Verdi / Rossini / Overtures and Intermezzos

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More Verdi / Rossini / Overtures and Intermezzos / Solti

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This White Hot Stamper Plum Victrola pressing has GORGEOUS Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may have never heard. Yes, it’s that good! Recorded in England by Decca in 1959, with Solti at the helm of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the music herein was originally released on the album Venice, LSC 2313, with a lovely die-cut cover. Six years later, still clearly in the Golden Age of Tubes, it was reissued on Victrola, and it would be hard to imagine it sounding any better than it does here. (We keep a noisy Venice as a ref but it sure doesn’t sound like this pressing.) 

At one time we had a copy of this record that we felt suffered from reversed absolute polarity, but we found no such problem with this copy — it sounds amazing!

These shorter works should appeal to the classical music loving audiophile who is not in the mood to slog through an entire symphony or opera.

Side One

A+++, White Hot As Good As It Gets orchestral sound. It’s so BIG and RICH you will have a hard time believing that it’s a budget reissue. Ah but it’s a reissue from back in the day when they knew how to cut a record properly, regardless of its retail price.

Listen to how rich the cellos sound — this is Tubey Magical Analog and its most luscious and enchanting. You could easily play one hundred classical albums and not hear this kind of sound!

Verdi – La Traviata: Prelude to Act 1
Rossini – L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture
Verdi – La Traviata: Prelude to Act 3
Offenbach – The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarolle

Side Two

No Grade — too noisy to play

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Verdi – La Traviata: Prelude to Act 1
Rossini – L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture
Verdi – La Traviata: Prelude to Act 3
Offenbach – The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarolle

Side Two

Rossini – Semiramide: Overture
Boito-Ponchielli – La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours