Walton : Facade

Anatole Fistoulari and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2285

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

  • Contents & Details

    William Walton (1902-1983) : Facade
    A1 - Fanfare
    A2 - Scotch Rhapsody
    A3 - Valse
    A4 - Tango-Pasadoble
    A5 - Swiss Yodelling Song
    A6 - Country Dance
    A7 - Polka
    A8 - Noche Espagnole
    A9 - Popular Song
    A10 - Old Sir Faulk
    A11 - Tarantella Sevilana
    Charles Lecocq (1832-1918) : Mamzelle Angot
    B1 - Overture
    B2 - Act I, No. 3 : Mazurka - No. 5 : Tempo di Marcia
    B3 - Act II, No. 8 : Tempo di Gavotte
    B4 - Act III, No. 13 : Finale

    Recorded on September 10-11, 1957 at Watford Assembly Hall in London by Ken Cross.

    The "golden age" of recordings was roughly from 1955 to 1963, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    Anatole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden performing Sir William Walton's Façade and Charles Alexandre Lecocq's Mamzelle Angot. Working with the Royal Ballet Orchestra in Covent Garden under Fistoulari, engineer Ken Cross and producer Michael Williamson created another Decca/RCA masterpiece. It's hard to know where to begin with a record this good. It is simply as well recorded as any RCA there is.

    Undeniable transparency, snap, detail and body on cymbals, bells and woodblocks. The same virtues, along with the added virtue of harmonic richness extends into the midrange. Strings are sweet, diaphanous, transparent and a bit bright, without being irritating. Brass and woodwinds, which in this piece carry much of the thematic load, are particularly well reproduced.

    This Classic Records LP was remastered by Willem Makee from the original master tapes, using pure analogue components only through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at RTI.


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