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Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!!!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
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This timeless gem is performed by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by
This is a performance to be known as 'one of the greats.' The composition,
Three-Cornered Hat was premiered by Ansermet, and with its lively rhythms,
subtle narratives, dynamic development, and vivid contrast and tone-colors, this
version is a masterly performance that none other appears able to exceed. The
performance illustrates an ethnic taste that is rich in wild beauty in a truly
vivid and dynamic way, while highlighting the lyricism of Falla's music in a
sophisticated, uncompromising manner. The solo singing by the young Berganza is
also worth listening to.
"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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"The performances are thrilling, and the pieces full of grand tunes, catchy dance rhythms, and rousing orchestral display." - Mark Lehman, TAS Magazine May/June 2011, Issue 213
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• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Originally released as London CS 6224
• Famous London Records Blueback Series
Teresa Berganza, Soprano
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
LP1 - Side 1:
Manuel de Falla (1786-1946)
El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) - Complete Ballet
LP1 - Side 2:
1. The Neighbour's Dance (Seguidillas)
2. The Miller's Dance (Farruca)
LP2 - Side 1:
LP2 - Side 2:
La Vida Breve (Life Is Short and Our Little Life)
1. Interlude & Dance