Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne Ballet Suite - London Philharmonic Orchestra/René Leibowitz; Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Øivin Fjeldstad
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GSC039DL (STEREO) - Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne Ballet Suite - London Philharmonic Orchestra/René Leibowitz; Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Øivin Fjeldstad - The Offenbach ballet recording on this disc made the rounds on super-budget LPs in the early 60s (Parliament, and the super-obscure Penny label, for example), and found its way onto a Saga disc in the mid-60s. It's a quite good performance, although the very low cutting level on the LP made for some less-than-exceptional vinyl noise, which I have tamed to reasonable levels. The Grofé is actually quite exciting, and very nicely recorded, RCA having lavished its "Living Stereo" technique on the series it recorded in Oslo in the late-50s/early 60s and released on the budget Camden label. Surfaces were typical RCA budget fare, but cleaned up quit well. Download includes CD artwork.