Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24 45rpm 200g 2LP
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical
First LP Edition: Half-Speed Mastered 45rpm 200g Virgin Vinyl!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Reference Recordings is back in the swing of things! Creating LPs that is.
For many years, RR has been searching the world over for the best possible vinyl
mastering, plating and pressing facilities so they could re-enter the LP market.
They now have a production chain that allow them to produce LPs to meet their
high standards and satisfy their customers' demands, who have been waiting for
these LPs for a long time!
Assembling the Team
Disc mastering is done at half-speed to insure maximum accuracy. The lathe
system has custom electronics by Nelson Pass. The simple signal path contains no
compression, equalization or unnecessary circuitry. RR Chief Engineer and
Technical Director, "Prof." Keith Johnson consulted on the design of the system
and helped with the rebuilding of the lathe and electronics, which is owned and
operated by long-time mastering expert Paul Stubblebine. "Prof." Johnson has
pronounced it equal to the challenge of our master tapes!
Once successful results were achieved in disc mastering, Reference Recordings
faced the difficult task of choosing the best plating and pressing facility to
manufacture the discs. Fortunately, the new Quality Record Pressings plant in
Salina, Kansas was coming on line, and they felt that waiting for this plant to
open was well worth it. A crack team of experts was assembled to design and run
the plant, employing many unique techniques and features that clearly set QRP
apart from all other pressing plants. The 200-gram deluxe vinyl pressings from
QRP are truly exceptional.
Multiple Configurations for Reference Mastercuts
Depending on program lengths, some releases are cut at 45 rpm, some at 33-1/3
rpm. Some are single discs, some double. All feature deluxe gate-fold jackets
crafted by Stoughton Printing . An unusual feature of new RR masterings is
called the "FDS finish": the end of each side will have a 30-second band of
silent grooves before the "pull-away." No one today uses a record changer, and
the silent grooves allow time to lift the arm before the always-somewhat-noisy
tie-off. (Some 1950s vintage Capitol Full Dimensional Sound pressings sported
this feature.) RR founder, J. Tamblyn (Tam) Henderson deserves special
recognition for identifying the value of this unique production feature and
reintroducing it with the new Mastercuts.
Note: Half-speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the
original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed.
A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed.
This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately
represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner
reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into
the ultrasonic region.
Eugene Istomin is a legendary pianist! Two recordings by one of America's
greatest musicians with Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony. The
original CD is featured on The Absolute Sound Super Disc List!
"Istomin and Schwarz performed these immortal concertos many times, and
insisted on recording them in long, complete takes in order to capture the live
experience. "Prof." Johnson's recording wizardry pays large dividends in
natural, high-resolution string textures and huge, three-dimensional soundstage.
"RECORDING OF THE MONTH" --Stereophile, May 1996
• 200g Virgin Vinyl
• Double LP
• Half-speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket
Eugene Istomin, piano
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
1. Allegro maestoso
3. Allegro vivace assai
Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491