Analogue Prosuctions (RCA Living Stereo)
RCA Living Stereo classical LPs — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
Remastered from the original master tape and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!
Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet´s editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.
The recording is rich in timbre and detail, and is beautifully transparent, identifying the accurate placement of instruments and the boundaries of Orchestra Hall´s stage. The soundfield is complete (depth and width) with the center boasting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra´s fabulous woodwind section.
As it seems to be on many great orchestral recordings, the percussion section steals the "audiophile" show. The percussionists´ playing in Iberia will amaze you with their crack ensemble and the way they accomplish quick changes in dynamics, these ranging from quiet delicacy to raw power. Conductor Fritz Reiner must have reveled in the sound of the castanets clicking merrily on his left and the different styles of tambourine technique employed by the section player on his right. From the softest stroke of a soft mallet on suspended cymbal to the superb timpani sound, Iberia is all that recorded percussion should be.