Respighi - Belkis, Queen Of Sheba - Pines Of Rome - Eiji Oue - Minnesota Orchestra on 200g LP from Reference Recordings
Grammy Nominated for Best Engineered Album Classical
First LP Edition: Half-Speed Mastered & Pressed on 200g Vinyl at Quality Record Pressings
Keith O. Johnson, Engineer "Dazzling orchestral colors," is one one way to describe the music of Ottorino Respighi. "Belkis, Queen of Sheba" was conceived as an evening-long ballet with singing whose lavishness has kept it from view since its La Scala premiere. This is only the second recording of a suite prepared by the composer – for the first time with the tenor solo (sung by Chad Shelton), and with the movements in the correct order. The music's oriental perfumes and barbaric splendor guarantee the enthusiasm of anyone who hears it. "Prof." Johnson's stunning sonics make Respighi’s greatest hit "The Pines of Rome" (with extra brasses and organ!) a dazzling conclusion to this unusual, inventive program.
Reference Recordings' gatefold 200g LP edition does not include quite the same music as the compact disc RR-95 version. Due to LP length constraints it does not include "Dance of the Gnomes."
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.
Ottorino Respighi (composer)
Eiji Oue (conductor)
Chad Shelton (tenor)
Respighi - Belkis, Queen Of Sheba - Pines Of Rome - Eiji Oue - Minnesota Orchestra Track Listing:
1. The Pines of Rome - The Pines of the Villa Borghese
2. The Pines of Rome - The Pines Near a Catacomb
3. The Pines of Rome - The Pines of the Janiculum
4. The Pines of Rome - The Pines of the Appian Way
5. Belkis, Queen of Sheba - Solomon's Dream
6. Belkis, Queen of Sheba - The Dance of Belkis at Dawn
7. Belkis, Queen of Sheba - War Dance
8. Belkis, Queen of Sheba - Orgiastic Dance