- Amazing White Hot Stamper Decca sound on both sides, top performance too
- The first copy to make it to the site, and it’s as quiet as Decca can press it
- So transparent, sweet, open and relaxed, this copy raises the bar for the sound of ballet music
- The most popular ballet in the world with out of this world analog sound — it’s a match!
This London UK import may be the best single disc version of the ballet we have ever played. The Ansermet is surely comparable but I find it hard to believe that it could be any better. This is the one folks, assuming you do not want a (nearly) complete performance of the work. (For that we recommend the 2 LP box set with Ansermet.)
Lovely string tone and texture, rich bass, a big hall, no smear, lovely transparency — the sound is White Hot and hard to fault.
Highlights of the recording on this side:
A clear snare at the back of the hall, a good test of transparency (of the record and of your system and room).
Full horns and strings, never becoming blary or shrill.
How many records have all these qualities, one out of a hundred? (more…)