"Jacques Offenbach died in 1880, yet it is his name that is attached to this ballet that first appeared in 1938. While the tunes in Gaîté Parisienne are his, much of the orchestration, as well as the arrangement of the numbers, was done by Manuel Rosenthal. The idea for the ballet was conceived by the talented trio of choreographer Leonid Massine, the well-known impresario Sol Hurok, and René Blum, director of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, who together engaged the services of Rosenthal after they had selected the Offenbach tunes for him to use. The scenario they contrived was taken from Offenbach's operetta La Vie Parisienne." - AMG.
"If you can ignore the tape hiss these Mercury Living Presence recordings of Antal Dorati leading the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra would be among the finest ever made. Along with the tape hiss, Mercury's engineering captured every nuance of the performances with a clarity and lucidity that few later recordings could match." - AMG.
This LP is a Mercury Living Presence Stereo recording. This series is highly regarded by Audiophiles as being some of the finest recordings ever made, even by today's standards and techniques.
This is an Early Pressing with FR2/FR2 as part of it's Matrix.
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is NM.
The jacket is Exc++.
The LP plays Exc++.
A stunning recording and performance. High's are open , airy and bell-like, Brass has "bite", strings are shimmering, the midrange is full and warm and the Bass is deep and powerfull. The soundstage is wide and very deep. Instruments are highly detailed and surrounded by "air" and presence.
Surface noise is present on some quiet passages (not many) and is mostly "crackles".
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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