- Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
- Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
- Composer: Offenbach, Rossini-Respighi
- Audio CD (24 Mar. 2016)
- Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
- SPARS Code: ADD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: SACD
- Label: RCA Living Stereo
- ASIN: B0006PV5VW
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Rosenthal/Gaite Parisienne SACD
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The performances themselves are full of verve and considerable orchestral virtuosity. Fiedler extracts from his enthusiastic musicians playing of almost relentless energy and good humour. This is, of course what is written in the Offenbach particularly, but the Rossini can have more light and shade to give dynamic variety at the very least as other conductors have shown. However none can match Fiedler and his orchestra for all the virtues previously listed as above. Of the various recordings that I have owned in the past this is still the most rewarding by some distance. This is a short review because there is very little to add!
In summary therefore, I would suggest that this disc certainly deserves to be considered as a front runner in any list of recordings to be considered by anyone interested in the program. Also those wishing to upgrade their previous version may do so with confidence.
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The soundstage on the SACD version is impressively smooth and wide; I actually went up to the center speaker at one point just to make sure there was nothing being reproduced on the center channel and it was silent. There is unbroken orchestral sound from an area wider than the speakers; I call that a really great soundstage.
The music is performed crisply and cleanly with a detailed presence that places the listener front and center. The Boston Pops under Fiedler's direction offers a brisk, sparkling interpretation of both selections.
I was intrigued by the length of Fiedler's La boutique fantasque; the recorded length is 27:23 which is considerably shorter than other performances which can range from 42 to 47 minutes more or less. This is evidently a concert version which has omitted certain sections found in the complete ballet which usually runs something over 40 minutes.
In summary, my hat's off to the RCA engineers who had the foresight to record these excellent performances with such care. I'm particularly impressed with their interest in the three channel recordings which play back so well with the SACD medium. These have much better sound than one would expect from recordings made in 1954 and 1956.
The Rossini/Respighi is less satisfying, perhaps because I so love the London recording with Ansermet conducting. Here Fiedler doesn't make the most of the brilliant orchestration. The sound is excellent.