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Ansermet's Antar symphony
Decca's earliest ever stereo recording sounds better than ever in this incarnation. Ansermet had a good feel for Russian music, but his orchestra was never more than second tier. Still, this is a genuinely historic, as well as historical, release, and well worth the listening,
More great Russian Romantics from a great conductor.
Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony No.2 - (Antar) - Ernest Ansermet L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
R-K is a great composer, this is a great symphony, beautifuly interpreted and transferred.
Yes, Decca's first stereo classical recording, from 1954. They got a lot right first time out... Not a symphony, of course, this is a four-movement tone poem. Interesting and decent sonics, but a bit on the short side in terms of playtime.
Title: Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony No.2 - (Antar)
Artist(s): Ernest Ansermet L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Recorded 1954 by Decca
Producer James Walker Engineer: Roy Wallace
Recorded at Victoria Hall, Geneva
1. Largo - Allegro giocoso - Adagio - Largo - (Tempo I) 11:55
2. Allegro - Molto allegro - Meno mosso, allargando - Allegro (Tempo I) 5:11
3. Allegro risoluto alla marcia 5:42
4. Allegretto vivace - Andante amoroso - Animato assai - Tempo I 8:29
Total Time: 31:17
Mastered in Pure DSD256