Rimsky-Korsakov : Capriccio espagnol - Granados : Andaluza - Chabrier : Espana - Moszkowski : Spanish dances
Ataulfo Argenta conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (1956)
Decca SXL 2020
Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) :
Enrique Granados (1867-1916) :
“Andaluza” Danza española No. 5
Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) :
Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925) :
Spanish Dances Book 1
Recorded in December 1956 and January 1957 at Kingsway Hall, London, by Gordon Parry
Sonically, this record, made in 1956/57, is one of the best ever produced by Decca. The listener is literally swept off his or her feet. To better enjoy this tremendous experience, we would advise listeners to put their feet up, relax, and listen with rapt attention. A “Do-not-disturb” sign on the door is to be recommended. The tremendous sound emanating from the loudspeakers immediately conveys the rousing nature of the music.
Conducted by Ataúlfo Argenta, the London Symphony Orchestra plays with a rare vitality, pure enjoyment, precision and lucidity. This is a carefully chosen medley of Spanish music which, interestingly enough, was mostly written by non-Spanish composers.
All in all, this has become a legendary recording, which caused quite a stir even in its mono version. The FFSS version ranks among the very best recordings ever issued.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com