# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Choir: The Motet Choir of Geneva
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1955 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 868MB (24/96) + 232MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post
The first album in the second Decca Sound 6LP box set.
Thanks to all who donated toward the purchase of this box set!
From the label:
Cut at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee. Pressed at Optimal in Germany and limited to 3,000 copies!
In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity. Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born.
The Analogue Years presents six LPs on 180-gram vinyl from those celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.
Ernest Ansermet’s approach to L’Enfant et les Sortilèges highlights the perspective of the Child. The opening motif for two oboes, for example, is meandering and annoying, perfectly reflecting the Child’s boredom and peevishness. The extreme eccentricities of the apparitions are heard in high relief, emphasizing the individuality of the vocal lines and the stunning clarity of the orchestral details. There is nothing pastel about Ansermet’s reading; his ability to bring out the score’s nightmarish qualities and to make the wild sections sound dangerously out of control is revelatory. All the singers excel, giving vividly characterized and vocally accomplished performances. This is altogether one of the most exciting recordings of the opera available. – Stephen Eddins, allmusic.com
Here, stereo’s diffusion of sound is of great benefit to this adorable opera… [Ansermet’s] handling of the score is affectionate, humorous, tender and beautiful in detail… let us be thankful… that we have this admirable recording. – Gramaphone
01 – Introduction J’ai pas envie de faire ma page
02 – Votre serviteur humble, Bergere…Ding, ding, ding, ding…How’s your mug?
03 – Oh! Ma Belle tasse chinoise!
04 – Ah! C’est Elle! C’est Elle!
05 – Deux robinets coulent dans un reservoir!… Oh! ma tete!
06 – Ah! Quelle joie de te retrouver, Jardin!
07 – Danse des rainettes… Sauve-toi, sotte! Et la cage?
08 – Ah! C’est l’Enfant au couteau…Il a panse la plaie
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, 14 October – 11 November 1954
Recording producer: Victor Olof
Recording engineers: Roy Wallace, Gil Went
First released as SXL 2212/LXT5019 (L’Enfant) in 1955
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface
Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)
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