"While Stravinsky's reputation rests on many masterpieces written throughout his career, his popularity is largely based on three pre-World War I ballets: The Firebird (1910), The Rite of Spring (1911-1913), and Petrushka. To make this latter score more suitable for concert performance, Stravinsky revised it in 1947, reducing its instrumentation, altering some tempos, and making other largely minor changes.
The 1947 version retains the same libretto and opens with lively, festive music to depict the revelry in St. Peterburg's Admiralty Square, as the Shrovetide Fair commences. The piano here and later has a crucial role in the scoring, as do other instruments like the cornet and drums." - 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 1st Pressing with RFR1/RFR1 as part of the Matrix.
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is Exc++.
The jacket is NM.
The LP plays Mint++.
A clean, crisp, open and airy sound. Each instrument is incredibly defined with perfect intonation, detail, "air" and presence - they simply appear as almost "real". Fantastic dynamics, tight Bass, a sweet mid-range, shimmering High's and a Soundstage both wide and deep with solid imaging all contribute to the illusion of "real" music. An exciting performance and magnificent recording!
Some occasional low-level surface noise on random 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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