Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition : Markus Schirmer - 180g LP

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Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition : Markus Schirmer - 180g LP
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Tacet - L132 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Half-Speed Mastered - AAA 100% Analogue 

Pressed at Pallas Germany - Limited Edition - B Side plays backwards

AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

It’s a very nice record, executed with great ability. As for the quality of the audio with Tacet there’s no possibility to get wrong. The piano Fazioli F-278 has been recorded in Graz in year 2004, in the Helmut-List-Halle. The recording is quite close but a couple of ambiance microphones, placed far from the piano, recreate a realistic atmosphere. The sound of the piano is slightly dimmed in the top range and very extended between the loudspeakers. I find that this solution is correct, since it’s just one instrument playing and if it wasn’t so, it would sound weird and annoying. Strongly recommended. Audio Review

»... the second page runs backwards from inside to outside, which gives Markus Schirmer's beguiling recording the necessary dynamic space. His Fazioli F 278 is truly gaining in size. "(Audio, February 2018) 

" Interpretative as well as sonically very remarkable new recording of the evergreen "(LP, issue 2/2018)

Half-Speed Mastered on 180g Vinyl! Inspiring Tube Sound!

Pianist Markus Schirmer performs the classic composition from Mussorgsky, Pictures At An Exhibition.

Editing Ravel and Mussorgsky on a record is always a good idea, especially since the Frenchman has enhanced the colorful piano cycle "Pictures of an Exhibition" into an orchestral sublime. The newest product of the Tacet label under the title> Pictures & Reflections <combines two important compositions of these masters purely manually and naturally fully analogously. Here, the Austrian key master Markus Schirmer proves to be a true sound magician who for his courageous access instead of the usual Steinway an F-278 grand piano from the Italian noble manufacturer Fazioli vividly tunes.

What Schirmer understands by the »inexhaustible tonal possibilities of the grand piano«, he communicates from the first measure: in clearly defined tones that roll and drizzle as lightly as dark, then strike again in metallic hardness, the artist circles, paints and chisels the pictorial miniatures in the music hall, which was carefully tared for the recording of the best possible acoustic properties. Taken together, this record surpasses the status of a high-quality canned sound by far - it is an event of Schaffern and creators of the sounds and sounds, in which the listener may participate. 
Now in half-speed dubbing and backward-cutting the B-side!

Half-speed is literally half the speed. But only during the production! When being played, everything runs perfectly normally again. This record requires no special treatment at all; it simply sounds better. It is as if the craftsman had taken twice as much time for his work. Not only the tempo is reduced at half speed, but also the pitch by a factor of 2. For example, a note of 40 kHz - Tacet recordings do indeed contain such high notes! - is transferred like a 20-kHz tone of a standard recording. Through this, electronics can process higher frequencies and the cutting stylus calmly cuts all the details into the lacquer foil. 

The procedure appears quite simple. However, before it is cut, the signal still has to run through a filter - the RIAA curve, which lowers low notes and raises high ones. This technically necessary alteration is corrected in your system's phono-preampliflier. Unfortunately, the filter processes the wrong frequencies during a half-speed cutting, namely an octave too high. But we have also mastered this task. Convince yourself of the natural and unaltered timbres on this LP. Enjoy the refined difference between clarinets and basset horn, the soft cantilenas of the oboes, the huge color spectrum of the horns, the ensemble playing of the bassoons with the double bass. 

Inspiring Tube Sound:
What is it that makes "tube sound" what it is? The advantages of tubes over transistors are difficult to describe in technical terms. Perhaps the reference to the higher and different type of distortion with tube amplifiers is most applicable, although "distortion" has a rather negative meaning: the more distortion, the worse it is. So this can't be entirely right. Besides, the distortions of these microphones of 1947 are much too slight to be really noticeable. The recording of the Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach with Florin Paul is, for me, although meanwhile almost 23 years old, still the best example in our TACET catalogue of the special quality of tube microphones. The two U 47 microphones by Neumann made their contribution. 
For the LP, however, (except for rare exceptions, justified for musical reasons) the signal is even stored on a tube tape recorder and then mastered with valve equipment, so that one would be right in saying that for the entire production not a single transistor was used. 
We have always been especially pleased to receive so much feedback about our Tube Only productions. This motivates us even more to keep working with this technology and rescue it from oblivion. People have told us that the music sounds warmer, without losing any of its TACET brilliance. The timbres glow more. We have also heard that people have the impression of a more homogeneous sound, whatever that is meant to be. So let everyone listen to their own hearts and to the Tube Only recordings and feel something special! Even the sheer joy of this slightly nostalgic outstanding technology can be reason enough to like these productions. Yet what would it all be without the wonderful work of the artists! 
"It′s easy to see where the folks at TACET are coming from. Besides the title, three of the four sides of this gatefold album celebrate glowing glass. Beautifully detailed photos and the text narrative relate in detail the story of locating and restoring the completely tube-driven recording chain, and the meticulous process of manufacturing this "transistor-free" LP. .

1/2 Speed Mastered
• Inspiring Tube Sound
• B-side plays backwards
• Gatefold jacket
• Pressed in Germany

Markus Schirmer, piano

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Pictures At An Exhibition

Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition : Markus Schirmer - 180g LP

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