Many thanks to our friend Booksaregood for these gems
Enjoy another audiophile pearl from the Smithsonian Institution.
From their webpage: “In its efforts to realize the concept of a ‘Living Museum,’ the Smithsonian Institution has launched a campaign to bring new dynamics to the place of music in the museum . . . It is our hope that through the offerings of the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings we are encouraging other museums to tear down the barricades that now stand between the musical artifacts in their collections, and the performers and listeners among their supporters. Similarly, we hope to encourage American musicians to broaden their knowledge of and expertise in the performance practices of the past.
James Morris, Director, Smithsonian Division of Performing Arts (1978)
Audiophile factor: very high!
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: James Weaver, Sonya Monosoff, Judith Davidoff
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Smithsonian Institution
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 5.51 GB
The Smithsonian Collection of Recordings issued a number of important box sets and single CDs from the late 1970s until 1990. Some of these have been re-released on various commercial labels, but many are currently out of print. Since they may still be found in many libraries, as well as occasionally on line through third-party retailers, and since they document the early maturity of “authentic performance practice” in the United States, they are catalogued here. Instruments used from the Smithsonian Collection are identified in each instance.
Recordings form an essential part of the activities of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Our concerts are performed in acoustically appropriate, and therefore small, venues well suited to the repertoire we explore and the instruments and performance styles we employ. But through our recordings and broadcasts, we are able to offer those intimate concert experiences to large audiences around the world, thus helping fulfill the Smithsonian Institution’s mandate to promote “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”
|Partita I In B-Flat Major, BWV 825||15:48|
|Partita II In C Minor, BWV 826||17:54|
|Partita III In A Minor, BWV 827||18:04|
|Partita IV In D Major, BWV 828||23:37|
|Partita V In G Major, BWV 829||20:48|
|E5||Tempo Di Minuetta|
|Partita VI In E Minor, BWV 830||29:21|
|F6||Tempo Di Gavotta|
Analyzed folder: /192k JSB – 6 Partitas for Harpsichord – Smithsonian Institution
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.67 dB -17.21 dB A Partita I In B-Flat Major, BWV 825.aif
DR15 -0.39 dB -17.87 dB B Partita II In C Minor, BWV 826.aif
DR14 -1.24 dB -17.68 dB C Partita III In A Minor, BWV 827.aif
DR15 -1.93 dB -19.17 dB D Partita IV In D Major, BWV 828.aif
DR15 -0.69 dB -18.74 dB E Partita V In G Major, BWV 829.aif
DR15 -0.64 dB -19.18 dB F Partita VI In E Minor, BWV 830.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR15
- Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Brock Holmes
- Design [Album Design] – Don Komai
- Engineer, Recording Supervisor [Musical Supervision] – Joanna Nickrenz, Marc J. Aubort
- Harpsichord – James Weaver
- Mastered By – Robert Ludwig
- Technician [Instrument Preparation And Tuning] – Barbara Wolf
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Große Vorstufe, Erste Frankfurter Röhrenmanufaktur (Tube)
- 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.
My rips are almost rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Super 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
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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