Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra: Wojciech Rajski – Beethoven: Symphonies No. 1 and 2 (180g German pressing)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Wojciech Rajski
# Vinyl (2006)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Tacet
# Size: 1.04GB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

From the label:

All our currently available LPs were produced exclusively using the “Tube Only” technology which was developed by TACET, in other words with valve (or tube) microphones and valve amplifiers, recorders and cutting equipment. The cutting is done by hand with scissors and adhesive tape. The most important microphones we use also date from this era: The “U47” was developed by Neumann in 1947, the “M49” in 1949. And the many V72 amplifiers, the components of the tape equipment etc. also originate from the time when LP was at the height of its success. All LPs sold are 180g in weight and come with a great deal of interesting information and photos.

“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!


“Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21 and No. 2 in D major op. 36 – The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Rajski Considering the enormous number of excellent Beethoven recordings on the market, it requires a great deal of self-confidence to put out yet another Symphonies Edition. The latest production offered by the Tacet label is like a breath of fresh air in the lofty heights of the Viennese Classical period, and threatens to blow some of the mighty from their pedestals. The reason for this is not only to be found in the outstanding, glowing sound of the two early symphonies but rather in the spirited interpretation. Wojciech Rajski and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra offer a joyous, thrilling Beethoven performance which is neither sensational nor illustrative. In masterly fashion the musicians combine the explosive kernel with the tender mantle of the surrounds and bestow upon us a transparent yet full sound which is a sheer pleasure to hear. The wind passages have been recorded and reproduced with loving care and attention, which is reminiscent of the substance and intensity of Otto Klemperer’s recordings in the 50s and 60s. In contrast to the old master, however, Rajski indulges in vigorous tempi in the outer movements, and unleashes virtuosic power particularly in the explosive finale of the Second Symphony. While waiting eagerly for further symphonic fireworks from Tacet, collectors are recommended to enjoy this benchmark recording. Recording: July 2006 in the church of “Stella Maris” in Sopot, Poland, by Andreas Spreer and Roland Kistner Production: Andreas Spreer”

Track List:

Side 1 – Symphony No. 1 in C major
01 – Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
02 – Andante cantabile con moto
03 – Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace
04 – Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Side 2 – Symphony No. 2 in D major
05 – Adagio – Allegro con brio
06 – Larghetto
07 – Scherzo. Allegro
08 – Allegro molto

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5
Shure V15VxMR
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

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


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19 thoughts on “Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra: Wojciech Rajski – Beethoven: Symphonies No. 1 and 2 (180g German pressing)

  1. I’ve also found that part 2 is unobtainable on Filepost and Rapidshare has been exhausted. A pity; however, thanks for the upload.

  2. Not sure why, but FF is showing 2 copies of part 2. However, when I try to delete one of them, the file manager only shows one.

    The file marked 30 Nov 2012 is the good one.

  3. I am trying to find a tube-only computer to download this, but they are all out of production. However, I do have the same bust of Beethoven they show on the cover, which is some compensation.

  4. hello TheNightOwl…Merry Xmas.
    Thanks for this amazing, wonderful post. In addition I must also, belatedly, thank you for the Complete Ravel Orchestral Works–they became my soundtrack to the Autumn…
    Back to Tacet Beethoven…Is this part of a complete cycle of the “Nine”? I’d love to hear more of these recordings. Great balanced interpretations and, of course, stellar sound–even in 16/44. Many Kudos Sir! Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

    • Hi zogaddams,

      Glad you liked the Ravel box and the Tacet Beethoven! No, it’s not part of a cycle (wish it was!), but they also did 5, 6 and 7 (if I remember correctly). I’ve been very impressed with all of the Tacet recordings I’ve heard so far. Be sure to grab the Tacet Bolero, if you haven’t already.

      All the best to you & yours in 2014 too!


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