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Sibelius / Violin Concerto / Ricci - Fjelstad

  (Item #: sibelvioli_ricci_2005_8) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides make this a Sibelius Violin Concerto with top sonics and a performance to match - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's some of the best sound we have ever heard for the work, right up there with our longtime favorite, the Heifetz on Living Stereo (LSC 2435)
  • One of the truly great 1958 All Tube recordings from Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty by Alan Reeve & Gordon Parry on this very disc
  • "In the easier and looser concerto forms invented by Mendelssohn and Schumann I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius violin concerto."
More of the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)


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Gershwin / Rhapsody In Blue / Gershwin / Thomas

  (Item #: gershrhaps_2001_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Gershwin's rendition of his stunning Masterpiece makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Lively, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this copy sounds
  • Using the piano roll capturing the performance of the composer himself, Gershwin's take on the Rhapsody is spirited and jazzy - the work is performed at a thrilling pace
  • This performance and arrangement is sure to give its audience a new perspective on what Gershwin was trying to accomplish with his "experiment for piano and jazz band"
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Paganini / Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Menuhin / Erede

  (Item #: paganvioli_emi_1910_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • A superb UK pressing with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, mated to a very good sounding side two - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Two of the truly great virtuoso/romantic violin concertos, boasting superb 1961 EMI Golden Age Analog Sound
  • The complete first Violin Concerto on this vintage LP has killer sound, right up there with our Shootout Winner from the last go around
  • It's 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 for both works, with sound to rival the greatest concerto recordings we've played
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Leonard Bernstein
Conducts Symphonic Dances...

  (Item #: bernsconducts_2005_8) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning 2-pack offers Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last on vintage Columbia pressings - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies are out of this world, reproducing some of the most dynamic, exciting, richest, and most spacious sound we have ever heard from the man's records
  • The music is wonderful of course, with the Suites giving you all the best parts of his marvelous compositions with none of the filler
  • Vibrant orchestrations, played with more energy than you may have imagined, coupled with top quality sound combine for an immersive and engrossing listening experience
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Stravinsky / Rite of Spring / Monteux / Paris Con.

  (Item #: stravriteo_2085_2008) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Shaded Dog pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Perhaps the greatest performance ever, and, in our experience, far and away the best sounding
  • Golden Age recordings, or any other recordings for that matter (excluding the awful Telarc digital releases from back in the day), offering this kind of powerful, realistic authority down low is a positive thrill for us Big Speaker guys
  • Monteux knows the work as well as anyone can - he himself conducted the premier in 1913
  • Mind boggling in its power to move the listener - less an RCA, more of a Decca, using the classic Decca Tree recording approach developed by the master, Mr. Kenneth Wilkinson
More of the music of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


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

  (Item #: saintsym3_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • For the first time in three years, one of Saint-Saens' greatest masterpieces returns to Better Records with truly superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl, the quietest copy to ever hit the site
  • Clear and transparent and natural - your ability to suspend disbelief requires practically no effort at all
  • 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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Tchaikovsky / Concerto for Violin & Orchestra / Oistrakh

  (Item #: tchaivioli_mhs_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Presenting THE sleeper Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto recording of the (last) century
  • One of the better sounding copies we have ever played -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • 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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Mussorgsky et al. / Danse Infernale / Fiedler

  (Item #: mussodanse_2007_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides make this one of the consistently best sounding batch of Orchestral Showpieces we have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • After a two year hiatus, our favorite performance of Night on Bald Mountain is back, and it's 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
  • Both sides are clear and transparent, with huge hall space extending wall to wall and floor to ceiling
  • Watch your levels - this pressing is dramatically more DYNAMIC than most Golden Age recordings
More of the music of Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)


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Beethoven / Symphony No. 9 / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym9_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Both of these sides are wonderfully rich, lively and musical yet still super clear and spacious, making this pressing a Must Own Beethoven 9th
  • Both sides play reasonably well for a London pressing from 1960
  • "...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."
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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2007_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This superb 2-pack boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from top to bottom - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • MINDBLOWING orchestral power like no other music on vinyl you have ever heard - wait until you play Mars with this kind of energy, holy moly!
  • These sides are rich, clear and dynamic, with weighty brass, and the kind of dynamic power that lefts the energy level right into space
  • A TAS List Super Disc, with a performance by Previn and the LSO that's as spectacular as the recording by the two Christophers
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Sibelius / Finlandia / Mackerras / London Proms

