Detroit Symphony: Paul Paray – The Music of Chabrier (Classic Records, original 180g pressing)

# Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
# Orchestra: Detroit Symphony
# Conductor: Paul Paray
# Vinyl (1961 / 1998)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Classic Records / Mercury Living Presence
# Size: 922MB (24/96) + 245MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

One of the cleanest classical albums I’ve come across to date. Surface noise was practically non-existent.

From the Classic Records website:

Paul Paray is widely acclaimed as an acknowledged specialist in the French repertoire. The Chabrier pieces are sparkling, buoyant, joyful, and infectious. The sheer zing, gaiety, and color of the others will send spirits soaring. The performance is breathtaking in its dynamic contrasts. The recording is legendary and was transferred from the original three-track master tapes on Bernie Grundman’s all-tube mastering system. Wilma Cozart Fine personally mixed the center channel during the transfer to lacquer. This is a true system-testing LP. Is yours up to the test?

Track listing

1. España – Rhapsody for Orchestra
2. Suite Pastorale – a. Idylle
3. Suite Pastorale – b. Danse villageoise
4. Suite Pastorale – c. Sous-bois
5. Suite Pastorale – d. Scherzo-Valse
6. Fête Polonaise
7. Overture to “Gwendoline”
8. Danse Slave

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5
Shure V15VxMR
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)


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18 thoughts on “Detroit Symphony: Paul Paray – The Music of Chabrier (Classic Records, original 180g pressing)

  1. Thank you very much for this exquisite transfer.
    I was stunned by the strong sonic presence in this recording. The harshness fits perfectly to the acute rythm of this music. It just increased my musical frustration of this rendering by Paray. Full of energy, straightforward, but lacking this touch of “bourgeois” vulgarity that Markevitch captured so masterly, for instance.

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