Rare Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Smithsonian Institute) Johann Sebastian Bach – Six Partitas For Solo Harpsichord (Weaver)

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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
Vinyl (1978)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Smithsonian Institution
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 5.51 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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
A1 Praeludium  
A2 Allemande  
A3 Corrente  
A4 Sarabande  
A5 Menuet I  
A6 Menuet II  
A7 Giga  
  Partita II In C Minor, BWV 826 17:54
B1 Allemande  
B2 Courante  
B3 Sarabande  
B4 Rondeaux  
B5 Capriccio  
  Partita III In A Minor, BWV 827 18:04
C1 Fantasia  
C2 Allemande  
C3 Corrente  
C4 Sarabande  
C5 Burlesca  
C6 Scherzo  
C7 Gigue  
  Partita IV In D Major, BWV 828 23:37
D1 Ouverture  
D2 Allemande  
D3 Courante  
D4 Aria  
D5 Sarabande  
D6 Menuet  
D7 Gigue  
  Partita V In G Major, BWV 829 20:48
E1 Praeambulum  
E2 Allemande  
E3 Corrente  
E4 Sarabande  
E5 Tempo Di Minuetta  
E6 Passepied  
E7 Gigue  
  Partita VI In E Minor, BWV 830 29:21
F1 Toccata  
F2 Allemanda  
F3 Corrente  
F4 Air  
F5 Sarabande  
F6 Tempo Di Gavotta  
F7 Gigue  


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
Recorded February 22-24 and March 9-12, 1978, in the Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Ripping Info


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  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
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  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
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11 thoughts on “Rare Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Smithsonian Institute) Johann Sebastian Bach – Six Partitas For Solo Harpsichord (Weaver)

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