Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture
Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Münch
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If you like it old fashioned
I loved this recording years ago and decided to check it out. I still love it but more for sentimental reasons than the quality of the recording. There is some really great playing in this recording, yet both the playing style and the sound style seem old fashioned.
This recording is at its best when the music is full of energy. The playing style is very exciting and the long phrasing is really powerful here. The bridges with long scale wise phrases lead so well to the next phrase that the beginning of the new phrase can take your breath away.
The sound quality of this recording is dry and it sounds under-engineered.
Even with its flaws, perhaps because of the intensity and sincerity of the performance, I love this recording.
Poor quality mono transcription
This would seem to be a rip from a mono LP of the 1956 Munch RCA recording complete with tics and pops. The performance it top notch, but the dry mono sound is pretty bad. It is too bad that the original recording has not been re-released restored from the master tapes. I had a cassette tape of the same performance that sounded better than this pirated version. It is possible to buy a used stereo record or tape of this which is much superior. There is even a CD available made from prerecorded half track tapes at the normal CD price. The producers of this album could have at least done good tic and pop reduction, but this lack of care and the use of a mono source shows how little they cared about the music.
Formed: October 22, 1881 in Boston, MA
Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s