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White Hot Stamper

Stravinsky - Petrushka - Danon

  (Item #: stravpetru_rdg_1703) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • We proudly debut an outstanding pressing of one of Stravinsky's Great Ballets, with Demo Disc sound to beat all comers
  • Rich and full-bodied with a big, solid low end, the sound is exceptionally CLEAR, natural and lively
  • The sound is HUGE, clear and DYNAMIC, with weighty brass and energy like no recording of the work you have ever heard
  • We would gladly put this 1962 Readers Digest recording by Kenneth Wilkinson from Kingsway Hall up against any recording of the work you own - it's that good
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Super Hot Stamper

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
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Milstein / Master pieces / Susskind

Reviewed in 2013

  (Item #: variomaste_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is a RARE and WONDERFUL SOUNDING original Capitol pressing of Milstein playing pieces for violin and orchestra by Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and others. The recording of the Mozart Rondo on side one boasts DEMO DISC quality sound. Side one is amazingly rich, sweet and tubey magical. The violin is tonally correct, with the kind of immediacy few violin records (in our experience) manage to capture as well, while still retaining the correct size of the instrument.

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Mussorgsky et al. - Danse Infernale

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: mussodanse_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

It took two copies -- one for side one, one for side two -- to find two sides this good. We love this album but most copies are unbelievably dreadful. (Actually, if you’ve played a fair number of DG recordings over the years you might not have any trouble believing how bad the average one is, so I take that back.)

This German Import has DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND -- of a kind. Being a DG recording, one of the things you won’t be demonstrating with this record is natural string tone -- it’s just not part of the DG sound. But, this record is ALIVE.

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Ruggiero Ricci / Solo Recital

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: riccisolor_6193_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

EXCELLENT SOUND and quiet vinyl on both sides of this London LP featuring the great Ruggiero Ricci performing solo violin pieces! Side two in particular has a sweet, clear top end that really shows you the detail in the violin. Side one is transparent and tonally correct but a bit dark, without all the clarity and sweetness of side two. Still, a very good side at A+ to A++.

Violin sonatas by Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev and Hindemith.

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Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps - Solti

Speakers Corner Reviewed

  (Item #: stravlesac_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: B

A fairly good Speakers Corner Decca.

Years ago we wrote the following: "Wow! What a performance! What dynamic full bodied sound! To be fair, I pulled out my original London, one of those awful mid-'70s English pressings that are never quiet, and yes, some of the ambience on the original is missing here on the new version, but everything else seems right: dynamics, tonality, the frequency extremes (including some pretty awesome deep bass)."

Can't be sure we would still feel that way but I'm guessing this is a good record if you can pick one up at a cheap price.

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Stravinsky - Petrushka - Ansermet

Speakers Corner (Reviewed in the '90s)

  (Item #: stravpetru_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the better Speakers Corner Deccas. We haven't played a copy of this record in years, but back in the day we liked it, so let's call it a "B" with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds. Not sure if we would still agree with what we wrote back in the '90s when this record came out, but here it is anyway.

"One of the best of the Deccas. Superb sound. Ansermet''s performance here is definitive."

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Stravinsky - The Song of the Nightingale

Thoughts on the TAS Super Disc List

  (Item #: stravsongo_tas) 



Some thoughts on The Absolute Sound’s Super Disc List and one of its more famous members: Stravinsky’s Song Of the Nightingale with Reiner.
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Stravinsky / Song of the Nightingale / Ansermet

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: stravsongo_6138_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

"Song of the Nightingale" is far more enjoyable in Ansermet's hands than in Reiner's or Dorati's. The sound is significantly better on this pressing than on the Stereo Treasury, the RCA, and the Mercury versions. Once past the obvious saturation that opens this recording, the sound is perfection! The percussion leaps off of this LP like it does with a good Direct To Disc recording. The strength of this LP is "Song of the Nightingale".

