Analogue Productions - AAPC 2436-45 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl - -
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastered By Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound - RCA LSC 2436
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
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Highest Recommendation Sound 100% Best in class performance.
This record is so good that it baffles me. I cannot believe how good it is and giving this thing nearly perfect score across the board seemed like the right thing to do. Smooth as glass, plays with perfection in every possible category. If you want to hear a perfect record, this is it. NewRecordDay
RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
"...I'd have to say that the usual stumbling blocks have been sidestepped. Great care has been taken to do the right things, starting with the way the decision to remaster these RCAs was made." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com,
"Grade A. The exceedingly rare 1s/1s pressing of this disc has been celebrated and sought after ever since Carol B. Kessler wrote her famous article in TAS on the best RCAs (she ranked the 1s/1s Pines the #3 RCA of all-time).
If you don't have a 1s/1s pressing, you will doubtlessly find this remastering sensational.
Since I do have a 1s/1s, I'd have to say that there are aspects of the 1s/1s that are marginally superior to the Analogue Productions reissue — and vice versa. Though beautiful, string tone doesn't seem quite as silken as it does on the RCA original; on the other hand, the staggeringly powerful bass on "The Pines of the Appian Way" (replete with gong and organ) retains all of its thunder and then some on the Analogue Productions re-pressing with, once again, a fair measure of tape-like ease and authority.
(As withThe Reiner Sound, the base is a little murky in spots, probably the results of mic preamp overload. In any event that occasional murkiness is also present on the 1s/1s and the Classic reissue.)"
Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound
A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have — the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one.
Since the early ‘60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass — nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.
Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
2. Pines Near a Catacomb
3. The Pines of the Janiculum
4. The Pines of the Appian Way
5. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset
ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
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