Elgar & Vaughan Williams - Enigma Variations & The Wasps - Michael Stern (2LP, 45RPM, 200g, Half-Speed Mastering)
Elgar & Vaughan Williams - Enigma Variations & The Wasps - Michael Stern (2LP, 45RPM, 200g, Half-Speed Mastering)
Elgar & Vaughan Williams - Enigma Variations & The Wasps - Michael Stern (2LP, 45RPM, 200g, Half-Speed Mastering)
Elgar & Vaughan Williams - Enigma Variations & The Wasps - Michael Stern (2LP, 45RPM, 200g, Half-Speed Mastering)

Elgar & Vaughan Williams - Enigma Variations & The Wasps - Michael Stern (2LP, 45RPM, 200g, Half-Speed Mastering)

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Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite

Sir Edward Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme « Enigma », Op. 36

 

Kansas City Symphony

Conductor – Michael Stern

 

2LPs, Stoughton gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-Speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 200g Virgin Vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Reference Recordings

Original label : Reference Recordings

Recorded May 4-6, 2011 by Keith O. Johnson

Half-speed mastered by Keith O. Johnson

Produced by David Frost

Released in 2013


Tracks:

LP1 : The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite

Side A :

  1. Overture
  2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
  3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils

Side B

  1. Entr'acte, andante
  2. Ballet and Final Tableau
  3. Fantasia on "Greensleeves"

LP2 : Enigma

Side C :

  1. Variations 1-9

Side D :

  1. Variations 10-13
  2. Variation 14 – Finale

 

Reviews :

"Do not, I mean this absolutely, let this one pass you by. It is a treat at all levels, and just you wait till you hear the string section’s technical finesse and execution throughout." — Harry Pearson, HPSoundings

"In its openhearted commitment to letting Elgar's orchestration serve as the interpretative guide, and so moving mostly at a leasirely pace where everything that's going can be properly heard, this performance could also serve as any person's guide to the instruments of the orchestra...It's one of those satisfying instances where the recording engineer has caught perfectly the sound and sense of being there...with the sheer presence and weight that real sound possesses." - Laurence Vittes, Gramophone

"This new recording engineered by Keith Johnson is typical of the Professor's natural sound, accorded transparency and depth. He records the Kansas City Symphony beautifully - Elgar's very particular orchestration and dynamic markings have not been captured better on record. The Wasps, especially the fantastic overture, is underrated Vaughan Williams." - Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia

Producer David Frost has won Grammy awards in 2005, 2009 and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy-winning titles. We are most honored to work with him again on this project.

 

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 : 4.8 / 5

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