TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini – Fantasia for Orchestra after Dante; Hamlet – Overture & Fantasy – Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York/Leopold Stokowski – Everest EVERCD 003, 42:57 **** [Not Distr. in U.S.]:
This one of the new Everest CD reissues allowed comparisons not only with the 1996 Vanguard/Omega CD reissue and the DCC vinyl remastering of 1994, but also the recent 96K DVD-R reissue from HDTT – which we reviewed here.
As that review makes clear, the 96K version surpasses all the rest, including this new standard CD reissue. In addition, it also includes the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings. And the previous (now out-of-print) Omega reissue including Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy; neither work is on the new Everest reissue. Sonics were very similar between the DCC vinyl repressing, the older Omega CD reissues and this new Everest CD reissue. The only path I would see to improve sonics even further would be if the original three-channel master tape has not deteriorated, and a three-channel SACD could be released from it – as Vanguard did some time ago with a few of the Everests!
– John Sunier