It is rare these days to hear an ensemble sound as if they actually enjoy what they are playing. This album has that sound. There are technically better recordings, but none (that I have heard) with the “musicallity” that Fennell brings out. The horn “rip” in Suite in F positively has a grin on it! These are musicians, not instrumental technicians. Such a wonderful difference. And when Fennell “unchains” the big drum, oh boy, you better pray to have bought very good speakers and amps.
# Composer: Gustav Holst, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
# Conductor: Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Telarc
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 1.68 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This album was my introduction to the wonderful world of Frederick Fennell. It is truly a demonstration class disc from a day when such discs were rare. It is a treasure to behold. Here the conductor well-known for being a specialist in wind music directs the Cleveland Symphonic Winds in three suites for wind ensembles. The disc begins with the two suites for military bands by Holst followed by an arrangement of Bach’s Fantasia in G Major. The disc wraps up with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks.
It is seldom you can hear such absolute precision in any ensemble as you do on this remarkable disc. Fennell was a master at his trade. Each suite is superbly played. Brass, flutes, and woodwinds are exceptional. Clarity and dynamics are excellent. It’s hard to believe that this music was recorded in 1978. As the years pass, however, the disc has admittedly lost a bit of its sheen, but it remains a classic nonetheless and an essential part of any collection of brass and wind music. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
|Gustav Holst – First Suite In E Flat Op. 28, No. 1|
|Gustav Holst – Second Suite In F, Op. 28, No. 2|
|A5||2. Song Without Words||2:40|
|A6||3. Song In The Blacksmith||1:20|
|A7||4. Fantasia On The ‘Dragason’||2:48|
|Johann Sebastian Bach – Fantasia In G Major|
|George Frederick Händel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks|
|B4||3. La Paix||2:00|
|B5||4. La Réjouissance||2:00|
|B6||5. Menuet / Trio||2:48|
Analyzed folder: /192k Holst-Haendel-JSB (Telarc) Fennell
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.18 dB -22.26 dB A1 Holst – First Suite In E Flat Op. 28, No. 1 – 1. Chaconne.wav
DR15 -6.53 dB -30.26 dB A2 Holst – First Suite In E Flat Op. 28, No. 1 – 2. Intermezzo.wav
DR15 -0.39 dB -20.32 dB A3 Holst – First Suite In E Flat Op. 28, No. 1 – 3. March.wav
DR16 -1.62 dB -22.39 dB A4 Holst – Second Suite In F, Op. 28, No. 2 – 1. March.wav
DR12 -13.81 dB -31.02 dB A5 Holst – Second Suite In F, Op. 28, No. 2 – 2. Song Without Words.wav
DR13 -3.19 dB -21.40 dB A6 Holst – Second Suite In F, Op. 28, No. 2 – 3. Song In The Blacksmith.wav
DR16 -0.15 dB -22.75 dB A7 Holst – Second Suite In F, Op. 28, No. 2 – 4. Fantasia On The ‘Dragason’.wav
DR14 -2.43 dB -21.26 dB B1 JSB – Fantasia In G Major, Gravement.wav
DR13 -3.94 dB -20.11 dB B2 Haendel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks, 1. Ouverture.wav
DR12 -12.84 dB -28.11 dB B3 Haendel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks, 2. Bourree.wav
DR10 -13.00 dB -27.35 dB B4 Haendel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks, 3. La Paix.wav
DR12 -0.20 dB -17.25 dB B5 Haendel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks, 4. La Rejouissance.wav
DR14 -0.38 dB -19.22 dB B6 Haendel – The Music For The Royal Fireworks, 5. Menuet-Trio.wav
Number of files: 13
Official DR value: DR14
- Conductor – Frederick Fennell
- Engineer [Sound Engineer] – Jack Renner
- Ensemble – Cleveland Symphonic Winds, The
- Liner Notes – Frederick Fennell, Harold A. Rodgers
- Producer – Robert Woods (2)
Recorded April 4. & 5. 1978 in Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio using Digital Soundstream technology
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: Audio Technica AT 33 E MC
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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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