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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Gershwin / Rhapsody In Blue / / Gershwin / Thomas

  (Item #: gershrhaps_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Lalo / Symphonie Espagnole / Szeryng / Hendl

  (Item #: lalo_symph_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This magnificent All Tube disc finally returns to the site for the first time in years, boasting stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • Henryk Szeryng performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Living Stereo it's one of the best sounding Victrola titles we have ever played, if not THE best
  • On this disc the exceedingly difficult violin pyrotechnics called for in the work are performed with consummate skill by one of the greatest players of the last century
  • With Stereo dynamics coupled with Tubey Orchestral Magic, this copy blew away the competition - a true Demo Disc
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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2001_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this early EMI pressing has some of the best sound we have ever heard for Holst's Magnum Opus, The Planets
  • MINDBLOWING orchestral power like no other music on vinyl you have ever heard - wait until you play Mars with Triple Plus Sound Quality, 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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Philippe Entremont
Chopin: The Favorite Polonaises

  (Item #: chopientremont_polonaises_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb 1970 release from master pianist (and Chopin expert) Phillipe Entremont arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • The transparency and clarity of this vintage pressing are wonderful - sound this good makes it easy to appreciate the subtlety of the Entremont's remarkable virtuosity
  • So big, rich and real - we guarantee this will become one of the best sounding solo piano recordings in your collection, and, of course, the performances are beyond reproach
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Leonard Bernstein
Conducts Symphonic Dances...

  (Item #: bernsconducts_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this vintage Columbia pressing - 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, high quality sound and fairly quiet surfaces combine for an immersive and engrossing listening experience
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Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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!)
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Tchaikovsky / Piano Concerto #1 / Richter / Karajan

  (Item #: tchaipiano_dg_1909_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_9_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • 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
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Bruch - Scottish Fantasia / Mendelssohn - Violin Con. - Campoli

  (Item #: bruchscott_15015_1912) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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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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Paganini - Kreisler / Concerto In One Movement / Campoli

  (Item #: paganconce_1911) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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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."
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Julian Bream
The Art of Julian Bream

  (Item #: breamartof_1911) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

  (Item #: stravfireb_90226_1911) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Front Row Center Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Mercury pressing - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • One listen to either side of this pressing and you'll see why this is one of the Top Mercury Titles of All Time
  • The Heavy Vinyl reissues - at 45 or 33, on one disc or four, makes no difference - barely begin to capture the energy and drive Dorati brings to the work
  • "The magic lies in the elaborate orchestration and the excitingly uneven rhythmic writing. Stravinsky changes the orchestration of his themes at each repetition, breaks them down into their constituent parts, pushes their accents across the bar-line, and moves them out of sync with their own accompaniments."
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Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_1902_6_11) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Sibelius / Symphony #2 / Barbarolli

  (Item #: sibelsym2_rdg_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Paganini / Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Menuhin / Erede

  (Item #: paganvioli_emi_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_1910) 

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 attention to detail - the results are magnificent!
More of the music of George Gershwin


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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sibelius / Symphony #2 / Barbarolli

  (Item #: sibelsym2_rdg_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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."
More of the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Classical album finally returns to the site, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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 - 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 - this copy will show you why
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Julian Bream
The Art of Julian Bream

  (Item #: breamartof_1907_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb sound on this vintage RCA Living Stereo pressing, with both sides earning Solid Double Plus (A++) grades for their superb sonics
  • 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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