Monday, January 03, 2011
I think my rip and restoration of Leopold Stokowski's 1937 recording (and transcription) of Clair de Lune came out nicely--see what you think. I mean, hear what you think. Ripped from my decent-condition Victor Red Seal disc. I've included a second file with reverb added. Typically, reverb doesn't sound right on older recordings, but here it really adds a nice, Kostelanetz-esque touch to the quiet track. The first file, of course, is without reverb or any other sonic additions, save for click filtering and EQ. The usual restoration stuff.
You'll hear both sides of the disc without a pause in between. I'm surprised by how unobvious the splice is. The secret lies in overlapping and doing very fast cross-fading. Oops. The former secret, I mean.
Feel free to tell me what you think. About the record, I mean.
To the Stokowski:
1) Clair de Lune, 1937 (No reverb)
2) Clair de Lune, 1937 (Reverb)
Clair de Lune (Debussy, Transc. Leopold Stokowski)--Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, 1937. (Victor Red Seal 1812)