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The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Ansermet 2LP 200g Vinyl RCA Living Stereo Analogue Productions QRP US

Artist: Ernest Ansermet
Title: The Royal Ballet Gala Performances
Catalog Number: AAPC 6065 / LSC-6065
Label: RCA Victor Red Seal
Reissued by: Analogue Productions
Barcode: 753088606519
Original release year: 1958
Reissue year: 2016
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 200gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 936gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: July 18, 2017
Collection: Analogue Productions RCA Living Stereo
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This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall, with great ballet music well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Ernest Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. Outstanding performance and sound quality!

 

 

Rated 11/11 Music and 11/11 Sound by Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

 

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  • Limited Edition
  • 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Deluxe Gatefold Cover + 22 Page Book
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings, QRP USA
  • Cut by Bernie Grundman from Original Analog Tape

 

 

In the hearts of thousands, No. 1 on the Top RCA list. While the bulk of Ansermet's recordings were made with L'Orchestre de la Susise Romande, there were a few with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and the very occasional foray into recordings with London orchestras, one of these being with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1959.


Analogue Productions is proud and excited to be bringing back such a classic. Not just for the music, which is superb, but also for the detailed packaging, which in this case takes the form of a 22-page lavishly illustrated book that's integrated into the tip-on gatefold jacket. If you're new to ballet, this pictorial history will introduce you to some of its most famous productions — old favorites such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, for example — but also less familiar tales such as Carnaval, Les Sylphides and Coppélia. You'll also make the aquaintance of famous ballerinas of the Royal company, such as Margot Fonteyn, Nadia Nerina and Beryl Grey. as well as choreographers such as Jules Perrot and male dancers Alexis Rassine and Michael Somes.


Musically you can't get better than the 200-gram dead-silent platters pressed by Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Of course the best vinyl reflects the best mastering, and that's accomplished here by Bernie Grundman working from the original analog tape. Stoughton Printing expertly handled the intricate gatefold tip-on package.


Audiophilia Online Magazine wrote: "This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall. The chunks of great ballet music are well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Performances are executed to a very high standard - the Royal Opera House Orchestra, both then and now, rank as one of the finest of opera orchestras.


"Conductor Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. With the exception of some of the Tchaikovsky scenes, the music is light and remains so under Ansermet's gentle touch. Each ballet is given full attention by the players, something not always attained at Covent Garden during long ballet nights! The threat of eternity does have it's merits. The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another.


"Tonally, Messrs. Williamson and Wilkinson have used their considerable talents to capture the orchestra superbly. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical. Be it a bang, swish, rattle, crack or snap, each percussionist is situated perfectly within the beautiful Kingsway soundstage. Even the difficult-to-record sound of the celeste is captured in it's purely mechanical form. It's delicate sound is heard to great effect during the Nutcracker - originating stage left, the sound decays across the stage of Kingsway with sparkling beauty. Wonderful."


Producer: Michael Williamson
Engineer Kenneth Wilkinson

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Ernest Ansermet, conductor

 

 

"Analogue Productions' Classic Records buyout brought with it metal parts for many albums, cut by Bernie Grundman, including for this record. ... AP chose to produce a new stamper using the "mother" cut from the original master tape by Bernie Grundman. ... I compared this 33 1/3 reissue to the Classic 33 1/3 reissue and to an original pressing that I'm lucky to own. ... The QRP pressing was definitely more open, extended and focused on top and transients were sharper though in a completely natural way. The Classic sounded somewhat softer and veiled. If you've got both, you'll hear it in the percussive transients first and then consistently throughout. ... If this is one of your "go to" sonic spectaculars and you have other versions, you ought to consider adding this one, though you'll have to wait for the re-re-press. Both the sound, including dead quiet vinyl, as well as the packaging are first-rate." — Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

 

 

Track Listing:

 

LP 1
01. Nutcracker Suite - March
02. Nutcracker Suite - Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
03. Nutcracker Suite - Arabian Dance
04. Nutcracker Suite - Chinese Dance
05. Nutcracker Suite - Dance Of The Toy Flutes
06. Nutcracker Suite - Waltz Of The Flowers
07. La Boutique Fantasque - Tarantella
08. La Boutique Fantasque - Andante Mosso
09. La Boutique Fantasque - Can-Can
10. Coppelia - Introduction (Allegro Marcato) And Mazurka - Act 1
11. Coppelia - Introduction (Andante ) And Waltz - Act 1
12. Coppelia - Czardas - Act 1
13. Coppelia - Valse De La Poupee - Act 2
14. Giselle - Introduction And Waltz - Act 1
15. Giselle - Pas De Deux And Variation - Act 2

 

LP 2
01. Swan Lake - Dance Of The Little Swans (Pas De Quatre) - Act 2
02. Swan Lake - Pas De Deux - Act 2
03. Swan Lake - Waltz - Act 2
04. Carnaval - Pierror
05. Carnaval - Reconnaissance
06. Carnaval - Aveu
07. Carnaval - Pantalon Et Columbine
08. Sleeping Beauty - Introduction - The Lilac Fairy - Prologue
09. Sleeping Beauty - Rose Adagio - Pase D'Action - Act 1
10. Sleeping Beauty - Waltz - Act 1
11. Les Sylphides - Overture: Prelude In A Major, Opus 28, No. 7
12. Les Sylphides - Mazurka In C Major, Opus 67, No. 3
13. Les Sylphides - Grande Valse Brillante In E Flat Major, Opus 18

 

 

 

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