DECCA SOUND / 6 CLASSICAL ANALOGUE LPs

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DECCA SOUND
6 CLASSICAL ANALOGUE LPs

Int. Release 04 Nov. 2013
6 LPs
0289 478 5900 0 6 LPs
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54 CDs


Track List

LP 1 / Side 1: Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilčges

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
L'Enfant et les sortilčges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties

Premičre partie

Marie-Lise de Montmollin, Flore Wend, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 25:10

LP 1 / Side 2: Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilčges

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
L'Enfant et les sortilčges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties

1.
16:45

Marie-Lise de Montmollin, Flore Wend, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 16:45

LP 2 / Side 1: Rossini: Overtures

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
La gazza ladra

La scala di seta

Il barbiere di Siviglia

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Total Playing Time: 21:58

LP 2 / Side 2: Rossini: Overtures

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Semiramide

1.
0:00
11:12

William Tell

2.
0:00
11:35

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Total Playing Time: 22:47

LP 3 / Side 1: Bruch: Scottish Fantasia; Hindemith Violin Concerto

Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46

David Oistrakh, London Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein

Total Playing Time: 31:04

LP 3 / Side 2: Bruch: Scottish Fantasia; Hindemith Violin Concerto

Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)
Violin Concerto (1939)

David Oistrakh, London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hindemith

Total Playing Time: 29:33

LP 4 / Side 1: Sibelius: Symphony No.1; Karelia Suite

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39

Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Total Playing Time: 24:06

LP 4 / Side 2: Sibelius: Symphony No.1; Karelia Suite

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Karelia Suite, Op.11

Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39

Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Total Playing Time: 25:48

LP 5 / Side 1: Kodaly: Háry János Suite; Dances Of Galanta

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
Háry János Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

3.
0:00
6:02

London Symphony Orchestra, John Leach, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, John Leach, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 23:43

LP 5 / Side 2: Kodaly: Háry János Suite; Dances Of Galanta

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Háry János, Singspiel in 5 Scenes, Op.15

Olga Szönyi, John Leach, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Olga Szönyi, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 21:00

LP 6 / Side 1: Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Le Sacre du Printemps

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 14:42

LP 6 / Side 2: Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Le Sacre du Printemps

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 17:20

. . . the sound of Fistoulari's highlights from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" holds up stunningly (recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1961), not to mention Solti's visceral Mahler Resurrection Symphony with Heather Harper, Helen Watts and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus from 1966 . . . the clarity and presence of the two opera sets is undeniable -- and what performances! Serafin conducts "La Bohčme" with Tebaldi and Bergonzi, and Karajan conducts Tebaldi and Del Monaco in Verdi's "Otello", both tremendously exciting. There are too many highlights to list . . .

. . . [this collection] spans the label's stereo high points . . . the two-channel versions vivify and expand the orchestral image as if a large room's doors were opened to let fresh air in for the first time . . . Each volume is housed in an original sleeve facsimile, with bonus material frequently and generously expanding upon the original LP programmes . . . [and] whoever pitched Lamberto Gardelli's effervescent recording of Wolf-Ferrari's "Il segreto di Susanna" for inclusion is a genius . . . It's nice to have the Schmidt-Isserstedt Vienna Beethoven Ninth Symphony back in circulation; its dream-team vocal quartet (Sutherland, Horne, King and Talvela) may be the stereo era's finest. The collection adds up to a well-rounded, high-quality set of orchestral, choral, operatic, chamber and solo instrumental works that will make a perfect gift for any classical music newcomer.

A lot of these discs sound more like SACDs than standard-issue stuff. They have huge dynamic range, tonal beauty, and a wide, deep soundstage . . . This collection contains some of the greatest conductors . . . leading some of the greatest orchestras . . . with solos from some of the greatest musicians. (Check out Kyung Wha Chung playing the Stravinsky violin concerto under André Previn and the London Symphony.) Buy this!

A superb collection that documents Decca's mastery of the recording art . . . What a treat this 54-disc CD set is from Decca Records . . . really a thrill that Decca has put together this wonderful box set . . . Of course good sound doesn't mean much without the right artists, and Decca was lucky to have conductors like Ansermet, Haitink, Dutoit, Dorati and Monteux . . . One can marvel at the Decca sound, and some of these discs sound as good as some modern SACDs . . . I totally enjoyed the Sibelius Symphony no. 1, The Verdi Requiem conducted by Solti, and a few of the Scriabin selections. Whatever Decca figured out about audio, they were certainly doing something right. There is not a bad or even average recording in the set. Equally interesting is the included large booklet, that goes into detail on Decca's recording philosophy and the equipment they used . . . It's the best deal I've seen that combines musical and audio quality . . . The Decca set is an absolute treasure. My highest recommendation.

Zu welchen audiophilen Höchstleistungen man damals, in den Anfangsjahren der Stereophonie, bereits fähig war, das vermittelt jetzt eine bei Universal dem legendären "Decca-Sound" gewidmete Vinyl-Edition, die sechs klassische Highlights aus dem Decca-Archiv in perfekten 180-Gramm-Reissues wiederaufgelegt hat: Die Auswahl umfasst die ersten zwei Dekaden des Stereo-Zeitalters von 1954 bis 1974 und setzt ungewöhnliche Akzente . . . die Erste Sinfonie von Sibelius unter Lorin Maazel mit den exzellenten Wiener Philharmonikern (von 1963) oder die brillant funkelnden Rossini-Ouvertüren mit dem London Symphony Orchestra und dem vergessenen Pierino Gamba zählen zu den entlegenen Juwelen des Decca-Katalogs, während Bruchs "Schottische Phantasie" und das Hindemith-Konzert zu David Oistrachs Heldentaten gehören. Und Soltis "Sacre" aus Chicago von 1974 genießt bis heute Kultstatus als perfekte Analogversion des Ballettschockers. Diese Edition ist ein ganz besonderes Plädoyer für die Magie von Vinyl und besitzt einen hohen Suchtfaktor.

Zu welchen audiophilen Höchstleistungen man damals, in den Anfangsjahren der Stereophonie, bereits fähig war, das vermittelt jetzt eine bei Universal dem legendären "Decca-Sound" gewidmete Vinyl-Edition, die sechs klassische Highlights aus dem Decca-Archiv in perfekten 180-Gramm-Reissues wiederaufgelegt hat . . . Statt Brahms und Beethoven gibt es . . . fetzige Orchesterstücke des ungarischen Folkloristen Zoltán Kodály in der leidenschaftlichen Interpretation des früh verstorbenen ungarischen Dirigenten István Kertész (von 1964). Auch die Erste Sinfonie von Sibelius unter Lorin Maazel mit den exzellenten Wiener Philharmonikern (von 1963) oder die brillant funkelnden Rossini-Ouvertüren mit dem London Symphony Orchestra und dem vergessenen Pierino Gamba zählen zu den entlegenen Juwelen des Decca-Katalogs, während Bruchs "Schottische Phantasie" und das Hindemith-Konzert zu David Oistrachs Heldentaten gehören. Und Soltis "Sacre" aus Chicago von 1974 genießt bis heute Kultstatus als perfekte Analogversion Ballettschockers. Diese Edition ist ein ganz besonders Plädoyer für die Magie von Vinyl und besitzt einen hohen Suchtfaktor.