This album was recorded over 5 days with a live audience. The best takes were selected to create this double album. Only 2 microphones were used, and the recording has become renowned for its incredible performance and sound quality. This Copy Master Tape was recorded at 15 IPS.
The vinyl release of this recording has received multiple awards and positive reviews. This double Master Tape release offers the same fantastic performances, now available in a format that is as close to the Original Master Reference Quality as possible!
"The goal of any great recording engineer is to add an extra dimension of reality by conveying the magic of the recording venue. This requires considerable skill, as exemplified by these Chasing The Dragon recordings, which somehow manage to capture the essence of reality and transport the listener to the recording venue. The result is a spectacular listening experience – one that’s much closer to a live performance – that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home."
"If ever there was a reference classical recording to have, this is surely it."
Chasing The Dragon's first "Direct Cut" album was of the Interpreti Veneziani performing a wonderful version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. When chatting with Paolo, the orchestra's organizer, CTD discovered the group had never taken part in a 'live' recording. They have always performed in the San Vidal Church which is in the Accademia area of Venice. The acoustics in the church are outstanding. So after some discussion with the orchestra, they were convinced to record a live double album there. This would mean that a small crew would have to go to Venice and record 5 live concerts. It's a dirty job, but somebody had to do it!
Now available in a double Master Tape release, the jump factor of this album really has to be heard!
- Audiophile Demonstration Double Album
- Live recording with audience
- 1st Generation Reel to Reel Tape made from the Original Master Tape
- As close to the Original Master Reference Quality as possible
- 1/4" 15IPS CCIR
- Created from 30IPS 1/2" Running Masters at Air Studios
- CCIR/IEC Equalization
- Originally mastered at Air Studios London
- Created using ATR Magnetics Tape Stock
- Housed in a Heavy Duty Professional box
- Machines are connected with Zensati Seraphim Interconnect Cable for highest transfer quality
- Transferred and monitored by Chasing The Dragon Producer Mike Valentine
"For many years Francoise and I at Chasing the Dragon have had the pleasure of visiting Venice, where we would attend concerts given by the leading chamber orchestra; Interpreti Veneziani. These superb musicians, combined with the beautiful acoustics of San Vidal Church, create a wonderful concert event. Recently, we had the opportunity to record 5 live concerts, which we have combined together to present to you the pleasure of being amongst the audience yourself. We really hope you enjoy this album!"
- Mike Valentine, Chasing The Dragon
"This time, Mike Valentine and his team travelled to Venice to record on Interpreti Veneziani’s home territory. San Vidal Church is an excellent venue with superb acoustics, which have been carefully controlled for recording projects by the use of carpeting fitted to some of the church pillars. One of Valentine’s main goals was to capture the acoustics of the church during the recording sessions so that the resultant LPs could re-create not only the music but also the ambience of the venue."
"Right from the outset, the energy, enthusiasm and effortless mastery of the music performed by Interpreti Veneziani are splendidly captured on LP. The recording quality of the whole album is exceptional, and I was immediately transported back to Venice and my experience of the concerts."
"Vivaldi In Venice is one of the most gorgeous sounding and exquisitely played LPs I've heard in quite some time... an exceptional, and exceptionally natural, sounding recording, one so convincingly lifelike, so intimately present, so detailed and richly textured, that it's akin to being transported to the venue itself - or at least as far as a recording can deliver us... the sound is breathtakingly beautiful, with a naturally warm and singing string tone and marvellous detail and textures, all presented with a notable lack of artifice and relaxed ease. The venue is clearly intimate yet spacious, with pillows of air around the players and the listener placed in the front row of the audience... As you might guess, my conclusion is simple: Buy this record"
- Allegro Poco
- Allegro: Piano Sembre
- Allegro moderato
- Allegro Molto
- Sonia Amadio
- Tommaso Bagnati
- Paolo Ciociola
- Paolo Cognolato
- Giuliano Fontanella
- Angelo Liziero
- Anania Maritan
- Pietro Talamini
- Giovanni Agazzi, violin (Tape1/1-3)
- Andrea Bressan, bassoon (Tape1/4-6, Tape2/1-3)
- Nicola Granillo, violin (Tape1/7-9)
- Federico Braga, violin (Tape1/10)
- Davide Amadio, cello (Tape2/4-6 & 8-10)
- Giacobbe Stevanato, violin (Tape2/8-10)
Inside Track: Recording On Location
"Apart from getting the performance right, the main challenge when making live recordings is to capture and reproduce all the ambience of the environment without letting it detract from the performance. Failing to do this would result in something that might just as well have been done in a studio. Capturing this along with the instruments requires not only considerable skill but also the best in audiophile equipment for the recording chain – including microphones, cables, amplifiers, power supplies, and the recorder itself. This combination of skill and quality equipment should result in a listening experience that's much closer to a live performance and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home."
Chasing The Dragon have become known as one of the leading producers of audiophile recordings. The UK label owned by Mike Valentine offers Direct Cut LPs. Audiophile LPs, CDs, and Master Tapes which will demonstrate the potential of your Hi-Fi system.
Chasing The Dragon's releases are so detailed, if you take the time to familiarise yourself with the subtleties of these reference-level recordings, the next time you make any changes, big or small, to your Hi-Fi system, the differences will be notable.