  (Item #: sibelfinla_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - a superb Shaded-Dog-beating Finlandia
  • Both sides are big, clear, transparent and dynamic - no Heavy Vinyl pressing can do what this record is doing
  • Yet another wonderful example of what the much-lauded Decca recording engineers were able to capture on analog tape all those years ago
  • Demo Disc sound and music - spectacular works played with feeling
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Super Hot Stamper

Mozart / String Quartets / Quartetto Italiano

  (Item #: mozarstrin_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early Philips stereo pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of the finest string quartet recordings we have ever had the pleasure to play - lovely recreation of space, Tubey Magical richness, and rosiny string textures
  • Clear and transparent and natural - your ability to suspend disbelief requires practically no effort at all
  • "The playing of the Quartetto Italiano has a freshness, range and subtlety that vividly realizes the music in all its variety, while technical problems seem to have been solved so that the music making can be both spontaneous-sounding and thoughtful throughout."
More of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


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Mendelssohn and Bruch / Violin Concertos / Ricci / Gamba/ LSO

  (Item #: mendevioli_6010_2003_7ex) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard Mendelssohn Violin Concerto sound as good as it does here, and the Bruch Violin Concerto on the second side is every bit as good
  • With sonic grades like these, you can be sure this pressing will beat all comers for sound, including the performances by Heifetz, Rybar, and others that impressed in the past
  • The violin is so sweet and present, so rich, natural and real, you will forget you're listening to a record at all
  • The glorious sound of these truly great 1958 All Tube "Decca Tree" recordings from Kingsway Hall is faithfully captured in all its beauty on this very disc
More of the music of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)


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Sibelius / Violin Concerto / Heifetz / Hendl

  (Item #: sibelvioli_heifetz_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of the Sibelius Violin Concerto boasts outstanding sonics and a fiery performance from Heifetz
  • It's some of the best sound we have ever heard for the work, right up there with our longtime favorite, the Ricci on Decca/London
  • RCA presents the violin more immediately in the soundfield - if you have one of our killer Hot Stampers of the Beethoven or Tchaicovsky violin concertos, you know exactly the sound I am talking about
  • "In the easier and looser concerto forms invented by Mendelssohn and Schumann I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius violin concerto."
More of the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)


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Various
Milstein Miniatures - Milstein / Pommers

  (Item #: variomilstein_miniatures_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to sound better than any vintage pressing of violin pieces you've heard, and it plays as quietly as any copy ever will (and far better than most)
  • We are big fans of Nathan Milstein here at Better Records and it's records like this that justify our enthusiasm
  • Works for violin and piano by Chopin, Vivaldi, Smetana, Brahms, Stravinsky and others - and each is played with the feeling and skill as would be expected from one of the greatest performers of his generation
  • The appeal for the casual listener may not warrant the expense, but those who seek out these kinds of vintage '50s pressings should find much to like here
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White Hot Stamper

Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne / Fiedler

  (Item #: offengaite_2007) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning sound on both sides of this Shaded Dog pressing from 1954 with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a true Demo Disc quality recording - both sides are big, full-bodied, clean and clear, with huge amounts of energy and tons of space around all of the players
  • This 2-track recording is RCA's first stereo recording of the work from all the way back in 1954 - can you believe it?
  • Two mics and two channels and it blows away most of the classical recordings that followed it
  • Some old record collectors (like me) say classical recording quality ain't what it used to be - this record proves it
  • In the '90s I was regularly selling this title for $1000+ and people were happy to pay it!
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Schubert / Symphony No. 9 "The Great" / Krips / LSO

