HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

All thanks for this go to Bob
I love this beautifully performed version of Elijah. The pace was compelling with great balance between the admirable group of soloists and the outstanding chorus. I would strongly take issue with those who criticize Fischer Diskau whose performance was both lyrical and powerful. I am sure his accent is no worse than Mendelsson’s was!
This recording is in every way wonderful. Starting with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He IS Elijah to me. His singing is perfection. He has amazing phrasing and his diction makes it possible to understand the lovely, inspired libretto to this heavenly music. There are so many pieces that are ephemeral. Fischer-Dieskau does a great job of what I think of as compassionate, heartfelt singing. His interpretation sounds like the voice of God himself. It has a quality of kindness and yet he sounds just as convincing reprimanding the people of Baal. He is the true highlight of this recording.
That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Gwyneth Jones has a lovely, silvery voice that has a clarion bell-like tone that rings over the large orchestra with ease. She has occasional “misfire” but is a consistent performer. Dame Janet Baker and Nicolai Gedda both perform at a consistently lovely level. The orchestra and chorus are both wonderful.

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus
OrchestraNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR 13
Size: 2.9 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


Analyzed folder: /96k Mendelssohn – Eljiah – Fruebeck De Burgos
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.82 dB     -19.73 dB     sideA.aif
DR13        -0.86 dB     -19.65 dB     sideB.aif
DR13        -1.30 dB     -18.44 dB     sideC.aif
DR13        -0.70 dB     -19.07 dB     sideD.aif
DR14        -0.49 dB     -20.17 dB     sideE.aif
DR12        -0.99 dB     -17.57 dB     sideF.aif
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13


  • Baritone Vocals – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Choir – Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
  • Chorus – New Philharmonia Chorus
  • Chorus Master – Wilhelm Pitz
  • Chorus Master [Choir] – Russell Burgess
  • Composed By – Mendelssohn
  • Conductor – Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
  • Contralto Vocals – Janet Baker
  • Engineer – Robert Gooch
  • Leader [Orchestra] – Carlos Villa
  • Libretto By – Julius Schubring
  • Libretto By [Translation English] – William Bartholomew
  • Liner Notes – Philip Radcliffe
  • Orchestra – New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Producer – Christopher Bishop
  • Soprano Vocals – Gwyneth Jones
  • Soprano Vocals [Boy Soprano] – Simon Woolf
  • Tenor Vocals – Nicolai Gedda

Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • 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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9 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ‎- Elijah (Frühbeck De Burgos)

  1. I’m so grateful to have both Elijah’s in Hi Def.
    They sound so full and powerful.
    Your review of this EMI/Angel rendition above was spot on for me.
    Thank you Maestro.

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