If you have to own one of her early recordings, this is the one to get. The haunting final Monteverdi piece, with its strange, beautiful, and terrifying electronic vocals is worth the price of admission alone. Perhaps the crown work on this album is Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, which Glenn Gould once called the most perfect interpretation.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Domenico Scarlatti, Claudio Monteverdi
# Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00005OKS2
# Size: 837 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This album, Carlos’ follow up to Switched On Bach, is actually better than it’s predecessor. This is to be expected as the technology improved, but perhaps more importantly, Carlos’ feeling and attention to detail improved as well. The timbres are lighter and airer, and there is a greater sense of rhythm and intensity. The sounds are fluttery, elusive, sometimes off tune, and the pitches waver. I’m always struck at how bold her sound is, compared to other artists like the ethereal Isao Tomita, and this album is all the more rich and powerful because of it.
In 1968, keyboardist-composer Wendy Carlos released Switched-On Bach, her bestselling LP featuring baroque music performed on the Moog synthesizer. Carlos intended to spread the gospel of electronic classical music through this quirky release; instead, she sold more albums than Karlheinz Stockhausen could ever dream of, released a few follow-ups, and paved the way for Hot Butter’s “Popcorn.” Carlos has since become well known for more than just these wacky classical interpretations–she recorded the soundtracks to A Clockwork Orange and Tron and released new works–but the Switched-Ons are the goofy synthesizer recordings that most of us still remember.
No less than Glenn Gould proclaimed, “Carlos’s realization of the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto is, to put it bluntly, the finest performance of any of the Brandenburgs–live, canned, or intuited–I’ve ever heard.” We’re not sure what he meant by that, but if you have half the enthusiasm Gould did for this music, check out Switched-On Brandenburgs.
The music? It’s hilarious, absolutely riveting, and–whether Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, or Monteverdi–played successfully by Carlos and her battery of special effects. For the lover of the eclectic or the classical fan who knows how to let loose, this is a record to get.
|Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor|
|A4||Two-Part Invention In A Minor||1:20|
|A5||Two-Part Invention In A Minor||1:10|
|A6||Sheep May Safely Graze (From ‘Cantata’ No. 208)||5:00|
|Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook|
|A7||Musette In D Major||1:10|
|A8||Minuet In G Major||1:40|
|A9||Bist Du Bei Mir||2:15|
|A10||Marche In D Major||1:00|
|Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major|
Analyzed folder: /96kWaCa_SwOnBa2/96k Walter Carlos – Switched on Bach 2
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DR12 -1.23 dB -15.57 dB A3 Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor – Bourree.wav
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DR13 -0.98 dB -17.31 dB A5 Two-Part Invention In A Minor.wav
DR11 -2.88 dB -16.04 dB A6 Sheep May Safely Graze (From ‘Cantata’ No. 208).wav
DR12 -0.31 dB -14.74 dB A7 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Musette In D Major.wav
DR11 -1.61 dB -17.04 dB A8 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Minuet In G Major.wav
DR12 -3.88 dB -18.64 dB A9 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Bist Du Bei Mir.wav
DR12 -3.29 dB -17.67 dB A10 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Marche In D Major.wav
DR13 -1.17 dB -17.59 dB B1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Allegro.wav
DR12 -4.44 dB -21.26 dB B2 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Affettuoso.wav
DR12 -0.55 dB -15.90 dB B3 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Allegro.wav
Number of files: 13
Official DR value: DR12
- Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Cover [Design] – John Berg
- Liner Notes – Robert A. Moog*
- Photography By [Cover] – Horn/Griner
- Producer – Rachel Elkind
Second album of J.S Bach compositions performed on the Moog synthesiser.
A Tempi Production
Cover: ℗1973 CBS, Inc. Label: ℗1974 CBS, Inc. Made in Holland. Printed in Holland
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
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- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
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- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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