Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Carlo Rizzi – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (180g German pressing)

# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
# Vinyl (2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Tacet
# Size: 661MB (24/96) + 159MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FileFactory, FilePost

My first classical rip with the new cartridge and preamp!

The companion piece to oréloB. Yet another beautifully recorded album from Tacet…

From the label:

Play backwards — better LP sound!

There are hundreds of pieces of music that can be played backwards — so-called palindromes. But Tacet has created long-playing records that utilize the technique of playing backwards to benefit recorded sound!

Unlike a “normal” LP the needle on this record is put down at the lead-out groove and moves outwards. Behind this apparent gag is nothing other than the wish to achieve the very best sound possible with the general awareness that music often begins softly and ends loudly. A great pity that this phenomenon is not taken into account when employing the usual cutting technique, for the further the pick-up arm moves towards the center, the more information has to be stored per groove centimeter with a constant revolution speed. The result: With an increasing level of sound the high notes tend to suffer from distortion. Tacet’s approach tackles that distortion and eliminates it.

One year ago, the first LP in the “play backwards” procedure astounded the specialist world and customers alike. Playing an LP backwards – is that actually possible? It is indeed possible, as oréloB, the thoroughly successful vinyl production “oreloB” (TACET L207) has proven. And it offers considerable advantages under certain circumstances. The question raised by “oreloB” – namely why LPs were not originally made from the inside to the outside – has remained unanswered to the present day. Admittedly, the first LP has offered an ideal programme with the Bolero and La Valse of Maurice Ravel.

The present LP is less spectacular in this respect. Nonetheless, the volume progression is also unmistakeably clear here; both sides begin quite calmly and end rather powerfully. There was no reason, therefore, not to do the same with the other works of Maurice Ravel as had been done with Bolero, all of which, incidentally, we recorded during the same sessions with the fabulous Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Gordan Nikolic really gets the dance floor vibrating with his interpretation of “Le Tzigane”, and Carlo Rizzi carries us off into the wonderful dream world of Maurice Ravel with the fairy tales of Mother Goose.

Depending on how well a programme is suited to this procedure, some LPs by TACET will, in the future, be issued “normally” and others “backwards”.

Tube Only

“Tube Only” means: only tube microphones and amplifiers were used for the recording. For transfer to a digital disc (CD, DVD or SACD) a connection to an A/D- or a DSD transformer must be activated. For the LP, however, (except for rare exceptions, justified for musical reasons) the signal is even stored on a tube tape recorder and then mastered with valve equipment, so that one would be right in saying that for the entire production not a single transistor was used.

We have always been especially pleased to receive so much feedback about our Tube Only productions. This motivates us even more to keep working with this technology and rescue it from oblivion. People have told us that the music sounds warmer, without losing any of its TACET brilliance. The timbres glow more. We have also heard that people have the impression of a more homogeneous sound, whatever that is meant to be. So let everyone listen to their own hearts and to the Tube Only recordings and feel something special! Even the sheer joy of this slightly nostalgic outstanding technology can be reason enough to like these productions. Yet what would it all be without the wonderful work of the artists!


When thinking about the colours and forms that are found in Impressionist paintings, one name comes to mind when your mind wanders to music: Ravel. In your mind’s eye you can conjure up the fine brush strokes, small colourful areas and figures, little flashes of light, and delicate pastel tones. To incorporate all these perceptive notions in a recorded medium and to develop them like a good wine is an affair of the heart for the Tacet label. By using both historical and the very finest analogue recording equipment, the experts from Stuttgart create LPs of the highest quality that have never been produced in this way anywhere else in the world. But the dedicated musicians too – a far cry from the worshipped big earners in the business – perform superlatively. Seldom has one heard such finely chiseled sound colouring as that of Carlo Rizzi and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest in the enchanting miniature “Ma Mère l’Oye”. One can almost feel the impressionistic, silvery waves of the strings and the swirling opposing winds. Above all this one can hear Gordan Nikolic’s singing violin solos, which can be clearly perceived even in celestial heights and thus remain a crux of the composition.

Also on this recording is a velvety, warm orchestral version of the elegiac “Pavane pour une Infante défunte”. As in the Tacet LP L207, which has been released by Speakers Corner, this record has been cut using the ‘play-backwards technique’ and guarantees the very best sound.

Track list:

Side One
Ma Mère l’Oye. 5 pièces enfantines
01 – I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
01 – II. Petit Poucet
01 – III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
01 – IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
01 – V. Le jardin féerique

Side Two
06 – Pavane pour une Infante défunte
07 – Tzigane. Rapsodie de concert pour violon et orchestre

Gordan Nikolic – violin (track 7)

Additional information can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZoTope RX2

Do you like my rips?

If you enjoy my rips, please consider making a donation. All donations will go toward new music and/or equipment. Requests are always accepted. Thank you!


All of the files are here


Password is SteveMTNO.

16 thoughts on “Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Carlo Rizzi – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (180g German pressing)

  1. Thank you NightOwl.

    And CHEERS on the first post with the new cartridge. Awesome that you got community support to make more good music available.

    Always grateful for your hard work.

  2. Thank you TheNightOwl.
    I really enjoyed this album. Twice. And still are a few “images” that I must improve.

    be well TheNightOwl.

      • Hi again,
        yes, a few “images”: I believe that in Great Literature and in Great Music to fully enjoy a “narrative” you must “be there”, all your senses, all your memories must be evoked. If there is a Beast why not recall a TV show? If there are clouds why not imagining them as they run in the sky? I have some difficulties with “Petit Poucet” since I don´t recall the story; the same with “Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes” – what scenario should I evoke?
        (sorry about any awkward use of words or grammar).

        be well TheNightOwl.
        thank you for all your effort
        I hope this hobby brings you as most joy as it brings to me: a casual listener.

Leave a Reply