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Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre / Also: Ravel, Debussy, Chabrier

  (Item #: saintdanse_1701) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This amazing Triple Triple (A+++) pressing has the best sounding Danse Macabre we have ever heard - it's our new favorite for performance and sound
  • To say we were shocked at just how good this record can sound on the best copies is the understatement of the year
  • Explosively dynamic, with low end weight and clarity up top the likes of which we have rarely heard, this copy blew our minds
  • Is it possible that this is The Ultimate Orchestral Showpiece Album of All Time? We think it just may be!
    More of the music of Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)


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Vivaldi / The Four Seasons / I Solisti di Zagreb / Janigro

  (Item #: vivalfours_van_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Double Plus (A++) LP, one of the better finishers in our recent shootout, the first we have done since 2012
  • Bigger, richer, and more extended up top, this pressing was clearly more involving than almost every other LP we played
  • This small ensemble recording is as close to perfect as any we know of - this is the way to hear it
  • All four movements - each a separate violin concerto in its own right - are performed with great spirit
See all of our Antonio Vivaldi albums in stock


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Sibelius / Masterpieces / Kord / New Philharmonia

  (Item #: sibelmaste_1701) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Another exceptional Phase 4 recording - both sides are clear, spacious and transparent
  • Double Plus (A++) sound for the Karelia Suite, with prodigious weight in the low brass
  • Close to Double Plus (A+ to A++) sound on the first side for Finlandia - put this copy up against your Shaded Dog
  • Exciting, often spectacular works with plenty of audio firepower - easily beats ANY Classic Records pressing for sound
More of the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)


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Paganini / Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Menuhin / Erede

  (Item #: paganvioli_emi_1701) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Both sides earned excellent grades of Double Plus (A+++) or close to it - this is wonderful sounding recording of the works
  • One of the truly great virtuoso/romantic violin concertos, here with superb 1961 EMI Golden Age Analog Sound
  • The sound is simply bigger, more transparent, less distorted, and more three-dimensional than most
  • The best balance of orchestra and soloist we know of, with sound comparable to many of the great concerto recordings
See more of Niccolò Paganini's music in stock


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Mussorgsky et al. / Danse Infernale / Fiedler

  (Item #: mussodanse_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Our favorite performance of Night on Bald Mountain in Double Plus (A++) sound is back, guaranteed to blow your mind (and maybe a woofer or two)
  • Side one also boasts an excellent Danse Macabre, with a powerful finish that may remind you of the thrill of live orchestral music
  • Side two of this amazing sleeper LP contains a wonderfully exciting Sorcerer's Apprentice, also in very good sound
  • Watch your levels on this record - it's dramatically more DYNAMIC than most Golden Age recordings
See more of the music of Modest Mussorgsky in stock


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Paganini / Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Menuhin / Erede

  (Item #: paganvioli_emi_1612) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Both sides earned grades of Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - this is one of the best copies we have ever offered on the site
  • One of the truly great virtuoso/romantic violin concertos, here with superb 1961 EMI Golden Age Analog Sound
  • The sound is simply bigger, more transparent, less distorted, more three-dimensional and more REAL than most others
  • The best balance of orchestra and soloist we know of, with sound to rival the greatest concerto recordings we've played
See more of Niccolò Paganini's music in stock


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Saint-Saens / Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") / Fremaux

  (Item #: saintsym3_1612) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of Saint-Saens' greatest masterpieces returns to Better Records with true Demo Disc sound
  • Huge, lively, spacious, dynamic - both sides earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • What this copy did better than practically any other was show us just how rich, smooth and Tubey Magical 1973 EMI sound could be
  • "The whole work is a magnificent and fantastical symphonic machine that's an apotheosis of the orchestral technology of the late 19th century."
More of the music of Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)


