Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)
Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)
Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)
Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)
Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)
Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)

Eiji Oue - Exotic Dances from The Opera - Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, ... (200g, Half-speed Mastering)

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Minnesota Orchestra

Eiji Oue, conductor

 

1LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-Speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Reference Recordings

Original label : Reference Recordings

Recorded January 18-20, 1996 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Engineered by Keith O. Johnson

Mastered at half-speed by Paul Stubblebine

Produced by J. Tamblyn Henderson, Jr.

Originally released in 1996 (as a HDCD)

Reissued in 2012 (for the first time as an LP).

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden
  2.  Richard Strauss - Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
  3. Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Dance of the Persian Slaves from Khovanshchina
  4. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Hopak from Mazeppa

Side B:

  1. Henri Rabaud - Dances from Marouf, Cobbler of Cairo
  2. Camille Saint-Saens - Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

 

Awards :

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Collections

 

Reviews :

"Reference Recordings' new edition of Exotic Dances From The Opera is a very guilty pleasure indeed. Pressed at Analogue Productions' Quality Record Pressing plant, this is Exotic's first time on vinyl. Among the excerpts are are Strauss' 'Dance of the Seven Veils,' Sain-Saens' 'Bacchanale,' and Rabaud's 'Dances from Marouf.' While Oue and his orchestra play well, the performances lack a certain tension. But the sound offers classic Keith Johnson excellence: A you-are-there perspective, stunning air and clarity, ideal instrumental texture, tone, and balance, and powerful, wide-ranging dynamics. Go ahead, indulge, you know you want to." Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2013

 

Half-speed mastering

In half-speed mastering, the whole mastering 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 : 4.55 / 5 , Audiophile Audition : 5 Stars , The Absolute Sound : Sonics = 4.5/5; Music = 3.5/5

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