Early Decca Stereo Recordings of Georg Solti: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 - Paris Conservatory Orchestra (1956 recording); Rossini-Respighi: La Boutique fantasque; Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice - ...
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KHCD-2011-090-2CD-DL (STEREO) - Early Decca Stereo Recordings of Georg Solti: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64 - Paris Conservatory Orchestra (1956 recording); Rossini-Respighi: La Boutique fantasque; Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1957 recording) - conducted by Georg Solti - An interesting compilation of works conducted by George Solti, recorded at the dawn of stereo by Decca in 1956-57, The Tchaikovsky 5th is played better than one would suspect, given the wayward temperament of the Paris Conservatory Orchestra. Solti belays any nonsense, bringing forth a recording that is suitably straightforward, with moments of great beauty. The Tchaikovsky is transcribed a blue-back sleeve, semi-matte finish red with silver print label CS-series London LP. The Rossini-Respighi La Boutique fantasque recording is one of the best ever made (from 1957), and shines once again in this transcription, derived from an early orange full-size label Stereo Treasury Series LP. The Dukas is played with the correct amount of tongue-in-cheek, without any showy displays, serving the music well, as well as does Decca's marvelous early stereo reproduction.