Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury) Joaquin Rodrigo – Conciertos Aranjuez y Andaluz (Los Romeros)

Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
If you want to taste the guitar-playing delights offered up by the Romero family or if you want a fine historical record of this remarkable musical dynasty, then this is the record for you! Jointly and severally, the Romeros do their stuff here: Celedonio (the pater familias), and his sons Ángel, Celín, and Pepe. To back them up the San Antonio Symphony, in one of its very earliest major-label recordings, does its damnedest under the baton of Victor Alessandro–with truly fine results.

# Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
# Performer: Angel  Romero, Los Romeros
# Orchestra: San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Victor Alessandro
# Vinyl (1967)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.84 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

To capture the event with the fullest possible fidelity available in 1967 the Mercury Records engineers employ the special setup of their “Living Presence” series: a three-channel, half-inch tape recorder fed by three individual Telefunken 201 microphones, augmented here by a fourth to reinforce the center channel. All the fuss clearly pays off in the marvelous sound quality of this recording.

To get the ball rolling Ángel delivers a truly excellent performance of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” (Though Ángel subsequently focussed on conducting, it could not have been for lack of success in playing: his mastery of the guitar is manifest.)

Next the whole family join in on Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars and Orchestra,” a joyous, tuneful exhibition of how great four guitars and orchestra can sound together. This is not heavy “symphonic” fare, but music to celebrate the joys of life and lovely sounds.

Analyzed folder: /192k Rodrigo – Concertos Andaluz-Aranjuez – Romero (Mercury)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -2.25 dB     -21.90 dB     A1 Concierto Andaluz – Tiempo De Bolero.wav
DR14        -7.93 dB     -27.07 dB     A2 Concierto Andaluz – Adagio.wav
DR13        -5.53 dB     -23.05 dB     A3 Concierto Andaluz – Allegretto.wav
DR15        -0.11 dB     -19.61 dB     B1 Concierto Aranjuez – Allegro Con Spirito.wav
DR14        -1.45 dB     -21.73 dB     B2 Concierto Aranjuez – Adagio.wav
DR15        -0.86 dB     -20.79 dB     B3 Concierto Aranjuez – Allegro Gentile.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very 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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11 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury) Joaquin Rodrigo – Conciertos Aranjuez y Andaluz (Los Romeros)

  1. You continue to RACH-our-world !!! Oh boy obscure MERCURY @ 24 192… oh the sweetness at a very high order. Can’t wait man for the sonic bliss out. Bless you.

  2. Rach, I think I’m in love with this album. I have so many Aranjuez recordings (2 CDs, 2 vinyl, 2 videos plus an insane amount of downloads) that my wife forbade me from buying more (let’s now find out what will be her cap on Ring Cycle recordings…). I even played the Adagio at my wedding. So, you see, I have a great personal stake in the unveiling of new (or hard to find old) instances of this masterwork. This recording with the Romeros is an absolute must have! The cool thing about them is the proximity they had with the composer, their frequent collaborations. I believe they really understood one another in a way no one else could. It’s like listening to Turíbio Santos playing Villa-Lobos: that friendship, that intimacy with the composer’s personality is all there.

    The premier of the Andaluz is superb. Haven’t heard better yet. It shows once more the playful, popular, genius melody craftsman Rodrigo could be when he wanted. A few bars into the concerto, and I am already in Spain. That is only one facet of the composer, but one I thoroughly appreciate.

    Your rip shows such high quality I’m sure I couldn’t do better if I had the vinyl. Thanks for the care you put into this. Your and Night Owl’s initiatives are what got me hooked on vinyl in the first place, and I hold these rips very dear to me. They’ve become the soundtrack of my daily life (to the despair of the Mrs., who is not at all into classical).

    • I love you for all you’ve written….
      Next comes more from me, but now I’ve to sleep…I had guest here, some friends who seems to don’t know, what the word STOP means, concerning drinking good wine.

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