HD-Vinyl 96k24b (EMI) Leos Janacek – Sinfonietta/Taras Bulba (Rattle)

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Apparently Janacek never composed a classical symphony. “Taras Bulba” is a kind of symphonic folk-epic in three movements, a dramatic program piece based on scenes from Gogol’s novella of the same title. The historic Taras Bulba, depicted factually by Gogol, was a Cossack nationalist, a hero in the rebellion against the Poles. Janacek was something of a pan-Slavic nationalist himself, with a lifelong reverence for Russia; his “Taras Bulba” was composed to memorialize the massacre of Russians in World War 1. The “Sinfonietta” was also conceived as a tribute to heroic soldiers, specifically the Czech Armed Forces, to whom it was dedicated. It began as a trumpet fanfare for a Sokol gymnastic festival in 1926; the trumpets ring out boldly in all five movements.

# Composer: Leos Janacek
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Simon Rattle
# Vinyl (1983)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 829 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Leos Janacek (1854-1928) was a man born before his own time. If his musical oeuvre had been limited to what he composed in his first 50 years of life, he’d be as forgotten as the inventor of the mousetrap. In fact, nearly all of his most impressive music for orchestra and five of his nine operas were completed during the last decade of his life, including both “Taras Bulba” and “Sinfonietta”. For all kinds of bad reasons, Janacek’s operas took half a century to gain recognition as ‘standards’ of the international opera repertoire. Janacek was a stubbornly independent and eccentric orchestrator, utterly outside the late Romantic Wagnerian playing tradition of his fellow Czech composer, Bedrick Smetana. Today, it’s the brilliance of that orchestration that rivets the attention of concert audiences. One could say that Janacek didn’t become a composer at all until ‘modernism’ arrived to make room for him.

Both “Taras Bulba” and “Sinfonietta” are rambunctious, rapturous explorations of orchestral timbres, with percussion, bells, and nearly the instrumental forces of a Mahler symphony. “Taras Bulba” in particular is folk music transformed to universal grandeur of affect. It needs to be heard in colors, vivid primary colors like a film by the Russian Sergei Paradjanov. To perform it in murky Wagnerian darkness is to destroy it.

Analyzed folder: /96k Janacek – Sinfonietta-Taras Bulba – Rattle
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -1.56 dB     -15.10 dB     A1 Sinfonietta Op60 – Allegretto.wav
DR15        -3.68 dB     -23.94 dB     A2 Sinfonietta Op60 – Andante.wav
DR15        -1.64 dB     -22.85 dB     A3 Sinfonietta Op60 – Moderato.wav
DR13        -3.13 dB     -21.72 dB     A4 Sinfonietta Op60 – Allegretto.wav
DR12        -1.64 dB     -18.66 dB     A5 Sinfonietta Op60 – Andante con  moto.wav
DR14        -0.84 dB     -21.47 dB     B1 Taras Bulba – The death of Andri.wav
DR16        -1.17 dB     -22.71 dB     B2 Taras Bulba – The death of Ostap.wav
DR13        -1.00 dB     -18.12 dB     B3 Taras Bulba – The prophecy and the death of Taras Bulba.wav
Number of files:    8
Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II + Special Edition Denon DL 103 -> Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there?
Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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7 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 96k24b (EMI) Leos Janacek – Sinfonietta/Taras Bulba (Rattle)

  1. My friend Rachmaninov: I was looking for this Sinfonietta, time ago, hard to find it , couse I was searching with the Cleveland Orchestra , and here I found it, not with the cleveland Orchestra but with a good one Philarmonia Orchestra ,again all was possible for your kindly share music files, the Sinfonetta, what can I say.. just Thank you so much!!

  2. I am deeply into the Sinfonietta – which I came to listen to by reading Murakami’s 1Q84 (must read, imho!) where it is the favourite piece of music of Aomame, one of the female main characters, a hatchet (wo)man.

    Thanks for ripping this killing beauty, Rachmaninov!

  3. Thank You for Janáček’s music. He was a great composer, still not discovered by a whole world. Maybe same story with Martinů.
    Anyway, the Sinfonietta was dedicated “To the Czechoslovak Armed Forces”, not only to “Czech”, as at that time both nations were united in Czechoslovakia.

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