Strauss et al. / Dances of Old Vienna / Boskovsky

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Wow, what a find! This is a WONDERFUL sounding record with vintage Decca / London sound. Even as late as 1968 Decca was still able to produce recordings that are tonally correct from top to bottom and full of tubey magic. There is not a trace of hyped-up sound to be found on this record. It’s unbelievably spacious and three-dimensional, with depth to rival any recording you may own.

One reason the recording is as spacious as it is is that this is a fairly small ensemble, not a huge orchestra, playing in a lively hall, exactly the kind of hall in which this music was meant to be heard. The reason everything disc sounds right is that both the sound and the music are authentic to these works in practically every detail.

And the performances are vivid and lively as well, with Boskovsky himself playing the violin as well as directing the other players. It should be noted that the solo violin parts are especially lovely sounding. There is a transparency and ease to the sound that is not often heard in vintage recordings, and that, coupled with the tubey magic, richness and sweetness found throughout, make this a very special record indeed.

The cover (with a pinhole cutout) shows a fair amount of wear and rates 7 out of 10. Side one plays mostly Mint Minus with some light ticks during the quiet passages and some very slight Inner Groove Distortion during the last 1/16″. Side two plays Mint Minus with some very light ticks and surface noise during the quieter passages.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Jugendfeuer (Strauss)
Liebeslieder (Strauss)
Four Waltzes & Four Ecossaises (Schubert)
Die Guten Alten Zeiten (Strauss)

Side Twodecc

Indianer (Strauss)
Tivoli-Rutsch (Strauss)
Exeter (Strauss)
Pesther (Lanner)
Four Waltzes & Two Ecossaises (Schubert)
Jagers Lust (Lanner)

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