HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ravel/Berlioz – Scheherazade/Nuits d’été

Oh friends, what a wonderful and delicate work
Reposted, now with FF links
Régine Crespin was an artist of sensitivity, breathtaking vocal effects and one who knew when to step offstage to spend the remainder of her luminous career teaching younger singer her craft. Gone 2007, aged 80, she’s still missed, but for those who treasure her memory, this recording is a must.

# Composer: Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Règine Crespin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)

# DR-Analysis: DR 11

# Size: 938 MB
# Scan: yes

# Server: FileFactory

Another of the inordinately gifted and celebrated sopranos of our day, Régine Crespin, left a significant number of superb recordings that will serve of reminders of her legacy. For this listener one of her finest moments (and there were countless of those moments) is this recording of Maurice Ravel’s ‘Shéhérazade’ coupled with Hector Berlioz’ ‘Nuits d’été’ in collaboration with Ernest Ansermet and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Régine Crespin may have been best known in the opera houses of the world as an interpreter of the ‘big’ roles of operatic drama: she had a big voice that soared over the largest orchestras and a stage presence that commanded attention. But her recitals of songs, whether with piano or orchestra, revealed an artist of incredible communication. To say that her sound and her enunciation were perfectly ‘French’ would be too obvious. But despite the many fine sopranos and mezzo sopranos who have sung and recorded these two ethereal song cycles, Crespin tops them all. She soars on the long lines and caresses the intimate ones. One of the finest moments of recording history is her rendition of ‘Le Spectre de la rose’ from the Nuits d’été: her closing lines float in the night air and she whispers in her deep near husky sound the farewell of love. It is magic.

Analyzed folder: /96kMauRa_Sche/96k Ravel – Scheherazade – Crespin
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.09 dB     -20.00 dB     A1 Sheherazade – Asie.wav
DR12        -2.20 dB     -20.17 dB     A2 Sheherazade – La Flute Enchantee.wav
DR13        -6.15 dB     -25.56 dB     A3 Sheherazade – L’Indifferent.wav
DR9        -2.85 dB     -15.79 dB     A4 Nuits D’Ete – Villanelle.wav
DR12        -2.18 dB     -20.07 dB     A5 Nuits D’Ete – Le Spectre De La Rose.wav
DR9        -2.21 dB     -16.71 dB     B1 Nuits D’Ete – Absence.wav
DR10        -2.40 dB     -18.14 dB     B2 Nuits D’Ete – Sur Les Lagunes.wav
DR10        -2.70 dB     -16.83 dB     B3 Nuits D’Ete – Au Cimetiere .wav
DR11        -2.44 dB     -17.81 dB     B4 Nuits D’Ete – L’Ile Inconnue.wav
Number of files:    9
Official DR value:    DR11

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • 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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30 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ravel/Berlioz – Scheherazade/Nuits d’été

  1. For anyone who might be interested in doing comparisons, you can check out my rip of the Speakers Corner pressing of this album here.

    If nothing else, be sure to check out the Reviews section of my post for a fascinating and informative explanation of how Decca LPs are produced, and how to identify the lacquer numbers on a Decca pressing.

  2. This sounds more Persian than Rimsky-Korsakov whom I love.
    I’ve shied away from Ravel because of his monotinous ,and to me irritatingly repetition in Bolero, but this is gorgeous. I stopped searching his stuff too soon.
    And your words about Crespin are perfect. I’ve loved her albums.
    And I love your work Rach. I just wish I had known you existed and I had the money to send you 5,000 vinyls. What you could have done with that. There were over 900 Operas on vinyl.
    Obviously it wasn’t meant to be; but it gives me melancholia to think about it.
    An ardent admirer of Rachmaninov’s work: BRAVO!

  3. Thank you Rach for this great recording. The Nuits d’Eté have always been one of my favorites and Crespin is without rivals in this area!
    By the way, i am looking for a Phono amp and I noticed that you are using a Pro-Ject Phono Box II. I am sure you made your choice after due consideration and ,as you certainly are more of an expert than I am (proof: the quality of your uploads) , I am considering buying one. Is it still up to your expectations?
    Once again all my thanks!

    • I don’t have the phono box II anymore…updated last year to a higher level (900 EUR) with the phono box RS…but if you are looking for a really good one in the 200-300 EUR class, the box II is the best you can get.

      PS: this rip is from 2011 😉

  4. I’ve just recently been getting into classical music, specifically the music of the opera. I don’t think I’ve ever known anything more beautiful as this music. I feel as if I’ve wasted a great deal of my music listening life on things that are not beautiful. Thanks for sharing beauty in it’s musical form.

    • Sorry, tried just now, the PW is correct and works. Unrared with Stuffit, RarMachine and SimplyRar, all three programs work well. PW is LaWally (written exactly this way)

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