TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: ClassicalFeatured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the March 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Half-Speed Mastered 200-gram Virgin Vinyl!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
First time ever on LP! The CD was a 1997 Grammy nominee for "Best Engineered, Classical."
For many years, RR has been searching the world over for the best possible vinyl mastering, plating and pressing facilities so they could re-enter the LP market. They now have a production chain that allow them to produce LPs to meet their high standards and satisfy their customers' demands, who have been waiting for these LPs for a long time!
Assembling the Team
Disc mastering is done at half-speed to insure maximum accuracy. The lathe system has custom electronics by Nelson Pass. The simple signal path contains no compression, equalization or unnecessary circuitry. RR Chief Engineer and Technical Director, "Prof." Keith Johnson consulted on the design of the system and helped with the rebuilding of the lathe and electronics, which is owned and operated by long-time mastering expert Paul Stubblebine. "Prof." Johnson has pronounced it equal to the challenge of the master tapes!
Once successful results were achieved in disc mastering, Reference Recordings faced the difficult task of choosing the best plating and pressing facility to manufacture the discs. Fortunately, the new Quality Record Pressings plant in Salina, Kansas was coming on line, and they felt that waiting for this plant to open was well worth it. A crack team of experts was assembled to design and run the plant, employing many unique techniques and features that clearly set QRP apart from other pressing plants. The 200-gram deluxe vinyl pressings from QRP are truly exceptional.
Multiple Configurations for Reference Mastercuts
Depending on program lengths, some releases are cut at 45 rpm, some at 33-1/3 rpm. Some are single discs, some double. All feature deluxe gate-fold jackets crafted by Stoughton Printing . An unusual feature of new RR masterings is called the "FDS finish": the end of each side will have a 30-second band of silent grooves before the "pull-away." No one today uses a record changer, and the silent grooves allow time to lift the arm before the always-somewhat-noisy tie-off. (Some 1950s vintage Capitol Full Dimensional Sound pressings sported this feature.) RR founder, J. Tamblyn (Tam) Henderson deserves special recognition for identifying the value of this unique production feature and reintroducing it with the new Mastercuts.
Note: Half-speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed. A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed. This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into the ultrasonic region.
The Firebird Suite and The Song of the Nightingale have never sounded more magical or more dynamic!
The world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra in its first recordings with its dynamic music director! Eiji Oue, a protégé of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, has set the entire Twin Cities area on fire with his exciting and masterful interpretations.
Eiji Oue became the ninth music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995. This disc along with Exotic Dances from the Opera marks the recording debut of this gifted conductor, who is quickly developing a prominent identity in the international musical world.
"You feel the instruments almost as much as you hear them." - Fanfare
Half-speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket
Eiji Oue, conductor
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Firebird Suite, 1919 Revision
2. The Firebird And Her Dance
3. Variation Of The Firebird
4. Round Dance Of The Princesses
5. Infernal Dance Of King Kashchei
The Song Of The Nightingale
9. Chinese March
10. Song Of The Nightingale
11. Game Of The Mechanical Nightingale