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- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - Ataulfo Argenta - The Paris Conservato
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Great listening experience!!
That taken into consideration is one of the largest recordings made of this symphonic masterpiece, the one that Decca, with the sound engineer Ken Cress and the producer James Walker, made in November 1957 at the Maison de la Mutualité, with the Spanish director Ataúlfo Argenta at the head of the Orchester du Conservatoire de Paris. If we take for example another excellent recording of this symphony such as that of the 2014 LSO with the conductor Valery Gergiev to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, here we realize how absolutely superior the care of the balance: the presence effect is so high that you seem to be next to the director Argenta. In this production it has been possible to enhance the dialogue between the strings and the brasses respecting the tonal and tonal peculiarities but at the same time managing to bring them out in a bursting and never invasive way. The serious arches have been captured in a wonderful way and together with the cellos you can perceive a sculptural materialization of the same inside the room, it almost seems that you can touch them: in particular in the last two movements you have the distinct feeling of being inside the procession of the March of the Supplizio and to dance together with witches and demons in the Dream of a Sabbath night. All sections of the orchestra were shot with a natural balance and excellent transparency and dynamic and decidedly explosive. Absolutely credible and well proportioned soundstage for a recording which, even dating back to 1957, is absolutely an example of how one should always record. strappoacusticohiend.weebly.com
Great performance and top quality sound. must have edition
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