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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: debusclair_2326_2011) 



A distinguished member of our Better Records Hall of Fame.

This Shaded Dog LP has DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND, if what you're demonstrating is not a Hi-Fi spectacular, but rather a sublime presentation of a truly sweet and natural string section of an orchestra, presented here on analog disc created more than fifty years ago.

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Massenet - Le Cid Ballet & Meyerbeer - Les Patineurs

Speakers Corner Reviewed

  (Item #: masselecid_2021) 



Sonic Grade: B

Finally a version of Le Cid that we can enjoy! Superb sound with a performance to match! No more suffering through the hi-fi-ish Doug Sax/ Acoustic Sounds rebutchering of the Fremaux on Klavier.

Audiophiles in droves bought into that one, apparently not noticing the overblown bass and spark-spark-sparkling top end. Thankfully we now have this Decca from Speakers Corner to demonstrate proper orchestral balance.

If your system needs boosted bass and highs keep the Klavier. If it doesn’t this Decca will allow you to forget about the sound and enjoy this lovely music.

More of the music of Jules Massenet (1842-1912)


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Massenet - Le Cid Ballet Music

Klavier Debunked

  (Item #: masselecid_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing.

This hi-fi-ish Doug Sax/ Acoustic Sounds re-butchering of the Fremaux on Klavier is insufferable. Back in the day audiophiles in droves bought them from all the major mail order audiophile record dealers (you know who I'm talking about), apparently not noticing the overblown bass and spark-spark-sparkling top end. (Perhaps the same audiophiles who think that Mobile Fidelity makes good sounding records?)

If your system needs boosted bass and highs try this Klavier pressing. Better yet, fix your stereo so you won't need phony audiophile records like this one to make it sound good!

More of the music of Jules Massenet (1842-1912)


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Massenet / Le Cid / Fremaux / City of Birmingham Symphony

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: masselecid_emi_2013) 



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

This is a record that clearly belongs on a Super Disc list; if Harry hadn't already put it there we certainly would have. (We would love to compile a Super Disc list of our own, but unless you have just the right copy of whatever title you find on the list, you may not have anything like Super Disc sound quality, so why a list at all? It creates more problems for audiophiles than it solves.)

More of the music of Jules Massenet (1842-1912)


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Massenet / Le Cid / Martinon

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: masselecid_2011) 



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

Superb Super Hot Stamper sound for Les Patineurs, and the Le Cid is just a step behind at A+ to A++. We had a copy of the famous Greeensleeves pressing for our shootout, along with a number of Londons, and this Stereo Treasury had the highest overall sonic grades of all of them. The original Blueback pressing -- true, we only had the one, so take it for what it's worth -- was a complete disaster: shrill, with no top or bottom to speak of.

More of the music of Jules Massenet (1842-1912)


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Massenet / Le Cid / Martinon

This Blueback Was Awful

  (Item #: masselecid_6058) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing. Don't buy into that record collecting / audiophile canard that the originals are always better.

The original Blueback pressing -- true, we only had the one, so take it for what it's worth -- was a complete disaster: shrill, with no top or bottom to speak of.

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