Genre: Classical
Label: Opus 3
Additional Artists: Anders Paulsson Mattias Wager


The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble Musica Sacra Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape

The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble

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Each Opus 3 Reel-To-Reel Tape is made upon order and is ready to ship in approximately 2-4 weeks!

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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.

We use:
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.

The tape:
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.
1/4", 2-Tracks
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.

The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble was founded 1993 and consists of 16 voices. The members come from Norrbotten and Västerbotten in the far north of Sweden. The ensemble has successfully toured France (1994) and Brazil (1995) under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia.

Musica Sacra is a "choral" album with a difference. Here we have the choral sound blended with organ, soprano saxophone and percussion. At the same time a number of musical styles or types have been incorporated including for example Latin/Jazz influenced choir music as well as Swedish folk and baroque influences.

Performing on this album are the internationally famous Anders Paulsson on soprano saxophone and on organ Mattias Wager, who in 1995 won two of Europe's most prestigious competitions: "International Interpretation Competition" in St. Albans, England and the "Grand Prix dëImprovisation Pierre Cochereau" in Paris, France.

* 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.

• 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")

The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble
Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone
Mattias Wager, organ

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

1. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland - Nicht von Mannsblut - Der Jungfrau Leib - BWV 659, a 2 Clas. e Pedale
Jan Sandstrom (b.1954)
2. Sanctus
Lars Jansson (b.1951)
3. To The Mothers of Brazil/Salve Regina
Melody of Appelbo
4. Den signade dag
Melody of Ahl
5. Stilla skona aftontimma
6. Kristallen den dina/O Kriste, du som ljuset ar/Varldens Fralsare, kom har
Christobal De Morales (1500-1553)
7. Parce mihi domine
Otto Olsson (1879-1964)
8. Jesu dulcis memoria
9. Ave maris stella
Anders Paulsson (b.1961)
10. Lullaby
J.S. Bach
11. Komm susser Tod
Concerto in D minor after Vivaldi BWV 596
12. I. Allegro-Grave
13. II. Fuga
14. III. Largo e spiccato
14. IV. Allegro
Jan Sandstrom
16. Gloria
17. Cunctipotens (Contrary motion - organums)