Found this on Spotify and downloaded it...definitely worth a listen.This one.
My father played this for me as a child and it instantly became favourite. I've been playing it for my six-year-old who is drawn to all the percussion as well. He particularly likes the marimbas and xylophones. The LP was recorded to 1958 "red seal" standards and is a stunning sonic statement. The natural ambience of the recording hall was accurately captured and when reproduced on two quality loudspeakers ran flat through a simple tube amp reflects the straightforward "hi fi" approach to music reproduction. The stereo effect is accurately reproduced in my listening room, which literally resonates with the multitude of waves forms. I have two copies: an NM RCA LP from that era and the Compact Classic gold CD version from the '90s. I understand there are additional releases available exhibiting newer technologies...including the standard claim of improved sound; yet, it's hard to imagine any substantial improvement. From a delicate single harp pluck to a large-diameter concert bass drum played fortissimo essentially shaking the entire listening room -- and all points between remaining distinct, defined and detailed -- one truly wonders how any substantial improvement can be realized?
That LP was one of J. Gordon Holt's reference recordings (Stereophile). With the opening track, on a good system, you can hear the drummer entering from offstage during the opening march. It is a fantastic record to demonstrate the imaging and soundstage of a system, as you get cues of not only left and right, but the depth of the stage as well.From a delicate single harp pluck to a large-diameter concert bass drum played fortissimo essentially shaking the entire listening room -- and all points between remaining distinct, defined and detailed -- one truly wonders how any substantial improvement can be realized?
Reading a little more about it, this version was mastered from the original 3-track master tape as recorded by RCA in Chicago. That explains why there's so much clarity in the vinyl version of this one. Kind of cool--like preserving a piece of history!The Analogue Productions copy loses the "wooliness" of the original RCA Living Stereo pressing.
Seems akin to having a speaker for each track so to speak. I suppose that's why sound reproduction can never match the real thing -- to do so would require a speaker for each instrument in the orchestra per se (and, of course, it's correct spatial placement as well).They have a traditional stereo mix, but you can also hear the original three-channel recording (left-center-right) when in surround mode