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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_1609s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) on both sides, with the kind of orchestral sound that completely immerses you in the music
  • Richter and Kondrashin deliver the finest Liszt 1st & 2nd Piano Concertos I know of, musically, sonically, and in every other way
  • The recording itself is explosively dynamic - the brass is full, rich and powerful like you will not believe
  • As much like LIVE MUSIC as any classical recording you are likely to own or have heard - it's that good
More of the music of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1611) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound on both sides - this is a WONDERFUL orchestral recording, guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl you own
  • Both sides are big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - this is the sound we love
  • Here is the energy and power of Chabrier's remarkable orchestration, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Roy Wallace
  • Ansermet's Chabrier disc has long been a big favorite of ours here at Better Records - this copy will show you why


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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Gruner-Hegge / Oslo Phil.

  (Item #: griegpeerg_1508s_1) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning Big and Bold Orchestral sound on side two - gloriously huge and exciting
  • Side one is nearly as good (A++ to A+++) and as big, clear and lively as any performance you have ever heard
  • The Living Stereo Tubey Magical sound from 1958 is hard to fault here - they don't make 'em like this anymore!
  • Our favorite performance -- Gruner-Hegge and the Oslo Phil. truly understand this music at the deepest level possible
See more of the music of Edvard Grieg


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Dvorak / Violin Concerto / Accardo / Davis

  (Item #: dvoravioli_1606s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • You'll find wonderful sound on both sides of this exceptionally quiet Philips recording
  • Side one earned a seriously good grade of Double Plus (A++) and side two was close behind it
  • Yes, it was still possible to record classical music properly in 1980, though few labels managed to do it
  • A SUPERB performance from Salvatore Accardo, certainly competitive with the best we have heard
More of the music of Antonin Dvorak


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Prokofieff / Lt. Kije / Abbado (45 RPM)

  (Item #: prokoltkij_45_1611) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Japanese 45 offers the best combination of sonics and performance for Kije we know of
  • Side one is big, clear, present and transparent - the quieter passages are delicate and spacious like you will not believe
  • Side two is Tubey Magical, with an extended top - the lower strings are especially full-bodied and rosin-textured
  • Can it really have been three years since our last big 45 RPM shootout? (Yes, it was 2012.)
More of the music of Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)


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Tchaikovsky / Concerto for Violin & Orchestra / Oistrakh

  (Item #: tchaivioli_1610) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Presenting THE sleeper Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto recording of the (last) century
  • One of the better sounding copies we have ever played - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • The orchestra is big, rich and tubey, yet the dynamics and transparency are first rate
  • One of the most shockingly REAL and full-bodied violins we have yet to hear on record
More of the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


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Beethoven / Symphony #6 (Pastoral) / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym6_6160_1610) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) or better grades on both sides, this is a wonderful find from our first shootout in two years
  • The texture on the strings is captured perfectly - this is an area in which modern pressings fail almost completely
  • Everything sounds so right on this record, so much like live music, there is almost nothing to say about the sound other than You Are There
  • Recorded in Geneva's exquisite Victoria Hall in 1959, this is a top performance from Ansermet and the Suisse Romande, the best we know of
More of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


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Ravel & Dukas / Bolero & The Sorcerer’s Apprentice / Ansermet

  (Item #: ravelboler_6367_1610) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the best copies to hit the site in quite a while
  • Full, rich, spacious, BIG and present, with energetic performances the likes of which you may have never heard
  • Side one has outstanding depth - the snare drum sounds like it's located at least fifty feet behind the speakers
  • One of the best Ansermet / Suisse Romande recordings from Victoria Hall - top performances too
More of the music of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


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Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade / Ansermet / Suisse Romande

  (Item #: rimskscheh_6212_1610) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Shockingly good Double Plus (A++) on both sides of this vintage London pressing
  • This copy will go head to head with the Reiner pressing and it might just show you a thing or two
  • The well known Polovtsian Dances on side two are exceptionally huge and powerful on this copy
  • An extraordinary Demo Disc - the brass has weight and power on both sides like you will not believe
More of the music of Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)


