HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4 (Rozhdestvensky)

All thanks for this gem go to Jean-Luc
Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius between 1969 and 1974, in remarkably fresh analog sound that’s simply outstanding. Thanks to Melodiya’s original high recording standards, the performances have wide open dimensions, credible physical presence, vibrant timbres, and crisp details that are almost finely preserved. Rozhdestvensky was widely respected for his sympathetic interpretations of Sibelius’ music, and rather than treat the symphonies as cerebral or idiosyncratic essays, he gave them intensely focused and connected readings that always feel as organic and substantial as Sibelius intended them. The Moscow musicians play with alert rhythms (essential in the changing tempos of the later symphonies) and pungent sonorities that give the music a wonderful sense of being performed for the first time, though intonation is an occasional problem in the woodwinds, and the brass are decidedly assertive. In terms of its musical merits, this set has serious competition from the excellent recordings that Colin Davis made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, around the same period. As insightful and valuable documents of Sibelius’ symphonies, all three deserve consideration and have fans, but purely in terms of sound, the Rozhdestvensky is a clear winner.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1960-1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR 13
Size: 1.04 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


 Analyzed folder: /96k Sibelius – Symphony No. 4 – Rozhdestvensky
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR15        -2.90 dB     -24.08 dB     A1 Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Moll Op. 63 – Tempo Molto Moderato, Quasi Adagio.aif
 DR14        -2.17 dB     -22.26 dB     A2 Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Moll Op. 63 – Allegro Molto Vivace.aif
 DR15        -0.69 dB     -21.89 dB     A3 Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Moll Op. 63 – Il Tempo Largo.aif
 DR15        -0.95 dB     -20.83 dB     B1 Symphonie Nr. 4 A-Moll Op. 63 – Allegro.aif
 DR11        -1.30 dB     -17.15 dB     B2 Beshazzar’s Feast, Op. 15 – Oriental Procession.aif
 DR11        -9.52 dB     -24.60 dB     B3 Beshazzar’s Feast, Op. 15 – Solitude.aif
 DR11        -8.28 dB     -23.74 dB     B4 Beshazzar’s Feast, Op. 15 – Nocturne.aif
 DR15        -1.41 dB     -21.86 dB     B5 Beshazzar’s Feast, Op. 15 – Khadra’s Dance.aif
 DR12        -2.16 dB     -20.19 dB     B6 Romance in C-Major, Op. 42.aif
 Number of files:    9
 Official DR value:    DR13


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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