TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Collections
TAS Rated 3.5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the October 2010 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
One of the undisputed finest recordings in the history of classical music now
sounds better than ever! Simply put, The Power Of The Orchestra will blow you
away! Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Gray!
A recording this bold, this bombastic with totally jaw-dropping dynamics just
begged to be cut at 45 RPM. Oh, it was awesome at 33 1/3 - no question. But wait
'till you hear it now. Unbelievable!
Recorded at Kingsway Hall and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, this record
couples Moussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition with Night On Bare Mountain. It
has long been considered among the greatest sounding records ever made. Perhaps
most stunning about Power of the Orchestra are the effortless dynamics, which
have been reviewed and raved about ever since the first RCA shaded dog. From the
teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy gentle plucks of strings to the WHAM!! CRASH!! SLAM!!
of a full orchestra without a bit of notice. It's heart-stopping,
jump-out-of-your-seat-type dynamics. The Power of the Orchestra - a more
appropriate title there never was. But to hear it at 45 RPM...! This thing's got
all the weight of an anchor but at the same time the clarity and airiness and
sparkle of a feather. Nuance, a holographic soundstage, emotion to spare - this
one's got it all. A true reference. Power, indeed.
"As triumphantly displayed on the jacket, this album pairs two classical sonic blockbusters on one LP-culminating in "The Great Gates of Kiev... At its best, the Thee Power of the Orchestra possesses a wonderful bloom, sense of hall, powerful low frequency extension and beautiful string tone. Exactly everything one comes to expect from a reference caliber recording!" - Myles B. Astor, Positive-Feedback.com, Issue 49
"Some find guilty pleasure in hot fudge sundae; others in shoes; and some in
things I can't write about here. For audiophiles, it's in records like The Power
of the Orchestra, surely one of the most thrilling ever made." - Wayne
The Absolute Sound, October 2010, Issue 206
"Re-mastered by George Marino, this 45-rpm edition delivers - in spades - all
this LP is desired for: a palette of instrumental colors as vivid as Kodachrome
and as rich as a sampler of chocolate confections; a magnificently lifelike
soundstage of tremendous width, depth, and air; and brass choirs, massed
strings, high and low percussion delivered with extraordinary weight and
effortless dynamic power. The ultimate demonstration disc, it's guaranteed to
show what your system can and can't do." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound,
October 2010, Issue 206
• 180g 45rpm
• Double LP
• Mastered by George Marino
• Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Gray!
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rene Leibowitz, Conductor
Modest Moussorgsky (1839-1881)
1. A Night On Bare Mountain
Pictures At An Exhibition
5. II Vecchio Castello
10. Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
11. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmyle
12. The Market Place at Limoges
13. Catacombs: Con mortuis in lingua mortua
14. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
15. The Great Gate of Kiev