"Three of the most brilliant virtuoso display pieces in the symphonic literature all came from the tormented pen of Peter Tchaikovsky. These are his First Piano Concerto, his Violin Concerto, and this work for cello and orchestra. Done in the potentially tedious theme and variations format, the work begins with a simple theme and plumbs the depths and streaks to the heights of the capabilities of what is arguably the most beautiful and wide ranging of the stringed instruments of the orchestra." - AMG
"There's no reason to go into a long song and dance about Starker and Dorati here--the recordings are so famous and so coveted by collectors on original vinyl, that they're bound to make a perfect CD reissue.
Starker and Dorati's LSO strings have a thing going here--they match their attacks stylistically in superb ensemble--there's just a little bit of resin, of gut, on strings that give a genuinely Slavic quality that is fascinating." - MMC
"Every cellist has his own style, naturally, and Starker's was not warm and passionate. He had the face of a stage Mephistopheles, and one tended to hear his music-making as cool, somewhat analytical, and always in command. In the Toscanini era such a style was more admired than it might be now, but there is no gainsaying Starker's presence and his impeccable technique. He and Dorati exhibit a close rapport, and for that reason cello and orchestra come across as perfectly harmonious. The two partners also seem invigorated ad engaged." - SFL
"If you can ignore the tape hiss these Mercury Living Presence recordings of 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 from 1964.
A very rare "Promotional Copy - Not For Sale".
The LP is a 1st Pressing with RFR-1/RFR-1 as part of the Matrix.
This series is highly regarded by Audiophiles as being some of the finest recordings ever made, even by today's standards and techniques.
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is Exc+.
The LP plays/sounds Mint+.
This is a "Promotional" premium pressing - very rare.
Absolutely stunning. Starker's Cello sounds as if he playing right in fromt of you - 1st row center stage. Tremendous micro detail - you can hear his finger 'action' on the strings - as well as incredible 'Live' tonality. As is usually the case with Mercury 'Promos', the sound is somewhat warmer and sweeter then the excellent Mercury commercial releases.
Slight surface noise, very low-level, on extremely quiet passages and some low-level 'ticks' on Side II.
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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