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Dvorák: Violincello Concerto / Bruch: Kol Nidrei

János Starker


Hungarian-American cellist János Starker epitomized refined elegance and superbly subtle bow work, and was one of the 20th century's most renowned cellists.

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color Black
exclusive VMP Curated Pick
jacket style Tip-On
jacket type Gatefold
label Analogue Productions
mastering engineer Ryan Smith
mastering studio Sterling Sound
pressing location Quality Record Pressings (QRP)
release type Reissue
remastering details Remastered
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2 lp
format
1962
original release year
45 rpm
speed
12 inch
vinyl size
200 gram
weight
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Hungarian-American cellist János Starker epitomized refined elegance and superbly subtle bow work. Starker, who died in April 2013, was one of the 20th century's most renowned cellists. The Dvorák Cello Concerto and Bruch's Kol Nidrei were recorded July 6, 7 and 10, 1962 at Watford Town Hall outside London. Three Schoeps M210 microphones, set in omnidirectional pattern, were hung across the front of the orchestra, with the players positioned on the floor of the hall in order to best utilize its acoustics. 

The microphones direct fed 3-track recorders: a 1/2" tape machine and a 35mm magnetic film recorder. Both first-generation tapes and first-generation films were edited into production masters. At the original session, Wilma Cozart Fine was the Recording Director, Harold Lawrence was the Musical Supervisor, C. Robert Fine was the Chief Engineer and Technical Supervisor, and Robert Eberenz was the Associate Engineer. 

The original LP was cut from the 35mm film, and the Mercury Living Presence logo on the front cover included the 35mm designation. Over time, the 35mm mag-film material deteriorated and the master is now not in good playable condition. Meanwhile, the 1/2" magnetic tape has held up well and still sounds as good as the day it was recorded. 

Thomas Fine made the 3-2 mixes with mastering engineer Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound's new facility in Nashville, Tennessee. Smith manually controlled groove margin and depth on his Neumann VMS-80 lathe, working with no preview signal and bypassing the lathe's margin-control computer. In doing so, he cut these sides the same way the original LP was cut by George Piros, who was Fine Recording Inc's VP and head of mastering. As with the original LP, no "sweetening" equalization or dynamic range control was used. 

This 2LP set, cut at 45 RPM, allows for the full dynamics present on the master tapes to shine through masterfully, as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately. Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket. Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings.

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