Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)

Bach - Suites for solo cello 2 & 5 - Janos Starker (Half-Speed Mastering)

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Suites for solo cello No. 2 in A Minor & No. 5 in C Minor

Janos Starker - cello



 

1 LP,  Standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed mastering

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Mercury Living Presence

Original Label : Mercury

Recording: April 1963, September and December 1965 at ballroom Studio A at Fine Recording Studios, New York

Engineered by Clarence Robert Fine and Robert Eberenz

Produced by Harold Lawrence

HD Transfers Made at Abbey Road Studios from the Original First-Generation Tapes

Tape-to-disc transfer by George Piros

New 3-to-2 Stereo Mixes Produced by Thomas Fine

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios

Sleeve Notes by Janos Starker

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in 2022

 

Tracks :

Side A: No. 2 in A Minor

  1. Prelude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Menuets I and II
  6. Gigue

Side B: No. 5 in C Mnior

  1. Prelude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Gavottes I and II
  6. Gigue

       

      Reviews :

      Long hailed as the audiophile's label, Mercury Living Presence represents an important milestone in the history of classical recording. Since they were first released, Mercury Living Presence LP records have been collected and coveted. 70 years after the label's first release - Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, with Rafael Kubelík conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Mercury continues to be admired for the quality of its artistry and recordings: all celebrated for their sheer vividness of sound. This audiophile series sources the original first-generation master tapes. New HD transfers were made at Abbey Road Studios. Master files, including new 3-to-2 mixes for stereo titles, were produced by Thomas Fine, son of the original producer and recording engineer for the majority of Mercury Living Presence titles.

      Originally released in 1964, this first LP of Starker's legendary Bach Suites recordings for Mercury met immediate acclaim and encouraged Starker and the recording team to wax the other four Suites. All six Suites were released together in a 1966 box set. Recorded April 15 and 17, 1963, in Fine Recording Ballroom Studio A, New York City, using three Schoeps M201 microphones.

       

      Half-speed mastering.

      In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.

        

      Rating: 

      Discogs : 4.67 / 5

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