Schubert - Songs without Words - Mischa Maisky (2LP, DMM)
Schubert - Songs without Words - Mischa Maisky (2LP, DMM)
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Schubert - Songs without Words - Mischa Maisky (2LP, DMM)
Schubert - Songs without Words - Mischa Maisky (2LP, DMM)

Schubert - Songs without Words - Mischa Maisky (2LP, DMM)

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Franz Schubert — Songs without Words & Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A Minor, D.821

Mischa Maisky - cello 

Daria Hovora - piano


2 LP, Gatefold

Original analog Master tape : YES

Direct Metal Mastering (DMM)

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’


Emil Berliner Studio

Record Press : Pallas GmbH in Germany

Label : Analog Phonic

Original Label : Deutsche Grammophon

First time ever on vinyl records

Recorded in Rapperswil, Schloß, Rittersaal, 1/1996

Engineered by Reinhard Legemann

Produced by Christian Gansch

Balance Enginner & Editing : Oliver Rogalla

Remastered by Hans-Jörg Mauksch at Pauler Acoustics from the original masters of Universal Music

Originally released in 1996

Reissued in 2017



Side A : Songs without Words

  1. Die Chöne Müllerin, D.795 - 6. Der Neugierige
  2. Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt, D.877 No.4 (Mignons Gesang, 4th Version)
  3. Winterreise, D.911 - 19. Täuschung
  4. Winterreise, D.911 - 24. Der Leiermann
  5. Nacht Und Träume, D.827
  6. Schwanengesang, D.957 (Cycle) - Am Meer

Side B : Songs without Words

  1. An Die Musik, D.547 (Op.88/4)
  2. Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)
  3. Schwanengesang, D.957 - Ständchen "Leise Flehen Meine Lieder
  4. Der Einsame, D.800
  5. Die Schöne Müllerin, D.795 - 19. Der Müller Und Der Bach
  6. Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)

Side C :

  1. Songs without Words - Litanei Auf Das Fest Allerseelen, D.343
  2. Songs without Words - Du Bist Die Ruh', D.776 (Op.59/3)
  3. Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D.821 - Allegro Moderato

Side D : Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D.821

  1. Adagio
  2. Allegretto


Reviews :

« Here cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Daria Hovora turn in a beautiful version of Schubert’s songful Arpeggione Sonata, as well as instrumental takes on some of the composer’s most beloved lieder. Music doesn’t get any more intimate or heartbreaking than“Ständchen” or “Der Müller Und Der Bach”, and it’s hard to imagine any voice more emotionally eloquent than Mischa Maisky’s plangent tone. » Billboard

« ...Maisky's Arpeggione is warm, effortless and, for the most part, judiciously phrased. Darla Hovora remains discreetly in the background (as a musical personality, that is, not as a physical presence) and although I found some of the Allegretto's rubato just a mite contrived, the performance is a good one...

...Maisky makes a lovely sound, especially in, say, An die Musik, where the cello's upper registers project with great warmth of tone... » (Gramophone)


Direct Metal Mastering

In Direct Metal Mastering, the cutting lathe engraves the audio signal directly onto a copper-plated master disc, instead of engraving the groove into a lacquer-coated aluminum disc.

The direct metal mastering technology addresses the lacquer mastering technology's issue of pre-echoes during record play, caused by the cutting stylus unintentionally transferring some of the subsequent groove wall's impulse signal into the previous groove wall. In particular, a quiet passage followed by a loud sound often clearly revealed a faint pre-echo of the loud sound occurring 1.8 seconds ahead of time (the duration of one revolution at 33 rpm). This problem could also appear as post-echo, 1.8 seconds after a peak in volume.

Another improvement is noise reduction. The lacquer mastering method bears a higher risk of adding unwanted random noise to the recording, caused by the enclosure of small dust particles when spraying the silvering on the lacquer master, which is the necessary first step of the electroplating process for reproduction of the master disc. As the DMM master disc is already made of metal (copper), this step is not required, and its faults are avoided.

With the groove being cut straight into a metal foil, this removed a number of plating stages in the manufacturing process. This gave rise to more upper frequency levels and less surface noise. Additionally, groove pre-echo problems are significantly diminished. Bass is typically tight and well defined, even described as more accurate than the fat, mushy sound of lacquered vinyl pressings.


Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 5 / 5

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