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This recording was Decca's first in stereo done in Geneva with Ansermet way back in May,1954. It was never released on a full priced Decca or London vinyl and only released on bargain labels in 1968 and 1972. I was quite surprised at the high quality of the recordings from these tapes. The pieces are quite rare, although they are very enjoyable, with typical Russian themes interspersed in pieces. Highly recommended.
Ansermet and the Orch de Suisse Romande are a great combination, and this is yet another lovely recording beautifully remastered.
Considering the age of the recording, excellent audio...
great music, eXcellent recording
Decca's first stereo recording? Well, they clearly knew what they were doing from the very beginning... crystal-clear sonics with mighty bass drum and burnished cymbals. The music is not so well known, three tone poems from members of the 'Mighty Handful', who were trying during this period to forge a distinctive echt-Russian style of music.
Title: Ansermet conducts Glazunov Balakirev & Liadov
Artist(s): Ernest Ansermet conducts the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Recording Info: Transferred from a 2-track tape 15ips tape
All tracks recorded by Decca Records (Decca’s first stereo recordings)
Producer James Walker Engineer Roy Wallace
Recorded May 1954 Victoria Hall, Geneva
1 Glazunov - Stenka Razin Symphonic Poem 14:46
2 Balakirev - Thamar Symphonic Poem 20:31
3 Liadov - Kikimora (Opus 63) 6:21
Total Time: 41:38