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Chopin / Les Sylphides & Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne

  (Item #: chopilessy_1610) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This amazing Readers Digest disc has Triple Plus (A+++) Out of This World Demo Disc sound for Les Sylphides
  • This killer side two is rich, natural and real like nothing you have ever heard
  • Side two is in correct polarity, which means that as soon as you drop the needle the sound is nothing short of amazing
  • "The ballet, described as a "romantic reverie", is frequently cited as the first ballet to be simply about mood and dance."
More of the music of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)


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Beethoven / Symphony No. 9 / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym9_1609_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Both sides earned superb sonic grades of A++, which makes this a Must Own 9th
  • Both sides play reasonably well for a London pressing from 1960, Mint Minus Minus
  • Finding a copy with an extended top and plenty of Tubey Magic like this one is not easy
  • "...the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande play very well, facing every challenge with musical integrity that reveals to the listener that emotional engagement with the score is far more meaningful than virtuosity for its own sake."
More of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1609) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Killer Double Plus (A++) Hot Stamper sound on both sides - this is a DEMO DISC orchestral recording
  • Both sides of this spectacular recording are big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - this is the sound we love
  • Here is the energy and power of Chabrier's remarkable orchestration, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Roy Wallace
  • Ansermet's Chabrier disc has long been a favorite of ours here at Better Records - this copy will show you why


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Prokofiev / Scythian Suite & Lt. Kije / Abbado

  (Item #: prokoltkij_33_1609) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This 2-pack gives you A+++ sound for Lt. Kije and A++ for the Scythian Suite
  • Our favorite performances for both of these popular 20th century works
  • Big, clear, present and transparent, this is some Demo Disc sound all right
  • When the brass is rich and clear, not thin and shrill, you have yourself a top DG pressing
More of the music of Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)


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Gershwin / Concerto In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_1601s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • Side two has the Rhapsody in Blue in Super Hot Stamper sound - very clear with not a trace of smear
  • Side one has the Concerto in F with lovely extension up top and Tubey Magic in the midrange
  • Both sides are exceptionally spacious, lively and musical from start to finish
  • These two works are performed with consummate skill and attention to detail - the results are magnificent
See more of the music of George Gershwin


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Various Composers
Ballet Favorites - Ansermet

  (Item #: varioballe_1066_1608) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful A++ copy of VICS 1066 - yes, the very one with material from the Royal Gala Ballet Box Set
  • This copy has the Living Stereo Magic in spades but the vinyl is an issue...
  • The full range of colors are presented with remarkable clarity, dynamic contrast, spaciousness, sweetness, and timbral accuracy
  • Demonstration Quality Sound, if what you are demonstrating is not mere Hi-Fi, but the relaxed beauty and charm of analog
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Vivaldi / The Four Seasons / Societa Corelli

  (Item #: vivalfours_1608) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Tubey Magical 1960 Living Stereo sound for The Four Seasons is back at Better Records
  • Double Plus (A++) on side one, nearly as good on side two, this copy had the vintage analog sound we were looking for
  • The best copies are simply bigger, richer and more open, with a more extended, sweeter high end
  • If you drool over the Tubey Magical sound that RCA and others achieved in 1960, this is the copy for you
More of the music of Antonio Vivaldi


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Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne & Chopin / Les Sylphides

  (Item #: offengaite_rd_1607_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This amazing Readers Digest disc has Triple Plus (A+++) Out of This World Demo Disc sound for Gaite Parisienne
  • The dynamic energy, clarity and power of this work come through on this top copy like nothing you have ever heard
  • But only if you can reverse your polarity - if you can't (or won't) just forget hearing this record sound the way I describe it
  • "This is unpretentious, well-crafted music, and while it will not appeal to those exclusively interested in serious listening, it is undeniably masterful within its genre."
More of the music of Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)


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