Walton : Facade

Walton : Facade


Anatole Fistoulari and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden

RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2285

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram

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William Walton (1902-1983) : Facade
A1 - Fanfare
A2 - Scotch Rhapsody
A3 - Valse
A4 - Tango-Pasadoble
A5 - Swiss Yodelling Song
A6 - Country Dance
A7 - Polka
A8 - Noche Espagnole
A9 - Popular Song
A10 - Old Sir Faulk
A11 - Tarantella Sevilana
Charles Lecocq (1832-1918) : Mamzelle Angot
B1 - Overture
B2 - Act I, No. 3 : Mazurka - No. 5 : Tempo di Marcia
B3 - Act II, No. 8 : Tempo di Gavotte
B4 - Act III, No. 13 : Finale

Recorded on September 10-11, 1957 at Watford Assembly Hall in London by Ken Cross.

The "golden age" of recordings was roughly from 1955 to 1963, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Anatole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden performing Sir William Walton's Façade and Charles Alexandre Lecocq's Mamzelle Angot. Working with the Royal Ballet Orchestra in Covent Garden under Fistoulari, engineer Ken Cross and producer Michael Williamson created another Decca/RCA masterpiece. It's hard to know where to begin with a record this good. It is simply as well recorded as any RCA there is.

Undeniable transparency, snap, detail and body on cymbals, bells and woodblocks. The same virtues, along with the added virtue of harmonic richness extends into the midrange. Strings are sweet, diaphanous, transparent and a bit bright, without being irritating. Brass and woodwinds, which in this piece carry much of the thematic load, are particularly well reproduced.

This Classic Records LP was remastered by Willem Makee from the original master tapes, using pure analogue components only through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at RTI.