Ernest Ansermet – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances - 1959 Classical Analogue Audiophile - Sealed 200 Grm 2LP + 4 Color 22 Page Booklet

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Ernest Ansermet, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

Analogue Productions – APC 6065, RCA Victor Red Seal – LSC-6065, Universal Music Special Markets – B0024451-01
RCA/Decca Living Stereo Series, Living Stereo
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
200 grm black vinyl
High-gloss gatefold sleeve. Integrated four-color booklet with detailed notes about each ballet and performance.
    Lacquer Cut at – Bernie Grundman Mastering
    Pressed By – Quality Record Pressings
180-gram dead-silent platters pressed by Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. .mastering, Bernie Grundman working from the original analog tape. Stoughton Printing expertly handled the intricate gatefold tip-on package.
.22-page lavishly illustrated book that's integrated into the tip-on gatefold jacket
    Lacquer Cut By – BG
Barcode and Other Identifiers
The Nutcracker Suite
Composed By – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
A1 March
A2 Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
A3 Arabian Dance
A4 Chinese Dance
A5 Dance Of The Toy Flutes
A6 Waltz Of The Flowers
La Boutique Fantasque
Arranged By – Ottorino Respighi
Composed By – Gioacchino Rossini
A7 Tarantella
A8 Andante Mosso
A9 Can Can
Composed By – Léo Delibes
B1 Act 1: Introduction And Mazurka
B2 Introduction And Waltz
B3 Czárdás
B4 Act 2: Valse De La Poupee
Composed By – Adolphe C. Adam
B5 Act 1: Introduction And Waltz
B6 Act 2: Pas De Deux And Variation
Swan Lake
Composed By – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
C1 Act 2: Scene – Dance Of The Little Swans (Pas De Quatre)
C2 Scene – Pas De Deux
C3 Waltz
Composed By – Robert Schumann
C4 Pierrot
C5 Reconnaissance
C6 Aveu
C7 Pantalon Et Columbine
The Sleeping Beauty
Composed By – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
D1 Introduction, Prologue: The Lilac Fairy
D2 Act 1: Rose Adagio; Pas D'Action
D3 Waltz
Les Sylphides
Composed By – Frédéric Chopin
D4 Overture: Prelude In A, Op. 28, No. 7
D5 Mazurka In C Major, Op. 67, No. 3
D6 Grande Valse Brillante In E Flat Major, Opus 18
Companies, etc.
    Record Company – UMG Recordings, Inc.
    Copyright © – Decca Music Group Limited
    Manufactured By – Universal Music Enterprises
    Conductor – Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra – Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Photography By [Cover] – Sy Friedman
    Sleeve Notes [Booklet] – Arnold L. Haskell, Ernest Ansermet
    Barcode (Sticker): 753088606519
    Matrix / Runout (Side A): APC LSC 6065-A₂ BG
    Matrix / Runout (Side B): APC-6065 LSC 6065-B₂ BG
    Matrix / Runout (Side C): APC-6065 LSC 6065-C¹ BG

    Matrix / Runout (Side D): APC LSC 6065-D₂ BG


"In the hearts of thousands, No. 1 on the Top RCA list. While the bulk of Ansermet's recordings were made with L'Orchestre de la Susise Romande, there were a few with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and the very occasional foray into recordings with London orchestras, one of these being with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1959.

Analogue Productions  is proud and excited to be bringing back such a classic. Not just for the music, which is superb, but also for the detailed packaging, .. If you're new to ballet, this pictorial history will introduce you to some of its most famous productions — old favorites such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, for example — but also less familiar tales such as Carnaval, Les Sylphides and Coppélia. You'll also make the aquaintance of famous ballerinas of the Royal company, such as Margot Fonteyn, Nadia Nerina and Beryl Grey. as well as choreographers such as Jules Perrot and male dancers Alexis Rassine and Michael Somes.
Audiophilia Online Magazine wrote: "This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall. The chunks of great ballet music are well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Performances are executed to a very high standard - the Royal Opera House Orchestra, both then and now, rank as one of the finest of opera orchestras.
"Conductor Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. With the exception of some of the Tchaikovsky scenes, the music is light and remains so under Ansermet's gentle touch. Each ballet is given full attention by the players, something not always attained at Covent Garden during long ballet nights! 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.

"Tonally, Messrs. 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. Wonderful"

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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Analogue Productions
Color Black