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Unusual Transparency

Orchestral music by
Ottorino Respighi -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... first-class performances ... in excellent sound.'

Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba - Suite; The Pines of Rome. © 2001, 2013 Reference Recordings

It's been years since I've had the opportunity to review a so-called 'super-LP' — a heavyweight (here, 200-gram) vinyl pressing of a carefully remastered recording (here, at half-speed) — and I'd forgotten what I'd been missing. There's an unusual transparency and lifelike detail in the quiet passages, with the instrumental sound retaining that spaciousness as the music builds.

But does the vinyl really deserve the credit for all this? Unlike most of the 'super-LPs' that appeared during their 1990s vogue, which were reissues of 'golden age' stereo productions, this is a comparatively recent (2001), and digital, recording, from a company, Reference Recordings, acclaimed for its audiophile-quality engineering...

Copyright © 22 November 2014 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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RESPIGHI: BELKIS, QUEEN OF SHEBA; THE PINES OF ROME

OTTORINO RESPIGHI

ROME

ITALY

MINNESOTA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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