- A STUNNING pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout – a true Orchestral Demo Disc from 1961
- As I write this, dollar for dollar this is probably the best sound for the money on the site
- The Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” sound superb here – big, rich and Tubey Magical
- The performances are superb – energetic as befits most of the music, yet lyrical when the score calls for it
- Vibrant orchestrations, top quality sound and fairly quiet surfaces combine for an astounding listening experience
- Big speakers and loud levels are the sine qua non for the proper reproduction of this album
This London Phase 4 British import has some of the most SPECTACULAR sound I have ever heard reproduced from disc. The sound is so BIG and BOLD that it handily puts to shame 95% or more of all the Golden Age Shaded Dogs, London Bluebacks, Mercury Living Presence’s, EMI’s and Decca’s we’ve ever played. If we had a Classical Top 100 list, this record would belong in a Top Ten taken from it, right near the top judging by what I heard when I played it.
If you have a system with the speed, power, and size to play this record properly (yes, you will need all three and a whole lot more), it’s hard to imagine it would not qualify as the best-sounding orchestral recording you’ve ever heard.
Demo Disc barely begins to do it justice. What sound. What music. What a record!
Side two is where the some of the best orchestral action can be found, and it is presented here with SPECTACULAR AUDIO FIDELITY the likes of which you may have never experienced. (more…)