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4.0 out of 5 stars Follow up to Ansermet's French Music box. Thank you Universal, Italy., 25 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Ernest Ansermet: Russian Music (Audio CD)
This is a follow-up to the French Music box released recently. It's worth checking out Amazon.it as their prices are often cheaper at the time of writing. Let's hope Universal will follow up with a further box mopping up the remainder of Ansermet's Decca recordings.
In this box, the Swiss and French orchestras display their usual virtues and defects. Ansermet is completely at home in this repertoire and aficionados need not hesitate. There are some editorial anomalies here. The Tsar Saltan Suite and Bumblebee on disc 9 appear to be repeated on disc 10. Furthermore Glazunov's invaluable arrangement of Schumann's Carnaval has been omitted from this box. OK, so it's not exactly Russian in origin, but Glazunov's arrangement certainly "Russifies" it! 14 of the 33 discs are devoted to Stravinsky . The bulk of the recordings are in stereo, some dating from as early as 1954. As far as I can tell, no recent remastering has been done for this set. On some discs, there are audible clicks between tracks. From a musical standpoint, these recordings are oozing with character and reflect Ansermet's lifetime experience with Russian music. They have an air of authenticity. The sound of the orchestras further underlines this feeling. Only the Firebird played by the New Philharmonia has the orchestral sound we take for granted nowadays. One could concede that the Suisse Romande and Paris Conservatoire orchestras featured elsewhere display comparable character with their Russian counterparts of the fifties and sixties. Nobody could accuse them of sounding anonymous.
This collection is a treasure trove of great performances and classic recordings. Let's hope there will be more Ansermet from Universal, Italy.
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17 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive - but coming down in price., 19 May 2014
This review is from: Ernest Ansermet: Russian Music (Audio CD)
The French music box (now Vol. 1, I see) is £49.39 for 32 CDs. The Russian music box is £93.21 for 33 CDs. An explanation would be helpful. I am obliged to make a star rating in order to make this comment.

UPDATE - Today the price is £62.32. That's better. In the meantime the French set went up to £90+, before returning to £46.27 - a superb bargain. The Russian set looks tempting except for those of us who have a lot of it already, for example, in the Stravinsky box that now seems to be available again. Still, I would pounce if it came down to the same level as the French box. Meanwhile, I am adjusting my rating to 4*. Be wary, though. The prices oscillate wildly.

UPDATE - Shortly after writing the above I followed Lynne's example and ordered the box from www.amazon.it. It came to about £47 in my case. It looks like the Italian site should be our first port of call for Universal product for a while...
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