Falla / Nights In the Gardens of Spain/ Argenta – Our Shootout Winner from 2011

More of the music of Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

More Nights In the Gardens of Spain/ Argenta


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

DEMO QUALITY SOUND from 1959 on this famous TAS List Super Disc recording. This copy of CS 6046 has an especially good Falla side, with Super Hot Stamper sound and fairly quiet vinyl. The Rodrigo side is no slouch either, earning a grade of A+, although it could certainly use more top end (which was the case last time we did a shootout with this title as I recall). 

The Falla side is amazingly natural sounding; the string tone is Right On The Money, something that cannot be said of most vintage Living Stereos and Mercury pressings.

The overall sound is rich, sweet and tubey magical. The hall is spacious, with superb depth, allowing your speakers to simply disappear and an orchestra to appear in their place.

A bit of tube smear can be heard on the strings, not the least bit unusual on a Golden Age recording such as this one. With a touch less smear this side one would have earned our highest grade. As it is you will have a very hard time finding a better copy.

Side two is lovely and natural as well but a bit dark and slightly veiled. A click or two of treble would work wonders.

The cover is excellent — still in the shrink!


Side One

Rodrigo: Guitar Concerto

Side Two

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain