- This AMAZING side one with the complete Tsar Saltan was so good we gave it our rare 4+ grade
- We freaked out when we heard this side – it took the sound beyond anything we had ever experienced for the work
- It’s so rich and real, with huge WHOMP factor down low, as well as clear, uncolored brass and robust lower strings – wow!
- We figure about one out of a hundred sides earn our Four Plus grade – you can’t get much more rare than that
James Walker was the producer, Roy Wallace the engineer for these sessions from April of 1959 in Geneva’s glorious Victoria Hall. It’s yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording.
The gorgeous hall the Suisse Romande recorded in was possibly the best recording venue of its day, possibly of all time. More amazing sounding recordings were made there than in any other hall we know of. There is a solidity and richness to the sound beyond all others, yet clarity and transparency are not sacrificed in the least.