# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1975 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 663MB (24/96) + 184MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post
The sixth album in the second Decca Sound 6LP box set.
Thanks to all who donated toward the purchase of this box set!
From the label:
Cut at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee. Pressed at Optimal in Germany and limited to 3,000 copies!
In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity. Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born.
The Analogue Years presents six LPs on 180-gram vinyl from those celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.
To be sure: no other 20th-century ballet music has ever created such a commotion as this ancient rite of spring: it began with a turmoil which developed into a full-scale brawl at the premiere performance in the concert hall, was sung hymns of praise and suffered devastating reviews by critics who tore the work apart, and led up to the musico-philosophical libel written in the Fifties by that self-acclaimed “chief enemy” of Stravinsky, W. A. Adorno.
This thrilling, epoch-making masterpiece remains fascinating to this very day thanks to its bloodcurdling rhythms, its secretive, intertwined melodies, and the boiling, seething, and lashing of the titanic instrumental forces. And Sir Georg Solti and his phenomenal orchestra certainly ensure that all this is brought over to the listener. The notes of the lyrical passages simply fly out of the loudspeakers with the lightness and airyness to which one is accustomed with DECCA recordings from this era. But one can still be astounded by this audiophile work of art: such a gentle, voluminous, lashing and pounding sound-storm is only normally heard live in the concert hall. And precisely because this recording sounds so marvellous, it tops the vinyl charts in the American specialist magazine The Absolute Sound. – speakerscornerrecords.com
Glamorous and powerful, this is obviously a version of Stravinsky’s great score to be taken very seriously indeed. The opening bassoon solo is beautifully phrased, with Solti giving it plenty of time to unfold, and the recoding allows plenty of detail to emerge as the various woodwind instruments stir and tremble into life in the extraordinary dawn chorus. Solti is, as one might expect, particularly good in the fiercer sections of the score, in the ‘Glorification De L’Elue’, for example, he hits just that note of savage exultation… and his account of the final “Danse sacrale’ is brought off with superb power and panache. Solti’s version takes an honourable place in a highly competitive list. – Gramaphone
L’Adoration De La Terre
01 – Introduction
02 – Les Augures Printaniers / Danse Des Adolescentes
03 – Jeu Du Rapt
04 – Rondes Printaniéres
05 – Jeux De Cités Rivales
06 – Cortége De Sage
07 – Adoration De La Terre / Le Sage
08 – Danse De La Terre
09 – Introduction
10 – Cercles Mystérieux Des Adolescentes
11 – Glorification De L’Elue
12 – Evocation Des Ancétres
13 – Action Rituelle Des Ancétres
14 – Danse Sacrale / L’Elue
Recording location: Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois, 14 May 1974
Recording producer: Ray Minshull
Recording engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Assistant recording engineer: James Lock
First released as SXL 6691 (Stravinsky) in 1975
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
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– Michell Tecnoweight
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– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface
Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)
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