This remarkable album, for many years, appreciated for its exquisite sound quality in the recording of choral and solo voices- set a new standard in sound engineering.
Cantate Domino, recorded by legendary sound engineer Bertil Alving in 1976, is widely regarded as one of the greatest audiophile masterpieces ever recorded. Opening with Enrico Bossi’s “Cantate Domino” for choir, organ, trumpets and trombones, the choral album includes a number of Swedish folk songs as well as pieces by Handel, Otto Olsson, and others. The famous reference album is now made even better with this new hi-definition release from 2xHD-Naxos in Stereo DSD – up to DSD 512 from NativeDSD Music.
Words from the Book of Psalms, the foremost treasure of Jewish psalms since ages ago, even at the time of Jesus. The psalms were recited and sung in the homes, in the synagogues and, not least, in the Temple of Jerusalem at the great festivals.
The Christian church appropriated the Book of Psalms; its significance is precious. Seldom has the agony and assurance of the soul been expressed more truly and profoundly. The features of the Saviour emerging ever clearer. And the praises to the Lord of Creation have never been sung more genuinely!
Many authors have mined the Book of Psalms for gems and paraphrased them. Still, more composers have drawn inspiration from it. One of the best-known works is the Italian romanticist Enrico Bossi’s magnificent “Cantate Domino”. The piece is actually titled “Westminster Abbey” in tribute to the grand English cathedral, albeit we know it from its first performance in 1920 for its opening words in Latin. “Sing and make music to the glory of God!” Organ, brass and woodwind, and choir, whose voices, in ever widening harmonies, grow into a jubilant crescendo, culminating in the eight-part Gloria (Glory)! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
Total time: 00:45:14
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Telefunken M15 Analog Tape Recorder with SAKI head, using a hi-end tube preamplifier with OCC silver cables
dCS 905 and dCS Vivaldi clock (Analog to DXD Transfer); Meco Modulators by Merging Technologies (DXD to DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256 remodulations), EC modulators by Signalyst (DXD to DSD 512 remodulation)
Rene Laflamme at 2xHD Mastering (Analog to DXD Conversion); Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab (DXD to DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256, DSD 512 remodulation)
Nagra HD Dac, dCS Vivaldi DAC, Merging Technologies Horus ADC, Meco Modulators from Merging Technologies, EC Modulators from Signalyst
For the 2xHD transfer of this recording from Analog to DXD, the original 1/4”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a modified Telefunken M15 Tape recorder with SAKI head, using a hi-end tube preamplifier with OCC silver cables. We did an analog transfer for each HiRes sampling and A & B comparisons were made with both the original LP, using the Kronos turntable, as well as with the best available CD, using the Nagra HD Dac and dCS Vivaldi DAC, throughout the process. Originally the music was recorded in Analog. The Analog to DXD transfer was done using a dCS 905 and dCS Vivaldi clock by Rene Laflamme at 2xHD Mastering. The DXD to DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256, DSD 512 remodulations were done by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab.
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|Release Date||March 13, 2015|
When the choir, brass, and organ played together, the sonic result was spectacular given the bloom and dimensionality of the recording.
“We conclude with a classic recording from the Proprius catalog, now remastered from its original 15 IPS half-track analog tape to Double DSD by 2xHD- Naxos. Cantate Domino (“Sing to the Lord”) was recorded back in the ‘70s, and was recognized early on as an audiophile reference. The combination of organ and chorus in a Swedish cathedral really presses the envelope for recorded sonics and soulful performance. I think that I have just about every format that this album has appeared on over the years…LP, CD, SACD, and now DSD. It was a particular favorite and reference recording for my old friends, Dave Glackin and Winston Ma…now both departed, sadly…and myself. My selection here was the Christmas classic “O Holy Night,” which will test your playback system for tonality and dynamics of a certainty. The Double DSD version shines with glory, with the full richness and spatiality of this performance in startling, holographic presentation. A fine way to conclude our sampler, and for you to close a listening session.”
– from the booklet of the album NDSD006 ‘Positive Feedback DSD Sampler’
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