Chopin : Les Sylphides
Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2621
Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) : Love For Three Oranges, Les Ridicules :
A1 - Les Ridicules
A2 - Scene Infernale : Le Magicien Tchelio et Fata Morgana jouent aux cartes (allegro moderato)
A3 - Marche (tempo di marcia)
A4 - Scherzo (allegro con brio)
A5 - Le Prince et la Princesse (Andantiino)
A6 - La Fuite (allegro)
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) : Les Sylphides :
B1 - Prelude No. 7, Op. 28 No. 7
B2 - Nocturne No. 10, Op. 32 No. 2
B3 - Valse No. 11, Op. 70 No. 1
B4 - Mazurka No. 23, Op. 33 No. 2
B5 - Mazurka No. 44, Op. 67 No. 3
B6 - Prelude No. 7, Op. 28 No. 7
B7 - Valse No. 9, Op. 69 No. 1
B8 - Prelude No. 7, Op. 28 No, 7
B9 - Valse No. 7, Op. 64 No. 2
B10 - Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 18
Les Sylphides is a short, non-narrative ballet blanc, on music composed by Frédéric Chopin, orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. It premiered in Paris in June 1909.
The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33, also known by its French title L'amour des Trois Oranges, is a satirical opera by Sergei Prokofiev, premiered in Chicago, in December 1921.
The Boston Pops were the popular outfit derived from the Boston Symphony Orchestra which Arthur Fiedler directed for 50 seasons until his retirement in 1979. Inevitably, the lion's share of the many discs they made for RCA were highlights and light classical selections, but an orchestra this good had no problem switching to more substantial fare, as this enjoyable release demonstrates. Sergei Prokofiev's Three Oranges Suite gets played for all its worth, and if you're partial to the famous 'March,' there are a further five brief but vivid movements to enjoy. Sylphides is never less than pleasant, though be warned that orchestrated Chopin does have a period charm but a high cringe factor!
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.