Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Moussorgsky: The Power Of The Orchestra

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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 released on DSD. UN-FREAKIN'-BELIEVABLE!! 

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

"...The Power of the Orchestra was always something you could count on to clean the cobwebs from your brain. It's an excellent performance and the remastering engineers have done an admirable job in refreshing this in modern day sound. Leibowitz alone is worth the price of admission." Recording = 8/10; Music = 8/10 - Richard S Foster, Hi-Fi+, Issue 69

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 now...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 (4.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Over Hyped and Over Emphasized

posted on 05/13/2014
3 Stars
Reviewer: Yor
I thought I was missing something when I listen to this hyped classic until I read Andrew Quint's negative review in "Download Classical" in the May/June 2014 issue of Absolute Sound. The instruments are not balanced with some emphasized over others and does not present a realistic soundstage. I would like to return if I could.

Sounds Good

posted on 10/02/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Karl
If you are wondering if this recording is a good place to explore DSD's capabilities, I'd say yes. The Pictures recording is extraordinarily clean and 'open'. It is actually clearer than I think you'd hear sitting in the front row of the first balcony at a live concert. There is no sense of dynamics compression EXCEPT for the Great Gate, where I think the dynamic range was clearly reduced. I'm very glad to have this DSD. Leibowitz's performance is careful to clarify the work's inner voices. Impressive in its own right.

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