Brutal Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Stravinsky/Borodin – The Firebird – Ouverture and Polovetsian Dances from “Prince Igor” (Shaw)


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: Igor Stravinsky
, Alexander Borodin
Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Telarc

DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size:
1.62 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Boito/Verdi – Prologue To Mefistofele / Te Deum (Shaw)


First of all, the music of these recordings requires huge forces, both orchestral and vocal. Well-engineered sound is therefore critical to bring out all the dynamic differences without distortion, particularly in the high volume passages, which are many. Robert Shaw and his muscial forces deliver in spades. The performances in the Boito and Verdi are outstanding, and receive top-notch sonics, thanks to Telarc’s brilliant engineers. The Boito Prologue and the Verdi Te Deum comprised Robert Shaw’s final concert collaboration with Arturo Toscanini in March 1954. So there is some historical significance to this more recent pairing. If you are unfamiliar with Boito’s wonderful opera Mefistofele, here is a terrific introduction. The Prologue uses a massive chorus along with a short solo by the title character.

Composer: Arrigo Boito, Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: John Cheek, The Morehouse-Spelman Chorus, The Young Singers Of Callanwolde
Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra And Chorus
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.49 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Hector Berlioz – Requiem (Shaw)

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As one would expect, Robert Shaw’s rendition of the Requiem is magnificently polished, with choral singing that is beyond compare. The drama is not quite as pronounced as with Davis and Munch, but the work’s majestic architecture stands clearly revealed. For once, Telarc’s thunderous, bass-heavy pickup adds something to the sonic picture. –Ted Libbey
Any one not familiar with Berlioz’ “Te Deum” should also give this careful consideration. I personally prefer the Te Deum over the Requiem and wonder why the two works are not equally known. This Shaw, although very very good, is (IHMO) slightly under the level of Davis, to call one, but technically is it one of the best (maybe THE best) among all releases of this underestimated masterwork. Friends of HiFi and owners of a very good equipment will find this absolutely amazing. Anyone who catches onto this neglected masterpiece should also investigate the Inbal (on Denon) and the Davis (on Philips).

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Atlanta Symphony Chorus, John Alder
OrchestraAtlanta Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Vinyl 1985
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.17 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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