Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 13, Genre Classical. Styles Ballet. Track Listing. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Arabian Dance. Chinese Dance. I played the first three sides, but didn't get around to playing the fourth side until after the return window. Much to my disappointment there was an obvious manufacturing flaw which Covent Garde part of the record unplayable.
My bad. An expensive lesson to learn. I downgraded my review due to this Nite Out - Ricky Martin - ETS. It's a must have if you're interested in Classical and exploring the genre. AP needs to release this one on 45 rpm.
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House Clarity version is a little better sounding than this 2 LP set, the instruments are a slightly more discernible and the dynamics a little bigger on 45 rpm.
Then again flipping all those LPs kind of stinks. I suspect a 45 rpm pressing on AP will likely slap down Classic. Keep'em coming Chad! The pressings are centered, flat, and totally quiet with nary a tic, as good as I've encountered anywhere. The cardboard covers are thick, shiny and beautifully reproduced. The picture of the ballet dancers on the cover is somewhat blurred but so is the Classic version. The impressive multi-page booklet is beautifully done with the Covent Garde slightly glossier than the Classic version.
The sound, as has been often mentioned, is wonderful with sweet strings and a solid low end, a wide and deep soundstage. Everything just sounds right here. The Classic versions I have the gram are also good pressings, but these are definitely quieter. If you already have the Classic, you might not need another; the Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House is pretty much equivalent. Bernie Grundman did them Oxigene V - Jean Michel Jarre* - In Concert Houston / Lyon. I don't know if he did another remaster for this version.
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Great sound, nice packaging, beautiful music! Couldn't ask for more. It's a worthy addition in anyone's collection. The threat of eternity does have it's merits. The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another. Williamson and Wilkinson have used their considerable talents to capture the orchestra superbly. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical.
Be it a bang, swish, rattle, crack or snap, each percussionist is situated perfectly within the beautiful Kingsway soundstage. Even the difficult-to-record sound of the celeste is captured in it's purely mechanical form.
It's delicate sound is heard to great effect during the Nutcracker - originating stage left, the sound decays across the stage of Kingsway with sparkling beauty. Selections: sequence subject Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House change 1. Nutcracker Suite - March 2. Nutcracker Suite - Chinese Top 1% - Huoratron - Cryptocracy 5. La Boutique Fantasque - Tarantella 8.
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