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Audiophile reissue by Alto on 180g vinyl. Although you know the Carmen-Suite by memory, you will feel like hearing it for the first time, due to Shchedrin’s fine and a little different orchestration. Outstanding and enduring, still delights and surprises me. Shchedrin’s arrangement is wonderful. If I had a time machine I would go back to that opening night With Maya Plisetskaya and the Bolshoi Ballet to experience this masterpiece.
# Composer: George Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin
# Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
# Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
# Vinyl (1968/1996)
# Number of discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B000003EFV
# Size: 895 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
When the Soviet Union had plenty of money to pour into their USSR Symphony Orchestra, they send the Bolshoi Ballet and the ballerina Maya Plisatskaya on a world tour expounding the glories of the Soviet State. I might be wrong on this, because even this ballet material may have been too “hot” for the sensitive (and censorious) Soviet Union to handle at that time. Believe me, it is a masterwork of the composer Rodion Shchedrin’s genius. He wrote it as a ballet piece for his wife, yes, Maya Plisatskaya.
The most fantastic part of this music is the percussion battery that Shchedrin employs and for which he writes music. This one particular recording, from those late ’60s/early ’70s years is truly worth hearing for the percussionists alone. They are truly remarkable and the strings which Shchedrin employs are fantastic, also. The orchestra is almost paired down to a strong chamber orchestra. Shchedrin only orchestrates Bizet’s vision for strings and percussion in this interpretation of Bizet’s perhaps greatest work, but it is a mighty effect as only the genius of Shchedrin is able to demonstrate. Shchedrin is the Rimsky-Korsakov of the twentieth (and now twenty-first) century!
This music by one of Russia’s greatest living composers made quite an impression on a young man almost forty years ago, and the music and feelings I remember stay with me to this very day.
Analyzed folder: /96k Bizet-Schehedrin Carmen Suite
DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR14 -0.43 dB -19.33 dB sideB.wav
Number of files: 2
Official DR value: DR14
- Composed By – Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin
- Conductor – Gennady Rozhdestvensky
- Orchestra – Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
- Percussion [Soloist] – L. Redkin, V. Fedin, A. Ogo, A. Antufiev, O. Budankov
- Recorded By – Igor Veprintsev
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
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- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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 1.0 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, 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
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