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Re: [ARSCLIST] discography of "direct-to-disk revival"?
In my collection (and I haven't listened to it in a while):
Telarc Records Direct to Disk Stereo 5020 DD1;
"Direct From Cleveland";
Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra;
de Falla, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz;
Executive producer was Bruce Maier of Discwasher Inc, and distribution
through Discwasher Group; Jack Renner, recording engineer; disc
mastering by David Ellsworth and Mike Bishop.
Liner notes by Bert White: he claims this to be the first classical
direct to disc title. Main mics were Tele M251E with various
sweeteners. Neumann disc mastering system--VMS-70, SAL-74, and SX-74.
Two disc cutting systems were used at one time, just in case. So there
were two lacquers produced. Made in 1977.
Hope this is of some help. Most of the early Telarcs (pre-digital) are
from tape. I don't know if there are more of these D2D records from Telarc.
Mike Richter wrote:
Peter Hirsch wrote:
I seem to recall a Cleveland Symphonic Winds LP with Louis Lane (I
think) that included the Royal Fireworks on Telarc that was either D
to D or one of the early digitally recorded efforts. Wait a minute;
never mind -- I just went and dug out a CD release of this and it has
Frederick Fennell conducting and it says "During the recording of the
digital masters and the subsequent transfer to disc, the signal was
not passed through any processing device at any step during
production." The recording date is April 1978 and I am sure that I
heard the LP version not too long after that and it made enough of an
impression on me that, almost thirty years later, I recalled it's
exceptional presence. Probably the first time I heard digital in any
form and it was a pretty ear-opening contrast to what I was used to.
Of course, having the Cleveland Orchestra's woodwinds and brass (not
too many years post-Szell) playing the gig under the great
Windmeister may have been part of why it was so effective.
Anyone out there have the vinyl and care to share your impression of
But the LP matrix was cut from the digital master as they said. Telarc
did many such - I've half a dozen or more - but they used a digital
intermediate instead of a tape intermediate, a difference that still
puts a pair of interfaces between the preamp and the disc.
There was another D2D label of some interest, Crystal Clear.
Unfortunately, neither of the LPs I have of theirs (Fiedler with the
Pops and Virgil Fox on the organ) is sonically or musically interesting.