- Outstanding sound throughout this vintage RCA Victrola stereo pressing of these delightful orchestral pieces
- Unlike the original Shaded Dog pressings, this Victrola is in correct polarity on both sides
- Tons of energy, loads of detail and texture, superb transparency and excellent clarity – this recording, when mastered and pressed right, as is the case here, is the very definition of DEMO DISC sound
- When we talk about space and transparency, we’re talking about recordings that sound like this one
- A favorite title with audiophiles – it’s full of lovely orchestral colors and, as usual, Fiedler and the Boston Pops know how to bring them out
- More of the music of Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1863)
- More of the music of Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Fiedler has a way with the Ibert piece here like nobody’s business; the performance is definitive, although the sound is not as good as La Boutique Fantasque, which is nothing short of amazing. The Kay piece sounds excellent here and is beautifully performed. Fiedler is hard to beat on music like this.