Posted 11 years ago
From Left CS-6001 Mendelssohn Recorded in Kingsway Hall, this disk has all the warmth, verve, and acoustic realism to be achieved in recordings of the golden age. With its only downfall, some brightness in the massed strings, the sonic pleasures are found in the quieter passages. This is recognized as one of (if not the best) performance of the work. Although this stereo version of Espana (CS-6006) is a sonic blockbuster, it's the mono version that has a very special clarity and impact in the lower bass. CS-6079, Debussy This is French Impressionistic music at its best, with all the subtlety and delicacy unerringly captured brilliantly by Ansermet. Believe it or not, the Borodon disk (CS-6126) was recorded in 1954. In terms of sheer presence, this is one of the top Londons to capture the concert hall ambience so treasured by audiophiles, and one of the reasons (raison d'tre? I bet I butchered that!) that vinyl lives!