Various Artists: Mercury Living Presence 3 (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

# Composers: Franz Lehár, Imre Kálman, Erno Dohnányi, Emil Waldteufel, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss, Ernest Bloch, Cesar Franck, Arthur Sullivan, Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner
# Orchestras: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble
# Conductors: Antal Doráti, Howard Hanson, Paul Paray, Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12, DR 15, DR 13
# Label: Mercury | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.24GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.42GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory


From the label:

This limited-edition, numbered LP set features original LP front and back covers. The pressings are by OPTIMAL on 180g vinyl stock and lacquers have been cut by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios. Included in the package is a full-colour booklet in English featuring an essay by Thomas Fine; a paragraph on each recording, setting out the location, the dates, the tapes, the microphones, the engineer, the producer – in fact everything the collector loves to read. The cover art is in the style of the 53CD box set and is presented in a lift-off rigid LP box (in the style of previous 6LP sets from Decca).

Track Listing:

Side One
Respighi: Roman Festivals
01 – Roman Festivals (Symphonic Poem)
a) Circus Maximus
b) The Jubilee
c) The October Excursions
d) Epiphany

Side Two
Respighi: Church Windows
01 – Church Windows (Four Symphonic Impressions)
a) The Flight Into Egypt
b) St. Michael The Archangel
c) The Matins of Santa Chiara
d) St. Gregory The Great

Side Three
Wienerwalzer Paprika (cont.)
01 – Waltz from The Merry Widow (Lehár)
02 – Waltz from The Gypsy Princess (Kálman)
03 – Village Swallows from Austria, Op. 164 (Strauss)

Side Four
Wienerwalzer Paprika (conc.)
04 – Wedding Waltz from The Veil of Pierette, Op. 18 (Dohnányi)
05 – The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183 (Waldteufel)
06 – Die Schönbrunner, Op.200 (Lanner)

Side Five
Bloch: Concerto grosso No. 1
01 – Prelude: Allegro energico e pesante
02 – Dirge: Andante moderato
03 – Pastorale and Rustic Dance
04 – Fugue

Side Six
Bloch: Concerto grosso No. 1
05 – Maestoso
06 – Andante
07 – Allegro
08 – Tranquillo

Side Seven
Franck: Symphony in D Minor (cont.)
01 – Lento – Allegro ma non troppo – Allegro

Side Eight
Franck: Symphony in D Minor (conc.)
02 – Allegretto
03 – Allegro non troppo

Side Nine
Ballet For Band (cont.)
01 – Pineapple Poll Suite (Arranged for Wind Ensemble by W.J. Duthoit)
02 – Suite La boutique fantasque (after Rossini) (Arranged for Wind Ensemble)

Side Ten
Ballet For Band (conc.)
03 – Ballet Music (1869) (Arranged for Wind Ensemble)

Side Eleven
Paray Conducts Wagner (cont.)
01 – Overture to “Der fliegende Holländer”
02 – Excerpts from “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

Side Twelve
Paray Conducts Wagner (conc.)
03 – Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from “Die Walküre, WWV 86B”
04 – Overture to “Rienzi”

Mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road from the original analogue source
Limited, numbered six LP set – only 2000 sets

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Mono rig:
Music Hall MMF-7.1
– Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0
– Music Hall cork mat
Ortofon 2M Mono SE
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

Stereo rig:
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX3

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21 thoughts on “Various Artists: Mercury Living Presence 3 (6LP box set, 180g pressings)”

  1. Absolutely outstanding! 😀

    I was waiting for this one, being a big fan of this Mercury Living Presence series.

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work!

  2. Dear Night Owl,

    Many, many thanks for this long-expected set! A lotof it will be uncharted territory for me. This promises to be a lot of fun.



  3. Insanely great work @ 24 192 Mr. Owl !!!!!!!!!
    You two guys (Rach-on) make this silly Net thing seem worthwhile. Yes WOW…. danke a thousand times over.

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