16 May 2024

24/48: Hugo Rignold / Paris Conservatoire - Delibes. Sylvia -&- Coppelia - Decca/RCA 1959

Leo Delibes: "Sylvia"
Prelude - Les Chasseresses - Intermezzo & Valse lente - Pizzicati & Cortege de Bacchus

Leo Delibes: "Coppelia"
Prelude et Mazurka - Scene et Valse de la poupee - Czardas - Valse de Swanhilda - Ballade et Theme slave varie

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Paris Conservatoire Orchestra  conducted by  Hugo Rignold

RCA  VICS 1130 
1965 (Plum label) reissue of RCA LSC2485. US LP/matrices: SVRS3840/1 -1S/2S.  Recorded: 2/4 May 1959 -La Maison de la Chimie, Paris.  

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  1. Milestomozart19 May, 2024

    Tin Ear, you are on a roll! Another wonderful recording. I still cherish the RCA shaded dog I found of this recording years ago. Seems like the reviewer above was less enthusiastic!

    1. Certainly full-blooded as a recording (and presumably similar to the 1961 LSC ?). The Coppelia made me wince (intonation) in parts - but Brass playing was excellent/enthusiastic. High Fidelity's review was more generous. Shame the Monteux/Boston version was mono (sold the mediocre ALP: - have the ES UK Camden: Monteux's Mer (ES) & Nocturnes (Quintessence) I really-really like. The Desormiere is very papery-stringed - have additionally 2x ACL's (different transfers).

    2. Milestomozart19 May, 2024

      There is also the 2 LP Dorati/Minneapolis Orchestra recording of Coppelia on Mercury Living Presence. I used to have this one years ago but can’t remember details about sound/performance. Might pick it up again if I can find it for cheap.

    3. Don't have that Coppelia (think I've Bonynge)- only the Dorati/LSO "Sylvia" on Golden Imports. Decades since I sampled that (probably OK - but the G.I. LSO "Firebird" is massively inferior to the 1965 Philip SGL reissue.

    4. Milestomozart19 May, 2024

      I’ve also found the GI’s to be variable. They tend to have quieter surfaces with less tape hiss than the original Mercuries, but some can sound a tame in volume and dynamics.