The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!
You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.61 GB
This performance by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin of Dvorak Symphony No. 9 New World is nothing short of a masterful tour de force. Somehow the word spectacular falls way short of recounting the performance recorded here in this Lp record.
Weeks of preparation and rehersal went into this project before the actual recording was undertaken. By this time Telarc was becoming a leader in the Digital to LP domain and had won numerous awards for thier technical merit in this realm.
All knew well in advance that they had only one real shot at this, due to the early digital equipment they were using. All had to be spot on from start to finish, as the early equipment did not provide for editing, plus the use of compression, limiting and equalization could not be employed. This event was recorded in real time and was entirely transformerless.
Slatkin carefully chose the members of orchestra as it would be their skill and artistry that would make or break this session. The place chosen for this recording was the Powell Symphony Hall, home of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Only three microphones were used and were placed outside the shell to capture the fine acoustics of Powell Symphony Hall. Threshold Corporation supplied the amplifiers and ADS provided specially modified speakers and as was the case the Soundstream digital recording system was used.
|Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 «From The New World»|
|A1||Adagio: Allegro Molto||11:38|
|B2||Allegro Con Fuoco||10:58|
Analyzed Folder: /192k Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 – Slatkin_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.41 dB -19.93 dB A1 Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 ‘From The New World’ – Adagio- Allegro Molto.flac
DR19 -3.06 dB -28.74 dB A2 Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 ‘From The New World’ – Largo.flac
DR15 -0.58 dB -22.18 dB B1 Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 ‘From The New World’ – Scherzo.flac
DR13 -0.28 dB -18.29 dB B2 Symphony No. 9 In E Minor, Op. 95 ‘From The New World’ – Allegro Con Fuoco.flac
Number of Files: 4
Official DR Value: DR15
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section.
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
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When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
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- Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
- Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
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