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Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Etudes-tableaux, Etc / Oue

Release Date: 10/02/2001 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 96   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovOttorino Respighi
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"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

"The playing by the Minnesota Orchestra is simply stupendous: tremendously unified ensemble, immaculate balances that let you hear all the important lines, and a palpable sense of enjoyment from the players (those trumpet players rule!)." --Victor Carr, Jr., ClassicsToday.com

"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,
Read more just trust me and run out and buy it." – Karl Lozier, www.enjoythemusic.com

"Picked by THREE reviewers of The Absolute Sound magazine for a GOLDEN EAR AWARD:

"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, TAS
"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, TAS
"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, TAS

"Other versions I know . . . lack the energy, excitement, the involvement and conviction of Eiji Oue's performance. Keith Johnson's engineering, mastering and production have, in this case, produced the finest orchestral recording I have ever heard. It is instantly among that handful of CDs I will carry with me to audition sound systems, or that I will play to show off my own. Listening to this recording is one of those exultant musical experiences that will remind you why you got into the audiophile game in the first place." -- Russell Lichter, Soundstage.com

"Keith Johnson's HDCD recording captures the sound of Orchestra Hall with stunning impact. Like the best EMI recordings of the 1960s, the musical and technical qualities of this release are linked inextricably to its success. Quite a remarkable achievement." – Lawrence Vittes, GRAMOPHONE

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Works on This Recording

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Etudes-tableaux (5) (Rachmaninov), Op. 160 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; Italy 
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sergei Rachmaninov
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent Recording October 5, 2016 By Maurice S. (Columbia, SC) See All My Reviews "Recommended on one of my audio geek forums as a go-to album for demonstrating audio system quality. They were right; excellent music, excellent recording quality, makes for an excellent CD." Report Abuse
 4.5 Stars April 21, 2013 By Daniel M. See All My Reviews "I read several reviews of this CD basically stating that the audio quality was unsurpassed. I do not agree with this. The very high treble (especially percussion) and the very low bass (bass drum) do come through with amazing clarity and precision! The audio quality overall though is not really anything special; strings, woodwinds and most brass instruments don't have the proper harmonic structure necessary (for me anyway) to sound "life-like". (As I have stated in some of my other reviews, I am extremely sensitive to tonal balance; most listeners aren't nearly as "picky" as me however!)." Report Abuse
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