Orchestral Music By Maurice Ravel And Jacques Ibert - Paul Paray - Detroit Symphony Orchestra on 180g LP
Mercury Living Presence Vinyl Series
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from Wilma Cozart Fine's 3-2 Mixdown of First-Generation 3-Track 1/2" Tape
It was a startling development in the world of high fidelity when Mercury released its first Living Presence recording in 1951. Listening to the recording of Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Chicago Symphony under Rafael Kubelik, Howard Taubman, then chief music critic of the New York Times, wrote it was “like being in the living presence of the orchestra.” Following this spectacular first release, Mercury produced more than 350 classical LP records during the next 19 years.
Mercury’s innovative approach, master-minded by recording engineer C. Robert Fine, was based on the premise that, given a hall with excellent acoustical properties, a single ultra-sensitive microphone should be capable of capturing the sound of a symphony orchestra with unprecedented clarity, realistic balance and crisp definition. Though single-microphone recordings had been made before, the idea of recording large-scale symphonic works was bold and innovative. When the stereo era dawned in the mid-1950’s, Fine expanded and improved on this technique, opting for three microphones (left, center, right) to capture the full width, height and depth of the orchestral sound along with startling clarity and detail.
Part of the Mercury Living Presence vinyl series, Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performance of these orchestral pieces by Maurice Ravel and Jacques Ibert was recorded at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI on March 18, 1962 on 3 track 33mm magnetic film and half-inch tape. This LP was cut at Abbey Road Studios from Wilma Cozart Fine's 3-2 mixdown of first-generation 3-track 1/2" tape. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with the original LP cover art and liner notes included.
Maurice Ravel / Jacques Ibert (composer)
Paul Paray (conductor)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestral Music By Maurice Ravel And Jacques Ibert - Paul Paray - Detroit Symphony Orchestra Track Listing:
1. Rapsodie espagnole - Prélude À La Nuit
2. Rapsodie espagnole - Malagueña
3. Rapsodie espagnole - Habanera
4. Rapsodie espagnole - Feria
5. Alborada del gracioso
6. Pavane pour une infante défunte
7. La Valse
8. Escales - Rome - Palermo
9. Escales - Tunis - Nefta
10. Escales - Valencia