Mephisto And Co. - Eiji Oue - Minnestoa Orchestra on 200g 45RPM 2LP from Reference Recordings
One of RR's All Time Favorite Recordings, Available for the First Time on Vinyl!
Half-Speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
One of Reference Recordings' all time favorite recordings - the original 1998 CD release is on "The Absolute Sound Super Disc List" - available for the first time on vinyl as part of their Reference Mastercut series! The 8-track affair has been half-speed mastered by Paul Stubblebine and comes pressed on a deluxe gatefold 200g 45RPM 2LP-set courtesy of Quality Record Pressings.
Ghosts, goblins, spirits and demons run amok in this program of infernal orchestral favorites by Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra - Mephisto Walz (Litz), Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), Baba Yaga (Liadov), Night On Bald Mountain, (Mussorgsky), Tam O' Shanter (Arnold), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas), The Accursed Huntsman (Franck) and Lucifer Polka (Strauss II) - in an explosive witches' brew!
"Enjoy equally sensational sonics in a disc of daemonic influences, including Liszt's serious Mephisto Waltz and Dukas's comic masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Oue is a born showman, and the orchestra is certainly willing – the dramatic ending to Franck's Le Chausseur Maudit packed full of virtuosity, while the brass is superb in Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter." - David Denton, The Yorkshire Post
"...Should be listened to with caution by anyone with a heart condition."- Paul Festa, Salon magazine
Disc mastering is done at half-speed to insure maximum accuracy. The lathe system has custom electronics by Nelson Pass. The simple signal path contains no compression, equalization or unnecessary circuitry. RR Chief Engineer and Technical Director, “Prof.” Keith Johnson consulted on the design of the system and helped with the rebuilding of the lathe and electronics, which is owned and operated by long-time mastering expert Paul Stubblebine. “Prof.” Johnson has pronounced it equal to the challenge of RR's master tapes!
Half-speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed. A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed. This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into the ultrasonic region.
Franz Liszt (composer)
Camille Saint-Saëns (composer)
Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov (composer)
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (composer)
Malcolm Arnold (composer)
Paul Dukas (composer)
Cesar Franck (composer)
Johann Strauss II (composer)
Eiji Oue (conductor)
Jorja Fleezanis (violin)
• Available for the first time on vinyl / original 1998 CD release is on "The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
• 200g 45RPM 2LP-set half-speed mastered by Paul Stubblebine
• Pressed at Quality Records Pressings
• Deluxe gatefold jacket
Mephisto And Co. - Eiji Oue - Minnestoa Orchestra Track Listing:
1. Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz #1
2. Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
3. Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov: Baba Yaga
4. Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
1. Malcolm Arnold: Tam O'Shanter
2. Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
3. Cesar Franck: The Accursed Huntsman
4. Johann Strauss II: Lucifer Polka