_Conductors – Haitink

Mahler / Symphony #1 / Haitink – Reviewed in 2006

One of Our Favorite Performances with Top Quality Sound

This IMMACULATE looking Philips Dutch Import LP is the best sounding version of this music I’ve ever heard and one of the all time great performances as well.

The Solti on 180g Decca is a good record. This is a great one. 

Debussy / La Mer / Haitink – Reviewed in 2011

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This is an older review. More recently when we played this title we felt it badly lacked Tubey Magic.

A decent sounding record, not much more than that, with a top performance.

This early Philips pressing has very good sound and a SUPERB performance from Haitink. (Gramaphone, the “world’s authority on classical music since 1923”, raves about it.) Finding a quiet, good sounding La Mer is as difficult as finding a quiet good sounding Bolero. As popular as both of these works are, and considering how many times they have been recorded in analog, quiet vinyl and good sound are still the exception and not the rule, and that goes for Bolero especially.  (more…)