HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) William Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast (Milnes/Gibson)

1000 thanks to our friend Bob for this beauty
Walton’s 37-minute oratorio, Belshazzar’s Feast, is scored for large orchestra, including saxophone, two additional brass bands, a multitude of percussion (slapstick, anvil, castanets, xylophone, etc.), piano, organ, as well as a double chorus and baritone soloist. The text conveys the story of the Babylonian captivity and King Belshazzar/Nebuchadnezzar. The work features stunning choral writing, seen at the outstart for a cappella choir which first sets the scene and mood.

# Composer: William Walton
# Performer: Sherrill Milnes
# Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Alexander Gibson
# Vinyl (1977)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label:
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 913 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

The action moves to the pagan feast of King Belshazzar and their worshipping of heathen idols, an orgiastic musical setting of great invention. The famous “handwriting on the wall” is proclaimed by the baritone soloist, before a joyous exaltation of Alleluia’s directed to the end of Israel’s captivity. A great variety of choral writing is implemented throughout, including both orchestral and a cappella settings; lush chorales, grand fugues, and everything inbetween; all very difficult to perform, occasional colorings of dissonance, polytonality, and “English”-isms, and colorful, dramatic, music. Of interest, is the orgiastic feast praising the various metallurgical gods (featuring the outlandish orchestration) and the unashamedly English sounding, joyous conclusion. 

Analyzed folder: /96k Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast – Milnes, Gibson
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR16        -4.76 dB     -27.87 dB     A1 Belshazzar’s Feast- Thus Spake Isaiah.wav
DR15        -2.65 dB     -25.10 dB     A2 Belshazzar’s Feast- If I forget thee, O Jerusalem.wav
DR13        -1.94 dB     -20.86 dB     A3 Belshazzar’s Feast- Babylon was a great city.wav
DR13        -0.70 dB     -19.30 dB     A4 Belshazzar’s Feast- Praise ye.wav
DR13        -1.77 dB     -19.89 dB     A5 Belshazzar’s Feast- Thus in Babylon.wav
DR16        -3.63 dB     -27.48 dB     B1 Belshazzar’s Feast- And in that same hour.wav
DR15        -1.58 dB     -21.26 dB     B2 Belshazzar’s Feast- Then sing aloud to God.wav
DR14        -15.55 dB     -36.50 dB     B3 Belshazzar’s Feast- The trumpeters and pipers are silent.wav
DR12        -1.21 dB     -17.19 dB     B4 Belshazzar’s Feast- Then sing aloud to God.wav
DR14        -0.48 dB     -20.83 dB     B5 Coronation Te Deum.wav
Number of files:    10
Official DR value:    DR14


Ripping Infos


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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7 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) William Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast (Milnes/Gibson)”

  1. I was just thinking about this recording as I redid another I have the other day, by the Halle Orch, with Michael Rippon, baritone, & James Loughran, Cond. on Classics ForPleasure vinyl LP .
    But this is the one I wanted to hear Milnes in High Def.
    A 1000 thanks to you good friend. May your good fortune increase.

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