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Center Stage

National Symphonic Winds, Lowell Graham

Available in 176.4 kHz / 24-bit, 88.2 kHz / 24-bit AIFF, FLAC and 2.8224 MHz DSD high resolution audio formats

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1
Olympic Fanfare, "Bugler's Dream"
John Williams; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
4:05
2
The Cowboys (arr. by J. Curnow for Wind Ensemble)
James Curnow; John Williams; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
9:40
3
Oklahoma! (excerpts) (arr. by W. Barker for Wind Ensemble)
Warren Barker; Richard Rodgers; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
9:15
4
Barnum (excerpts) (arr. by B. Lowden for Wind Ensemble)
Cy Coleman; Bob Lowden; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
5:22
5
Mary Poppins (excerpts) (arr. by I. Kostal and A. Reed for Wind Ensemble)
Robert B. Sherman; Richard M. Sherman; Alfred Reed; Irwin Kostal; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
8:35
6
West Side Story (excerpts) (arr. by W.J. Duthoit for Wind Band)
W.J. Duthoit; Leonard Bernstein; National Symphonic Winds; Lowell Graham
9:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    46:15
"... an exceptional recording."
- EnjoytheMusic.com

Lowell Graham leads the National Symphonic Winds on this repertoire of popular and familiar show tunes ranging from Mary Poppins to West Side Story, including the majestic Olympic Fanfare by John Williams, written for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. There was no rehearsal for the orchestra's single, five hour recording session held in September 1988, resulting in an energy and spontaneity that is evident throughout the album, which has become an audiophile reference over the years.
176.4 kHz / 24-bit, 88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – Wilson Audiophile Recordings Studio Masters

This album is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue master source. Due to the nature of analogue tape recording, it may contain artifacts or audio which uses a limited amount of the available dynamic range / frequency bandwidth of high-resolution digital audio. As such, it is offered as a high-resolution documentation of a historical release.

Produced by: Wilson Audiophile Recordings, LLC
Original recording engineer: David A. Wilson
Project manager: Daryl C. Wilson
Analogue to digital transfer: Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios
Transfer editing: Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios
Sonic evaluation: David A. Wilson, Sheryl Lee Wilson, Daryl C. Wilson

Description of equipment and processes used for Master Tape transfers in Dave Wilson's Music Room:

Bruce Brown flew from Seattle to Provo to work hand-in-hand with Dave and Daryl Wilson. Each Master Tape was inspected, cleaned and treated with Last #9 and #10 preservatives. All of the Master Tapes were baked to reformulate the binding. This was done in an incubator at 135 degrees and then they were left to cool back down to room temperature. All splices were inspected and repaired, if necessary.

Each transfer was executed on the UltraMaster, a one-of-a-kind Studer A80 designed and built by John Curl with custom electronics.

Each Master Tape was stored by Wilson Audiophile “tails-out” in which Puget Sound Studios did a library wind to the take-up reel. All levels were set according to included EQ sheets and each 1 kHz tone was further set at precisely 1 kHz, via a custom varispeed adjustment. This provided the exact speed the Master Tapes were recorded at.

A total of five different analogue-to-digital converters were used to provide samples for the Wilsons to evaluate. Ultimately an EMM Labs ADC-8 Mk IV, custom modified by Andreas Koch, was chosen by Dave and Daryl Wilson for the transfers from the UltraMaster using the original Master Tapes into a Sonoma DSD workstation for capture and editing. Monitoring from the Sonoma DSD workstation was routed though a modified Playback Designs MPS-5 via USB-X with Light Harmonic USB cable. All DSD files were transferred into a Merging Technologies Pyramix DSD/DXD Masscore workstation for sample rate conversion, format conversion and metadata tagging. The Pyramix Hepta filter was used for conversion to PCM. Files were then listened to for quality assurance.

Description of the equipment used in the Provo, Utah “Wilson Music Room” that Wilson Audiophile Recordings, LLC put to use for sonic evaluation:

Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexandria XLF, Two Thor’s Hammers
Electronics: Apple Mac Mini, Amarra & Audirvana Plus, Weiss INT202, Audio Research DAC8, VTL 7.5 MK3 preamp, VTL Siegfried MK2 amplifiers, 2 Wilson Audio W.A.T.C.H. controllers
Cables: Audioquest Firewire, Transparent Opus

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