Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48; Glinka: Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmilla"; Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from "The Snow Maiden"; Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mount...
GSC-001 (STEREO) - Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48; Glinka: Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmilla"; Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from "The Snow Maiden"; Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mountain; Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso - This disc is the first in the Garage Sale Classics series, and features well-known Romantic classics from two unusual LPs. The Tchaikovky, Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov selections are from a Columbia Record Club special issue two-disc set (the other disc contained Rudolf Kempe conducting the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, taped by EMI); these selections were originally recorded by the World Record Club. The Serenade for Strings is sympathetically performed by the Sinfonia of London conducted by Alexander Faris; the sound was a bit lightweight, so some EQ tweaking was done. The Glinka and the Rimsky-Korsakov selections, with the London Philharmonic conducted by Sir Adrian Boult , needed a bit more work. The channels were reversed on the disc, and the general soundscape was a bit cramped. Both issues were corrected, and the results are satisfactory. Surfaces on the disc were OK. The Mussorgsky and Dvorak were recorded by Dick L. Miller's budget Somerset label (later reissued by Alshire, Al Sherman's budget label created after purchasing Dick Miller's catalogue in 1964). Both pieces, well-played by the London Philharmonic, led by Hugo Ringold (Mussorgsky) and John Pritchard (Dvorak), have decent sonic spread, but somewhat cramped sonics in the louder passages. Surfaces were fair; there still is some low level surface noise that could not be tamed, but still listenable.
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