Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Richard Strauss – “Rosenkavalier”-Suite/Till Eulenspiegen (Dorati)

front-small-boxsetThousand thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
In this one superlative disk you can hear why Dorati was considered one of Strauss’s greatest interpreters. Throughout his career, from the days of the Ballet Russe in the ’30s and ’40s to the Detroit Symphony recordings of the ’70s and ’80s, Dorati followed Strauss scholarship closely and shared his admiration of Strauss with audiences in stunning and communicative performances. These are from his Minneapolis years and the performances are knockouts. The maestro plays fair by the composer, but there’s an almost operatic type of scene organization that allows him to build drama and lead us through the ebbs and tides of Straussian psychology.

Audiophile factor: High

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1958)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Mercury
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Unlike so many readings of this composer, no lumpiness is allowed, no frowzy attacks, no sitting around. In all instances the music is youthful, alive, spritely, fresh, clear, balanced, and captivating. Dorati gets his best performance of his own assemblage of Rosenkavalier excerpts, hypnotic and rythmic with a good measure of Viennese elegance thrown in. Those of us who have suffered thourgh snoring, routine performances at the Staatsoper would have liked to have had the Minneapolis contingent in the pit. The ensemble played and breathed like an opera orchestra while under Dorati, living and “singing” the drama and life of its repertoire. This comes through strongly on this disk.
Analyzed folder: /192k Strauss – Suite ‘Rosenkavalier’, Till Eulenspiegel – Dorati
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.37 dB     -23.83 dB     A ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Suite.aif
DR17        -0.88 dB     -24.11 dB     B Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche.aif
Number of files:    2
Official DR value:    DR16
  • Art Direction – Ton Friesen
  • Composed By – Richard Strauss
  • Conductor – Antal Dorati
  • Engineer [Associate] – Robert Eberenz
  • Engineer [Chief], Technician [Technical Supervisor] – C. Robert Fine
  • Liner Notes [Editing] – Sedgwick Clark
  • Mastered By – Andrew Nicholas
  • Orchestra – Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Photography By – Henry Ries
  • Photography By [Dorati] – Jacques Aubert
  • Producer – Wilma Cozart
  • Recording Supervisor [Recording Director] – David Hall
  • Supervised By [Musical Supervisor] – Clair Van Ausdall
“Till Eulenspiegel” and the Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier” were recorded on December 22, 1955 with one 201 and two U47 microphones and first released as SR90099.

Ripping Info


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.

  • 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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11 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Richard Strauss – “Rosenkavalier”-Suite/Till Eulenspiegen (Dorati)

  1. Many thanks for this. Dorati’s performances are exceptionally robust and show his skill as an orchestra builder. The Minneapolis Symphony sounds close to world class and the playing is most impressive as is the Living Presence sound which has presence to burn.

  2. Alf, I just played this Dorati/Strauss part 1 for my wife, and asked her, ‘can you believe that sounds like it came from an LP vinyl, and her response was, “really; unbelievable!”

    You have enriched our ears and pleasure, friend;
    and thanks to Jean Luc for providing the source.
    Have a very good New Year 2016. ALL.

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