HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) R. Strauss – Don Quixote (Karajan/Rostropovich)

Audiophile Japanese Pressing

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# Size: 811 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Don Quixote is the most colourful tone poem of Strauss, which calls prominent solos for viola (portrays Sancho Panza) and cello (portrays Don Quixote). The cello soloist is Rostropovich, and he is at his heights of power in that recording. Just check out the Epilogue, which depicts The Death of Don Quixote, it will get your tears, you can trust me… And there are some great moments just like “Ride through air” (which includes a terrific wind-machine), the wave-effect of “Enchanted Boat”, superb the fluttering-technic of the winds in “the Battle with Sheeps”. All of them performed succesfully.

Track Listing

1. Introduction
2. Don Quixote – Sancho Panza
3. Var. I: Departure. The Adventure With The Windmills
4. Var. II: The Battle With The Sheep
5. Var. III: Sancho’s Wishes, Peculiarities Of Speech And Maxims
6. Var. IV: The Adventure With The Procession Of Penitents
7. Var. V: Don Quixote’s Vigil During The Summer Night
8. Var. VI: Dulcinea
9. Var. VII: Don Quixote’s Ride Through The Air
10. Var. VIII: The Trip On The Enchanted Boat
11. Var. IX: The Attack On The Medicant Friars
12. Var. X: The Duel And Return Home
13. Epilogue: Don Quixote’s Mind Clears. Death Of Don Quixote

Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/VERSCHIEBEN > EX-HD/96kST_DQ_Kar/96k Richard Strauss – Don Quixotte (Karajan)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.67 dB     -19.48 dB     A1 Introduction – Mäßiges Zeitmaß.wav
DR12        -9.18 dB     -28.18 dB     A2 Mäßig – Don Quixote – The Knight of the Mournful Countenance.wav
DR13        -3.69 dB     -22.49 dB     A3 Variation I – Gemächlich – Departure – The adventure of the windmills.wav
DR12        -0.61 dB     -17.12 dB     A4 Variation II – Kriegerisch – The battle with the sheep.wav
DR13        -0.88 dB     -20.52 dB     A5 Variation III – Mäßiges Zeitmaß – Sancho’s wishes peculiarities of speech and maxims.wav
DR12        -1.93 dB     -18.81 dB     B1 Variation IV – Etwas breiter – The adventure with the procession of penitents.wav
DR14        -6.48 dB     -28.15 dB     B2 Variation V – Sehr langsam – Don Quixote’s vigil during the summer night.wav
DR13        -1.34 dB     -22.79 dB     B3 Variation VI – Schnell – Dulcinea.wav
DR10        -1.50 dB     -14.25 dB     B4 Variation VII – Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher – Don Quixote’s ride through the air.wav
DR11        -1.30 dB     -18.60 dB     B5 Variation VIII – Gemächlich – The Trip On The Enchanted Boat.wav
DR11        -3.46 dB     -20.87 dB     B6 Variation IX – Schnell und stürmisch – The attack on the medicant friars.wav
DR11        -0.46 dB     -15.86 dB     B7 Variation X – Viel breiter – The duel and return home.wav
DR15        -6.37 dB     -28.42 dB     B8 Epilogue – Sehr ruhig – Don Quixote’s mind clears. Death of Don Quixote.wav
Number of files:    13
Official DR value:    DR12


Composer: Richard Strauss
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan


Vinyl condition: Near Mint
Comes from:
Property of Knappe


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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24 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) R. Strauss – Don Quixote (Karajan/Rostropovich)

  1. I had let a FF account lapse, and had not renewed it. Got it all ironed out now.
    The sonic richness and clarity of this Don Quixote is phenomenal, Rach. A real feast of gorgeous musik. I have no words to describe you as a gift to us all! Thank you signor.

  2. Dear Rach,

    Noticed you shift to use FF recently. I am just curious will you use HF anymore? or a permanent shift? ’cause I subscribed to HF only for your lovely postings. Thx

  3. Trying to download part 3 I always get the message

    Sorry, the server hosting the file you are requesting is currently down for maintenance. Please check back soon.

    Same message for part 4 of Rossini’s Willem Tell

    • I try to upload the “incriminated” files again…ma dammi un po’ di tempo, che il computer mi sta bestemmiando dal troppo lavoro e dal caldo 😉

  4. This is simply the most extraordinary rendition of this piece. The sound is excellent and the overall atmosphere is just rapturous! What a luck to have come across this vinyl! Thanks

    • Grazie Roberto…anche per me, questo Don Chisciotte è uno dei migliori (se non forse il migliore) che ci sia in giro. Cerca gli altri miei “Strauss” 😉

  5. All Files extract fine, except Variation “X”… When I try to extract it, it says “Wrong password”!!! Although the other file in the third archive with that variation, “B7 Epilogue”, extracts fine with that SAME password… Any idea what this is?

  6. I have the Fritz Reiner version on CD … but this is so much better. The ‘Ride through air’ section was just fantastic as were others as you mentioned. Many thanks as always for the HQ rip.

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