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Title - 'The Decca Sound: The Mono Years' [Limited Box]
Artist - Various

OMG! Seriously folks, this is about as good as it gets for Decca Sounds, as this incredible, truly stunning Limited-Edition 53 CD Box Set of acclaimed ffrr recordings from the Mono era is now all together in one happy place.

Indeed, also included in this brilliant, quiet remarkable collection is Ansermet's 1949 recording of Petrouchka (which was actually published in 1949 as Decca's first LP), along with some of the finest performances in the Decca catalog.

You want an introduction? OK, well, with Decca's pioneering research and development in recording techniques - ffrr or full frequency range recordings - was born.

The musical emphasis in this Limited Edition set is on instrumental and orchestral music and includes landmark recordings, any of which have not been available since their original LP releases.

In simply terms, The Decca Sound: The Mono Years is a generous, and plentiful treasure trove for everyone who loves the history of recorded sounded to enjoy. Some of the Conductors included are: Ernest Ansermet, Georg Solti, Erich Kleiber, Adrian Boult, Anthony Collins and Hans Knappertsbusch. Some of the Orchestras included are: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and many more. Some of the Soloists included are: pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany; violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli and cellists Zara Nelsova and Pierre Fournier. And some of the Chamber Ensembles included are: Quartetto Italiano, Griller Quartet, Trio Di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Wiener Oktett.

