A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.
This performance of Peter and the Wolf from 1957 is our single favorite recording of the work. This copy is a DEMO DISC of the highest order, suitable for permanently destroying the rationale for every audiophile record ever made, simply on the grounds that none of them sound remotely as good as this one does.
The immediacy and unerringly realistic presentation of the solo instruments — bassoon, oboe, flute, etc. (each of which serves to represent a character in the story) — are so lifelike that I defy anyone to name a recording to challenge our assertion that this is positively As Good As It Gets.
- Our favorite performance, with wonderful narration by no less than film legend Boris Karloff
- With WHITE HOT Stamper sound, this copy is a DEMO DISC of the highest order
- Tubey Magically rich, yet realistic, which is of course an impossibility
- And it plays Mint Minus – an exceptionally quiet Vanguard pressing
And did I mention that it was made in 1957? You couldn’t even buy it on stereo disc back then! (more…)