The "Pulcinella Suite", also featured on this record, never sounds as good as "Song of the Nightingale". But what does?



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Stravinsky / Song Of the Nightingale / Reiner

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: stravsongo_2150_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The Hot Stamper pressing has DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND for the Stravinsky piece that takes up side two, the one on the TAS Super Disc List. The sound is BIG and BOLD, stretching from wall to wall, and so transparent you can clearly hear all the way to the back of the stage and then some. Trust me, few Shaded Dog pressings sound like this one!

Normally we list this record under Prokofiev, but, as usual, the Prokofiev side of this copy is not very good sounding. (In fact I've never liked the sound of Reiner's Lt. Kije. It always sounded hard and sour like a bad DG to me.)

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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

Classic Records 45 RPM Debunked

  (Item #: stravfireb_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

A customer alerted me to a review Wayne Garcia wrote about various VPI platters and the rim drive, and this is what I wrote back to him:

Steve, after starting to read Wayne's take on the platters, I came across this:

That mind-blowing epiphany that I hadn't quite reached with the Rim Drive/Super Platter happened within seconds after I lowered the stylus onto the "Infernal Dance" episode of Stravinsky's Firebird (45 rpm single-sided Classic Records reissue of the incomparable Dorati/LSO Mercury Living Presence recording).
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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: stravfireb_90226_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

White Hot Front Row Center sound on side one - amazingly lifelike. One listen to either side and you'll know this is one of the Top Mercury Titles of All Time. Dorati breathes life into the work as only he can. This is the first time the Mercury Firebird has ever made it to the site, and this copy is killer.

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Stravinsky / The Firebird Suite / Ansermet

Speakers Corner (Reviewed in the '90s)

  (Item #: stravfireb_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the better Speakers Corner Deccas. We haven't played a copy of this record in years, but back in the day we liked it, so let's call it a "B" with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds. Not sure if we would still agree with what we wrote back in the '90s when this record came out, but here it is anyway.

"Excellent sound with a wonderful performance from Ansermet."

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Stravinsky / The Firebird Suite / Freccia

Our First Reader's Digest Offering

  (Item #: stravfireb_rdg_2011_1) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is the first time a disc from a Reader's Digest box set has made it to the site, and we're starting off with a bang -- The Firebird Suite and La Mer are the two pieces on record 7 of the set, and both of them are knockouts. We have a devil of a time finding good recordings of either work, and to find SUPERB better than Super Hot Stamper sound (A++ to A+++) for both back to back on one disc is a surprise indeed.

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Stravinsky / The Rite of Spring / Monteux / Paris Con.

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: stravriteo_2085_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The ULTIMATE Rite of Spring has arrived. This early pressing takes the sound of the recording to a place we never thought it could go. With Four Pluses (A++++) it's more than a full grade better than any copy to ever make it to the site. After hearing this copy we had to lower the grade on our supposedly White Hot (but too noisy to sell) reference LP.

The space and dynamic power of the sound of this side one were something we had never heard before on Stravinsky's groundbreaking work. Lush when quiet, clear and undistorted when loud, not one Rite of Spring in a hundred can do what this record can!

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Stravinsky / The Rite of Spring / Solti

  (Item #: stravriteo_6885) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an amazing recording, DEMO QUALITY SOUND, far better than the Decca heavy vinyl reissue that came out in the 2000s.

This record is extremely dynamic; full of ambience; tonally correct; with tons of deep bass. Because it's a more modern recording, it doesn't have the tubey magic of some Golden Age originals, but it compensates for that shortcoming by being less distorted and "clean". Some people may consider that more accurate. I don't know if that is in fact the case, to be honest with you.

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Walton - Violin Concerto -- Chung / Previn

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: waltovioli_6601_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

A Near Mint 1973 Decca British Import LP. This album also contains the Stravinsky Concerto on side two.

The Walton sounds quite good; the Stravinsky is a bit Hi-Fi-ish for my taste. Love that cover!

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