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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake-Suite From The Ballet180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
"A tall, imposing figure in front of an orchestra, so tall that he often dispensed with the usual conductor's podium, Efrem Kurtz had a graceful, baton-less technique that drew a fluid yet well-controlled response from the players and infused a vivid poetry into romantic music in particular. Much sought after in the music of his native Russia, and in the ballet music in which he first made his name conducting Anna Pavlova, Kurtz was a link back to the musical life of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg." So wrote most eloquently Noel Goodwin in his 1995 obituary in the Independent of the distinguished 95 years old Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin no less, and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch.
Kurtz was a familiar name with the Philharmonia to the record collector of the 1950s and Yehudi Menuhin was in his prime. Menuhin's presence on the recording can be explained by a long tradition of celebrated violinists performing the solo violin parts of Swan Lake, from Leopold Auer at the first production to Mischa Elman for Diaghilev and contemporary with this recording, Campoli for Fistoulari.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
In the original review in The Gramophone of December 1958, W.S.M. remarked: "The sound of the orchestra is extremely well defined all the way through, and the tunes are enunciated in a most dapper fashion; Kurtz really understands the style of the music..." and found Menuhin's solo violin contributions "make you sit up and listen hard, to his phrasing and expression..." and concluded that compared with rival versions, this record was "more stylish and more attractively played. Don't try to dance to it, but do listen to it."
This title is not eligible for discount.1. a. Introduction
b. No. 2: Valse (Act 1)
c. No. 4: Pas de trios, Nos. 1-6 (Act 1)
2. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 1 & 2 (Act 1)
3. a. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 3 & 4 (Act 1)
b. No. 10: Scene (Act 2)
c. No. 13: Danses des cygnes Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (Act 2)
4. a. No. 13, Danses des cygnes, No. 5 (Act 2)
b. No. 20: Danse hongroise (Czardas) (Act 3)
c. Danse russe (from Supplement$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ballet Music From The OperaMastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes
Anatole Fistoulari was always a specialist in the interpretation of ballet music. He was also, a noted conductor of Tchaikovsky and the Russian School, as well as romantic and impressionistic French music. This album, originally released in 1960, features selections from William Tell, Khovantchina, Aida, and Samson and Delilah, performed by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra conducted by Fistoulari.
Although this record isn't quite as dynamic as Witches Brew, it shares most of that disc's electrifying sound. Very lively midrange with superbly coherent staging, top rank clarity and deep, powerful and well-defined bass. Recorded by renowned Decca audio master Kenneth Wilkinson.
Recorded in La Maison de la Chimie (Paris)
Producer: Ray Minshull
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Aida: Act II Dance of the Moorish Slaves
2. Samson and Delilah: Act III
3. Act I: Passo A Sei / Act III Soldiers Dance
4. Khovantchina: Act IV Dances of the Persian Slaves$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle AngotMastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes
Antole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden performing Sir William Walton's Façade and Charles Alexandre Lecocq's Mamzelle Angot. Working with the Royal Ballet Orchestra in Covent Garden under Fistoulari, engineer Ken Cross and producer Michael Williamson created another Decca/RCA masterpiece. It's hard to know where to begin with a record this good. The top - the high end - of this recording is simply as well recorded as any RCA there is.
Undeniable transparency, snap, detail and body on cymbals, bells and woodblocks. The same virtues, along with the added virtue of harmonic richness extends into the midrange. Strings are sweet, diaphanous, transparent and a bit bright, without being irritating. Brass and woodwinds - which in this piece carry much of the thematic load - are particularly well reproduced.
Recorded in Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Producer: Michael Williamson
Engineer: Ken Cross
This title is not eligible for discount.Sir William Walton - Façade (Suites For Orchestra)
2. Scotch Rhapsody
5. Swiss Yodeling Song
6. Country Dance
8. Noche Espagnole
9. Popular Song
10. Old Sir Faulk
11. Tarantella Sevillana
Charles Alexandre Lecocq - Mamzelle Angot
12. Act 1: No. 3 - Mazurka; No. 5 - Tempo di Marcia
13. Act 2: No. 8 - Tempo di Gavotte; No. 11
14. Act 3: No. 13 - Finale$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now