May 29

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch – In Nature’s Realm (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:13 minutes | Artwork | 2,63 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Artwork | 932 MB
Genre: Classical

This splendid disc was taped in early 1999 utilizing a simple pair of microphones, a custom built reel-to-reel tape deck, & a tube console. While the recording technology may be atavistic, the engineering is state-of-the-art. No noise reduction was employed, yet my less-than-golden ears fail to detect residual tape hiss enveloping the opulent analogue sonics. The music, though, is what really matters. Sawallisch leads his well-groomed Philadelphia musicians through a well paced, sensitively balanced Liszt Les Preludes. The Dvorak overtures, undervalued showpieces all, benefit from zippy tempos, sensitive section playing, & intelligent dynamic scaling that points up the music’s symphonic implications. Whether you’re a hard-core audiophile or a music lover with low-end components, this winning release does the Sawallisch/Philadelphia team proud all around. Enthusiastically recommended!

Tracklist:
01. Franz Liszt: Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3
02. Antonín Dvořák: In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91
03. Antonín Dvořák: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
04. Antonín Dvořák: Othello Overture, Op. 93