouraging further performances. It’s too bad that the text is so insipid, since there is some interesting music here: a passionate, even overwrought, prayer from the imprisoned Maiden to the Virgin Mary, twice soaring up to a High B. In the next scene the chorus of villagers sings the opera’s most memorable tune, a hymn to spring before they repudiate the Maiden, who they unjustly accuse of being the Bailiff’s prostitute. This scene has hints of the bass pedal points that became one of the composer’s most recognizable fingerprints. The Maiden’s sad prayer returns as an interlude before the scene with her fiancé that leads to the confrontation with the Bailiff and the all-too-neat ending in which the castle-owner’s wife observes the happenings and orders the Maiden freed and the Bailiff arrested.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari-Ann Häggander,
Erland Hagegård, Tone Kruse, Jorma Hynninen, The Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir
Orchestra: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.03 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Tracklist

  Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act (35:15)
A1 Overture 2:50
A2 Scene 1 5:49
A3 Scene 2 3:48
A4 Scene 3 4:05
A5 Interlude. Largamente 1:01
A6 Scene 4 4:01
A7 Scene 5 2:03
B1 Scene 5 (Continued) 6:07
B2 Scene 6 1:04
B3 Scene 7 1:27
B4 Scene 8 2:57
  Karelia-Suite Op. 11 (17:09)
B5 Intermezzo 4:39
B6 Ballade – Alla Marcia 12:31

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Analyzed folder: /192k Jean Sibelius – Jungfrun I Tornet (The Maiden in the Tower) – Karelia Suite Op. 11 – Jaervi
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR15        -11.43 dB     -30.60 dB     A1 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Overture.aif
DR14        -1.89 dB     -21.56 dB     A2 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 1.aif
DR12        -2.84 dB     -19.56 dB     A3 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 2.aif
DR13        -3.26 dB     -22.14 dB     A4 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 3.aif
DR11        -12.05 dB     -29.92 dB     A5 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Interlude. Largamente.aif
DR14        -3.68 dB     -24.91 dB     A6 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 4.aif
DR13        -2.97 dB     -22.88 dB     A7 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 5.aif
DR14        -2.22 dB     -23.16 dB     B1 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 5(Continued).aif
DR12        -4.72 dB     -20.77 dB     B2 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 6.aif
DR11        -0.45 dB     -18.14 dB     B3 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 7.aif
DR11        -2.30 dB     -17.98 dB     B4 Jungfrun I Tornet, Opera In One Act – Scene 8.aif
DR17        -0.71 dB     -23.30 dB     B5 Karelia-Suite Op. 11 – Intermezzo.aif
DR16        -1.76 dB     -23.17 dB     B6 Karelia-Suite Op. 11 – Ballade – Alla Marcia.aif
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Number of files:    13
Official DR value:    DR13
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Credits

  • Alto Vocals – Tone Kruse (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Baritone Vocals – Jorma Hynninen (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Choir – The Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Chorus Master – Gunno Palmquist (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Composed By – Jean Sibelius
  • Conductor – Neeme Järvi
  • Orchestra – The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Soprano Vocals – Mari-Ann Häggander (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Tenor Vocals – Erland Hagegård (tracks: A1 to B4)

 

Ripping Info

Monitoring

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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