Fiedler / Boston Pops: Offenbach – Gaite Parisienne (original US pressing, mono)


# Composers: Jacques Offenbach, Giacomo Meyerbeer
# Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
# Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: RCA Red Seal
# Size: (24/96kHz) 1.1GB, (16/44.1) 311MB
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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There are few performances of the Offenbach/Rosenthal ballet Gaîté Parisienne to match Arthur Fiedler’s delightful 1954 recording with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Everything is vivid and sparkling in this sonic showcase: the historic recording represents RCA’s exceptional efforts in pioneering audio reproduction, and as early examples of the art, they are astonishingly fresh and vibrant. Even though several modern, all-digital recordings of Gaîté Parisienne can boast superior technology, it’s hard to find any who can top Fiedler for joie de vivre or his brilliant orchestra for expertise in this effervescent repertoire. – Blair Sanderson,

When Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops first recorded this work, it was considered the standard upon which other recordings of the work were based. None seem to match its excitement. The work was a staple with the Pops throughout the tenure of Fiedler and Fiedler’s characteristic of sometimes upping the tempo works well with this recording. In just about every Fiedler recording, it’s evident he enjoys the music he’s conducting, taking it seriously but also having fun and in some ways, his conducting of GAITE PARISIENNE demonstrates this more than any other Fiedler recording.

I would also say that this recording is a good selection for introducing a young person to classical music. I was probably in the sixth or seventh grade when I first grabbed this recording as an LP from my parents record collection. I put it on the stereo just to hear how it sounded and loved it. When I taught seventh graders many years later and wanted to expose them to different styles of music, I put on the same LP and students loved the familiar melodies of the Can-Can and Barcarolle and found that the variety of instruments used in the score was a good way to introduce students to the instruments of an orchestra. – “A Customer”,

Track listing

Side One
01 – Gaîté Parisienne (part 1)

Side Two
02 – Gaîté Parisienne (part 2)
03 – Les Patineurs (The Skaters)
       a) Valse
       b) Pas De La Bedowa
       c) Quadrille Of The Skaters
       d) Galop

Tracks 1 & 2 orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal
Complete score as performed by The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
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Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

Note: This is an unfolded mono rip. Feel free to fold it yourself if you want.


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6 thoughts on “Fiedler / Boston Pops: Offenbach – Gaite Parisienne (original US pressing, mono)

  1. Thanks a lot – and nice to meet you here. Have not been here for a long time, but since somewhere else became notoriously unpredictable, I decided to check back in and not only found Rachmaninov – to be expected – but also you, to my pleasure!

  2. Funny thing happened last week. I was walking around downtown Davis and, to my surprise, bumped into this very record on a stand right outside a comic book store! The vinyl was pretty beaten up, though.

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