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.”


“There is no finer orchestral playing among American orchestras…Bravissimos are due to all concerned…a triumph of artistry, both musical and technical.” – Heuwell Tircuit, InTune magazine

The world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra in its first recordings with its dynamic music director! Eiji Oue, a protege of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, has set the entire Twin Cities area on fire with his exciting and masterful interpretations.

Track listing:

Side One
The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
01 – Introduction
02 – The Firebird and her Dance
03 – Variation of the Firebird
04 – Round Dance of the Princesses
05 – Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
06 – Berceuse
07 – Finale

Side Two:
The Song of the Nightingale
08 – Presto
09 – Chinese March
10 – The Nightingale’s Song
11 – Game of the Mechanical Nightingale

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)

Note: There is a click in track 6 at the 2:02 mark. Fixed 16/44 and 24/96 versions can be found below.

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

  1. I’ve never much liked Stravinsky; more than 60 years ago my boss cave tickets to the Symphony for a whole evening of Stravinsky. I had never before heard such “classical” dissonance.

    But, I’ve got to say, Steve, this album changed my opinion. It is beautiful, and beautifully done, as ectudor above said.
    This album even made sense. And so also for the Ansermet recordings. A new field for me to explore.
    “Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks!”

  2. NighOwl:

    Of such an important recording we really, really need it in 24/192 resolution to be able to dig into the profound dynamics here. Any chance that might be a possibility?

    Everyone should know that Reference Recordings are THE standard for great recorded sound since the 1980s.

    Thanx for this work and cheers from LA, CA

    • The only chance of this happening is for someone to donate a new USB interface.. 😉

      Seriously, 24/96 is the best I can do. However, this album is a prime candidate for a rerip with the new cart/preamp. This rip was done before the last upgrade, so I’m sure it will be a noticeable difference in quality. These RR albums are truly astounding in terms of sound quality.

      • These RR albums are truly astounding in terms of sound quality.
        This is true…Once I had so many RR-records. Sometime the life isn’t as good to you as you to it…there was a time I was forced by circumstances to sold some pearls, among them almost all my RR-LPs. At today it is near impossible to get them again, via ebay or other platforms.

  3. Hello!

    Par3 is off line. I have premium account and I also set you a donation for your great work. You think you can repost?
    Thank you!

  4. part 3 seems to be broken, Filefactory calls for the owner to reload, there are some others broken in the collection elsewhere, as well, for example part 8 of 192 Phase 4 series…

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