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RE: The Ansermet/London Symphony of Psalms was a terrible recording





What you have there is Stravinsky's attempt at conducting/recording his own work. I have the entire catalogue of this Mono cycle......love the artwork! I find them far superior to his own attempt at his stereo cycle.

With that said, Ansermet was much more effective at bringing out the music far more effectively with both his mono and stereo series, but not for all Stravinsky's works. His stereo Petroushka is my reference ......others not so much. If you want some more alternatives, try out Montuex, Fricsay, Markevitch, Boulez, Dorati, and many others.

It's funny, but many composers suck when it comes down to conducting their own creations. Stravinsky and Copeland come to mind. Bernstein smokes any of Aaron's attempts and it the same Stravinsky. During his recordings of his stereo cycle he was burdened with a terrible hernia and the ace bandages didn't help. Division of labor seems to come into play. Conductors are a better bet than composers attempts. Of coarse there are plenty of exceptions, but Igor is not one of them.

I do prefer his mono cycle. Columbia monos are far more "muscular" than the rather thin stereo sound that came later.

My records are still boxed up, so I'm unable to tell you some of my favorites in this piece. It's funny though.....I was just listening to that very LP from a vinyl rip yesterday. Keep looking for a better alternative.












Tom B.



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