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I love his Daphnis et Chloe...

I've got both original Angel box set ( mono ) & Testament reissue box set. Impressive low level details and low noise floor but the stereo reissue still contains some amount of distortion and dynamic ceiling at the orchestra climax. Strings, particularly violin solo and massed strings sound thin and losing some natural colours and body. Original Angle mono box sounds more natural in strings but lacks details and dynamics compared to the stereo reissue. I can only imagine the original UK pressing must be stupendous!

Performance wise, It is masterfully done with varying tempos to keep the story telling fresh along with many layers of instrumental details and expressive dynamic contrasts make this set outstanding rendition of the work. Not as corny as Leinsdorf, Not as pretty and stand offish as Karajan and not as keyed up as Cantelli. Balance is just about perfect for me to serve up the music's intent. Pity that it gets congested at the dynamic peak bringing me down to the reality. I think the only time I did not hear a some sort of distortion at the climax was when heard the Haitink/BSO at the Carnegie a few years back. (triple goosebumps when the voiceless chorus kicked in!) That was a nice surprise.

My other favourite Daphns is Boulez/Cleveland.

Well grounded friendly but ellegant rendition. Melody line is outlined clearly yet maintaining rich harmonic blends. I love the flute solo in it.

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