SUPER AUDIOPHILE HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Reference Recordings) Ottorino Respighi – Pines Of Rome/Belkin, Queen Of Sheba

Brand new High-End 200 gramm Vinyl, opened for the first time for this blog
If you ever thought, you have heard all so-called super recordings, all the beauties that take your breathe away, all the most known audiophile acustic wonders on vinyl…so you can forget them all, if you have never heard this Respighi, from (maybe) the best label existing: Reference Recordings.

# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Performer: Minnesota Orchestra
# Conductor: Eiji Oue
# Vinyl (2001/2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Reference Recordings
# ASIN: B00005OAD4
# Size: 1.62 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

“BELKIS, QUEEN OF SHEBA” has only been once recorded. I had always dreamed of another, I have not been disappointed!
Crystal clear recording! Glorious! Special attention has been paid to detail, not evident in Geoffrey Simon’s rendition on Chandos.

The amplitude and clarity of the sound here is exceptional – a good recording to test audio equipment for accuracy and ambience. It reveals the exceptional – and perhaps, to some, surprising – virtuosity of the Minnesota Orchestra. Of course, they have an excellent pedigree and number among previous music directors Ormandy, Mitropoulos, Skrowaczeski and Marriner, so it shouldn’t be such a revelation that they are a gifted and finally drilled band. Oue’s tenure enjoyed a mixed reception and success but there is no arguing with the quality of his best recordings with them and this is indeed one of the best.

I’m delighted by the repertoire chosen for this record. It’s in keeping with the wont of the Minnesota Orchestra’s recording program of recent years: to commit works that deserve to be better-known to disc, rather than pairing the blockbuster pieces, such as Pines of Rome here, with the usual cliches (Pines is almost always coupled with Fountains of Rome, or with Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition).And when the performances are this good, you’ve really got something. Minnesota is not one of the “Big 5” American orchestras (Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland), but don’t kid yourself: Oue and his band match the competition section for section, note for note. In the spring of ’02 I heard both the Chicago Symphony under Boulez and the Minnesota Orchestra under Oue perform the Mahler 2nd Symphony, and Chicago didn’t put on half the performance that Minnesota did (admittedly, though, this might well have mostly been Boulez’s fault—it’s oft been commented that he ought to stay away from music he obviously has so little affinity for). The MSO is a first-rate, world class ensemble and if you haven’t heard them play, treat yourself to this disc.


 Analyzed folder: //192kOtRes_BelQuOfShe_RR/192k Respighi – Belkis, Queen Of Sheba – Pines Of Rome – Oue (RR)
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -3.61 dB     -22.98 dB     A1 The Pines Of Rome – The Pines of the Villa Borghese.wav
 DR13        -4.60 dB     -25.02 dB     A2 The Pines of Rome – The Pines Near a Catacomb.wav
 DR15        -13.59 dB     -34.05 dB     A3 The Pines of Rome – The Pines of the Janiculum.wav
 DR13        -0.17 dB     -18.74 dB     A4 The Pines of Rome – The Pines of the Appian Way.wav
 DR15        -0.75 dB     -22.28 dB     B1 Belkis, Queen of Sheba – Suite – Solomon’s Dream.wav
 DR15        -4.20 dB     -26.70 dB     B2 Belkis, Queen of Sheba – Suite – The Dance of Belkis at Dawn.wav
 DR14        -0.67 dB     -19.75 dB     B3 Belkis, Queen of Sheba – Suite – War Dance.wav
 DR15        -0.22 dB     -20.34 dB     B4 Belkis, Queen of Sheba – Suite – Orgiastic Dance.wav
 Number of files:    8
 Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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.

  • 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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31 thoughts on “SUPER AUDIOPHILE HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Reference Recordings) Ottorino Respighi – Pines Of Rome/Belkin, Queen Of Sheba

  1. Huge thanks Mr. Rach! There are some ballets I’d dream to see… (most of them are naturally from the Mighty Handful or their pupils) and one of them is definitely Regina di Saba… Infinite thanks for offering it in this pristine quality!

  2. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Finally another golden classic @ 24/192. Reference Recordings and the Professor no less. Massive krudos RACH for your wonderful work… you RACH my world!!!

    Appreciation as always direct from LA, CA

  3. I can’t wait to hear this! I’ve only heard some of Respighi’s piano music, and I have no idea what to expect. Thank you very much!

  4. How wonderful! Thank you Rachmaninov. This will be my first download since I’ve been away and I just know this is going to be superb! Thank you so much for this and all your work.

  5. Thanks Rach for this beautiful sounding LP! Wonder why Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba isn’t more popular? It is a magnificent and powerful piece in opinion, I’m glad Oue liked well enough to record it.

  6. Hi Rach,
    sorry but there is a problem in the second part of the download file, do not understand why the other me made them regularly download.
    Do you have any advice for me? Or you have some other system in this download?

    Thank you very much
    have a nice evening

  7. All hail RACH !!! Another Prof. Johnson recording… Reference is an illustrious audiophile recording label. You sir have impeccable taste which seems to have no bounds…

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