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Limited Production Run of only 50 Copies Worldwide!
Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape!
Exceptional Audiophile Sound as close to the Original Master Reference Quality as possible!
Opus 3 Records Offers Analogue Copies From Original Analogue Masters!
Master copies of Opus 3 analogue recordings! The shortest and best possible signal-path, without any conversions.
The current Opus 3 catalogue contains 50 titles which have been strictly analogue recorded and preserved. To cater to the needs of people for whom only the best is good enough and demand the ultimate in sound perfection we now offer open-reel master copies of Opus 3 albums.
All tapes are copied 'by hand', track by track, where all Mastering corrections are made with meticulous calibration and control.
A modified Technics RS-1500 for playback of the master tape, which has also been used for all of our re-mastering for SACD of our older titles. This tape recorder is world renowned as one of the best for playback. However it is specially modified to achieve the best possible quality.
Telefunken Magnetophone M-28 for the recording of your copy. This tape recorder has been used for the recording of all of Opus 3's master-recordings since 1978.
which we used for many years was Agfa PEM-468 which is no longer manufactured, however the RMG Studio Master SM-468 produced in the Netherlands has 100% identical performance.
Speed: 38 cm/s (15")
Playback EQ: IEC (CCIR) 35uS
Over many years Opus 3 has from time to time been asked to offer Analogue Tape Copies. At the end of 2014, the first copies were sold in Sweden and the response was overwhelming.
When Opus 3 Records creates an Analogue tape copy, it is always a One to One Copy where, for example, no analogue sub-master is in between, in order to make it as good as possible with no added distortion, noise and wow and flutter, etc.
The drawback is this process takes a lot of time, because all the tracks have to be copies one by one which is the reason the Analogue Tape are high. Because of the way this is done, production is limited to a maximum of 50 pieces. The upside to this process is you are guaranteed to have the best sounding Analogue Tape Copy.
Mozart's Clarinet Quintet is an eminently well known piece...but what is less well known, the "original version" was expressly written, not for an ordinary clarinet but for the basset clarinet. On this recording we can hear one of the first versions in the world!
It is interesting to note that these two compositions (also then referring to the Clarinet concerto) are the only ones ever written for the basset clarinet.
Clarinetist Kjel Fageus is joined here by the Zetterqvist Quartet for compositional works by Mozart and Brahms.
"Kjell Fageus is one of Sweden's most sensitive and perceptive clarinetists. He has already shown as much in previous recordings, and this time he has addressed the very finest chamber works in the history of music. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A is one of his most heavenly masterpieces, while Brahms' counterpart in B minor, op. 115, is among the aging master's most mature and introspective creations. For the Mozart, Fageus uses his softer Basset clarinet - the instrument the quintet was probably written for. And in both cases he is accompanied with great empathy by the Zetterquist Quartet. A fine album indeed." - HiFi & Muzik.
* Reel To Reel Master Tapes do not include cover art
** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.Features:
1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape made from the Original Master Tape
Limited Production Run of only 50 Total
Analogue Tape Copies from original analogue masters
Two 10.5" Metal-NAB-Reels
Playback EQ: IEC/CCIR (35uS)
2-track, 1/4" at 38 cm/s (15")
Kjell Fageus, clarinet
The Zetterqvist Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Quintet in A-major, K.V. 581
4. Allegretto con Variazioni
Clarinet Quintet in B-minor, Opus 115
7. Con moto