This is one of the niciest and most desirable vinyls of the “Living Stereo” serie. Complete new rip, with the new phono-amp and the new cart.
# Composer: Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky
# Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN: B00000GV4H
# Size: 775 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I think ‘fun’ is the best word to describe these works, produced by the genious duo Layton & Mohr.
Kondrashin came to the U.S. in 1958 to conduct concerts for Van Cliburn. While he was recording the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with Cliburn, RCA also had him make these recordings (originally two LPs) with pickup musicians in New York’s Manhattan Center. The nucleus of the orchestra was composed of members of the old NBC Symphony, and the ensemble plays splendidly, with violinist Oscar Shumsky earning his solo credit. Kondrashin leads spirited performances of these warhorses, mostly music so vulgar we should be ashamed of enjoying it as much as we do.
There are so many treasurable recordings that RCA has in their archives, one can only wish they would take their virtual responsibility of getting them to the market a little more seriously.
“The Masquerade Suite” and “The Comedians” in particular have incredible style and sweep. These pieces which have been for so long relegated to the status of pops concerts level become in Kondrashin’s hands the decided masterpieces of colorful writing and wonderful orchestration that they actually are. I must go so far as to say that these interpretations are definitive. We like to think of all the technical advances we have made in the last decades, but the sonics of the original analog tapes make these pieces sound like they were recorded yesterday rather than 50 years ago. There is not a trace of compression or distortion. Volumes on a good stereo system can be put to earthquake level. The final movement of the Kabelevsky is a speaker buster with Kabelevsky’s ample use of kettle drums for the grand finish. On the other side of the coin, there is Oscar Shumsky’s incomparable violin playing in “The Masquerade Suite” with its heartfelt second movement’s large violin solo. This is a “must-have” recording. We have absolutely magnificent performances of two masterpieces of orchestration from the mid-twentieth century Russian school.
Analyzed folder: /96kKhaKab_MasqCom/96k Khatchaturian-Masquerade – Kabalevsky-The Comedians
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR8 -1.09 dB -12.65 dB A1 Masquerade Suite – Waltz.wav
DR11 -6.72 dB -22.29 dB A2 Masquerade Suite – Nocturne.wav
DR9 -1.33 dB -13.71 dB A3 Masquerade Suite – Mazurka.wav
DR10 -4.06 dB -19.45 dB A4 Masquerade Suite – Romance.wav
DR10 -1.04 dB -14.27 dB A5 Masquerade Suite – Galop.wav
DR11 -2.60 dB -17.18 dB B1 The Comedians, Op26 – Prologue.wav
DR10 -0.60 dB -13.11 dB B2 The Comedians, Op26 – Comedians’ Gallop.wav
DR11 -1.42 dB -19.26 dB B3 The Comedians, Op26 – March.wav
DR12 -7.55 dB -25.66 dB B4 The Comedians, Op26 – Waltz.wav
DR10 -0.95 dB -13.37 dB B5 The Comedians, Op26 – Pantomime.wav
DR14 -6.08 dB -24.35 dB B6 The Comedians, Op26 – Intermezzo.wav
DR11 -5.64 dB -21.96 dB B7 The Comedians, Op26 – Little Lyrical Scene.wav
DR13 -1.76 dB -21.41 dB B8 The Comedians, Op26 – Gavotte.wav
DR12 -5.16 dB -21.86 dB B9 The Comedians, Op26 – Scherzo.wav
DR9 -0.59 dB -13.40 dB B10 The Comedians, Op26 – Epilogue.wav
Number of files: 15
Official DR value: DR11
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- NEW !!! Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- 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 iZotope RX Advanced, 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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