Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) 200g 45rpm 2LP
Classic Records Everest Titles On 200g 45rpm Double LP!
Mastered From Original 35mm Magnetic Film Using 'All Tube' Cutting System!
Pressed On Classic's 200-gram Super Vinyl Flat Profile at Quality Record
First Time Issued On 45rpm Vinyl!
This item not eligible for any further discount offers!
Sets come with Stoughton Printing tip-on old style original jacket artwork
and Everest Records-branded jacket
Two LPs are packaged in a protective clear sleeve
Among Classic Records' highlight accomplishments was unlocking the audio majesty
of the Everest 35mm magnetic film recordings on a groundbreaking reissue series.
Rarely has a record label been so influential and so associated with
trend-setting recording techniques for its time as Everest Records. Hollywood
sound man Harry Belock and audio dealer-engineer Bert Whyte started the label as
the stereo era dawned. They acquired 3-channel 35mm magnetic film recording
equipment in 1959, and through the early '60s recorded in this fashion, as did
Mercury Records. Unlike the Mercury 35mm recordings that were praised for their
fidelity on LP, Everest LPs were criticized for their lackluster sound and noisy
surfaces. Classic Records owner Mike Hobson reasoned that those LPs were the
result of poor transfers and poor pressings, not the recordings themselves,
which were patterned after the legendary Mercury recordings.
Classic's "Flat Profile" 200-gram pressings and mastering revealed the sonic
detail and lower-range fidelity that 35mm recordings had always offered, but
previously failed to deliver on LP. Now, Classic Records, and Quality Record
Pressings are returning to Everest's phenomenal catalog to reissue 10 titles
meticulously remastered for Classic Records, making these gems available
again for audiophiles to enjoy. Analogue Productions releases these titles on
the Classic Records label, as the jackets and the mastering was done by them.
These LPs, limited to roughly 500 copies of each title, are pressed at Quality
Record Pressings using the same flat-edge profile and same high quality standard
as the lauded Analogue Productions reissue series from Blue Note, Prestige and
35mm magnetic film yielded major advantages over standard 1/4" recording
tape. The film tape width accommodated three channels, each of which was as
wide as the standard 1/4" recording tape, yielding stereo recordings in which
the usual "background noise" was noticeably lower than normal. The 35mm base
material on which the magnetic oxide was coated, was five times thicker than
that of conventional tape, permitting the recording of extremely high sound
intensities without the danger of layer to layer sound "print through." Like
cinematic film, 35mm tape has sprocket holes along the edges, affording an
unprecedented smoothness of motion — extremely low wow and flutter.
The Westrex Corporation built special equipment to Everest's specifications in
order to accomplish these advantages. This equipment included the use of special
recording heads and amplifiers that afforded complete wide band frequency
response in recording.
Classic Records retained Len Horowitz from History of Recorded Sound in
Hollywood, to meticulously restore a vintage Westrex 1551 tape machine, and
build special playback electronics superior to any others used previously to
play back the original 35mm tapes. The Westrex, with new playback heads, was
matched to the "all tube" cutting system at Bernie Grundman Mastering in
Hollywood. With Horowitz running the playback machine and Grundman mastering the
3-track 35mm tapes, the job of transferring from the edited 35mm session tapes
began. In many cases the tapes had to be degassed for weeks at a time before
they could be played back without shedding an excess of oxide that would gum up
the three track heads and require the side to be recut again and again to get a
clean pass. Hobson, Horowitz and Grundman worked for three years to bring 20
of the 26 titles to full release with six titles, which were cut, remaining
Everest provided an outlet for some of the greatest American and British
conductors and orchestras of the 20th Century, including Leopold Stokowski,
Adrian Boult, Malcolm Sargent, the London Philharmonic and the
London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New York Philharmonic
(performing under the nomenclature of the Stadium Symphony Orchestra). Here's
why these are going to be the best versions of these records ever pressed!
• 45 RPM editions! — Grundman cut the Classic reissues at both 33 and 45 RPM;
the 45 RPM versions have never been issued.
• Quality Record Pressings 200-gram flat profile LPs — These records are pressed
with a flat-edge, no groove-guard flat profile, like the originals. The flat
edge refers to the absence of a raised, beaded lip on the outer edge of the
record, providing a flat playing surface — and no incline — on your turntable,
meaning your cartridge comes that much closer to perfectly tracking the groove!
Quality Record Pressings' quality is legendary and these flat profile 200-gram
platters look and sound exceptional!
Each 2LP set comes with an original jacket and an Everest Records branded jacket
showing photos of each reissue title. The two LPs are packaged in a protective
Le Sacre du Printemps itself was a work that famed conductor Leonard Bernstein
characterized as "only one of your everyday volcanic masterpieces... a
miraculous new creation of such originality and power that still today it shocks
and overwhelms us." More than a century ago Le Sacre du Printemps shocked and
overwhelmed its first audience, provoking a now legendary riot at its Paris
premiere whose notoriety and magnitude was unprecedented in the history of
classical music. The opening night audience included, among the ladies,
gentlemen and diplomats, such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Proust,
Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.
Sir Eugene Goossens conducts the London Symphony Orchestra for this audiophile
pressing of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
• 200g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mastered From Original 35mm Magnetic Film Using 'All Tube' Cutting System
• Pressed On Classic's 200-gram Super Vinyl Flat Profile
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Stoughton Printing tip-on old style original jacket artwork & Everest
• 2LPs packaged in protective clear sleeve
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Eugene Goossens, conductor
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)