Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Power of The Orchestra


Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)



Product No.:
AAPC 2659-45
UPC: 753088265976

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 200 Gram

45 RPM  

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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!

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. UN-FREAKIN'-BELIEVABLE!!

Mastered by George Marino. 

"...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." Music = 3.5/5; Sonics = 5/5 - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, October 2010

"The original The Power of the Orchestra has been on many 'best recording' lists, and the discontinued Chesky reissue, with Leibowitz and the Royal Phil, made it on HP's Super Disc list. Yeah, this is one of the best RCA Living Stereo DECCA recordings at Kingsway Hall by Kenneth Wilkinson and pristine original copies cost a mint. This is really accessible, power classical music." - Jim Hannon, AVguide.com

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...Oh! My! God! 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.

Originally recorded in 1962.

A Night On Bare Mountain

Pictures At An Exhibition
II vecchio castello
Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Samuel Goldenburg And Schmyle
The Market Place At Limoges
Catacombs: Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Fowl’s Legs
The Great Gate Of Kiev

Customer Reviews (4.31 Stars) 16 person(s) rated this product.

Totally over-rated

posted on 06/29/2016
1 Stars
Reviewer: marty
A mediocre performance. K. Wilkerson must have had an off day when he recorded this one. totally unimpressive in every way. BArely sonically adequate. Stick with Reiner and RCA.


posted on 10/10/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: JJ
This is a truly increadible recording. I am just getting in to classical and it kept me wanting to hear more. It also sounds very fresh as if it was just recorded.

Not a great version.

posted on 03/25/2010
3 Stars
Reviewer: AKC
It is a pity to waste an excellent recording with a mediocre conductor. Solti, Reiner and Szell do a far better job with this work. In Liebowitz's hands the Great Gate of Kiev sounds more like the Smaller Gate of Kiev.


posted on 01/28/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Keith
These 45 lps produce excellent sonics.

"In your face dynamic articulations from the orchestra."

Bass is strong. Oboe sounds are fluid. Silence is perfect before a storm of Instruments.

Vinyl lover's dream

posted on 01/24/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: KAW
This album is the rare combination of a great performance and great sonics. The dynamics are superb (listen for the bass drum at the beginning of "Gnomes")along with great imaging and dimensionality. Worth every penny!!!

Somewhat disappointed

posted on 01/08/2010
4 Stars
The score is executed very well (on par, but not exceeding Reiner). The original recording is also very good. Dynamics (both macro and micro) all around.

The disappointment comes with the re-mastering. Given that these are 45 RPM and have plenty of space on each LP side, I was terribly disappointed with the excessive pre- groove echo. Listen to side 2 (Pictures) and when the macro dynamic passages are about to come, the pre-groove echo is excessive. I wonder why they did not space the grooves more apart. There is plenty of space on the LP. Disappointing.

Don't let this one get away

posted on 12/10/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ron
The "Power of The Orchestra" 45rpm absolutely creams the Chesky and the original RCA. Now the Chesky and original sound dull and veiled.

This Super Disc record should be in everyones collection and not missed. My record was dead quiet.


posted on 11/22/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ken
The Chesky version of this title that I have is already quite good. But this 45 rpm is out of this world. Greater dynamic, more transparent, and more details. What more can I say. It is a must buy.

best sonic

posted on 11/13/2009
5 Stars
this sound to be world class reissue.credit to sound engineer and teams

One of the Best

posted on 11/01/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
Hey wake up! If you are seeking the finest sounding RCA Living Stereo recordings done by Decca in London on LP look no further. This 2 LP set cut at 45RPM set is highly recommended and will compare favorably with the Chesky LP version which has super disk sound in my opinion. The sound of the Chesky is so good that it is legendary.

Saying that the new Acoustic Sounds 45 RPM re-issue opens new doors as far detail and ambience. Hall sounds of just the field snares alone bring this new LP pressing to a new level of sonics.

The LP is very transparent and the “Pictures at an Exhibition” and a “Night on Bald Mountain” is at its best.

The first Acoustic Sounds re-issue that I got was really noisy on side two. There are apparently better pressings as the replacement copy that Acoustic Sounds sent me plays as close to noise free as I could hope. Recommended along with the Chesky vinyl if you want to hear the difference in the sound.



posted on 10/27/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: gener

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