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Rimsky-Korsakov / Rossini / Tchaikovsky / Fiedler

  (Item #: rimskhififiedler_1911) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This exceptionally rare and practically-impossible-to-find-in-audiophile-playing-condition Shaded Dog from 1958 has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Plenty of Tubey Magic, utilizing a closer mic setup than many early recordings - this provides more immediacy at the expense of less soundstage depth and width relative to other Hi-Fi Specataculars from this era
  • "R. D. Darrell’s notes for the l958 stereo LP release state that the three selections were specifically designed for demonstrate the newest heights yet attainable in the never-ending but ever-closer approach to perfect sonic replicas of the original “live” symphonic performances."
    More of the music of Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)


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Rossini / Overtures / Maag / PCO

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: rossiovert_2013) 



The London and Decca original pressings are the best, right?

Not in our experience. We think that's just another Record Myth.

This Stereo Treasury pressing of Maag's 1958 recording is shockingly good in many ways. It sure doesn't sound like a budget reissue. If anything it sounds more original than the originals we played against it!

More of the music of Ottorino Rossini (1879-1936)


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Rossini et al. / William Tell and other Overtures - Bernstein

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: rossiwilli_2008) 



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

This is a SUPERB SOUNDING Columbia Masterworks LP of favorite overtures, energetically conducted by Leonard Bernstein. It’s exceedingly rare to find a Columbia pressing with sound like this: there’s tons of tubey magic; the string tone is surprisingly good; there's huge amounts of depth and the overall presentation is tonally rich, sweet, and correct in the best golden age tradition.

More of the music of Leonard Bernstein


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Rossini-Respighi / La Boutique Fantasque / Fiedler

Reversed Polarity Copy!

  (Item #: rossilabou_2011) 



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

This is one of the pressings we’ve discovered with Reversed Polarity.

This is a WONDERFUL sounding, very quiet original Shaded Dog pressing of one of the rarest Living Stereo titles. Dropping the needle on side one was a shock -- the sound was terrible: thin, shrill and practically unlistenable. Since I know this to be an exceptionally good sounding record, there was only one possibility: reverse absolute phase. Sure enough, the magic of Living Stereo reappeared. If you can't reverse your phase, this is not the record for you!

More of the music of Ottorino Rossini (1879-1936)


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Rossini-Respighi / La Boutique Fantasque / Solti

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: rossilabou_1010) 



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

This London Mono Radio Promotion Copy is a stunner! DEMO QUALITY SOUND!

They even knew it back then -- it was given the Hi-Fi Record Of The Month award! This orchestration and the sound of this music is ideal for audiophile listening.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice that closes out side two has slightly better sound by the way -- it's quite good!

More of the music of Ottorino Rossini (1879-1936)


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Various Composers / Ballet Music From The Opera / Fistoulari

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: varioballe_2400_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

Classic Records ruined this album, as one would have expected. Their version is dramatically more aggressive, shrill and harsh than the Shaded Dogs we've played, with almost none of the sweetness, richness and ambience that the best RCA pressings have in such abundance. In fact their pressing is just plain awful, like most of the classical recordings they remastered, and should be avoided at any price.

More Living Stereo


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Various Composers / Ballet Music From The Opera / Fistoulari

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: varioballe_2400_2011) 



This Super Rare, Highly Collectible copy of LSC 2400 has vintage RCA Golden Age sound, for better and for worse. Even though the album was recorded by Decca, it's got a heavy dose of Living Stereo Tubey Magic. There will never be a reissue of this record that even remotely captures the richness of the sound here.

And the hall is HUGE -- so spacious and three-dimensional it's almost shocking, especially if you've been playing the kind of dry, multi-miked modern recordings that the '70s ushered in for London and RCA. (EMI is super spacious but much of that space is weird, coming from out of phase back channels folded in to the stereo mix. And often so mid-hall and distant. Not our sound, sorry.)

More Living Stereo


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Various Composers / Ballet Music From The Opera / Fistoulari

VICS 1206 - Reviewed in 2013

  (Item #: varioballe_1206_2013) 



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

Better than Super Hot Stamper sound on side one of this lovely Victrola reissue from 1960, one of the best in the entire series. Pay attention to the brass -- yes, it may have some tubey smear, but listen to how HUGE and POWERFUL it is! Drop the needle on the first side and watch (or listen) as the sound comes jumping out of your speakers. Modern records can't do that.

These Decca-derived recordings are highly sought after, and with good reason. It's hard to imagine a more wonderful audiophile disc, both in terms of the programme and the quality of the sound.

More Living Stereo


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Verdi / Rossini / Overtures and Intermezzos / Solti

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: varioover_1119_2016) 



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

This White Hot Stamper Plum Victrola pressing has GORGEOUS Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may have never heard. Yes, it's that good! Recorded in England by Decca in 1959, with Solti at the helm of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the music herein was originally released on the album Venice, LSC 2313, with a lovely die-cut cover. Six years later, still clearly in the Golden Age of Tubes, it was reissued on Victrola, and it would be hard to imagine it sounding any better than it does here. (We keep a noisy Venice as a ref but it sure doesn't sound like this pressing.)

More Living Stereo


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Verdi, Rossini, et al. / Venice - Solti

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: varioovert_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

Classic Records remastered LSC 2313 (VICS 1119) and even the people that like the sound of Classic's Heavy Vinyl complain about it, so you can imagine what we think. What a piece of garbage. Smeary and shrill, it gives no indication of the beauty that is on the tape.

More Living Stereo


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