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The added air, space and depth around the orchestra is extraordinary -- and particularly unbelievable as these have been reference audio showpieces since they came out on LP. But no previous issues of these pieces, including CDs mastered by the original engineers, come close to HDTT's transfers. As to the playing, Paray and his magnificent 50's band are self-recommending in this repertoire. There is an inimitable swagger and elan to these performances which has never been bettered. OK HDTT, find anything else by these forces and let's have them, please.
Poor SQ here, I'm afraid, so I cannot recommend unless you are prepared to listen through this to the undoubtedly fine music-making. A pity.
This is music that Paul Paray excels in. Coupled with a superb Mercury recording given a new lease of life in this immaculate transfer, this is a CD to cherish.
Paul Paray's traversal of French opera ballet highlights with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in its DSD128 incarnation is a performance and sonic delight. The "Faust" sequence easily holds its own interpretively and sonically with the Wilkinson-engineered Gibson/Covent Garden performance on RCA, while the remainder of the program is equally stunning. A no-brainer five-star.
Title: Ballet Highlights from French Opera
Artist(s): Paul Paray conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded March 17, 1962, using 3-track 35mm magnetic film. All works were recorded at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, using three Telefunken 201 microphones.
Engineer [Associate] – Robert Eberenz
Engineer [Chief] - C. Robert Fine
Recording Supervisor [Recording Director] – Wilma Cozart
Supervised By [Musical Director] – Harold Lawrence
1. Ballet Music From "Faust" 16:07
2. Waltz from "Faust" 5:05
3. Bacchanale From "Samson And Delilah" 7:34
4. Danse Bohemème From "Carmen" 4:37
5. Royal Hunt And Storm From "The Trojans" 8:48
6. Overture To "Phèdre" 9:07
7. Gavotte From "Mignon" 2:04
Total Time: 53:22