GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite; BIZET: Carmen Suite – London Symphony Orchestra/Oivin Fjeldstad (Grieg); New Phiharmonia orchestra/Charles Munch – HDTT

by | Oct 21, 2008 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite; BIZET: Carmen Suite – London Symphony Orchestra/Oivin Fjeldstad (Grieg); New Phiharmonia orchestra/Charles Munch – HDTT 96K/24bit DVD-R – HDDVD150 (also avail. as CD-R) *****:

[See my Walton & Lecocq review for tech details on this 96K DVD-R series.]  Two different quarter-track Dolby open reels tapes were accessed for this DVD-R.  The Peer Gynt was transferred from a London prerecorded tape originally recorded in 1961 and the Carmen Suite from a London tape of 1966.

Both are suites which will be very familiar to most ears. The first is a ten-track set which includes such big Grieg hits as Anitra’s Dance, Morning Mood, and In the Hall of the Mountain King. The Carmen suite includes the famous Toreador Song and the Entracte Aragonaise. The transparency of the recordings and the crystal clear spatiality of the various instruments of the orchestra elevated my interest in hearing this overly-familiar music again. I don’t know if either of them are considered among the best performances – I didn’t make any comparisons.  And after all these recordings are now over 40 years old and only available in this form due to copyrights having expired, but since not many audiophiles have open reel decks anymore, this is the best way to enjoy the superior two-channel fidelity still available from open reel tapes on a properly set up reel-to-reel deck.

 – John Sunier
 

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