Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra - Peterson: Free Variations - Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (Half-Speed Mastering) - AudioSoundMusic
Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra - Peterson: Free Variations - Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (Half-Speed Mastering) - AudioSoundMusic
Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra - Peterson: Free Variations - Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (Half-Speed Mastering) - AudioSoundMusic
Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra - Peterson: Free Variations - Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (Half-Speed Mastering) - AudioSoundMusic

Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra - Peterson: Free Variations - Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (Half-Speed Mastering)

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Ernest Bloch - Sinfonia Breve & Wayne Peterson - Free Variations For Orchestra

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor – Antal Dorati



1 LP,  Standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES (Precision HD Transfers Made at Abbey Road Studios from the Original First-Generation Tapes)

Half-speed mastering

Heavy Press : 180g Super Quiet Vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Optimal (Germany)

Label : Mercury Living Presence

Original Label : Mercury

Recorded at Northrop Memorial Auditorium on 17 April 1960 (Side A) and 21 April 1959 (Side B)

Recorded by Wilma Cozart

Engineered by C. R. Fine

Tape-to-disc transfer by George Piros

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

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by George T. Piros (A Side) and John A. Johnson (B Side)

Music Director – Clair Van Ausdall (B Side), Harold Lawrence (A Side)

Sleeve Notes by Julia Sutton

Cover by Fritz Glarner

Originally released in 1962

Reissued in 2022

 

Tracks :

Side A :  Bloch - Sinfonia Breve  

  1. Moderato
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro Molto
  4. Allegro Deciso

Side B:

  1. Peterson - Free Variations For Orchestra

         

        Reviews :

        The Mercury Living Presence Vinyl Series debuted to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Mercury Living Presence label. Series 2 continues with more of these great reissues from Decca Classics. All titles are newly remastered from HD transfers of the first-generation 3-track tapes. Tape transfers are by Jared Hawkes, at Abbey Road Studios, with 3-to-2 channel mix and remastering by Thomas Fine. Vinyl cutting at half-speed is by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, with pressing by Optimal in Germany on 180-gram super-quiet vinyl.

        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.

         

        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 / 5

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