Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Bizet/Grieg – Carmen & Peer Gynt Suites (Slatkin)

Revisited after exactly 5 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the Audio Research SP15… and in 192 kHz

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: George Bizet, Edward Grieg
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Vinyl 1979
Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc

DR-Analysis: DR 14

Size: 1.59 GB

Scan: yes
Server: FF

Not only a fine performance, but a sonic blockbuster requiring very good stereo components, and speakers that should be able to go down flat to 35hz for best results, or at least a good subwoofer with your whole system.

This 1979 recording, one of Telarc’s first releases, made quite an impression on LP with its spacious, three-dimensional sound (thanks to the company’s minimalist miking techniques) and its stunning bass drum transients. It still sounds fine today, 38 years later.

Leonard Slatkin leads fresh, vibrant performances of both Carmen suites (only two items from No. 2 are included) and the six Peer Gynt selections, while the St. Louis Symphony responds with enthusiasm and highly polished playing. This disc will appeal mostly to audiophiles who missed it the first time around.


A1 Prelude To Act 1 1:23
A2 Aragonaise 2:19
A3 Intermezzo 2:34
A4 Seguidilla 1:48
A5 Les Dragons D’Alcala 1:33
A6 Les Toreadors 2:06
  Carmen Suite No.2
A7 La Garde Montante 3:48
A8 Danse Boheme 4:39
  Suite From Peer Gynt Op.55, 46
B1 Ingrid’s Lament 5:04
B2 Arabian Dance 4:25
B3 Morning Mood 3:40
B4 Ase’s Death 4:59
B5 Anitra’s Dance 2:04
B6 In The Hall Of The Mountain King 2:25

Analyzed Folder: /192k Grieg-Bizet – Peer Gynt-Carmen Suites – Slatkin_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR13 -0.80 dB -25.59 dB A1 Prelude To Act 1.flac
DR14 -3.41 dB -26.70 dB A2 Aragonaise.flac
DR12 -12.55 dB -33.47 dB A3 Intermezzo.flac
DR14 -7.43 dB -32.84 dB A4 Seguidilla.flac
DR13 -15.60 dB -35.60 dB A5 Les Dragons D’Alcala.flac
DR15 -0.10 dB -19.12 dB A6 Les Toreadors.flac
DR16 -3.75 dB -29.01 dB A7 La Garde Montante.flac
DR15 -0.33 dB -25.23 dB A8 Danse Boheme.flac
DR16 -5.13 dB -27.13 dB B1 Ingrid’s Lament.flac
DR14 -6.05 dB -25.78 dB B2 Arabian Dance.flac
DR13 -8.79 dB -28.00 dB B3 Morning Mood.flac
DR13 -7.94 dB -28.84 dB B4 Ase’s Death.flac
DR13 -18.62 dB -37.76 dB B5 Anitra’s Dance.flac
DR15 -0.26 dB -20.70 dB B6 In The Hall Of The Mountain King.flac

Number of Files: 14
Official DR Value: DR14



Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • 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
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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