Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Vocalise
Catalog: CAPC 34145 SA
Composed by: RACHMANINOV, S.
Donald Johanos conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on this audiophile classic. During his eight-year tenure as conductor, Johanos made notable recordings with the DSO, including this 1967 rendition of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. He also appointed Paul Freeman associate conductor, one of the first blacks to serve in such a post in the Southern US, prompting threats to both conductors. The tape recording was made at a speed of thirty inches-per-second and a specially developed constant-velocity recording curve was employed for improved signal-to-noise ratio. The lacquer masters were made directly from the original tape, thus avoiding further transfer degradation. The result is a recording of exceptional clarity.