Malcolm Arnold - Arnold Overtures (Half-speed Mastering)

Malcolm Arnold - Arnold Overtures (Half-speed Mastering)

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Malcolm Arnold – Ouvertures

David Nolan, violin

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Malcolm Arnold, conductor


1 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-Speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 180g Virgin Vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Reference Recordings

Original label : Reference Recordings

Recorded August 14-16, 1991

Recorded and engineered by Keith O. Johnson

Mastered at half-speed by Paul Stubblebine

Produced by Christopher Palmer

Originally released in 1992

Reissued in 2017



Side A :

  1. A Sussex Overture
  2. Beckus The Dandipratt

Side B:

  1. The Smoke
  2. The Fair Field


Awards :

1993 Grammy nominee: Best Engineered Album, Classical


Reviews :

"Twenty-five years after releasing the Grammy-nominated Arnold Overtures, Reference Recordings has reissued it as a 180-gram, half-speed-mastered LP, and what an LP it is. Paul Stubblebine, who mastered the original CD, returns to do the remastering for this fine reissue pressed at Quality Recoord Pressings... This re-release of Arnold Overtures is a gem and worth rebuying even if you own the music in another format. I've thoroughly enjoyed this recording and Sir Malcolm's enthusiastic interpretation of his own compositions." - Mark Blackmore, The Audio Beat, March 2018

Authoritative first recordings of important works composed and conducted by Sir Malcom Arnold (1921-2006), one of England's very greatest composers.


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.


Ratings :

Discogs : 4.11 / 5 , The Audio Beat : Music 5/5, Sound 5/5

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