Ansermet/OSR: Stravinsky Pulcinella (rec. 1965) - Decca 6.41577
Jacket NM / LP NM / German Teldec pressing
This lovely LP – an as new collector’s copy – from Decca (6.41577 , German pressing, blue label, stereo, insert included) features Ernest Ansermet and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in a sharply characterized rendition of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, in which they are joined by vocalists Marilyn Tyler (soprano), Carlo Franzini (tenor) and Boris Carmeli (bass).
This wonderful performance was recorded in the fabled acoustics of Kingsway Hall, London, during 2-4 November 1965 (producer: John Mordler / engineer: James Lock).
Ansermet knew Stravinsky well and had conducted his scores almost since their inception. He brought a lifetime's wisdom and experience to all his Decca sessions and the results were electrifying, marked by a tremendous sense of occasion and inner frisson.
So many endless apologies are made for the supposed short-comings of the Suisse Romande Orchestra that a critical bias has nearly rendered their every Decca recording an also-ran. These ‘faults’ have been greatly exaggerated, and how well they play against the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is less important than how well they play Stravinsky.
And they play this music superbly, and for this listener at least, Ansermet’s versions are touchstone performances that refresh one's appreciation of these Stravinsky masterworks.
The striking cover art is credited to the Decca Publicity Art Department. There are superb liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Ian D. Bent, printed in English only.
Also included is the original full-size insert with the complete vocal texts, both in the original Italian and in English translation.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is near-MINT. Really, there are no flaws to speak of and the jacket appears virtually as new – overall, an outstanding collector's copy.
The condition of the LP is near-MINT and playback is superb – overall, a truly fine collector's copy.