Including this amazing Bolero, the best copy we’ve ever heard!
- Both sides here earned our highest grade of Triple Plus, making this the best copy to ever hit the site
- Full, rich, spacious, BIG and present, with energetic performances the likes of which you may have never heard
- Side one has outstanding depth – the snare drum sounds like it’s located at least fifty feet behind the speakers
- One of the best Ansermet recordings with the Suisse Romande from Victoria Hall – best performances too
Side two sounded so much better than any copy I have ever heard that I was sorely tempted to give it our coveted Four Plus grade, for the kind of sound that breaks all the rules. Cooler heads have since prevailed, but that doesn’t detract in the least from side two of this remarkable pressing, which has by far the best sound for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice I have yet to hear.
We are rarely able to find a quality recording or performance of Bolero or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, so this pressing comes as a welcome addition to the classical offerings on the site.
The sound is clear, with wonderful depth to the stage. As a rule, the classic ’50s and ’60s recordings of Ansermet and the Suisse Romande in Victoria Hall are as big and rich as any you may have ever heard. These recordings may just be the ideal blend of clarity and richness, with depth and spaciousness that will put to shame 98% of the classical recordings ever made. (more…)