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Kaleidoscope: An Orchestral Extravaganza

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Audio CD, May 16, 1995
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1. The Bartered Bride: Dance Of The Comedians
2. The Merry Wives Of Widsor, Overture
3. Radetzky March
4. Abu Hassan, Overture
5. Le Prophete: Coronation March
6. Hungarian Dance No. 1
7. Mignon , Overture
8. Mazeppa: Cossack Dance
9. The Jolly Robbers, Overture
10. Orpheus In The Underworld: 1. Overture
11. Orpheus In The Underworld: 2. Can-Can
12. Invitation To The Dance
13. Jota Aragonesa (Caprice Brillant)

Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Smetana, Nicolai, Strauss, Weber, Meyerbeer, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips / Mercury Living Presence
  • ASIN: B0000057MO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Saemann VINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
Early in his career, Sir Charles Mackerras was booked to handle EMI's orchestral sessions when the scheduled conductor did not show. I don't know if that's what happened with these 1961 Mercury sessions with the London Symphony, but however they came about, the results are among the most treasurable in the catalog. This is a light classics album on a par with anything Fiedler or Ormandy was doing at the time. First of all, there was the wonderful Mercury Living Presence sound, up front and very detailed, with an excellent dynamic range. The London Symphony clearly enjoyed playing for Mackerras, and their ensemble and soloists are absolutely delectable. Something like the Brahms Hungarian Dance simply could not be better done. There are one or two rarities, such as Tchaikovsky's Cossack Dance from Mazeppa, which is a real treat. The overtures by various composers are just thrilling. I had one of the original LP releases of this on Philips, but the engineering was actually by Mercury, something that also is true of Sviatoslav Richter's Liszt Concerti. In sum, fans of Mackerras and anyone who likes classical music with a smile on it will want this disc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 23, 2013
I wouldn't have bought this collection of orchestral "pops" hadn't it been for Mercury Living Presence. Let me remind the non-audiophiles who would have landed on this entry and review, that Mercury was a label established in 1945 at the end of the 78s era (a division of Mercury Radio and Television Corporation), first devoted to and famed for its catalog of popular music and jazz, but that branched out to classical at the end of the 1940s and became a prized audiophile series in the LP era under its moniker "Living Presence", and under the aegis of C. Robert Fine (sound engineer) and Wilma Cozart (producer). In fact the two worked so well together that they eventually became, in 1957, Mr and Mrs (Cozart) Fine. There were a few others involved too, especially, from 1964 to 1967, producer Harold Lawrence and engineer Robert Eberenz, previously Fine's assistant. Mercury Classics was famous for its MG-50000 series in the mono era, which opened with the legendary April 1951 recording of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition by Rafael Kubelik and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Moussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition / Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta), and was paralleled in the stereo era (1958 onwards) by the SR-90000 series. Interestingly, the slogan "Living Presence" wasn't invented by Mercury: their series was called "The Olympian". It is the New York Times' critic Howard Taubman, reviewing the Kubelik/Mussorgsky, who commented that it was like "being in the living presence of the orchestra", and the Mercury marketing team picked up the expression and eventually stamped it on the LPs.Read more ›
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