Gamba / LSO – Rossini Overtures (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)

# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Pierino Gamba
# Vinyl (1961 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 918MB (24/96) + 251MB (16/44.1) (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

The second 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.


Like so many things on the market, this recording of several popular Rossini overtures with the London Symphony Orchestra comes with both pros and cons. Actually, just one con — and that is its length. The original LP recording, made back in 1960, was out of necessity only 45 minutes in length. Fortunately, the album makes up for this durational shortcoming in other ways. This recording clarity coupled with the fiery direction of conductor Pierino Gamba yields Rossini overtures performed with a level of conviction and enthusiasm not frequently encountered. As these works are performed and recorded so frequently, it is too often the case that orchestras are simply going through the motions of playing the notes. Gamba and the LSO emphasize dynamic nuance, shifting textures, and decisive articulation to produce an exciting musical experience even to listeners who may have heard these pieces thousands of times before. – Mike D. Brownell,

Although Gioacchino Rossini wrote 39 operas, they are rarely heard today – with the exception of The Barber of Seville. Many of his overtures have, however, remained extremely popular. This record presents five of them which were composed between 1812 and 1829. Rossini’s orchestral works are famous for the magic of the almost inevitable “Rossini crescendo”. The composer is said to have been so disheartened by the failure of his last opera William Tell that he gave up composing, and took his talents into the kitchen. He was an excellent cook and one can well imagine how the rich melodic inspiration of his overtures was transferred to his menus.

Pierino Gamba’s masterly interpretations convey the structure of the compositions, while the London Symphony Orchestra certainly sets off the fireworks. The sound quality has lost nothing of its brilliance and musically the recordings are of a very high standard, clear and animated. –

This is another in Decca’s new array of demonstration records. A new standard of immediacy and firmness of stereo seems to have been achieved as though another gauze has been lifted between us and the players. [Gamba’s] Rossini crescendos are all superbly controlled, and with the vivid stereo recording I cannot imagine anyone failing to find this disc very exciting. – Gramaphone

Track Listing:

Side One
01 – The Thieving Magpie
02 – The Silken Ladder
03 – The Barber Of Seville

Side Two
04 – Semiramide
05 – William Tell

Recording location: Kingsway Hall, London, England, 15 & 16 November 1960
Recording producers: Erik Smith, Ray Minshull
Balance engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Recording engineer: Alan Abel
First released as SXL 2266 (Rossini) in 1961

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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