HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Melodya) Alexander Borodin – Prince Igor (Petrov/Atlantov/Obraztsova)

Opera in 4 acts with a prologue Libretto by the composer, edition by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov
Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Alexander Borodin
# Performer: Ivan Petrov, Tatiana Tugarinova, Vladimir Atlantov, Jelena Obraztsova
# Orchestra:
Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
# Conductor: Mark Ermler

# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of discs: 5
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR: 12
# ASIN CD: B0002GVE02
# Size: 3.7 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Mark Ermler was a great Russian conductor in the lineage of Golovanov, Melik-Pashaeyev, and Boris Khaikin, with whom he studied. His dramatic flair shines through in this exciting performance of Prince Igor, with some of the Bolshoi’s most radiant stars. Artur Eisen, Ivan Petrov, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Atlantov, and Alexander Vedernikov were among the cream of the crop of the post-Stalin generation of singers. Their voices are all gorgeous, expressive and exceptional, exemplary representatives of the Soviet era in the 1960’s.

This Melodiya release vastly improves on the sound heard on the Chant du Monde release of the same performance. Gone are the boxiness and echo – the singing and orchestra are clear and clean.

Vladimir Atlantov, the Russian answer to Mario Del Monaco, is more tasteful than usual in his singing. The duet with Elena Obratsova is stunning; her voice is at its most beautiful througout the recording. Act II, with its love duet and the Polovstian dances is the crown jewel of this performance.

Analyzed folder: /96k Borodin – Prince Igor
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -1.00 dB     -17.69 dB     sideA.wav
DR12        -0.58 dB     -17.19 dB     sideB.wav
DR14        -0.29 dB     -18.14 dB     sideC.wav
DR13        -0.27 dB     -16.89 dB     sideD.wav
DR12        -1.69 dB     -19.69 dB     sideE.wav
DR12        -1.28 dB     -16.94 dB     sideF.wav
DR13        -0.66 dB     -17.40 dB     sideG.wav
DR13        -1.31 dB     -18.23 dB     sideH.wav
DR11        -1.59 dB     -17.75 dB     sideI.wav
DR12        -0.86 dB     -16.98 dB     sideJ.wav
Number of files:    10
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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, 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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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Melodya) Alexander Borodin – Prince Igor (Petrov/Atlantov/Obraztsova)

  1. MR Rachmaninov THANK YOU!!! also i have one question for you what soud card do you use to covert to digital? thank you for yours vinyls rips

    • Hi frank…i don’t know, what sound card my mac computer has. Anyway i don’t care…i do not listen to music from my computer. When i want to hear something i’ve downloaded i burn it on CD. Same way i did originally, when i started to rip music and offer here: ripping>improving>digitalizing>burning&listening>rar archives generating. So i simply know, that my sound card (whatever this is) works fine.

      If this can help you, i use to work with the programs Cool Edit, Soundboth, Twistedwave and Audacity. But the 1st guarantee that the music sounds good is my equipement, that i use to rip the records (search for the post “Rachmaninov for you”)

  2. THANK YOU too for this!!! It must be amazing! I really only appreciate Russian Opera when sung by russian singers and a russian maestro conducts a russian orchestra – my only exception is the Karajan 1969 Boris Godunov recording (since he used the giants Ghiaurov and Vishnevskaya) and Neil Shicoff’s Lensky (but I think he comes from Russia too, his grandfather was a cantor or something)
    I have a small question too: 3,7 GBs?!!! Can it be? How many vinys originally are in this boxset? And into how many CDs will this fit? THANK YOU again!!!

    • Hi Dimi….the gigantic size is due to the high-definition rip in 96Khz and 24Bit. Normally in 44.1Khz and 16Bit you have for 1 minute 10 MB – in this case you have for 1 minute near 35 MB.

      There are 5 LPs in the box, 10 sides à 18-22 minutes, so if you consider near 78-79 minutes each CD you can easily count, how many CDs you need 🙂

  3. Ciao Rachmaninov, and thanks a lot. I have a little problem with those hi-end files. Cannot burn ’em on cd… I’ve tried to find a solution on the web and and I found out that on CD you can burn only 44 khz 16 bit audio files… Maybe on DVD?

    • Ciao paperoga…..of course, you can burn a (normal) CD and – it’s right – the result you get is a 44.1K/16B-CD. The sound would be quite great, because the original rip was in 96K/24B but it’s not the same. It’s up to you, to decide, if you are able to hear the difference in the sound.

      I never burnt a (music) DVD…i don’t know how to do this.

      The only other solution that i know, is to buy a music server (looks like a CD player) with a large HD, that has an interface that’s able to play 96K-files. But they are very expensive.

  4. Ah, Rachmaninov, what a beautiful job of Hi Def on Prince Igor.

    I have that recording on CDs as well as a Russian Edition of Highlights.

    Though I like Bjoerling and Gedda the best for their agility of voice, but the King of Russian tenors, Atlantov does a masterful job of Vladimer’s Cavatina on the beginning of Side 6 of your version. All in all a very good recording, I enjoyed it very much.

    Bob from Georgia, USA

    P.S.: Also to whomever is Santa, thanks for the Videos over the November-December period. I have enjoyed 8 of them.

    A very big thank you for your work, for your generosity, and for the beautyiful music.


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