  (Item #: schubsym9_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard this powerful orchestral masterpiece sound remotely as good as it does here - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the truly great All Tube Wilkinson "Decca Tree" recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this very disc
  • The 1958 master tape has been transferred brilliantly using "modern" cutting equipment (from 1976, not the low-rez junk they're forced to make do with these days), giving you sound that only the best of both worlds can offer
  • Don't expect to ever see an original on this site - the two we had were crude, flat, full of harmonic distortion, and with clearly restricted frequency extremes
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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_2007_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish - make no mistake, this is a true DEMO DISC in the world of orchestral recordings
  • This spectacular recording is big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - it's 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, and this copy will show you why - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
More of the music of Emmanual Chabrier (1841-1894)


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Julian Bream
The Art of Julian Bream

  (Item #: breamartof_1911_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This stunning vintage RCA White Dog pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are wonderfully full-bodied and natural, using State-of-the-Art All Tube Living Stereo recording technology that was so advanced in 1960 it could transport a living, breathing Julian Bream directly from his studio into your listening room, 59 years later (!)
  • The set list comprises mainly baroque arrangements for classical guitar, including an especially lovely version of Ravel's 'Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte'
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Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_1902_6_11_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side for the Citizen Kane Suite!) and Double Plus (A++) on the second; one of the best copies to hit the site in many years
  • The brass is huge on Citizen Kane, with accurate timbre - side two offers rich strings and a powerful, weighty piano for the Concerto Macabre
  • By far the single best Bernard Herrmann disc we know of - A Must Own for any serious audiophile
  • After playing records for 50+ years this is still some of the most emotionally moving music I've ever heard
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Super Hot Stamper

Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_10_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • These sides are rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
More of the music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918)


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1909_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Classical album finally returns to the site, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - this is a DEMO DISC orchestral recording
  • This spectacular recording is big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - HERE 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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Mendelssohn / Scotch Symphony / Maag

  (Item #: mendescotc_6191_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Mendelssohn Scotch Symphony you've ever heard
  • Top Rated (10/10) for sound and performance in the Moon/Gray book - clearly the best performance on record, and with Hot Stamper sound like this, this copy more than justifies their rating
  • One of the truly great 1960 All Tube Kenneth Wilkinson "Decca Tree" recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this early Blueback disc
  • There is richness and texture to the strings that no record made in the last 30 years can capture, and if you don't believe me, we offer this pressing as proof
More of the music of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)


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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2002_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this early EMI pressing is guaranteed to be the best pressing of Holst's Magnum Opus, The Planets you have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Orchestral power like practically no other music on vinyl you may have heard, and Previn's and the LSO's performances are without peer in our estimation
  • These sides are rich, clear and dynamic, with weighty brass, and the kind of dynamic power that lefts the energy level right into space
  • A TAS List Super Disc, with a performance that's as spectacular as the recording by the two Christophers
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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_2001_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pressing has nearly White Hot Stamper (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our big Shootout Winner
  • The finest Liszt 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos we know of for their performances, and unquestionably for sonics (when the sonics are this good!)
  • More like LIVE MUSIC than any classical recording I have played in longer than I care to remember
  • So big, rich and transparent we guarantee you have never heard a better piano concerto recording (unless you already one of our White Hot copies!)
More of the music of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)


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Rossini / Overtures / Maag / PCO

  (Item #: rossiovert_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a BETTER than Triple Plus (A+++ to A++++) side two and a side one that earned a very respectable grade of Double Plus (A++), the orchestral power of display here is positively PHENOMENAL
  • Wilkie's Decca Tree recording is overflowing with the kind of rich, spacious, Tubey Magical sound that can only be found on vintage vinyl
  • Performances and sound like no other - Maag's Rossini is in a league of its own
  • "You'd think Maag would approach the scores the way most conductors do: gung-ho and hell bent for leather. He doesn't. In fact, Maag displays a good deal of reserve, calculating his interpretations for the biggest payoff. For instance, in William Tell he keeps the opening sections in check, and then he builds the final segment into a most-exciting whirlwind, the conclusion carrying you away."
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Bach / Organ Music Volume 2 / Weinrich

