TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical
RCA Living Stereo 200 Gram Vinyl! Remastered and Cut at 33 1/3rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!
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RCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
One of the best sounding recordings in the Living Stereo catalog features Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite and Kabalevsky's The Comedians, Op. 26. For this release, Kiril Kondrashin conducts the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
"In 1938, Dmitri Kabalevsky provided incidental music for a play produced by the Central Children's Theater in Moscow, titled 'Inventor and Comedian.' The score is light and witty and its expressive language quite direct, as was expected in Stalin's Soviet Union at that time. But here Kabalevsky was aiming at young audiences and had good reason to write tuneful, rather simple music. The play's plot deals with a traveling group of entertainers who are more clowns than comedians. Two years later Kabalevsky extracted 10 numbers from the score for his suite The Comedians, which would become his most popular work, with only the overture to his opera Colas Breugnon even remotely rivaling it. His effort was quite successful in distilling the work's best moments into a 15-minute suite, which he scored for small orchestra." -All Music Guide
"These records are definitive." -Michael Fremer, editor, AnalogPlanet.com
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
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Highest-quality jackets and rice paper inner sleeves
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Kiril Kondrashin, conductor
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)