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Ballet Favorites / Ansermet (VICS-1066)

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: varioballe_2011) 



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

This RCA Plum Label Victorla has an AMAZING SOUNDING side one -- it's unbelievably spacious and three-dimensional with depth that goes on for DAYS.

Side one earned its two pluses with the kind of spacious, rich, sweet sound you've come to expect from Super Hot Stampers. Note the correct sounding tape hiss -- a dead giveaway that the highs are going to be correct. (Funny tape hiss is the hallmark of Classic Records and Mobile Fidelity, a dead giveaway that their highs will be phony and boosted.)

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Chopin and Delibes / Les Sylphides / Maag / PCO

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: chopilessy_2005) 



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

A dynamic and excellent pressing. This record has lovely string tone. Lots of tubey magic. Not one of the rarest Londons, but certainly one of the most enjoyable.

[This is a very old commentary so take it for what it's worth.]

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Delibes / Coppelia & Sylvia / Ansermet

London Vs. Decca, Again

  (Item #: delibcoppe_decca) 



Don't buy into that record collecting / audiophile canard that the originals are better. The right Decca reissue blows the doors off the original we played.

This has lately become a pattern, but keep in mind it's a pattern that's reliable less than half the time, if memory is any guide. Many of the Decca reissues we've played over the last few years have failed badly in a head to head with their earlier-mastered and -pressed counterparts. But the ones that beat all comers are the ones that stick in our minds and show up on our site. Clearly a case of confirmation bias, but at least we know something about our own biases.

More of the music of Leo Delibes (1836-1891)


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Delibes / Coppelia & Sylvia / Ansermet

Original Versus Reissue

  (Item #: delibcoppe_original) 



The sound of the Blueback we auditioned was not impressive, certainly not on the one copy we had on hand to play. We'll probably never buy another, not while there are wonderful Decca reissues pressed on quiet vinyl to be had.

We have a number of entries in our original equals better series, in which we debunk the conventional wisdom as to which pressings are the best sounding for specific artists and titles.

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Delibes / Coppelia / Ansermet

A Superb Mono Pressing

  (Item #: delibcoppe_9027) 



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

DEMO QUALITY SOUND for this early London Mono pressing.

Side one of this record sounds incredible! The sound is absolutely top notch. Check out the brass -- it has the solid weight of the real thing. [This is a very old commentary so take it for what it's worth.]

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Delibes / Coppelia / Ansermet

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: delibcoppe_2201_2010) 



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

Very good sound from the Master Ballet Conductor, Ernest Ansermet, with only a few slightly bright passages marring an otherwise wonderful recording.

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Delibes / Coppelia / Dorati

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: delibcoppe_77004) 



Sonic Grade: C

SRI 77004 - Not a bad record, but not in the same league with the better Ansermet recordings of the works.

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Delibes / Sylvia and Coppelia / Rignold

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: delibsylvi_2008) 



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

DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND. This record was thoroughly enjoyed by its previous owner and I know why: it's great! This title is also extremely rare for some reason. One of the top five Vics. Look for a clean one; you won't be disappointed.

[This is a very old commentary so take it for what it's worth.]

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