180 Gram Vinyl! Limited Edition! Gatefold Jacket!
Inspiring Tube Sound!
Formerly concertmaster of Sergiu Celibidache’s Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,
today Florin Paul occupies the same position with Hamburg’s North German Radio
Symphony Orchestra. Some years ago he traveled to a small and rather
unattractive church in the south of France, which was blessed with heavenly
acoustics. With a precious, loaned Stradivari, he performed a silky and delicate
yet crystal-clear Bach which Andreas Spreer captured using dust-free Neumann
tube microphones. Thanks to the church’s slight resonance, an aura of consummate
polyphony with lingering harmonies is created when the music ebbs away. With
Bach’s Partitas sounding like this, it is irrelevant who the soloist was in days
gone by. How fortunate we are to be able to enjoy such glorious sounds today!
As a child, Paul Florin was taught the violin and the piano and from a very
early age he showed an exceptional talent for both. At the young age of 11 years
he was awarded the first prize in the National Music Competition. He was awarded
the Grand Prix Jacques Thibauld in Paris in 1977 and the first Niccolo Paganini
prizxe in Genoa in 1979.
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.
Recorded 1989 in Falicon, Nice, France by Andreas Spreer.
• Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Gatefold jacket
Florin Paul, violin
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita I B minor
7. Tempo di Borea
Partita II D minor
||great music and a Stradivarius as well
|This is as fine a record as I have in my collection. Part of the acoustical impact of this record, an impact that may startle the unprepared listener, may be attributed to the violinist’s use of a Stradivarius. Those listeners who have never heard a Stradivarius before are in for a real treat. Nonetheless, this record is not merely a fine recording but a treasure, and I suggest that the artistry with which violist Paul Florin plays that Stradivarius is in large measure responsible for the honored position that this LP will enjoy in any listener’s library.
The record comprises Florin’s interpretations of Bach’s Partita #1 in B minor for solo violin, BWV 1002, and his Partita #2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004. The total playing time is 51:43, and I cannot imagine a more rewarding use of time.
Technically this LP is of high, but not perfect, quality. The record, coming straight from the jacket, contained a minor click near the end of side A that recurs for four rotations but is of minimal acoustical impact. It also contains a click near the beginning of side B that will startle most listeners for four to five rotations. A visual inspection of the grooves, even when aided by a magnifying glass, revealed not even a hint of a scratch or of any other surface imperfection to which these clicks might be attributed. Repeated and careful washings with a ClearAudio Smart Matrix does not remove the clicks, so there is a possibility that the clicks are the consequence of imperfections in the production process. If it were not for these clicks the record would essentially be free of noise.|
|- Paul, LA|