Piano Works of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel / Ivan Moravec – The Only Good Record Athena Ever Made

Athena, not a label we have ever associated with good sound!

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But they did a great job on this album (or at least I thought so many years ago when I played it last. For purposes of this commentary, let’s assume the sound still holds up).

This is how to make a good audiophile record. Yes, there is such a thing. They may be rare but they do exist.

Take a good tape, hire someone who knows his way around a normal-speed cutting lathe (with 5800+ credits on Discogs I would hope he knows what he’s doing) as well as classical music (he cut a huge number of records for Nonesuch back in the day, which means he also can work fast and cheap), press it on good vinyl and let the audiophiles of the world enjoy it.

The Connoisseur Society original may in fact be better, but where are you going to find one?

TRACK LISTING

A1 Jardins Sous La Pluie (Estampes) 3:45
Composed By – Debussy*
Suite – Pour Le Piano (13:25)
Composed By – Debussy*
A2.1 Prelude
A2.2 Sarabande
A2.3 Toccata
B1 La Puerto Del Vino 3:06
Composed By – Debussy*
B2 Ondine 3:51
Composed By – Debussy*
B3 Feuilles Mortes 3:31
Composed By – Debussy*
Sonatine (11:35)
Composed By – Ravel*
B4.1 Modere
B4.2 Mouv De Menuet
B4.3 Anime

Credits

Design – Robbii Wessen
Engineer – Mario Mizzaro
Executive-Producer – Rosalind Leung
Lacquer Cut By – Robert Ludwig*
Liner Notes – Harris Goldsmith
Photography By [Cover] – Ken Goldberg (2)
Piano – Ivan Moravec
Producer – E. Alan Silver
Production Manager [Production Liaison] – Robert Marino (2)
Technician [Electroforming] – Russell Balmer
Technician [Technical Advisor] – Kevin Carter (3)

Notes

Reissued from Connoisseur Society CS-2010
Analogue Master Recording™
Recorded November 21st-24th 1967
Pressed on 100% premium quality virgin vinyl.
Jacket made in Canada
Not Barcoded

Unlike other remastering companies, Athena Records always uses the ORIGINAL ANALOG MASTER SESSION TAPES. In this case, The Master Lacquers were cut directly by Robert Ludwig at Masterdisc so you know it will sound superb.

Each and every ATHENA PRODUCTIONS LP and ATHENA RECORDS LP comes with a Registration Post Card with a registration number printed on the card. This Registration Post Card is packaged on top of the liner notes but under the shrink wrap such that the registration number is visible.

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