More of the Music of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
More Classical Masterpieces
- Tubey Magical Living Stereo orchestral sound for The Four Seasons is back at Better Records
- With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy had the vintage analog sound we were looking for
- It’s also fairly quiet at Mint Minus Minus, a grade that even our most well-cared-for vintage classical titles have trouble playing at
- The better copies are simply bigger, richer and more open, with a more extended, sweeter high end
- If you drool over the Tubey Magical sound that RCA and others achieved in 1960, this is the copy for you
This excellent Living Stereo pressing has the kind of clarity, harmonic texture and freedom from smear that few Golden Age recordings can claim. Through the effort and skill of the RCA engineers, that striking openness in the recording is combined with an immediacy in the sound of the lead string players, no mean feat. One rarely hears both except, of course, in live performance.
If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage all analog recordings are known for — this sound.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.