Arthur Fiedler - Gershwin: An American In Paris / Rhapsody In Blue


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Analogue Productions (RCA Living Stereo)

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Classical

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AAPC 2367
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200 Gram Vinyl Record



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RCA Living Stereo classical LPs — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

Remastered from the original master tape and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

"This reissue cut by Ryan K. Smith from the original 3 track beats every original I have (four) in every way. It peels back layers of murk without adding brightness or spotlighting or anything bad. Instead, it's as if layers of dust and dirt have been expertly cleaned away revealing a fresh, clear window onto the live musical event. ... (Earl) Wild's piano has never sounded as cleanly rendered or as well-focused. You'll see it as clearly as the skyscrapers. The finale has never packed such a ferocious wallop either. ... With records like this coming out, audiophiles who declare flatly that reissues never sound as good as originals skate further and further onto the thin ice. If you intend to own but a single classical record in your collection, make it this one." —  Music = 9/11; Sound = 9/11 — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Fremer's full review, click here: http://www.analogplanet.com/content/analogue-productions-irhapsody-blueiiamerican-parisi-living-stereo-reissue-beats-original

"These are the best vinyl releases of RCA LPs I've yet heard." — Jonathan Valin, executive editor, The Absolute Sound

"Grade A++. This is a disc that I have never been wild about (though it was always one of HP's favorites). My complaint was the cavernous hole in the stage center, which made Earl Wild's piano sound tiny, distant and swamped with reverberation. Here mastering magic has been done by Kassem and his crew. The piano track, apparently not properly mixed back in '59, has been given the prominence it should always have had. Don't worry: The "stage" ambience (usually a bit of a misnomer, given that the BPO was seldom recorded on the stage of Symphony Hall, more often in the "orchestra section" of the hall, after the first-floor seats had been removed) has not been lost: it's just no longer overcooked, making a scintillating performance that much more immediate and exciting. (Thus the extra "+.") — Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013. To read the full review click here: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/sneak-preview-acoustic-sounds-rca-reissues/

With Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin, a popular songwriter, established himself as a serious composer. His American in Paris tells the story of a trip through the streets and cafes of France. A first rate orchestra (The Boston Pops), a distinguished conductor (Arthur Fiedler), and a superb pianist (Earl Wild) combine to make this landmark recording something to be treasured.

Musicians:
Earl Wild, piano (on "Rhapsody In Blue")
Boston Pops Orchestra (on "An American In Paris")
Arthur Fiedler, conductor (on "An American In Paris")



George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
1. Rhapsody In blue
2. An American In Paris

Customer Reviews (4.20 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

Good Recording. Subpar performances

posted on 06/21/2017
4 Stars
The AP RCA Living Stereo reissues are wonderful, in both Vinyl and DSD. This release is a very good example. However, I have always been disappointed with the performance. Fiedler's interpretation is hammy, to put it very mildly. The pianist does not bring out all the subtelties of the score. Better performances are available. Try the Maazel/Cleveland Orchestra, Ivan Davis on Piano on London for a truly memorable and dynamic performance.


Flawless

posted on 04/25/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Greg D
Impeccable recording. Symphony Hall is captured at it's finest - under the baton of Arthur Fiedler. Well worth the price of admission.


As good as this recording will get.

posted on 04/13/2014
4 Stars
Reviewer: Ruxtonvet
I ordered this lp with mixed emotions. This is not one of the better RCAs in my opinion. I say that based on the listening to an early (1S) shaded dog and a white dog. The Chesky reissue is an interesting alternative. First the pluses- much better bass and dynamics. If you listen to the end of An American in Paris there is a bass drum whack that sounds very anemic on the original pressings. Not so on this remastering. It does more than just go deeper, it also has much better definition. The negatives- the midrange now has an aggressive edge that is absent on the original pressings. The Chesky reissue is somewhere in between. Better bass although not up to the Acoustic Sounds reissue and less aggressive midrange. Hard to find the Chesky and expensive. Either way a good performance but a less than stellar recording sound wise compared to other early RCAs.


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