  (Item #: bach_organ_2649_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this copy is practically as good as it gets - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The size and power of a huge modern (1958) organ captured in glorious Living Stereo All Tube Analog
  • The sound is glorious - full, rich, spacious, big and transparent, with virtually no smear
  • The organ is so effortlessly clear and relaxed you will soon forget you are actually sitting in your listening room, not a church
  • For those of you who know your organ recordings on Living Stereo, it's Volume 2 that has the better sound
More of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Unbelievable Shootout Winning Demo Disc quality sound on side one - this Triple Plus (A+++) side had more energy and snap than practically any we played
  • Side two was not especially good, but that's really not a problem since side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found
  • To be honest, the copy I owned for years still had a pristine side two, mostly because I never bothered to play it much
  • When you come to the end of side one you will not be wanting more - you will have heard everything that's good about this remarkable composition
  • This gloriously exciting and fun music belongs in any audiophile's collection
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Tchaikovsky / Serenade for Strings - Munch

  (Item #: tchaiseren_2105_2005_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we've heard for Munch's recording with the BSO, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The 14 minute long Elgar piece is on the second side here, with strings that are substantially more Tubey, rich and sweet than on any other side two we played
  • Surely one of the greatest performances ever recorded, more powerful and emotional than others with which we have played
  • "In his conception of the Serenade, Tchaikovsky envisioned a work which falls somewhere between a symphony and a string quintet. The work is as personal as any of the composer's symphonies and as intimate as his chamber music."
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • These sides are incredibly rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
More of the music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918)


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Paganini - Kreisler / Concerto In One Movement / Campoli

  (Item #: paganconce_1911_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This exceptionally rare early London pressing features Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and includes a wonderful performance of the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3
  • This is a spectacular recording - it's big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic, and is guaranteed to put to shame any Heavy Vinyl pressing of orchestral music you own
  • Campoli brings his warmth, feeling, and technical precision to these classical masterpieces
  • The Decca engineers captured the correct amount of detail in the bowing and fingering - it's not overdone as it is in so many records that many audiophiles prefer, with the mics much too close to the strings
More of the music of Niccolo Paganini / More of the music of Camille Saint-Saens


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Sullivan/Mackerras / Pineapple Poll Ballet / Mackerras

  (Item #: sullipinea_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this wonderful recording of the Pineapple Poll ballet has superb sound that will be very hard to beat
  • In the best tradition of vintage All Tube analog from 1962, these sides are both rich and clear, with rhythmic drive and energy that keeps the festivities briskly humming along, just as they would in one of the composer's famous operettas
  • Remarkably colorful orchestration - the brilliant music of Sir Arthur Sullivan shines on this famous TAS List Super Disc
  • "As a score, [Pineapple Poll] quite simply sparkles like freshly popped champagne. ... In fact, this is a comic masterpiece. Any viewer will be impressed with the vivacious dancing and the 'built in' humour which pervades the work..."
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Bernard Herrmann
The Fantasy Film World of...

  (Item #: herrmfanta_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early British London pressing has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • On the better copies such as this one you can hear the power of the orchestra come to life right in your very own listening room
  • The soundfield is big, 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, taking advantage of the legendary acoustics of Kingsway Hall
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Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_1910_5) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Columbia Six Eye has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound for the Rhapsody in Blue on side two - reasonably quiet vinyl too, especially for an early stereo LP
  • As would be expected, both sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical, but the clarity, deep bass and powerful, dynamic sound of side two surprised the hell out of us - we've never heard the work reproduced with this kind of authority or fidelity
  • The first two movements of the Concerto in F found on side one earned a solid grade of Double Plus (A++) for their full brass and especially clear, solid, present piano, one with practically no trace of vintage analog tube smear
  • Performed with consummate skill and the highest standards in mind - the results are magnificent!
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Paganini / Concerto No.1 & Wieniawski / Concerto No. 2 - Rabin

  (Item #: paganvioli_rabin_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double PLus (A++) sound for both of these sublime concertos - correct and live sounding throughout
  • This copy showed that it had the balance of clarity and sweetness we were looking for in the sound of the violin, and the orchestra sounds amazing - so rich and full-bodied
  • Both works are performed with skill and passion by the incomparable Michael Rabin
  • This record puts most of the TAS Super Discs to shame, and it's on a budget reissue label. Hey Harry, how about them apples!?
More of the music of Niccolo Paganini / More of the music of Henryk Wieniawski


