Ansermet / OSR: Debussy / Ravel – La Mer / Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune / Rapsodie Espagnole (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London Records | CS 6024
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (942MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (250MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ansermet / OSR – Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 & No. 8 (mono, original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: London Records | LL 1493
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.72GB), 24-bit/96kHz (844MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (208MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Various Artists: The Decca Sound – Mono Years: The Birth of High Fidelity (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Perez Turina, Edouard Lalo, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov
# Orchestras: L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductors: Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Eduard van Beinum, Ataulfo Argenta, Jean Martinon
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 11, DR 12, DR 13, DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 8027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.28GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.02GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.05GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Ansermet)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl
What is truly amazing to me is the fact that this version was originally recorded in 1959 (!!!). While the strings might seem a bit thin in places to some, the basses and woodwinds really shine in this recording. Ansermet’s crisp, up-tempo interpretation of the score is one of the best ever, in my estimation, and not to be missed. Ansermet delivers a lean, muscular performance of the ‘Ninth’ with a slow movement of cool beauty. The youthful choir adds real zest to the finale and aided by a quartet of star soloists (this was Joan Sutherland’s first recording for Decca) Ansermet gives the choral finale real nobility.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joan Sutherland, Norma Procter, Anton Dermota, Arnold van Mill
Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

Vinyl (1961)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.31 GB
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Ansermet / OSR – Stravinsky: Petrouchka (mono, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Ansermet / OSR – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete ballet) (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1959 / 1995)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2092/93
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.73GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (475MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

There are countless performances of The Nutcracker out there. This one has always been my favorite. Excellent performance, superb sound quality. What more can you ask for? If you’ve been looking for a copy of The Nutcracker, this is the one you want.

Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the US.

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Ansermet / OSR – Stravinsky: Symphony in C – Symphony in Three Movements (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2237
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.1GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.06GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (292MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

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Ansermet / OSR – Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (UK pressing)

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# Composers: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin
# Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Decca | SXL 2268
# Size: 1.14GB (24/96) + 311MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

This one is an experiment, and as such, I would like your feedback. I’ve been using iZoTope RX2 as part of my workflow for quite some time now and figured it was time to try using the newer version – RX3.

This particular rip has been hanging around for quite some time. The album was in less than stellar condition (contrary to what was advertised when I bought it), and so I never got around to processing it.

This post was cleaned up using nothing but RX3 (manually, of course) and overall, I’m pretty pleased with the way it came out – especially considering the condition it was in when I started. Hopefully, the good folks at Speakers Corner will get around to releasing this at some point.

Until then, hope you enjoy this rip…

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Franz Liszt – A Faust Symphony (Ansermet)

front_small_boxset Liszt’s Eine Faust-Symphonie, based on the Faust legend, is an hour-long work for tenor, choir and orchestra, based on the Faust legend. The Suisse Romande Orchestra take to this complex score, one with which they could hardly have been familiar, with clear enthusiasm and imbue the performance with alertness and vivacity. The woodwind playing of the orchestra (not always enjoyed by critics) in the Gretchen movement is especially sensitive. Ansermet is direct, honest and conveys emotional intensity without resorting to sentimentality or the vulgarity to which conductors of this music are sometimes prone.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Werner Krenn
# Orchestra: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Decca
# ASIN: B001APFIOC
# Size: 1.81 GB
# Scan: yes
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Ansermet / OSR – Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner / Decca, 180g pressing)

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# 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

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