HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Mercury) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (Antal Dorati)

front-small-boxset Many many thanks to Jean-Luc for this precious gem
Antal Dorati was largely underrated because he was overshadowed by such eminent, brand-name conductors as Karajan, Bernstein, Mehta and Solti. But Dorati’s legacy lives on through copious record albums. Dorati was no stranger to Classical, Romantic and 20th century repertoire as his records attest.This is one of the most vibrant, epic and expressive Eroica, in the market, whose historical trace is still taken into account by critics and great audiences. And the superb stature of this version makes me wonder about the hidden reason of not having been released on CD all the time. Only some months ago it is now available on the newest Living Presence collection. This is an overwhelming performance.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1957)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 961 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ – Dorati
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.77 dB     -21.80 dB     A1 Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-dur Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ – Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR17        -1.76 dB     -26.11 dB     A2 Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-dur Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ – Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai).wav
DR11        -1.27 dB     -18.84 dB     B1 Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-dur Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ – Scherzo (Allegro Vivace).wav
DR12        -0.78 dB     -18.06 dB     B2 Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-dur Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ – Finale (Allegro Molto).wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR14


Ripping Info


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.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very 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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14 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Mercury) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (Antal Dorati)

  1. I’m listening to this eroica right now, and I seem to be in the auditorium of the University of minneapolis … not the best orchestra in the world (but very good anyway) convincing reading of one of the great directors of the past century … thankyou Jean-Luc (but how do you find these pearls?) and thankyou Alfredo (usually superb work)

  2. First, let me say that I don’t like to listen old scrappy vinyl records. But I admire Antal Dorati a lot. And this performance is unbelievable. It seems like Szell and Reiner were together on the same podium. Why was this recording put aside, is beyond my comprehension. Thank you so much.

    • There are no old scrappy records….there are records with music; don’t give attention to pops and ticks (if there ever are some) so you can enjoy the music.

  3. RACH:

    Another Mercury SR-90000 series record… those Mercurys were simply the best-of-the-best… despite the occasional uneven performance. Hmmm any chance you’d put up a 24/196 too? As always keep up this essential and edifying aural work of yours !!! Danke.

    • Mein Freund…since I have a 40T EUR equipment and I am sure, not too many users can say the same, I keep for myself the privilege of a 24/192 rip limited to really very very great recordings. This Mercury is great, but played several times (and this is OK, because is great)….What I mean is, to reserve the 24/192 treatment exclusively to great and clean recordings. When a record was almost overused, although I clean the rip well, it cannot “tell” you truly the difference, sonically meant, btw. 24/96 and 24/192.
      I hope, that not the “too much” Grappa has wrote this out of me 😀

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