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Classical - Released March 31, 2009 | Living Stereo

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Artur Rubinstein's classic performances of Chopin's piano concertos for RCA were digitally remastered for this 1986 reissue, and the transfer from the analog tapes is clean, while the pianist's presence and clarity are enhanced in the mix. Rubinstein's performances of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the New Symphony Orchestra of London, and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, with Alfred Wallenstein and the Symphony of the Air are perfectly delightful, if old-fashioned renditions, with a feeling of Romantic ardor and sentimentality held in check by the pianist's refined sense of proportions and elegance. Of course, with many excellent recordings available, this disc will be desired most by connoisseurs of historic recordings, but less so by fans of contemporary artists in all-digital recordings. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 23, 2007 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released February 7, 2006 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released February 1, 2005 | Living Stereo

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Among the label's earliest explorations of stereo reproduction, these vivid, historic recordings by Charles Münch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra have been staples of RCA's catalog and reissued many times over the years in all formats. This 1994 reissue in the refurbished Living Stereo series presents the analog recordings of Ravel's Boléro, La valse, and Rapsodie espagnole, which were recorded between 1955-1956, and the 1957 recording of Debussy's Images, all digitally remastered to impressive effect. After hearing Münch and the BSO at their peak in these spectacular performances, one can only feel grateful that RCA took such loving care in preserving the original masters; audiophiles will appreciate the exceptionally clean sound and evergreen orchestral sonorities that are remarkably vibrant and detailed for recordings of this vintage. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 25, 2005 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 25, 2005 | Living Stereo

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There are few performances of the Offenbach/Rosenthal ballet Gaîté Parisienne to match Arthur Fiedler's delightful 1954 recording with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the companion piece on this RCA Living Stereo reissue, the Rossini/Respighi ballet La boutique fantasque, is similarly a joy to hear again since the 1956 performance is still a classic among few competitors. Everything is vivid and sparkling in this sonic showcase: both historic recordings represent RCA's exceptional efforts in pioneering stereo reproduction, and as early examples of the art, they are astonishingly fresh and vibrant. Even by today's digital standards, these remastered ADD recordings stand up quite well in clarity, color, and frequency range. Yet even though several modern, all-digital recordings of Gaîté Parisienne and La boutique fantasque can boast superior technology, it's hard to find any who can top Fiedler for joie de vivre or his brilliant orchestra for expertise in this effervescent repertoire. © TiVo