The eternal question: Why does a digital recording sound much better, when played from vinyl, compared to the CD? Indeed, this is fact on almost all recordings. But in this case, Telarc used the full benefits of the master tapes (“only” 16 bit & 50 kHz its time), that were played in the full range, not beeing reduced to 44.1 kHz for the CD-norm. The HiFi-sound becomes a Hi-End-sound and you remain speechless and want to hear it again and again. Enjoy!
You are warned: take care of your amp and (more) of your speakers. Don’t play it too loud, until you know, how loud you can get it. Telarc’s timpani and bass drum are terrific!
Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.49 GB
This is early Telarc digital sound — 1981 in this case — and it really hasn’t been bettered. The combination of presence, clarity, and airiness is hard to beat, and there’s almost a kind of three-dimensionality to the sound picture that is quite rare. Nothing sounds artificially highlighted.
Maazel does a great job letting us savor the textures of the short items in The Nutcracker suite, and the main piece, the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, receives a performance of great cogency and dramatic power. At full price, I might have been deterred by the length of the program, but if you can pick it up cheap or used, I recommend.
Maazel is often criticized for being too fussy and interventionist in his interpretations, but I don’t hear that here.
|A||Romeo And Juliet (Fantasy-Overture After Shakespeare)||19:12|
|B1||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Miniature Overture||2:55|
|B2||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: March||2:08|
|B3||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy||1:32|
|B4||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Russian Dance||1:05|
|B5||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Arabian Dance||3:24|
|B6||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Chinese Dance||1:00|
|B7||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Dance Of The Mirlitons||2:21|
|B8||Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A: Waltz Of The Flowers||5:58|
Analyzed Folder: /192k Tchaikowsky . Romeo And Juliet, Nutcracker – Maazel_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.41 dB -22.23 dB A Romeo And Juliet (Fantasy-Overture After Shakespeare).flac
DR13 -8.86 dB -27.80 dB B1 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Miniature Overture.flac
DR15 -3.06 dB -22.69 dB B2 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- March.flac
DR14 -9.28 dB -31.58 dB B3 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy.flac
DR12 -0.68 dB -17.38 dB B4 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Russian Dance.flac
DR12 -14.88 dB -32.52 dB B5 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Arabian Dance.flac
DR12 -11.35 dB -26.53 dB B6 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Chinese Dance.flac
DR14 -9.08 dB -28.87 dB B7 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Dance Of The Mirlitons.flac
DR14 -0.41 dB -21.08 dB B8 Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71 A- Waltz Of The Flowers.flac
Number of Files: 9
Official DR Value: DR13
- Composed By – Tchaikovsky
- Conductor – Lorin Maazel
- Coordinator [Production Coordination Assistance] – Charles Zurowski, Elaine Martone, Michael Kellman, Robert Stark
- Design – Timothy Hemsoth
- Engineer [Sound Engineer] – Jack Renner
- Liner Notes – Steven Ledbetter
- Mastered By [Disc Mastering] – Bruce Leek, Richard Donaldson
- Orchestra – The Cleveland Orchestra
- Photography By – Sandy Underwood
- Producer – Robert Woods
- Producer [Production Assistance] – Ronald Whitaker
- Recorded By, Edited By – Jim Wolvington, Richard Feldman, Sydney Davis
- 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: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section.
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!
- Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
- Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
- Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
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