"These Mercury "Living Presence" recordings were a very special treat when they first appeared on vinyl.
First of all, it was an opportunity to hear music from the ballet, "Pineapple Poll," that conductor/composer Sir Charles Mackerras created from tunes in various Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. There have been subsequent recordings of the full score, including at least one by Mackerras himself, but this suite is arranged for concert band and is given a first-rate performances by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
The master orchestrator Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) arranged some of the late music by the master operatic composer Rossini for a special ballet, "La boutique fantastique," sometimes translated, "The fantastic toy shop." Many of these tunes were never published or performed in Rossini's lifetime; they were among the works Rossini wrote during his "retirement" in Paris, which he often referred to as "sins" of his old age.
The ballet music from Charles Gounod's "Faust" was an essential ingredient of the classic opera. As with any composer writing for the Paris Opera House, Gounod HAD to include a ballet, if only to please the members of the Jockey Club, who "patronized" the ballerinas who danced in the operas. Anyway, Gounod produced a number of memorable tunes for the ballet sequence, some of which are appropriately diabolical for an opera about the devil and his tempting of Faust. The band arrangement is a real treat and the Eastman musicians give it their best.
These performances are part of the continuing series of Mercury "Living Presence" recordings with exceptional performances and exceptional sound" - R.E.N.
This is a SEALED Mercury Lliving Presence "Olympian Series" (Mono) recording from approx. 1959. The jacket has been opened but the record remains sealed.
There is no return for any reason on a sealed record that has been opened.
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