Donald Johanos - Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances & Vocalise


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Analogue Productions

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Classical

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AAPC 34145-45
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45 RPM Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2

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A show-stopping audiophile classic! Smooth and warm with solid, realistic, deep bass!

This record has made all of the must-own audiophile lists through the years. Now, better than ever!

Cut at 45 RPM at AcousTech by Kevin Gray from the original Vox Turnabout tapes. Pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl at Pallas in Germany.


It quite simply does not get any better than this. This record has been lauded by every critic since 1967 as the closest thing to recorded perfection that exists. This is the record you put on to convince yourself that investing in that high-end system was in fact worthwhile. It will positively test the limits of any system. Dynamics, texture, colors, air, bass - everything! This one's got it all.

"I heard the new Analogue Productions 45 RPM 180 Gram LP pressing of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances with Donald Johanos conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in the Blue Light Audio suite and it was the best sounding recording I have ever heard and I have heard 2 Track 15 IPS master tapes. It was amazing, I got goose bumps galore...the highlight of the entire show!" Best Sound at CES and T.H.E. Show 2011 - Teresa Goodwin, Positive Feedback, January/February 2011

"The best sound I heard at CES was from audiophile LPs. As much as I love SACD and high resolution downloads I have to admit this painful simple truth, high resolution digital is getting closer but it is still not the equal of the best analog.

I heard the new Analogue Productions 45 RPM 180 Gram LP pressing of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances with Donald Johanos conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in the Blue Light Audio suite and it was the best sounding recording I have ever heard and I have heard 2 Track 15 IPS master tapes. It was amazing, I got goose bumps galore. It was like Telarc on steroids, the deep bass was "finally" like what I hear in a good concert hall, those who do not like realistic deep bass may wish to avoid. This also proves that LP still does the deepest and most powerful bass, well at least at 45 RPM! The LP was killer and was my highlight of the entire show!

I've always believed that belt drive turntables were the best, however this wonderful LP was played on a newly designed Wave Kinetics NVS Reference Direct Drive turntable with a $7900 Durand Talea II Reference tonearm and the $4200 Ortofon MC A90 moving coil cartridge, which turns this widely held belief on its head" - Teresa Goodwin, Positive Feedback, Jan/Feb 2011

 

"...Analogue Productions' 45rpm remastering improves upon the venerable Athena LP release from the late 80s, with better dynamics and a fuller 'middle' to the orchestral sonority." - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, October 2010

Donald Johanos conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Little needs to be said about this audiophile classic. Known for its demonstration qualities with very low, deep bass and overall smooth and warm sound.

"The tape recording was made at a speed of 30 inches-per-second, using a transport modified to produce exceptionally good motion: a specially developed constant-velocity recording curve was employed for improved signal-to-noise ratio. The lacquer masters were made directly from the original tape, thus avoiding further transfer degradation. The result is a recording of exceptional clarity, naturalness and freedom from vices prevalent generally in the art." - from the original liner notes

Originally released in 1967.



Symphonic Dances for Orchestra
Non Allegro
Andante con Moto: Tempo di Valse
Lento Assai; Allegro Vivace

Vocalise for Orchestra, Op. 34, No. 14

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

A disappointment.

posted on 04/23/2016
1 Stars
Reviewer: Jeffrey Knorr
I don't agree with the enthusiasm for this recording. The sound is dry, without reverberation or a hint of hall ambience. The performance is lightweight, lacking the dark gravitas which underlies the piece. The corporate sound of the ensemble is undernourished, almost as if it were a chamber orchestra. Recordings by Ormandy, Previn, Jarvi, Rozhdestvensky, reveal the greatness of Rachmaninov's masterpiece.


Best ever version of a classic

posted on 04/13/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: John S.
I have the original Vox Turnabout LP and I've used it as one of my references any time I was shopping for audio components. It's an amazing LP (doubly amazing considering I paid $3.00 for it in a bargain bin!). This one is better. Maybe even perfect. 'nuff said.


Killer Super Disc

posted on 12/10/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ron
The "Symphonic Dances" 45rpm is much better than the Athena which is very good. The 45rpm has much better dynamics, presence and spacial information. This is one of those records that fills the room and your heart with music.

This one too belongs in everybody's collection. The record was dead quiet and flat.


None Better

posted on 12/07/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Kevin
This is the best for this recording. It has "you are there" kind of sound, and the playing is excellent... maybe not Philadelphia Symphony good... but still very good. Sound is extremely open and natural. Its not going to get any better than this, so pick this up right away, the vinyl is also very quiet.


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