Various Artists: Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Antonin Dvořák, Bernard Herrmann, Georges Bizet, Miklós Rózsa, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff, Xian Xinghai, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestras: New Philharmonia Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductors: Antal Dorati, Bernard Herrmann, Charles Münch, Miklós Rózsa, Leopold Stokowski, Elgar Howarth
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 12, DR 13, DR 12, DR 11
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | 00289 479 1387
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (11.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.84GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.56GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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From the Decca website:

In the 1960s Decca pioneered the use of a multi 10-channel console mixer which created recordings with an unprecedented sense of spatial realism and movement – Phase 4 Stereo. Following in the footsteps of Decca’s highly-successful label heritage sets (The Decca Sound, Mercury Living Presence), this generous selection of the very best of Phase 4 promises to amaze a new generation of fans.

Two of the titles included in the set are on the TAS List – the Holy Grail of vinyl fidelity. This is a list of recordings recommended by The Absolute Sound magazine under the direction of Harry Pearson. Those two titles are The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann and Miklós Rózsa: Music From Ben Hur.

Albums included here:

Dorati / NPO – Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World”
Herrmann / NPO – The Fantasy Film World Of Bernard Herrmann
Münch / NPO – Bizet: Carmen & L’Arlésienne Suites
Rózsa / NPO – Ben Hur
Stokowski / LSO – Scheherazade, op. 35
Howarth / NPO, Foster / RPO – Yellow River Concerto / Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21

Track Listing:

Side One
Dorati / NPO – Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World” (cont.)
01 – Adagio – Allegro molto
02 – Largo

Side Two
Dorati / NPO – Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World” (conc.)
03 – Scherzo (molto vivace)
04 – Allegro con Fuoco

Side Three
Herrmann / NPO – The Fantasy Film World Of Bernard Herrmann (cont.)
01 – Journey to the Centre of the Earth
a) Mountain Top and Sunrise
b) Prelude
c) The Grotto
d) Salt Slides
e) Atlantis
f) The Giant Chameleon and the Fight
g) The Shaft and Finale

02 – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
a) Overture
b) The Duel With the Skeleton
c) Baghdad

Side Four
Herrmann / NPO – The Fantasy Film World Of Bernard Herrmann (conc.)
03 – The Day the Earth Stood Still
a) Outer Space
b) Radar
c) Gort
d) The Robot
e) Space Control
f) Terror
g) Farewell and Finale

04 – Fahrenheit 451
a) Prelude
b) Fire Engine
c) The Bedroom
d) Flowers of Fire
e) The Road and Finale

Side Five
Carmen Suite (excerpts from suites nos. 1 & 2)
01 – Les toréadors
02 – Aragonaise
01 – Intermezzo
02 – Les dragons d’Alcala
01 – Habanera
02 – La garde montante
01 – Danse bohème

Side Six
L’Arlésienne Suite No.1
03 – Prélude
04 – Minuetto
03 – Adagietto
04 – Carillon
03 – Farandole

Side Seven
Rózsa / NPO – Ben Hur (cont.)
01 – Fanfare to Prelude
02 – Star of Bethlehem and Adoration of the Magi
03 – Friendship
04 – The Burning Desert
05 – Arrius’s Party
06 – Rowing of the Galley Slaves

Side Eight
Rózsa / NPO – Ben Hur (conc.)
07 – Parade of the Charioteers
08 – The Mother’s Love
09 – Return to Judea
10 – Ring for Freedom
11 – Lepers’ Search for the Christ
12 – Procession to Calvary
13 – Miracle and Finale

Side Nine
Stokowski / LSO – Scheherazade, op. 35 (cont.)
01 – The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
02 – The Story of the Calender Prince

Side Ten
Stokowski / LSO – Scheherazade, op. 35 (conc.)
03 – The Young Prince and the Young Princess
04 – Festival at Baghdad – The Sea – The Shipwreck against a rock surmounted by a bronze warrior (The Shipwreck)

Erich Gruenberg – violin

Side Eleven
Howarth / NPO – Yellow River Concerto
01 – Prelude: The Song of the Yellow River Boatmen
02 – Ode to the Yellow River
03 – The Yellow River in Wrath
04 – Defend the Yellow River

Side Twelve
Foster / RPO – Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21
05 – Allegro maestoso
06 – Andante
07 – Allegro vivace assai

There are 10 seconds of silence between tracks 4 and 5.

Ilana Vered – piano

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
Pressed at Record Industries
Limited, numbered six LP set with a detailed booklet – only 2,100 sets

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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42 Comments.

  1. Thanks a lot, friend!

  2. AsteroidMover

    Thanks very much. I have a Mobile Fidelity CD of the Herrmann LP and it sounds great! However, your 24/96 sounds better. Thanks again…

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