Super HD-Vinyl 96/24 (HM) J. P. Rameau – Pygmalion (Gustav Leohardt)

How GREAT, my friends – this is really a feast for the ears – one of my personal TOP 10 vinyls and one of the best sounding vinyls you can find in the world.
Repost on FF – New Rip, with the new ADC/DAC

# Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
# Performer: John Elwes, Mieke van der Sluis, Francoise Vanhecke, Rachel Yakar
# Orchestra: La Petite Bande
# Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt
# Vinyl (1981)
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Harmonia Mundi
# ASIN CD: B00000E6V5
# Size: 967 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

One of the best sounding recordings i ever heard. The sound of this record blows away most of the discs from that cathegory.
Try it.

This is without a doubt the loveliest, most seductive recording of a Rameau opera-ballet to date. There is something indescribable about the playing of Rameau’s music by musicians of the Low Countries that brings out the erotic languor of the writing like no other nationality, and I don’t know quite why this should be. I suppose one could blather on about linguistic differences and their effect on musical approaches, etc. I only know that when Messrs. Kuijken, Leonhardt, Bruggen et al. are at the helm for a Rameau performance, the music has a swoon-making quality similar to that of Debussy. This quality is conspicuously lacking in the recordings of William Christie and Marc Minkowski, expert and idiomatic though they are. The latter conductors seem to favor a breathless, hard-driven style that shortchanges the gorgeous harmonic changes that need time to register in the ear. The Flemish “Mafia”, on the other hand, revel in the sultry harmonies and exotic melodies, wringing out every last drop of heartbreaking beauty from the music. This is not to say that their tempi are slow or indulgent; just that their overall approach makes for a richer, more kaleidoscopic effect, and this suits Rameau to a T. The singing is not all it could be; Rachel Yakar is the fourth of the four soloists to be heard, and when she enters her firm voice and sure sense of style and intonation put the other three to shame. Not for nothing is she the head of vocal pedagogy at the esteemed Paris Conservatoire! However, this lack is more than made up for by the afore-mentioned lush and inviting approach to this most beautiful of the master’s Opera-ballets.

(Note: a little typing error – after downloading, please rename track B15 … into B1 …)


A1 Pygmalion – Overture
A2 Pygmalion – Scene 1 Fatal Amour
A3 Pygmalion – Scene 2- Pygmalion est-il possible
A4 Pygmalion – Scene 3- Que d’appas
A5 Pygmalion – Scene 4- Du pouvoir de l’Amour ce prodige est l’effet
B1 Pygmalion – Scene 4- Sarabande
B2 Pygmalion – Scene 5- Le peuple dans ces lieux s’avance

Analyzed folder: /Volumes/PSK & MUSIC/HiResMusic/NOCH BEARBEITEN/96k Rameau – Pygmalion
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.56 dB     -18.15 dB     A1 Pygmalion – Overture.wav
DR13        -5.44 dB     -22.69 dB     A2 Pygmalion – Scene 1 Fatal Amour.wav
DR14        -2.10 dB     -21.72 dB     A3 Pygmalion – Scene 2- Pygmalion est-il possible.wav
DR14        -1.09 dB     -20.03 dB     A4 Pygmalion – Scene 3- Que d’appas.wav
DR13        -8.43 dB     -26.51 dB     A5 Pygmalion – Scene 4- Du pouvoir de l’Amour ce prodige est l’effet.wav
DR14        -2.40 dB     -22.04 dB     B1 Pygmalion – Scene 4- Sarabande.wav
DR14        -0.44 dB     -18.74 dB     B2 Pygmalion – Scene 5- Le peuple dans ces lieux s’avance.wav
Number of files:    7
Official DR value:    DR14


La Petite Bande
Dir.: Gustav Leonhardt
Vinyl condition: EX++/NM, optically like new.
Comes from:
Property of AC (Rachmaninov)

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • NEW ! ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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45 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyl 96/24 (HM) J. P. Rameau – Pygmalion (Gustav Leohardt)

  1. Thank you very much! Just attended a local performance and fell in love with it, a marvelous combination of beautiful music, singing and ballet! Bravo Rameau! Bravo Rachmaninov!

  2. i admit i know nothing about classical music – i didn’t even know who was Rameau before. I downloaded this LP just because of Mr Rachmaninov’s recommendation and found it is REALLY GREAT. Many thanks to you.

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