A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.
This Hot Stamper London Whiteback is certainly no Demo Disc by any means. That said, the sound is quite good, with correct tonality from top to bottom. The perspective is somewhat recessed and the sound could use more top end extension, but the instruments sound natural and musical and that alone puts it well ahead of the pack in the world of classical recordings. Relaxed and enjoyable throughout.
As I recall the performance here is a bit more lively than it is on the famous RCA (LSC 2424).
This British London Blueback original pressing has better than A+ Hot Stamper sound on both sides. The music is lively and well-played, as one would expect from the venerable Karl Munchinger leading the Vienna Phil.
The sound is quite good but very different for each of the two sides. For more on the sound please see our notes below.(more…)