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

# 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


From the Decca website:

This limited edition LP set features six outstanding recordings from Decca’s earliest high fidelity history, celebrating the technological breakthroughs that brought full-frequency range recording (ffrr) and high fidelity to the world 70 years ago. The recordings in this set, including Decca’s first LP (Ansermet’s 1949 recording of Petrouchka), have been selected from a collection of 50 celebrated recordings in the The Decca Sound – Mono Years set. Newly presented in luxury 180g vinyl pressings, the set includes a newly written booklet detailing the history behind the Decca Sound from this period.

Track Listing:

Side One
Stravinsky: Petrouchka – Version 1911 (cont.)
01 – The Shrovetide Fair – The Crowds – The Conjuring-Trick Scene
02 – Petrouchka’s Room

Side Two
Stravinsky: Petrouchka – Version 1911 (conc.)
03 – The Moor’s Room – Dance Of The Ballerina
04 – The Shrovetide Fair Evening

Side Three
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (cont.)
01 – Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
02 – Szene Am Bach: Andante Molto Mosso

Side Four
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (conc.)
03 – Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute Allegro
04 – Gewitter, Sturm Allegro
05 – Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare) Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Allegretto)

Side Five
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes”, Op. 33a
01 – Dawn (Original Version)
02 – Sunday Morning (Original Version)
03 – Moonlight (Original Version)
04 – Storm (Original Version)
Britten: from “Peter Grimes”, Op.33b
05 – Passacaglia

Side Six
03 – The Young Person’s Guide To the Orchestra, Op. 34

Side Seven
Albeniz: Iberia – Orchestrated Arbos
01 – Evocación
02 – El Corpus En Sevilla
03 – Triana
04 – El Puerto
05 – El Albaicín

Side Eight
Turina – Danzas Fantasticas
06 – Exaltación
07 – Ensueño
08 – Orgía

Side Nine
Lalo – Namouna, Suite No. 1
01 – Prélude
02 – Sérénade
03 – Thème Varié
04 – a) Parade De Foire
           b) Fête Foraine

Side Ten
Lalo – Namouna, Suite No. 2
05 – Danse Marocaine
06 – Mazurka
07 – La Siesta
08 – Pas De Cymbales
09 – Danse Des Esclaves

Side Eleven
Rachmaninov – Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 (cont.)
01 – Lento – Allegro Moderato
02 – Allegro Scherzando

Side Twelve
Rachmaninov – Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 (conc.)
03 – Andante
04 – Allegro Mosso

Mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road from the original analogue source
Limited, numbered six LP set – only 2000 sets

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Music Hall MMF-7.1
– Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0
– Music Hall cork mat
Ortofon 2M Mono SE
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

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

  1. This is fantastic, thank you! Really looking forward to the Kleiber 6th; I have a 5th by him from around 1949 (Decca-Linn) which is exceptional. Your excellent classical postings are appreciated.

  2. Great up ! Thanks a lot 🙂

    (Minor mistake : sides 3 & 4 are Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” and not n° 5 😉

  3. there is an empty space in front of me
    that I must somehow fill with words

    at first it seems that I have won over the white emptiness
    but then

    even if I write
    on top of
    – a vertical apparatus appear
    reminding me that
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    to put and end to this nonsense

    thank you.

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