Available on CD for the very first time, this Classic Decca Title has been given the complete “XRCD24 Make Over” recognized by audiophiles worldwide. “Carmen Fantasie” is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pierino Gamba and features the impressive talents of American-Born Violinist: Ruggiero Ricci. Ricci, a child prodigy, first became recognized for his virtuoso talent on his performances of several concertos by such well-known composers as Felix Mendelssohn and Niccolò Paganini. Pablo Sarasate, a violinist known for both his Spanish flavor and Hungarian Gipsy style of musical compositions, wrote Carmen Fantaise on this very special album recorded by Decca in 1959 in the Kingsway Hall in London.
The music from Carmen Fantaise is easily recognizable to even the most uneducated classical music listener and is a colorful landscape of musical expression. This XRCD is a must for anyone that truly appreciates the virtuoso sound that can be created by the Violin.
"This disc has “audiophile” written all over it. It features some of the most virtuosic violin music ever written, performed in brilliant style by some of the most-talented players of their era, and recorded in some of the best state-of-the-art Decca sound of the late Fifties. It’s a heady combination, done up in some of today’s best state-of-the-art remastering and transfer techniques...The remastered audio is extremely lifelike and alive: A fairly close violin, yet one with a rich, lustrous, realistic tone. A good sense of orchestral depth, with wide dynamics and a strong impact. Well-shaped percussion attacks. Quick transient response. Sharply etched yet smoothly rendered definition. And well-extended frequency extremes complete the picture." -John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
Recording Credits: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, September, 1959. Producer: James Walker Engineers: Alan Reeve, J. Timms
XRCD Credits: Executive Producer: Kevin Berg This XRCD24 was produced by Akira Taguchi. XRCD24 Mastered by Alan Yoshida at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California.
Musicians: Ruggiero Ricci, violin London Symphony Orchestra Pierino Gamba, conductor