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Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade / Ansermet / Suisse Romande

  (Item #: rimskscheh_6212_1704) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Shockingly good Double Plus (A++) on both sides of this vintage London pressing and quiet vinyl
  • This copy will go head to head with the Reiner pressing and it might just show you a thing or two
  • Considering how bad most copies of the Reiner sound, we'd be very surprised if this pressing didn't trounce it
  • 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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Bernard Herrmann
The Fantasy Film World of...

  (Item #: herrmfanta_1704_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This early British London pressing has amazing sound on both sides - Triple Plus (A+++) or something close to it
  • Drop the needle anywhere on either side to hear the power of the orchestra live in your listening room!
  • The soundfield is huge, open and transparent, with the kind of size and spaciousness that may just leave you in awe
  • A superb Phase 4 recording by Arthur Lilley in Kingsway Hall by a composer with unlimited audiophile appeal
See all of our Bernard Herrmann albums in stock


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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_1704) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • After a lengthy shootout hiatus we proudly present the best side two of this album to hit the site since 2013
  • Out Of This World sound on side two, where it earned a Four Plus sonic grade for its MINDBLOWING orchestral power
  • Side one earned a seriously good grade of Double Plus (A++) - it's rich, clear and dynamic, with weighty brass
  • A TAS List Super Disc, with a performance by Previn and the LSO that's as spectacular as the sound
  • This copy has some condition issues - those of you looking for a quiet copy will have to wait for the next shootout in 2018 or thereabouts
See more of the music of Gustav Holst (1874-1934)


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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

  (Item #: stravfireb_90226_1704) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound or close to it on both sides for one of the all time great recordings of The Firebird
  • One listen to either side of this pressing and you'll see why this is one of the Top Mercury Titles of All Time
  • Dorati breathes life into the work as only he can and the Mercury engineers IN 1960 do him proud
  • "The magic lies in the elaborate orchestration and the excitingly uneven rhythmic writing. Stravinsky changes the orchestration of his themes at each repetition, breaks them down into their constituent parts, pushes their accents across the bar-line, and moves them out of sync with their own accompaniments."
More of the music of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


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

  (Item #: ravelboler_6367_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • 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
The Tale of Tsar Saltan

  (Item #: rimsktaleo_6012_1703_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This AMAZING side two with the May Night and Russian Eastern Festival overtures was good enough to earn our Three Plus (A+++) grade
  • We loved what we heard on this side two - the Tubey Magical quality of the strings is a big plus
  • It's rich and real, with huge WHOMP factor down low, as well as clear, uncolored brass and robust lower strings
  • And the good news is that the Tale of the Tsar Saltan had superb sound as well - it earned a Double Plus grade (A++)
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1703_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Killer Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound
  • Both sides are BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy you've heard
  • Both Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien have rich, powerful, weighty brass and lower strings
  • The most exciting and beautifully played 1812 we know of - we encourage you to compare this to the best recording you've got
More of the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


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Beethoven / ’Kreutzer’ and Spring Sonatas / Szeryng

  (Item #: beethkreut_2377_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this fairly quiet Golden Age RCA Recording
  • The Kreutzer is one of the truly great violin concertos, and here it is in its entirety with wonderful 1961 Living Stereo Sound
  • The sonic immediacy and clarity of the violin are excellent - this pressing has a sweeter top and it clearly easier on the ears for it
  • This pressing also gives you the wonderful Beethoven Spring Sonata, with Rubinstein at the piano
More of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


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Beethoven / Symphony #6 (Pastoral) / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym6_6160_1703_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is a wonderful find from our recent shootout, on fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Rodgers / Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Fiedler

  (Item #: rodgeslaug_2294_1703) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Breathtaking Triple Plus (A+++) 1959 Living Stereo sound on side one, courtesy of the team of Mohr and Layton
  • The concert hall is huge, with (gulp) some of the most natural orchestral staging I have ever heard
  • Mid-hall perspective, with virtually no multi-miking to be heard, a glorious approach to sound that is all but gone forever
  • Fiedler and his Pops play these 7 short pieces by Bernstein, Gould, Falla, Shostakovich and Copland with great gusto and skill
  • "A great collection of 20th Century music. Richard Rodgers' "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" may be the most exciting music he ever composed ... the definitive versions of these works."
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Dvorak / Violin Concerto / Accardo / Davis

  (Item #: dvoravioli_1702) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find wonderful sound on both sides of this exceptionally quiet Philips recording - rich, sweet and musical
  • 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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Prokofiev / Scythian Suite & Lt. Kije / Abbado

  (Item #: prokoltkij_33_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 2-pack gives you outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound for Lt. Kije and wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound for the Scythian Suite
  • This single LP boasts our favorite performances for both of these popular 20th century works - such a deal!
  • Big, clear, present and transparent, with a HUGE bottom end, this is some Demo Disc sound all right
  • When the brass is rich and clear, not thin and shrill, the way it is here, you have yourself a top DG pressing
More of the music of Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)


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Albeniz/ Iberia - Ansermet

  (Item #: albeniberi_1702_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Double Plus (A+++) sound on both sides this is superb recording, full of orchestral excitement
  • The glorious Victoria Hall displays the true Power of the Orchestra here
  • Records are rarely this spacious, open, transparent, dynamic and sweet
  • Like Chabrier's Espana, this exotic, colorful music is sure to please any audiophile
More of the music of Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Albeniz/ Iberia - Ansermet

  (Item #: albeniberi_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides this is superb DEMO DISC of orchestral excitement
  • The glorious Victoria Hall displays the true Power of the Orchestra here
  • Records simply do not get any more spacious, open, transparent, dynamic and sweet
  • Like Chabrier's Espana, this exotic, colorful music is sure to please any audiophile
More of the music of Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)


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Beethoven / Symphony No. 9 / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym9_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Side two is just shy of our top grade (A++ to A+++), wonderfully rich and lively, and second only to the best we heard all day
  • Side one is also superb, A++, which easily makes this pressing a Must Own Beethoven 9th
  • Both sides play reasonably well for a London pressing from 1960, but there are some issues, noted below
  • "...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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Gershwin / Concerto In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
More of the music of George Gershwin


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Chopin / Les Sylphides & Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne

  (Item #: chopilessy_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


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

  (Item #: griegpeerg_1701) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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
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Various Composers / Witches' Brew / Gibson

  (Item #: variowitch_1701) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound and quiet surfaces for one of the rarest and most sought after "audiophile" records in the world
  • Can you believe that even the Classic Records pressing of this title is selling for hundreds of dollars these days?
  • With Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus surfaces this is probably the quietest copy we have ever played
  • Wonderful performances and sound for Danse Macabre, A Night On Bare Mountain and Liszt's Mephisto Waltz
More of the music of Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

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Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade / Ansermet / Suisse Romande

  (Item #: rimskscheh_6212_1701) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This 2-pack offers Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one, along with a Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This copy will go head to head with the hottest Reiner pressing and is guaranteed to blow the doors off of it
  • The top end is natural and sweet - THIS is the way the solo violin in the left channel is supposed to sound
  • An extraordinary Demo Disc - the brass has weight and power on side one like you've never heard in your life
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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 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
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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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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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