Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (RR) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Kojian)

front-small-boxsetRevisited (now in 192k) with the Black Bird Gang and the AR SP15
This is absolute one of the most splendid and colourful recordings that RR had yet made. Kojian and the Utah symphony deliver a performance that is second to none. And the sound! Can its recording engineer Keith Johnson, or anyone else exceed this? – Must Have –
Audiophile Factor: The highest possible!
Artistic Factor: One of the very best “Fantastique”

Pay attention: side 3 & side 4 are identically despite a little detail: once i read (but don’t remember where) “Dream Of A Witches Sabbath” was recorded using tubular bells and, on the other side, recorded using real church bells. Reference Recordings states on the rear cover that side 3 and side 4 are pressed twice, because the last two pieces of the symphony are the most played by customers, so they did this instead of letting side 4 blank, what their 1st intention was……and, please, take care of your equipment, especially of your speakers.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Orchestra:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Varujan Kojian
Vinyl 1982
Number of LPs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Reference Recordings
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 2.4 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF



A1 Reveries-Passions 12:30
A2 A Ball 6:18
B Scene In The Country 15:35
C1 March To The Scaffold 4:30
C2 Dream Of A Witches Sabbath 9:00
D1 March To The Scaffold 4:30
D2 Dream Of A Witches Sabbath 9:00

Analyzed folder: /192k Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique – Kujian – RR
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.54 dB -23.50 dB A1 Reveries-Passions.aif
DR14 -2.95 dB -23.54 dB A2 A Ball.aif
DR19 -0.51 dB -26.04 dB B Scene In The Country.aif
DR15 -0.64 dB -20.81 dB C1 March To The Scaffold.aif
DR15 -0.80 dB -21.83 dB C2 Dream Of A Witches Sabbath.aif
DR15 -0.70 dB -20.97 dB D1 March To The Scaffold.aif
DR15 -0.50 dB -21.48 dB D2 Dream Of A Witches Sabbath.aif
Number of files: 7
Official DR value: DR16


  • Artwork [Cover Art] – Fred Martin (3)
  • Composed By – Hector Berlioz*
  • Conductor – Varujan Kojian*
  • Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Keith O. Johnson
  • Executive-producer – J. Tamblyn Henderson, Jr., Macia Martin
  • Graphics – Wayne Pope
  • Liner Notes – Hugh MacDonald
  • Orchestra – Utah Symphony*
  • Producer – Jeffrey Kaufmann*

Recorded March 27, 1982, Symphony Hall, Salt Lake City UT

Ripping Info


  • 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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33 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (RR) Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Kojian)

  1. Hi Rachmaninov, thank you for this!

    It’s too bad the links are being reposted on AvaxHome… have you considered putting a password on files when you upload? A password like “” would ensure that at least people know he is copying from somewhere else…

    • Basically it’s OK, if want to post music from other blogs – not ultimate correct, but OK if you thank the original uploader. In my case i don’t want that he posts a pic of my equipement. I read many comments abot (my) that equipement and what a great works the records are, but he do not answer, that all this “great works” are not made by ihmself, but by other people. This is what i find is disgusting.

      Anyway, you can never avoid that somebody “steals” from somewhere. In the moment you post something on internet it’s like you find OK to see your post somewhere other.

  2. Hi, Rach. A great “thank you” for your effort on this post of rerip! 🙂 It’s so bad to hear that the links are reposted on AvexHome. However, wish your effort deserves it.
    BTW, are you certain that the 4th piece of this symphony on LP-side 3 and side 4 are identically the same?

    • Hi Seba…part 4 of side 3 is identical with part 4 of side 4 – but i guess, you mean part 5. OK, when i mean, they are identical, i mean that the difference is the different bells. Indeed they are two different recording sessions, made by the same musicians, probably in one day (i don’t know). The duration is a little bit different

      • Alright. I guess the recording of this vinyl and the CD are from different reel-tapes, ‘coz part 4 of both of them actually sound different from each other. As I said before, the difference of the vinyl and the CD version is the last blast, whether the cymbal crash goes along (on beat) with the whole orchestra.
        Part 5 on side 3&4 are really distinguished for the bells used, and the CD version has provided both.

    • Hi…this is hard to do. We’re only two administrators here: Whatever and me. If you search by the keyword “whatever” you get several tousends of posts, with “Rachmaninov” several hundreds, but not only my posts, also all the posts with music by (the really) Rachmaninov. Don’t search by “posted by Rachmaninov” or “posted by Whatever”. In this case you get the whole stuff, because every single post has the words “posted by”.

      If you are looking for my posts, you can search by “audiophile” or “high definition”. In the 1st case you get +90% of all my posts, in the 2nd case maybe 70-75%.

  3. Hi Rach,
    I had already downloaded this great post when you first posted it, but I’m glad to see you are back posting things here. I’m still waiting for Whatever’s invitation (seems to take quite a while, I posted my request more than one week ago). By the way, I don’t know if you remember this but I had asked you if you had Berlioz’s Harold in Italy by Oistrakh/Barshai. Well I’ve been able to find a vinyle of this recording and I was wondering if you could rip it for me and post it here for everyone to enjoy. If yes, how and where may I contact you to discuss how to proceed? Best regards

  4. Absolutely splendid!

    One of the very best performance. A Ball scene is gorgeous.

    I heard the acclaimed Munch, Davis and Bernstein and some others, but this one is unique also.

    Recommended to all!!

    • sorry, don’t have it. There is one on ebay for 19,90 – if you want to buy it and send to me (or let the seller send it to me, Hamburg to Frankfurt, is cheaper for you) I would rip it with pleasure for you.

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