HD-Vinyls 24/96 London Symphony Orchestra / Argenta – España! (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

# Composers: Emanuel Chabrier, Enrique Granados, Moritz Moszkowski, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
# Vinyl (1994)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Decca / Speakers Corner
# ASIN CD: B0000041K6
# Size: 839MB (24/96) + 217MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

From the Speakers Corner website

Sonically, this record – made in 1956/57 – is one of the best ever produced by Decca. The listener is literally swept off his or her feet. To better enjoy this tremendous experience, we would advise listeners to put their feet up, relax, and listen with rapt attention. A “do-not-disturb” sign on the door is to be recommended. The tremendous sound emanating from the loudspeakers immediately conveys the rousing nature of the music.

Conducted by Ataúlfo Argenta, the London Symphony Orchestra plays with a rare vitality, pure enjoyment, precision and lucidity. This is a carefully chosen medley of Spanish music which, interestingly enough, was mostly written by non-Spanish composers. All in all, this has become a legendary recording, which caused quite a stir even in its mono version. The FFSS version ranks among the very best recordings ever issued.


“Superb recording – the gold standard as far as early stereo reproduction in the classic English style. A wonderful performance.”

“Wow! – I have other versions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol (Kondrashin, Gibson), but none as good as this one, it is earthshaking. Play it loud! It will floor you! Awesome sonics and superb performance. The rest of the works are also exemplary.”

“This record is amazing, if you have a good hi-end system and like this kind of music, don’t miss this record.”

“Sonics and music are incredible. A must buy for any audiophile.”

Track List:

Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
01 – First Movement: Alborada
02 – Second Movement: Variazioni
03 – Third Movement: Alborada
04 – Fourth Movement: Scena E Canto Gitano
05 – Fifth Movement: Fandango Asturiano

06 – Andalusia – Danza Espanola No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 37

07 – España

Spanish Dances (Book 1), Op.12
08 – Spanish Dances No. 1 In C Major
09 – Spanish Dances No. 2 In G Minor
10 – Spanish Dances No. 3 In A Major
11 – Spanish Dances No. 4 In B Flat Major
12 – Spanish Dances No. 5 In D Major

Recorded in December 1956 and January 1957 at Kingsway Hall in London by Gordon Parry
Produced by Erik Smith

Detailed info for this album can be found here.

Ripping Info:

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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