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Hi-Fi Fiedler - Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler

Hi-Fi Fiedler - Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler

Living Stereo  82876678952

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Rimsky-Korsakov: Golden Cockerel (suite), Rossini: William Tell (overture), Chabrier: Espana, Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Rakoczy March, Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave

Boston Pops
Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

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Review by Graham Williams - November 11, 2005

Like most of the Living Stereo releases, this 3-channel re-issue immediately impresses with its sound; quite remarkable for recordings made between 1956 and 1960 by the matchless team of Richard Mohr and Lewis Layton.

There is, however, in this case some overload of the tapes by the brass in the Rákóczy March and some coarseness elsewhere, but in general the recordings are clean and vivid.

It is perhaps unfortunate that four of the six items on the disc are already available in performances and recordings as good as, or even better than, these.

Mercury Living Presence have given us Dorati’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 and outstanding Coq d’or Suite, which, unlike this Fiedler version, does not foreshorten the final section, as well as Paray’s unmissable Espana; while Reiner’s Marche Slave and Stokowski’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 are on two other Living Stereo issues.

While so much of the Living Stereo catalogue remains un-issued on SACD such duplication is surely regrettable.

Taken in isolation this disc will give a lot of pleasure for its crisp straightforward performances and mostly good sound.

Copyright © 2005 Graham Williams and HRAudio.net

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