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Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
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Ataulfo Argenta's famous stereophonic demonstration record "Espana Vol. 2", with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring Rimsky-Korsakov, Granados, Chabrier and Moszkowski. Recorded at the legendary Kingsway Hall in January of 1957, this audiophile favorite features Spanish-themed music by mostly non-Spanish composers.
"As for the recording, well, it's stunning in any format and even more so spread to three sides at 45rpm mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes... A superb reissue!" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, 9/10 Music, 11/10 Sound!!!
"Dynamics are extremely wide, instrumental timbers are accurate, with brass that bites nicely and strings that have a silky, but present sheen. Instrumental images are precisely drawn on the stage, which is airy and floats free from the loudspeakers, assuming your system can achieve that. The overall tonality is rich and warm as the hall's acoustics dominate to a certain degree, warming and smoothing the overall sonic picture. However, the percussion, particularly the castanets and other transient rich instruments are smartly and sharply drawn. They leap from the stage appropriately." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, 9/10 Music, 11/10 Sound!!!
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"Like "Shaded Dog," the phrase "Blue Back" has special meaning for vinylphiles. It is the nickname for the classic London stereo LPs from the 1950s and '60s, whose sleeves do, in fact, have robin's-egg-blue backs. Due to a split in ownership of Decca Records, the London label was used for issue of English Decca LPs in the US, Canada and Latin America. Decca was renowned for its stereo recording technique, which engineers Arthur Haddy, Roy Wallace and Ken Wilkinson debuted in 1954. It made use of the famous "Decca tree," a stereo microphone system for recording orchestras that was responsible for the big, vivid sound of Decca/London LPs." - Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!!!
"...the most important reason to cut LPs at 45rpm is improved sound, and these [ORGLP0102-45 Falla The Three-Cornered Hat & ORGLP0104-45 Espana Vol. 2] reissues deliver in abundance. The soundscapes are huge -- wall to wall and as deep as your audio system will provide. Horns cascade, tympani is quick-paced and taut, and strings resound in mass while achieving adept delineation. Dynamics are massive yet scale up and down nimbly and smoothly. I have a dozen or so original Blue Backs, some recorded in the same venues as these titles, but none conveys the sense of the whole orchestra and the individual musicians as well as these LPs. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard an orchestra captured with greater expansiveness and focus. While one of these recordings is over 50 years old and the other is almost there, they both sound fresh, and the music is exhilarating, even for those who don't generally listen to orchestral recordings." - Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!!!
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"Two famous early stereos of "Spanish" showpieces [Espana & Falla: Three Cornered Hat] get the deluxe two-disc, 45-rpm treatment from ORG. The performances are thrilling, and the pieces full of grand tunes, catchy dance rhythms, and rousing orchestral display. Comparison of the ORG reissues with the original Londons reveals the advantages of careful re-mastering and 45-rpm encoding on dead-quiet surfaces. ORG's Espana has more transparency and nuances (as on the liquid harp arpeggios, sharply articulated percussion, and resounding string pizzicatos in the Chabrier), greater dynamic contrasts, and a wider, airier soundstage. Intense climactic passages are more cleanly resolved, too." - Mark Lehman, The Absolute Sound, May/June 2011, 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics!
Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
Originally released as London CS 6006
Famous London Records Blueback Series
London Symphony Orchestra
Ataulfo Argenta, conductor
LP1 - Side 1:
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
1. Capriccio Espanol, Op. 34
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
2. Andalusia - Danza Espanola No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 37
LP1 - Side 2:
Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
1. Espana Rhapsody
Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)
2. Spanish Dances No. 1 in C Major
3. Spanish Dances No. 2 in G Minor
LP2 - Side 1:
1. Spanish Dances No. 3 in A Major
2. Spanish Dances No. 4 in B Flat Major
3. Spanish Dances No. 5 in D Major
LP2 - Side 2:
1. Repeat of same program as Side A tracks 1 and 2