This review was written at least ten years ago. Since then we have done extensive shootouts for both The Pines and The Fountains of Rome.
The London with Ernst Ansermet you see pictured, though good, did not make the cut and no Hot Stamper pressings — correction, no Hot Stamper pressings hot enough to offer our customers — were found of this recording from 1964.
EXCELLENT SOUND! Not a Demo Disc by any means, but a well-recorded, well-mastered Pines.
The problem with Pines is normally too much close miking. This London places the orchestra in a more natural perspective, which I much prefer.
Side two, the Pines, also has the best sound.