Available on 180g Vinyl for the First Time: Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Stan Ricker
La Spagna XV-XVI-XVII Centuries immediately astonishes with its fluid, natural and utterly truthful sound, and the acoustics of the Chapel of the Imperial College, Madrid are absolutely beautiful. The music, all 80 minutes of it, is comprised of variations on three archetypal Spanish themes (La Spagna, a Spagnoletta and Pavane), as interpreted by different composers such as Praetorius, Farnaby, Negri, Josquin Desprez, Ortiz and others
"Originally released in 1980 on the Swedish BIS label, the double LP la Spagna XV-XVI-XVII Centuries became an instant, certified "audiophile classic"...The original was recorded by Robert von Bahr live to a Revox A77 using but a spaced pair of Sennheiser MKH 105 condenser microphones. The simple chain produces a recording of astonishing transparency, three-dimensionality and coherency, though of course the perspective is also somewhat distant. The perspective generates rich atmospherics and mystery, while the recording's purity and transparency maintain remarkable transient detail.
"This reissue on Fabio Camorani's AudioNautes Recordings label is special in a number of ways. First of all it utilizes the original session tapes provided by the producer/engineer Robert von Bahr, but most importantly it's one of the late Stan Ricker's final projects and I cannot think of a more fitting and fantastic tribute than this reissue to Stan Ricker's half-speed mastering brilliance and the quality of his cutting system electronics custom designed and hand-crafted by Keith O. Johnson...
"Fresh cut lacquers were immediately sent to RTI for plating and then shipped to Pallas for pressing. Production doesn't get any better than this and the stunning sonics provide confirmation." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet (Music 10/11, Sound 11/11)
• 180g 2LP pressing from AudioNautes Recordings
• Reissued on 180g vinyl for the first time since it was recorded
• Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes by Stan Ricker
• Plated at RTI
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Gatefold jacket packaging
• Featured on The Absolute Sound's list of must-hear audiophile recordings