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Super Hot Stamper

Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent pressing, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part too
  • Both sides are open, high-rez, and spacious, with depth like you will not believe and least shrill string reproduction we have ever heard for this music
  • Side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found - and this pressing, with Beyond White Hot sound for that side, is guaranteed to be bigger and more lively than you ever imagined (because that's how we felt about it, hence the fourth plus)
  • Gloriously exciting and fun music that belongs in any audiophile's collection
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Tchaikovsky / Piano Concerto #1 / Richter / Karajan

  (Item #: tchaipiano_dg_1909_1_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides makes this one powerful Demo Disc set
  • Without a doubt some of THE BEST SOUND we have ever heard for this recording!
  • The huge space of a real concert hall seemingly transported right into your listening room
  • Richter is magnificent - our favorite performance of the Tchaikovsky First bar none
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Sullivan/Mackerras / Pineapple Poll Ballet / Mackerras

  (Item #: sullipinea_2004) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This wonderful recording of Pineapple Poll makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • In the best tradition of vintage All Tube analog from 1962, these sides are both rich and clear, with rhythmic drive and energy that keeps the festivities briskly humming along, just as they would in one of the composer's famous operettas
  • Remarkably colorful orchestration - the brilliant music of Sir Arthur Sullivan shines on this famous TAS List Super Disc
  • "As a score, [Pineapple Poll] quite simply sparkles like freshly popped champagne. ... In fact, this is a comic masterpiece. Any viewer will be impressed with the vivacious dancing and the 'built in' humour which pervades the work..."
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Bruch - Scottish Fantasia / Mendelssohn - Violin Con. - Campoli

  (Item #: bruchscott_15015_1912_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • As good as the Mendelssohn is on side one - with Double Plus (A++) sound it would have to be excellent indeed - the crowning glory of this disc is the Scottish Fantasy on side two
  • It's some of the best sound we have ever heard for the work, right up there with our longtime favorite, the Heifetz on Living Stereo (LSC 2603)
  • One of the truly great 1959 All Tube Kenneth Wilkinson "Decca Tree" recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this very disc
  • Referring to the Mendelssohn, Gramophon noted: "[Campoli's] virtuosity in the finale are as self-evident as is the excellence of the accompaniment under Sir Adrian Boult. There are many felicitous touches and the distinguished soloist plays magnificently throughout."
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Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Columbia Black Print early stereo 360 has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too, especially for a vintage pressing
  • As would be expected, both sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical, with the clarity, deep bass and powerful, dynamic sound the work needs
  • Both sides earned excellent sonic grades for their full brass and especially clear, solid, present piano, one with practically no trace of vintage analog tube smear
  • Performed with consummate skill and attention to detail - the results are magnificent!
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812_6_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER from start to finish - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The 1812 is found on the better sounding side here - with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound this British LP is guaranteed to rock your world
  • This UK pressing is BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy of the 1812 you've heard
  • The two coupling pieces, Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien, also 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 in your collection
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Sibelius / Symphony #2 / Barbarolli

  (Item #: sibelsym2_rdg_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two this is a stunning copy - the best Sibelius Second Symphony on vinyl we know of
  • One listen to this famous Wilkinson recording and you'll see why it's one of the most lauded RDG titles in all of their illustrious canon
  • "The Second Symphony has retained an extraordinary popularity for its individualistic tonal language, dark wind coloring, muted string writing, simple folk-like themes, and distinctly "national" flavor that are all Sibelian to the core."
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Sibelius / Symphony #2 / Barbarolli

  (Item #: sibelsym2_rdg_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound or BETTER on both sides - the best Sibelius Second Symphony on vinyl we know of
  • One listen to this famous Wilkinson recording and you'll see why it's one of the most lauded RDG titles in all of their illustrious canon
  • The biggest problem with these wonderful recordings is the vinyl - this is the only copy which played Mint Minus Minus on any side
  • "The Second Symphony has retained an extraordinary popularity for its individualistic tonal language, dark wind coloring, muted string writing, simple folk-like themes, and distinctly "national" flavor that are all Sibelian to the core."
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