Ernest Ansermet: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande – Stravinsky – Petrushka (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)


# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1993)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Decca/Speakers Corner
# Size: 721MB (24/96) + 175MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

From the Speakers Corner website:

Stravinsky initially conceived the music for Petrushka as a kind of burlesque combat between the piano and orchestra. The piano was to play the role of the puppet that exasperated the orchestra with its diabolical sequences. The accompanying orchestra was to retaliate in force leading finally to a climax in which the puppet collapses. The music that ultimately emerged elaborated a story of puppets that were actually more human than their puppetmaster ever imagined.

The primitive rhythms and kaleidoscopic colors initially gave the conductor and ballet troupe difficulty, the work was premiered June 13, 1911. Although Pierre Monteux conducted the premiere, Ernest Ansermet has always been closely associated with Stravinsky’s music. He was among Stravinsky’s circle of friends in Paris prior to World War I and first played excerpts from Petrushka in Geneva on January 12, 1915.

This performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka was recorded at Victoria Hall in Geneva between October and November of 1957. The Decca engineers, led by Roy Wallace, set up a tree with three Neumann KM-56 microphones. The signal was routed through a three-channel vacuum tube mixer, without noise processing or gain riding, to an Ampex stereo vacuum tube recorder.

Track List:

Side One
1. First Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair
2. Second Tableau: In Petrushka’s Room

Side Two
3. Third Tableau: In the Moor’s Room
4. Fourth Tableau: The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5
Shure V15VxMR
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)


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17 thoughts on “Ernest Ansermet: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande – Stravinsky – Petrushka (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

  1. Thank you for Petrushka! Can you please repost the 3rd part for 24/96 on FF? The file is Ans-Petru-2496.part3.rar . Thank you

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