Elgar, Vaugn Williams – Enigma Variatons, The Wasps, Greensleeves, Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern (2013) {RR; Half-Speed Master 200g, 45RPM; HiRes} + Redbook

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The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Stern
Label: Reference Recordings
VinylRelase Date:  2013
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 1,12 GB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

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Eiji Oue / Minnesota Orchestra – Mephisto & Co. (2LP, 45rpm, 200g pressing)

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# Composers: Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov, Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss II, Malcolm Arnold, Modest Moussorgsky, Paul Dukas
# Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
# Conductor: Eiji Oue
# Vinyl (1998 / 2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Reference Recordings | RM-2510
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.96GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (377MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

There aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe the sound quality on this album. If you’ve been considering checking out a 192k rip but weren’t sure which one to try… this is the one.

My first classical rip at 192k.

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Eiji Oue – Minnesota Orchestra | Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite / The Song of the Nightingale (200g pressing)

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# Composers: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
# Conductor: Eiji Oue
# Vinyl (1997)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Reference Recordings – RM-1502
# Size: 797MB (24/96) + 191MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Just re-discovered this old rip and found that I never posted it here. One of the best sounding classical albums I’ve ever heard.

The compact disc was a 1997 Grammy nominee for “Best Engineered, Classical.”

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