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on 13 April 2014
This is one of the best bargains I've bought for a long, long time - ca. £38 for 32 CDs with some of the best recordings of French music that you'll find on disc.

Back in the days of vinyl Ansermet's recordings were my introduction to a great deal of French (and Russian) repertoire - aided by Decca's outstanding production, Ansermet had an unerring knack of being able to make his recorded performances sound spontaneous and perfectly paced. The very French sound of the Suisse Romande Orchestra might jolt some listeners who are accustomed to the svelte performances of many of these works by US and other European orchestras, but for me they perfectly match Ansermet's humane and subtle readings - try the samples online of Ravel's La Valse or Le tombeau de Couperin.

I should also mention the mono recording of Pelleas et Melisande from the early 1950's with Suzanne Danco as Melisande - I had never gone to the trouble of listening to this before, believing that the sound would be too "boxy", but am bowled over by the clarity and quality of both the voices and the orchestra. This is far more than a mere historical document.

Looking forward to the next Ansermet box which will collect together his recordings of Russian music!
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