Recordings of July 1971: Gordon's Top of the Pile

Early pre-recorded cassettes were so shockingly variable that reviews of their sound would have served no purpose. Some later ones are remarkably good, though. Following are some recordings that we have found to combine excellent performance and superb recordings, some on cassette as well as LP:

Bartok: Piano Concerto No.3; Ravel: Piano Concerto in g
Katchen (piano), Kertesz (cond.), LSO
London CS-6487 (LP)

Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance 1–5; Bliss: Things to Come, Welcome the Queen
Bliss (cond.), LSO
London STS-15112 (LP)

Gottschalk. Night in the Tropics; Gould: Latin-American Symphonette
Abravanel (cond.), Utah Symphony
Everyman SRV-275SD

Schubert: Symphony No.4 ("Tragic") and Symphony No.5
Kertesz (cond.), Vienna Philharmonic.
London CS-6682 (LP) and Ampex M-10242 (Dolby-B cassette)

Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe (2nd Suite), Mother Goose Suite, La Valse
Mehta (cond.), Los Angeles Philharmonic
London 6698 (LP) and Ampex M-10239 (Dolby-B cassette)

Ruggles: Sun Treader; Ives: Three Places in New England
Thomas (cond.), Boston Symphony
DG 2530048

Most of the recordings listed above are available from stock from Stereophile Record Service, Rosemont, PA (1971).—J. Gordon Holt

otaku's picture

Bought the LP for 50c at last year's RSD. Love it.