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Two album for the price of one
Having seen many references in the past to this Everest audiophile recording of “The Little Train”, my expectations where set high. Since I never got hold of the SACD-version, I have nothing to compare to. However, while listening I feel there must be something missing to this classic with regard to transparency and dimension. Things improve for the chamber pieces. The L’Histoire du Soldat holds well for repeated listening and has a warm and natural feel to it. A good complement to the Robert Mandell version. Though, playing them one after the other clearly reveals who’s the top choice for stunning (disturbing?) realism.
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Haitor Villa-Lobos' music, as well as Ginastera's is, are quite underrated, so far. Even for we, Iberian public. Don't ask me why, I just don't kow. They are rarely programmed in worlde orchestral concertos. But, as in this miscellaneous slbum, they deserve far more attention from the audiences. They're not "revolutionary", yes. But, was Copland, a point of reference for this period, a revolutionary. I think he WAS, in his own way and time. The opposition to Vienna's Second School postulates was a "revolution" in itself. And Music, as all forms of Art, is a constant controversy: between what has been done yet and what is still waiting for coming to existence. Milhaud's "Creation du Monde" is, in my opinion, some sort of dadaism applied to music with an attempt of "burlesque" wich is, viewed with today's eyes, a failure, sorry to say. Of course, there will be many listeners who disagree with my statement. Stravinsky's "Le Hitoire du Soldat" is, as almost everything from his author, a classic beyond the pass of Time. I could say that Stravinsky is a musical genre in his own. From the sound quality, both Villa-Lobos and Ginastera's works are a little bit overloaded in level (surprisingly, the deep, deep bass is present as in rare occasions is). Don't know HOW the original master tapes are, sure, but my previous experience with HDTT recordings let me to gess they're not much different, if any. A conclusion: music to DISCOVER and enjoy.. Recommended.
The Villa Lobos and Ginastera part of this compilation is, of course, a bona fide audiophile classic, with stunning, limpid transparency and extravagant 3D staging. Plus some unwelcome tape overload... But I regret to advise that this hi-res transfer is not as good as the short-lived and uber-rare Vanguard/Everest SACD or a DSD-rip from that. But good luck getting hold of it... The Stravinsky pieces are welcome are well up with the commercial transfers. Still, there's a lot of value for money in this compilation, especially looking at availability and prices of originals!
Heitor Villa-Lobos / Alberto Ginastera - Sir Eugene Goossens Milhaud / Stravinsky - John Carewe,
This is fabulous in all respects.
Title: Villa-Lobos - From Bachianas Brasiliensis No. 2 The Little Train Of The Caipira
Ginastera - Estancia Ballet Suite
Ginastera - Panambi Ballet Suite
Stravinsky - L' Histoire Du Soldat
Milhaud - La Création Du Monde
Artist(s): Villa-Lobos & Ginastra Sir Eugene Goossens Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky & Milhaud John Carewe Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group
L' Histoire Du Soldat
Bassoon – William Waterhouse
Clarinet – Gervase de Peyer
Composed By – Igor Stravinsky
Cornet – Dennis Clift
Double Bass – Stuart Knussen
Percussion – Charles Donaldson
Trombone – Denis Wick
Violin – Hugh Maguire
Recording Info: All tracks recorded by Everest Records
Villa-Lobos & Ginastera Recorded at – Walthamstow Assembly Hall London 1958
Stravinsky & Milhaud Recorded 1958
From Bachianas Brasiliensis No. 2
1.The Little Train Of The Caipira 4:33
Panambi Suite (Ballet Suite)
2. Moonlight On The Parana 5:33
3.Invocation Of The Powerful Spirits 1:12
4. Lament Of The Maidens 2:27
5. Rondo Of The Maidens / Dance Of The Warriors 3:22
Estancia (Ballet Suite)
6.The Land Workers 2:44
7. Wheat Dance 3:40
8. The Cattlemen 1:47
9. Final Dance "Malambo" 3:37
L'Histoire du Soldat:
10. I. The Soldier's March 1:48
11. II. At the Brook 2:45
12. III. Pastorale 3:17
13. IV. The Royal March 2:42
14. V. The Little Concert 2:53
15. VI. Three Dances - Tango, Waltz, Ragtime 6:27
16. VII. The Devil's Dance 1:25
17. VIII. The Great Chorale 2:42
18. IX. The Devil's Triumphal March 2:11
19. La création du monde, ballet for orchestra, Op. 81 16:59