24/96: Ernest Ansermet / LSO - Rossini-Respighi. La Boutique Fantasque - Decca 1950

Rossini-Respighi:  "La Boutique Fantasque" - Ballet
Side One: Overture & Scene - Introduction & Tarantella - Introduction, Mazurka & Scene - Danse Cosaque & Valse Brillante
Side Two: Can Can & Scene - Introduction & Valse Lente - Scene & Nocturne - Galop & Finale
2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download               2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  ACL 7  (LXT 2555)  1958 LP/matrices: ARL497 -3DR / ARL498 -3DR   Recorded: 20-22 July 1950 - Kingsway Hall  
Earliest copies of ACL 7 had an RIAA mid- '50's LXT transfer. This has a wider dynamic-range than either of those/original issue.      
On Decca Eloquence CD - but this probably sounds much better!   Sleeve scan is of the 1951 original -    Sleeve-note >>>  


  1. thanks a lot, dear Tin Ear.
    this kind of records does deserve 24/96 or even more.

    and, of course, agree with your note, that some later re-releases have far better sound.

    e.g. the (in)famous Beethoven's 9th recorded live from Bruno Kittel's jubilee concerto by Furtwängler released on sine data (cca. 1960-61) Melodiya vinyl by the All-Union Recording Studio (Всесоюзная Студия Грамзаписи) in the ultra-rare bright blue gatefold album having black seals with silver inscriptions is unrivaled either by all the previous and later releases in its crystal clear sonics.

    1. Maybe it's on CD - but I transferred 3 early ACL (Boult/Tchaikovsky - that now on CD - and the Desormiere S.Beauty/Sylphides - the latter work not on CD) - so just happened to choose this (the Irving Cid/Patineurs is also worth transferring).

      These titles have the advantage of the EMI BTR2 tape-machine - and even if that wasn't used to replay them in 1958/9 the extra clarity is quite noticeable (Krips Brahms 4/Tchaikovsly/Ricci are 2 others that are excellent in later LXT transfers)...and you can see a very extended treble here.

      Fortunately the performances are good (especially the Boult 1812/Hamlet)!!

      Some later mono Ansermet are pretty detailed as LXT's: Jeux/La Peri (the fanfare is very brilliant) / Tchaikovsky 6 / Lalo+Ravel - Ricci / Petrushks - 1st 1958 mastering.

      NB; used a Decca cartridge for this.

    2. On CD: 1999 on Japanese London POCL 4634 - 10 CDs "The Art of Ernest Ansermet (Monaural Recordings" - see for example http://homepage1.nifty.com/classicalcd/japanesecd/decca/ernest_ansermet_mono.htm, 05/2002 on Somm SOMM CD 027, see for example http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2002/July02/RRS.htm. I don't know the quality of these CDs.

    3. My sleeve scans date from March 2012 - and didn't know of the Eloquence CD - but the MusicWeb review suggests my LP transfer is superior, as ACL 7, in these matrices, certainly doesn't suffer from 'unclear/congested sound'..although I still don't think that even 24/96 completely captures the LP 'quality' .

      A CD-R I made for a BBC Announcer, some few years back, I thought disappointing - and suggested that a MiniDisc might sound 'more alive' ; the BBC Library only seemed to have the Decca 'Eclipse' 'stereo' LP; and I wonder if >that< tape (like the Coq d'Or, below) was the source used for the CD ???

      The original 1951 matrices need a substantial Treble Boost (+ slight bass cut) by nearly 4dB @ 10kHz, I suspect..if using RIAA EQ) but I prefer the pre-war LPO/Goossens - on 'COLLECTORS CORNER' >>>>

  2. Thank you for this transfer, the 24/96 sounds wonderfull to me, I love this Rossini/Resphighi work and Ansermet was fantastic.
    I'm just working on a ACL also and sound much better than the original LXT and I always have the same question . Did later reissues of the original LXT preserves the original playback curve or a later pressing uses RIAA?. Thank you.
    PS: Decca cartridge sounds incredible good to my taste.

    1. Depends which ACL. They incorporated recut LXT transfers dating from 1956 onwards (ie ACL 78 Firebird - on the other blog - has Ansermet's R.Espagnole side from the 1956 recut LXT 2627 and the Nocturnes on that appears on ACL 106 (c/w La Mer) - except the 2nd transfer (2Er) is used instead of 1Er - both likely made @ the same time .. ie; the recut 'Trout' Qnt has alternate 1/2 on LXT/ACL pressings.

      Although the small metal type matrix info guarantees it's RIAA I think Decca re-equalised the tapes to 'brighten' them - so although the 2nd Ansermet Boutique mastering is RIAA (large type: 2Dr/2Dr - which dates it to 1955) it's nowhere as bright as the 1958 mastering - although Decca may have installed new mastering equipment late 55/early 56 which improves the treble.
      This can make it difficult to know whether to 'adjust' the EQ when transferring - as, using a Decca cartridge, they tend to sound 'too bright' - as the treble goes to 30kHz with these early tapings.

      There still a problem transferring this Decca vinyl - as there are 'soft ticks' caused by, probably, the silvering of the lacquers - but I remove 'most' - as there's no point doing a 24/96 (or 16/44..) and then reducing the original resolution by 'noise-reduction'.

      The mono Israel/Solti transfer on ADD sounds rather good too..and the SDD is apparently better sounding than the original SXL (which I don't have).

  3. Thank you! The 24/96 sounds very good indeed!

  4. Here's what Warren DeMotte had to say in "The Long Playing Record Guide" - "Rossini's melodies are a gold mine for orchestral arrangers, and this collection is one of the best. Ansermet has magnificient vitality yeet never lets the music get out of hand. Galliera puts on a lively show, well recorded. Kurtz is exuberant. Rignold is rough.

    1. The records he references were Ansermet - London LL-274, Galliera - Angel 30001, Kurtz - Columbia ML-4367, Rignold - Decca DL-7518

    2. Not sure if the Galliera was the stereo Philharmonia ? - which I don't really like...the others are not in my 'pile' (the Sargent/RPO is: he decided the Gold Mine needed cutting-back - rather drastically.
      Presumably only the late 70's EMI LSO/Gardelli is the only 'complete' version; as the rest have 'fillers' on the LP/s


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