"The playing is excellent—the frenziedly difficult string parts of the scherzando second movement (with its wry fugue) are brilliantly handled, and the whole thing sounds most exciting. This Suite, for all that it is so rarely heard, could well become a popular favourite like the Concerto for Orchestra ; for though it was fairly extensively revised in 1943, it is basically very early Bartok (1907), belonging to the period in which he was just beginning to make use of authentic Hungarian folksong. It begins, in fact, in the most respectable and diatonic way, quite enough to allay the latent suspicions of elderly aunts ; and though it develops a more characteristically Bartókian flavour (one suspects, to some extent, the revision of 36 years later), it is never anything but easy on the ear and straightforward to follow. P.B./Gramophone.
"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 from 1960.
This is a 1st Pressing with FR1/FR1 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 VG++.
The jacket is Exc+.
The LP plays/sounds NM.
Detail, dynamics and tonal contrasts are what this recording is about. Fantastic tonal colorations are captured with very strong micro-detail. Trmendous dynamic range. The soundstage is both wide and deep and has very strong imaging.
Surface noise is mostly low-level 'crackles' which are audible on very quiet passages.
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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