Stravinsky & Borodin Firebird Suite & Polovetsian Dances 180g LP

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TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical
180g Vinyl LP!
First Pressing Since 1978!

Craft Recordings is honoring the legacy of Telarc Records by re-releasing four of the most famous titles in the label's long and storied catalog on vinyl LP for the first time in over 35 years.

Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite next to Borodin's Polovetsian Dances.

This release quickly became a sensation in the classical world thanks to Robert Shaw and The Atlanta Symphony’s interpretation combined with Telarc's commitment to superb sound. In addition to the Firebird Suite, this LP also comes with Alexander Borodin's classic work, Polovetsian Dances, making sure that this all Russian program has continued to please listeners since its 1978 release.

This LP was cut, as are all the others, by Eric Boulanger on Stan Ricker's own equipment (with some slight modifications), which Boulanger bought from Ricker's estate.

"The sound of these early Telarcs holds up very, very well with sonic quality that's far superior to most analog orchestral recordings from the "majors" in the mid- to late-1970s. It's not just Stockham's Soundstream recorder, encoding at a bit-depth of 16 and a sampling rate of 50,000Hz. Woods and Renner had the advantage of making these recordings in... very favorable acoustic environments...and Renner's long experience recording large ensembles with a minimalist technique contributed as well to the superb result. The electronics in the recording chain were beyond reproach, and top-notch mastering engineers...cut the lacquers for the original disc..."

"(The) Original pressing... (was) on hand for comparison. The new, thicker record was sonically superior. Instrumental sonorities were richer and more intense..."

"We should not forget that Telarc Records International gave us more than a taste of what was possible 40 years ago and Craft's new vinyl pressings are an excellent way to remember this significant moment in audio history."
- Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, February 2019

• 180g Vinyl LP
• Pressed at Optimal Media
• First pressing since 1978
• Gatefold jacket
• Made in Germany

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Robert Shaw, conductor

Side 1:
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Firebird (Suite, 1919 Version)

1. Introduction
2. The Firebird And Her Dance
3. Round Dance Of The Princesses
4. Infernal Dance Of King Kastchei
5. Berceuse
6. Finale
Side 2:
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Music From Prince Igor

1. Overture
2. Polovetsian Dances (With Chorus)

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