Dvorak/Smetana/Karajan – Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”) / The Moldau (180g pressing)


# Composers: Antonin Dvorak, Bedrick Smetana
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1959 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 1.08GB (24/96) + 295MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.

From the label:

In 1955 Herbert von Karajan was appointed music director for life of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. However, Karajan continued his close association with the Philharmonia Orchestra during the rest of the 1950s and with the orchestra’s founder and legendary EMI Producer, Walter Legge. EMI remained Karajan’s record company until 1959 when he signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

Hence, this recording was made towards the end of his contract with EMI, although he would return to the label in future years for occasional projects (like the Beethoven Triple Concerto). Recorded in Berlin’s Grunewaldkirche on May 18-20, 1958. Produced by the legendary Walter Legge, assisted by Fritz Ganss and engineered by Horst Lindner.

Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS80 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional playback head. Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards with the original album artwork.

Track List:

Side One
Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”)
01 – Adagio; Allegro Molto
02 – Largo
03 – Scherzo: Molto Vivace

Side Two
Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”) (continued)
04 – Allegro Con Fuoco

The Moldau
05 – Vltava (No. 2 of Ma Vlast)

You can find more details on this album here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

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


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