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Falla / El Amor Brujo & El Retablo de Maese Pedro / Argenta

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: fallaelamo_2012) 



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

The famous Ansermet recording of El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peter's Puppet Show) has been mastered on this London Stereo Treasury Import LP to near PERFECTION. This is High Fidelity Audiophile Demo Disc Quality Gold, with bells, drums, voices, trumpets, strings, woodwinds and more, all sounding so real it will take your breath away. This Golden Age tape has been mastered brilliantly with "modern" mastering equipment (from the mid-'60s, not the low-rez junk they're forced to make do with these days), giving you, the listener, sound that only the best of both worlds can offer.

More of the music of Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)


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Falla / El Retablo de Maese Pedro / Argenta

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: fallaelret_6028_2007) 



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

DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND!

The Falla work here is demonstration quality. It's the reason people love this record. This LP is incredibly rare, especially in NM condition.

More of the music of Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)


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Falla / Nights In The Gardens Of Spain - De Burgos

Testament Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: fallanight_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

Another pointless Heavy Vinyl reissue, this time from Testament, with sound bad enough to qualify for our Hall of Shame. Dead as a doornail. Surely even the CD is better.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Orchestral Music Scorecard to read more about the latest winners and losers.

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Falla / Nights In the Gardens of Spain/ Argenta

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: fallanight_6046_2011) 



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

DEMO QUALITY SOUND from 1959 on this famous TAS List Super Disc recording. This copy of CS 6046 has an especially good Falla side, with Super Hot Stamper sound and fairly quiet vinyl. The Rodrigo side is no slouch either, earning a grade of A+, although it could certainly use more top end (which was the case last time we did a shootout with this title as I recall).

The Falla side is amazingly natural sounding; the string tone is Right On The Money, something that cannot be said of most vintage Living Stereos and Mercury pressings.

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Falla / Three Cornered Hat (Complete Ballet) / Ansermet

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: fallathree_6224_2017) 



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

This London is energetic, dynamic, spacious, transparent, rich and sweet. James Walker was the producer, Roy Wallace the engineer for these 1961 sessions in Geneva's glorious Victoria Hall. It's yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording Technology,

We were impressed with the fact that this pressing excelled in so many areas of reproduction. The illusion of disappearing speakers is one of the more attractive aspects of the sound here, allowing the listener to inhabit the space of the concert hall in an especially engrossing way.

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Falla / Three-Cornered Hat / Argenta (CS 6050)

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: fallathree_6050_2010) 



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

Falla's Three-Cornered Hat is positively WONDERFUL on this copy (A++), and the Sinfonia Sevillana by Turina on side two is every bit as good! The second suite on side one is particularly lovely -- check out how rich and full the sound is. Side two has a HUGE soundstage, as wide as they come. The sound is very rich and full of audiophile colors -- this is the kind of record that you're going to love playing for your audio pals!

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Falla / Three-Cornered Hat / Argenta (CS 6050)

This Copy Sure Was a Letdown

  (Item #: fallathree_cs_6050) 



Sonic Grade: F

This London original pressing with 1K/1K stampers was so bright, dry, and shrill I could hardly stand to listen to it for more than the half a minute it took to realize it was not going to get any better. It's bad enough to go right into our Hall of Shame.

The copy we had back in 2010 was a very good sounding record. You can read all about it below.

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Falla/ The Three Cornered Hat - de Burgos

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: fallathree_alto) 



Sonic Grade: C

Years ago we wrote: "This Alto 180 gram LP has very good sound overall but is a bit smeary on the strings and harsh on the brass."

In other words, it's just another Heavy Vinyl Classical LP we found wanting.

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Philippe Entremont - Ritual Fire Dance

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: fallaritua_2011) 



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

An undiscovered gem from 1967 on 360 Columbia! Side two of this record blew our minds with its White Hot Stamper sound. Musically and sonically this record is nothing short of wonderful. Who knew? You could play fifty vintage piano recordings and not find one as good as this!

Tchaicovsky, Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart -- these shorter pieces and excerpts were composed by those with the greatest gift for melody, men who've produced works that have stood the test of time, enchanting audiences over the centuries with works of such beauty and charm.

More of the music of Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)


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Ravel, Falla, Weber & Berlioz - Alborado..., Bolero, more

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: ravelboler_6077_2011) 



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

Side two here has a SUPERB sounding Bolero, and an EVEN BETTER Alborado del Gracioso, possibly the best we have ever heard. True A Triple Plus sound.

As you probably know, Bolero is very hard to find on vinyl properly performed with audiophile quality sound. The sound of Bolero here is excellent: very natural, not harsh at the end where the trombones comes in, and the not too compressed. (This is probably the biggest problem with most recordings of the work. Compression makes the quieter parts ravishingly open and clear, and positively ruins the climax with distorted compressor overload.)

More of the music of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)


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Rodgers / Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Fiedler

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: rodgeslaug_2294_2015) 



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

This record is so good on side two it almost left me speechless. How is this title not on the TAS List? Why is it not one of the most sought-after recordings in the RCA canon?

Beats the hell out of me. But wait just one minute. Until a month ago I surely had no idea how good this record could sound, so how can I criticize others for not appreciating a record I had never taken the time to appreciate myself?

More music conducted by Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979)


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