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Bolero: Orchestral Fireworks
     

Bolero: Orchestral Fireworks

by Eiji Oue
 
In the 1950s and '60s, during the heyday of audiophile recordings, albums like this collection of "Orchestral Fireworks" were fairly common; they provided hi-fi enthusiasts with programs designed to show off their systems and gave orchestras the opportunity to show off their virtuosity. Not many audiophile labels have survived in this digital age, alas, so we must be

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In the 1950s and '60s, during the heyday of audiophile recordings, albums like this collection of "Orchestral Fireworks" were fairly common; they provided hi-fi enthusiasts with programs designed to show off their systems and gave orchestras the opportunity to show off their virtuosity. Not many audiophile labels have survived in this digital age, alas, so we must be especially grateful that Reference Recordings is around to champion the cause. Those who still cling desperately to LPs for their warm, detailed sound should find solace in the rich, natural quality of Reference's CDs. This collection offers famous orchestral showpieces, like Ravel's "Bolero," in addition to more unusual fare like the sumptuous Straussian glitter of Otto Klemperer's "Merry Waltz" and the vivid buzzing of Deems Taylor's "Looking Glass Insects." The Minnesota Orchestra is in fine form under the direction of conductor Eiji Oue, with characterful wind playing in Armas Járnefelt's perky "Praeludium," silky strings in Dvorák's melancholy Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 2, and burnished brass fanfares in Liszt's "Les Préludes." Reference provides a realistic concert hall perspective -- there's no spotlighting of solos here -- and the sonorous boom of the bass drum will make even a modest stereo system sound like a million bucks.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Reference Recordings
UPC:
0030911109226
catalogNumber:
92
Rank:
310471

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