Back in the 1970s british Decca (London in the US market) was King Of The Hill in terms of production quality. Their vinyl didn’t tend to warp (as did RCA and occasionally Phillips), their pressings were generally silent, and most important – their recorded sonics were superb. Decca/London’s ability to capture orchestral sound through the somewhat (!) artificial multiple close miking technique lead purists to complain about solo woodwinds that overshadowed an entire string section, but few would contest the fact that the results sounded spectacular. Georg Solti and the CSO came to exemplify the Decca/London sound of this era, but Solti’s hard driving conducting has not aged well. His Mahler and Bruckner for example remain exciting sound spectaculars, but now, most – not all – of the CSO recordings from this era sound somewhat forced.
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.89 GB
During this same period of time, Decca/London had another sonic stallion in its stables – Zubin Mehta. Most often conducting the LA Philharmonic, this peripatetic conductor (whose background made him seem “exotic” to some in that bygone naive and somewhat xenophobic era) was capable of producing sound, and more importantly crafting performances of stature from a variety of musical forces ranging from the clearly second rate (Israel), urbanely unpredictable and inconsistent (LAP), quarrelsome and recalcitrant (NYP) and judgmental with long traditions firmly in place (Vienna). His Symphonie Fantastique is well paced, well-played and given the sonics – preparing for the brickbats and tomatos now – more exciting that most of the recordings out there in the world.
Analyzed Folder: /192k Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique – Mehta_dr.txt ———————————————————————————————-
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.42 dB -21.45 dB A1 1st Movt – Reveries, Passions.flac
DR14 -2.14 dB -21.62 dB A2 2nd Movt – Un Bal.flac
DR18 -1.09 dB -27.14 dB B1 3rd Movt – Scene Aux Champs.flac
DR14 -0.70 dB -19.64 dB B2 4th Movt – March Au Supplice.flac
DR15 -0.57 dB -20.71 dB B3 5th Movt – Songe D’une Nuit De Sabbat.flac ———————————————————————————————-
Number of Files: 5
Official DR Value: DR15
- Composed By – Hector Berlioz
- Conductor – Zubin Mehta
- Engineer [Sound Engineer – James Lock
- Orchestra – New York Philharmonic
- Photography By [Cover] – Al Levine
- Recording Producer – Ray Minshull
Recording location: Avery Fisher Hall, New York, October 1979
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section.
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!
- Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
- Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
- Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
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