Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Daniel Gaede : The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra - 180g LP


Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Daniel Gaede : The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra - 180g LP

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Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Daniel Gaede : The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra - 180g LP
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Tacet - L 163  - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl 

Limited Edition - Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering - Pressed  at Pallas Germany

AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
 
TACET comes with a new recording on vinyl in transistor-free recording technology: Tube only. Whether the tedious "Four seasons" justify the effort? Let's look at the interpreters. Daniel Gaede and the Polish Chamber Orchestra follow this middle ground, which on the one hand distinguishes itself from the old Baroque recordings by striking accents, lively phrasing and an open orchestral sound, but on the other hand dispenses with the consistent use of historical instruments and playing techniques. If you accept that, then the fabulous violinist and the excellent orchestra will convince you completely. Recording technology and production are pure joy - better sounding "Four Seasons" you will not find on vinyl Image Hifi Review
 
No conductor, no semiconductor--I beg your pardon? 

Q: Just what's going on here? No conductor? No transistors (=semi-conductor)?
A: New recordings and new old techniques.
 
About 50 years ago the transistor was invented - and it changed our world! No computer, no piece of household equipment can be imagined without it. But what about audio technique? We were curious. Did something get lost? And if so, what?  - a  LP without transistors? Is that feasible?
 
TACET's Four Seasons
 
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Polisch Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel Gaede, violin
Tube Only / Transistorfree
 
Recording technology and production are a pure joy - you can't find better-sounding 'Four Seasons' on vinyl -  (image hifi)
 
I liked everything about this disc. I don’t know if I found the sound sensuous, but it was extraordinarily pleasing to the ear and the performances were equally pleasurable. - Fanfare
 
How should Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" be played? How should it be heard? As an onomatopoeic animal show and weather report? As an emotional Baroque violin concerto? Or simply as a musical »contest between harmony and invention« as the composer himself put it? Countless violinists have attempted to answer these questions with countless new versions and different performance styles of this timeless work. And so we stand, quite at a loss, faced with a myriad of recordings, which range from flamboyant, symphonic readings to ethereal chirruping, and even trendy disco versions.
That the work can be beautifully performed without resorting to venturesome experiments is shown by the PCPO and soloist Daniel Gaede, who focus on authenticity and straightforwardness in their reading, without pledging themselves to a scholastic performance practice as preached by some Baroque gurus. The colourful constant change from good-humoured playing together to 'contesting' with one another is filled with the sheer joy of music-making that is free of mannerisms and whims. These performers demonstrate just how smoothly a four-wheeled Baroque motor can run: it purrs, sings, murmurs, accelerates and slackens without juddering in the least. This recording’s forte is found in the light-hearted simplicity and naturalness of the playing and the finely balanced analogue sound recording.
 
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! 
 
Musicians:
Daniel Gaede, violin
Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
Wojciech Rajski, conductor
 
Selections:
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
Concerto No. 1 La Primavera Op. 8, No. 1
1. Allegro
2. Largo e pianissimo
3. Allegro
Concerto No. 2 L'Estate Op. 8, No. 2
4. Allegro ma non molto
5. Adagio
6. Presto
Concerto No. 3 L'Autunno Op. 8, No. 3
7. Allegro
8. Adagio molto
9. Allegro
Concerto No. 4 L'Inverno Op. 8, No. 4
10. Allegro non molto
11. Largo
12. Allegro
 
60 Years Pallas
 
Audiophile Vinyl - Made in Germany  For over 60 years the family business in the third generation of the special personal service and quality "Made by Pallas" is known worldwide. Our custom PVC formulation produces consistently high pressing quality with the lowest surface noise in the industry. Our PVC complies with 2015 European environmental standards and does not contain toxic materials such as Lead, Cadmium or Toluene. Our vinyl is both audiophile and eco-grade! 
Total playing time, 38:11
Recorded in Sopot (Poland), 2007
Aufnahme: Juli 2007 in der Kirche von "Stella Maris" in Sopot, Polen, von Andreas Spreer und Roland Kistner
Produktion: Andreas Spreer
 
 
 
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Daniel Gaede : The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra - 180g LP
 
 

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Tube Only” means: only tube microphones and amplifiers were used for the recording.

 For the LP,  (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! 

 
 
 

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