Firebird; Petrouchka (rev. 1947); Rite of Spring, LSO/Minneapolis SO/Antal Dorati - Speakers Corner Stravinsky Ballets (three discs; 180g vinyl)
Dorati’s extensive experience as a ballet conductor is set out in his Notes Of Seven Decades. He left a substantial Mercury catalogue – the late producer Wilma Cozart Fine had once been his secretary – with his complete LSO Firebird (Watford Hall, 1959) ever after an audiophile choice. One hopes Speakers Corner will issue it separately. The Minneapolis Le Sacre, excitingly fast, has an air of authority. Petrouchka is efficient but hardly seduces the ear. Spread over two sides, albeit with an unfortunate side-break, it does sound better than the ‘Universo’ first UK release copies. These fine pressings are replica-sleeved within a stout slipcase.
Sound Quality: 76%
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