Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908):
Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 (tracks 1-5)
Suite from La Coq d'Or (tracks 6-9)
Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 (track 10)
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887):
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (track 11)
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra Chorus (track 11 only)
Antal Dorati, conductor
Recorded July 4, 1956 (track 11), July 5, 1956 (tracks 6-9) and June 6, 1959 (1-5, 10) in Walthamstow Town Hall, UK.
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Director: Harold Lawrence (1-5, 10), Alan Melville (6-9, 11)
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (6-10)
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 Mix: Mark Bucker
Original recordings made with three omni-directional microphones (a Schoeps M201 in the center and Neumann KM-56 on the left and right sides in 1956; three Schoeps M201 microphones in 1959). Recorded on Ampex 300 3-track recorders at 15 inches per second. First-generation 3-track tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
On this pinnacle audiophile recording, renowned conductor Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra explore the sparkling repertoire of composers, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. Rendered with swooning vigor and textural colorations, this re-release is available with the pristine sound associated with the Mercury Living Presence series.
Reviews"The bass end is full, rich and satisfying and the all important mid-range is alive and vibrant—listening to this selection will have you really appreciating fine performances in very good, if not the very best, sound quality."