Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
A Magnificent Symphonic Recording performed by a Magnificent Sounding Symphony... The Kansas City Symphony!
Reference Recordings is back in the swing of things! Creating LPs that is.
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 our 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 all 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.
Reference Recordings are thrilled to work with the great musicians of the Kansas City Symphony, with conductor and KCS music director Michael Stern, and with producer David Frost who won GRAMMY awards in 2005, 2009 and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year.
"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 sections technical finesse and execution throughout." - Harry Pearson, HPSoundings
200g Virgin Vinyl
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket
Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern, conductor
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
LP1 - Side 1:
2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
LP1 - Side 2:
1. Entr'acte, andante
2. Ballet and Final Tableau
3. Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma, Op. 36
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Variations 1-9
LP2 - Side 4:
1. Variations 10-13
2. Variation 14 - Finale