Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances (Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra) on 200g LP from Reference Recordings
33 1/3RPM, Half-Speed Mastered, 200g Virgin Vinyl from Quality Record Pressings; Packaged in a Gatefold Jacket
First-Time Ever on LP
Critics from The Absolute Sound and Other Audiophile Outlets Agree: Widely Believed To Be the Finest Orchestral Recording RR Has Ever Made!
Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most beloved composers of the 20th century. His music is redolent of his Russian homeland, and it sings long, lush melodies that define the term "romantic." Everyone who knows and loves his piano concertos will enjoy these lyrical and dynamic works for orchestra. The Symphonic Dances in recent years have become one of Rachmaninoff’s most-performed scores. "Vocalise" is one of the great classical melodies, and is hummable by everyone. Grammy nominated in 2003 for Best Engineered Album - Classical; Keith O. Johnson, engineer.
"This may be some of the best sound Keith Johnson has ever gotten out of Symphony Hall in Minneapolis, and certainly Oue's most convincing work with the Minnesota players, who sound for all the world more like the Philadelphia than that orchestra does these days. How Johnson got that huge climax at the end of the Dances cleanly onto tape transcends engineering and goes into the realm of magic."
-Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound
"No one can approach Reference Recordings' unparalleled sound in this music. The sweet liquid presence of the high end, especially the critical massed strings, approaches perfection when it blends with RR's characteristic ambient soundstage, fine inner detail and bass impact."
-Arthur B. Lintgen, The Absolute Sound
"Even by the exalted standards one has come to expect from Reference Recordings, this is something extraordinary. This is the kind of recording that gives one renewed faith in the possibility of reproducing the power and beauty of an orchestra in a home environment, the kind of thing that makes audio worthwhile. Not to be missed."
-Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound
"The recording is once again absolutely stunning, brilliant and plushy at the same time, unequaled by another label in this piece."
–Peter Aczel, The Audio Critic
"Overall, the sound is the best I’ve ever heard from Reference Recordings. That also means that overall there’s none better that you can currrently purchase. You don't need any more details, just trust me and run out and buy it."
–Karl Lozier, www.enjoythemusic.com
"Once again, Keith Johnson has raised the bar of excellence in the recording of a symphony orchestra. It's a fabulous recording and a super performance of the Symphonic Dances, and a testament to the brilliance of Keith Johnson and his associates."
-Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia.com
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances - Eiji Oue - Minnesota Orchestra Track Listing:
1. Symphonic Dances - Non Allegro
2. Symphonic Dances - Andante Con Moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Symphonic Dances - Lento Assai
6. Etudes-Tableaux - The Sea And The Seagulls
6. Etudes-Tableaux - The Fair
7. Etudes-Tableaux - Funeral March
8. Etudes-Tableaux - Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf
9. Etudes-Tableaux - March