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  Living Stereo
  Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne etc. - Boston Pops/Fiedler
  Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne, Respighi-Rossini: La Boutique Fantastique

Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by sgb January 27, 2005 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Another stunner from the second set of RCA Living Stereo releases. In fact, of the four I've had a chance to listen to today, this one most significantly outdoes its earlier CD release. The sound stage is huge in every dimension, and there's a clarity and openness to the SA-CD that's almost non-existent on the earlier CD.

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Review by rainbow March 4, 2005 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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The recording is astonishing for its age but why does every critic rave about the performance? Is it perhaps that it was the first version they ever heard? My reservations may be summed up in 2 words. Too fast.
Fiedlers' unrelenting steady tempi becomes tiresome, too, after awhile, espesially so with those waltzes of Gaite Parisienne where he refuses to slow down to relish their beauty. The cancan at band 17 seems totally misconceived. The opening chords must surely be played more slowly than the rest of the dance. He loses the wit of this piece. La boutique fantasque is well played and less caffinated. I enjoyed this performance.

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Review by Ivymike July 29, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Here it is--one of the most sought-after Shaded Dogs in all its glory.

The performance is quirky, there's no doubt. The tempi are very fast and are, as mentioned in the review above, actually exhausting. I've heard other recordings and, because this is the first I'd heard, all others seemed freakishly and ponderously slow in comparison. If for no other reason,then, I like the performance; it is hard to sit still through it.

The sound is unbelievable for its age. It has it all: excellent bandwidth, wide and deep soundstage. The only nit I can pick is that it does show some of the early RCA propensity for the hole-in-the-middle effect. It is not anywhere near as pronounced as on the Strauss and Brahms Piano Concerto discs, however. There are a few mild instances of material damage to the tapes as evidenced by soundstage shifts. There is very little tape hiss but then the close miking doesn't actually permit a true pianissimo, so there wouldn't be much, would there?

Go out and buy this immediately. Really. Tie someone into a chair, force them to listen to it, and then spring the 1954 recording date on them.

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