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Eiji Oue Minnesota Orchestra Mephisto & Co. 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Reference Recordings QRP USA

Eiji Oue Minnesota Orchestra Mephisto & Co. 2LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl Reference Recordings QRP USA Maximize
Artist: Eiji Oue
Title: Mephisto & Co.
Catalog Number: RM-2510
Label: Reference Recordings
Reissued by: Reference Recordings
Barcode: 0030911251017
Edition: Reference Mastercuts
Original release year: 1998
Reissue year: 2014
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 627gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: June 14, 2015
Collection: Reference Recordings Mastercuts
Note: Not eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: Yes


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Unit Price: 49,10 €

Reference: RR452510GF

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One of Reference Recordings all time favorite recordings, available for the first time on vinyl. Ghosts, goblins, spirits, and demons run amok in this program of infernal orchestral favorites. Mephisto Waltz (Liszt), Night On Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky) and many more are collected in an explosive witches' brew! Eiji Oue conducts the Minnesota Orchestra with violin solos by Jorja Fleezanis.

 

 

Rated 11/11 Music and 11/11 Sound by Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

  • Limited Edition
  • Reference Mastercuts
  • 45rpm cut for ultimate sound quality
  • 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl
  • Half-speed mastered by Paul Stubblebine
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings QRP
  • Deluxe gatefold cover

 

 

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.


"...this double 45 rpm set of classical music sonic spectaculars provides both demonstration quality sound and a fun ride even for those professing to not like classical music, courtesy of a world-renowned orchestra and conductor... Wide and deep sound staging, startlingly wide dynamics and lush orchestral timbres are common to most Keith Johnson recordings and particularly so to this one. The notably transparent harp glissandos at the end of the Liszt should give you "the tinkles"... the sound is stunning."- Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

One of Reference Recordings' all time favorite recordings, available for the first time on vinyl! Ghosts, goblins, spirits, and demons run amok in this program of infernal orchestral favorites. Mephisto Waltz (Liszt), Night On Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky), Tam O'Shanter (Arnold) and many more are collected in an explosive witches' brew! Eiji Oue conducts the Minnesota Orchestra with violin solos by Jorja Fleezanis.

"...should be listened to with caution by anyone with a heart condition." - Paul Festa, Salon

"Enjoy equally sensational sonics in a disc of daemonic influences, including Liszt's serious Mephisto Waltz and Dukas's comic masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Oue is a born showman, and the orchestra is certainly willing - the dramatic ending to Franck's Le Chausseur Maudit packed full of virtuosity, while the brass is superb in Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter." - David Denton, The Yorkshire Post

 

 

Musicians:

Minnesota Orchestra
Eiji Oue, conductor
Jorja Fleezanis, violin solos

Track Listing:

LP 1 Side A
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
1. Mephisto Waltz #1

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
2. Danse macabre

LP 1 Side B
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov (1855-1914)
1. Baba Yaga

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
2. Night On Bald Mountain

LP 2 Side C
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
1. Tam O'Shanter

Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
2. The Sorcerer's Apprentice

LP 2 Side D
Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
1. The Accursed Huntsman

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
2. Lucifer Polka

 

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