Ansermet / OSR – Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

# Composers: Serge Prokofiev, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2292
# Size: 861MB (24/96) + 226MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

From the Speakers Corner website:

Thankfully musical genres have been spared from being described with new buzz words such as ‘Kleinkunst’ which could be translated as ‘Small Arts’. But music in small forms – maybe set down on just a few pages of manuscript paper – certainly exists. Prokofiev’s miniature, the “Symphonie classique”, combines several superlatives as regards both its musical notes and form: it is only 15 minutes long, contains a wealth of melodic ideas, and is the most performed of all Prokofiev’s symphonies.

This four-movement composition employs traditional forms such as the sonata form in the outer movements and the pre-Classical dances minuet and gavotte. The work’s carefree esprit, serenade-like humor, and courtly elegance is delightful throughout and culminates in a high-spirited ‘sturm und drang’ Finale.

On the B side is Glinka’s “Kamarinskaya” Fantasia, only eight minutes long but captivating with its extremely closely-knit compositional style, and his Overture to “A Life for the Tsar” – a showpiece whose leitmotifs are truly forward-looking. Alongside these classical-romantic musical gems, Borodin’s “In The Steppes of Central Asia” acts as an ideal programmatic amalgamation of the Orient and the Occident, and fits perfectly into this choice of repertoire.

Track Listing:

Side One
Prokofiev – “Classical” Symphony In D Major, Op. 25
01 – Allegro
02 – Larghetto
03 – Gavotta – Non Troppo Allegro
04 – Finale – Molto Vivace

Excerpts from “The Love Of Three Oranges”
05 – March
06 – Scherzo

Side Two
07 – Kamarinskaïa – Fantasy (Glinka)
08 – In The Steppes Of Central Asia (Borodin)
09 – A Life For The Czar (Ivan Susanin) – Overture (Glinka)

Recording date: 9 February – 22 March 1961 in Victoria Hall, Geneva
Recording engineer: Roy Wallace
Original Producer: James Walker (original)
Reissue Producer: Michael Bremner
Remastered at Air Studios, London by Tony Hawkins and Ray Staff

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
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Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
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Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX2

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18 thoughts on “Ansermet / OSR – Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

  1. These Decca recordings via Speakers Corner pressings are absolutely outstanding. Thanks for the share, hope you have more of them that we can look forward to.

    • I don’t have a copy of that one, but I’d be happy to rip it if you or someone else wanted to donate a copy. PM me for more info…

  2. Thank you TheNightOwl for this real gem – Russian great musical heritage, Ansermet, SC/DECCA pressing and your excellent rip!

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