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- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - Ataulfo Argenta - The Paris Conservato
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Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - Ataulfo Argenta - The Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Truly fantastic! Great performance and superb audio quality! From a tape recording produced in 1957, the dawn of stereophonic sound, at least for me. We didn't even know then that we should pay attention to interchannel phase. There is much more on that tape than could be heard in 1957. I love this piece, and this has to be my favorite version of it yet.
Berlioz SF Argenta/PCO
Another classic in great sound.
Golden Age Stereo, Vivid Remastering - High Level Music-Making
Until this re-release I had nearly forgotten Ataulfo Argenta. I also had a mistaken impression that the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra was not always at its best. Thankfully, this recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto sets me right on both counts. Campoli has the fiddle technique and the fiery Romantic temperament to bring off his part. Argenta has the orchestra wide awake and delivering a tight musical ensemble. Gary Graffman with Szell/Cleveland has already been on my fav shelves for years now. This release / remastering however just has to be the best sound this master has received to date. I know that reviewers mention this aspects lots, but really it remains a consistent gain that HDTT strives to deliver. Having this all together is really great, since some things do get released on HDTT with much less overall playing time. Thanks for putting both concertos together in one single release with such impressive DSD sound. Whew! Although 13 years separate the two performances, the remastered DSD sound simply shows now wear, no degradations. These war horses are loose, out of the barn now, and we can ride fast and free on wonderful Tchaikovsky at home or on the go. Bravo, bravo, bravo !
Title: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique op. 14
Artist(s): Ataulfo Argenta conducts the The Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer: John Culshaw Engineer: Ken Cress
Recorded by Decca 11-13 Nov 1957 at La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris
1 Rêveries, Passions (Largo - Allegro Agitato Ed Appassionato Assai) 12:40
2 Un Bal (Valse - Allegro Non Troppo) 6:20
3 Scène Aux Champs (Adagio) (Part 1) 8:25
4 Scène Aux Champs (Adagio) (Concluded) 7:05
5 Marche Au Supplice (Allegretto Non Troppo) 6:25
6 Songe D'une Nuit Du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro) 9:35
Total Time: 50:30