CD1: STRAVINSKY: Petrouchka; Le Sacre du printemps L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR)/Ansermet
CD2: ROUSSEL: Le Festin de l'araignée; Petite Suite pour orchestre; RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses nobles et sentimentales OSR/Ansermet
CD3:RACHMANINOV: The Isle of the Dead*; DUKAS: La Péri*; DEBUSSY: 6 Épigraphes antiques; Jeux Paris Conservatoire Orchestra(PCO)*/OSR/Ansermet
CD4:ALBÉNIZ: Iberia*; TURINA: Danzas fantásticas*; POULENC: Les Biches – Suite PCO/Argenta* + Desomière
CD5:HAYDN: Symphonies 101 “Clock” & 88; BEETHOVEN: Emperor Concerto* Backhaus/Wiener Philharmoniker (WP)/Krauss*/Münchinger
CD6:BARANOVIC: Gingerbread Heart – Ballet Suite; LHOTKA: Devil in the Village – Suite* Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra/Baranovic Orchestra of the National Opera House, Zagreb/Lhotka*
CD7:BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra; PIJPER: Symphony 3; DIEPENBROCK: Marsyas ou la Source enchantée – Suite (excerpt) Concertgebouw Orchestra (COA)/van Beinum
CD8:BLISS: A Colour Symphony; Introduction & Allegro; Violin Concerto Campoli/London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)/Bliss
CD9:TCHAIKOVSKY: Suite 3 in G; PROKOFIEV: Love of Three Oranges – Suite*; Lieutenant Kijé – Suite PCO/LPO*/Boult
CD10:VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job; The Wasps - Suite LPO/Boult
CD11:BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem*; Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia; Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Katchen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (DRSO)*/London Symphony Orchestra/COA/Britten* Van Beinum
CD12:HOMAGE TO FRITZ KREISLER; LALO: Symphonie espagnole* Campoli/Gritton LPO/van Beinum*
CD13:ELGAR: Violin Concerto*; BUTTERWORTH: Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody; The Banks of Green Willow; BAX: Tintagel; HOLST: The Perfect Fool – Ballet Suite Campoli*/LPO/Boult
CD14:WALTON: Façade – An Entertainment; Façade – Suites 1 & 2*; LAMBERT: Horoscope – Ballet Suite* Sitwell/Pears/LSO*/Collins/Irving*
CD15:ELGAR: Introduction & Allegro for Strings; Serenade for strings in E minor; Falstaff – Symphonic Study*; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Fantasia on “Greensleeves” New Symphony Orchestra of London (NSOL)/LSO*/Collins
CD16:MOZART: Piano Quartets 1&2*; Horn Quintet in E flat° Curzon*/Brain°/Amadeus Quartet
CD17:BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4* Curzon/COA/Van Beinum/Krips*
CD18:HONEGGER: Symphony No. 3; Chant de joie; BECK: Viola Concerto°; REICHEL: Piano Concerto° PCO/Denzler/OSR/Meylan°
CD19:BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto*; HAYDN: Symphony No. 102 Elman*/LPO/Solti
CD20:BRAHMS: Violin Concerto*; ELIZALDE: Violin Concerto°; RODRIGO: Concierto de estio for violin† Ferras/WP*/Schuricht*/LSO°/Poulet°/PCO†/Enesco†
CD21:J. STRAUSS II: Graduation Ball – Ballet Suite (arr. Dorati)*; GLUCK & GRÉTRY: Ballet suites NSOL/Fistoulari* NSOL/Irving
CD22:TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker & Sleeping Beauty* Suites PCO/Fistoulari/Désormière*
CD23:BRAHMS: Cello Sonatas; BACH: Viola da gamba Sonata in G (arr. for cello) Fournier/Backhaus
CD24:SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor*; SCHUMANN: Fantasiestücke; Drei Romanzen; Cello Concerto Gendron/Françaix*/OSR/Ansermet
CD25 & 26: BLOCH: Quartets 1-4 Griller Quartet
CD27:BEETHOVEN: Hammerklavier Sonata; “Eroica Variations”; “Les Adieux” Sonata Gulda
CD28:HAYDN: Quartet in E flat, Op.64/6; BOCCHERINI: Quartet in D, Op.6/1; SCHUMANN: Quartet No.2 in F, Op.41/2; VERDI: Quartet in E minor Quartetto Italiano
CD29:SIBELIUS: 4 Legends; Karelia Suite DRSO/Jensen
CD30: BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 “Choral” WP/Kleiber
CD31:BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”; WAGNER: Tristan & Parsifal* LPO/Kleiber/Krauss*
CD32:BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3; WAGNER: Tannhäuser - Overture & Venusberg music WP/Knappertsbusch
CD33:NIELSEN: Quartet No. 4 in F; VAGN HOLMBOE: Quartet No. 3; SIBELIUS: Quartet in D* Koppel Quartet/Griller Quartet *
CD34:BIZET: Jeux d'enfants; Jolie Fille de Perth – Suite; CHABRIER: Suite Patorale; Ode à la musique; DEBUSSY: Damoiselle élue PCO/Lindenberg/Fournet
CD35:RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 3*; KHACHATURIAN: Piano Concerto in D flat Lympany NSOL/Collins* LPO/Fistoulari
CD36:MOZART: Serenade 4*; Symphonies 28 & 29 NSO*/OSR/Maag
CD37:GRANADOS: Goyescas; El pelele Magaloff
CD38:LALO: Namouna - Suites 1 & 2; FAURÉ: Ballade; 4 Nocturnes; FRANÇAIX: Concertino for piano and orchestra Long/LPO/Martinon
CD39-41:HANDEL: Concerti grossi, op.6; Water Music Boyd Neel String Orchestra (BNSO)/Neel
CD42:RACHMANINOV: Cello Sonata; KODÁLY: Sonata for cello; REGER: Suite No. 2; BACH: Cello Suite No. 3 – Bourrées Nelsova/Balsam
CD43:SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet; BLOCH: Piano Quintet No. 1 Quintetto Chigiano
CD44:BOCCHERINI: Piano Quintets in A major & D minor; BRAHMS: Piano Quintet Quintetto Chigiano
CD45:PAGANINI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Ricci/LSO/Collins
CD46:MOZART: Symphonies 25 & 38*; ROSSINI: 5 Overtures LSO/Solti*/Gamba
CD47: BARTÓK: Music for strings, percussion and celesta; KODÁLY: Háry János – Suite; HAYDN: Symphony No. 100 "Military" LPO/Solti
CD48: BEETHOVEN: Archduke Trio; BRAHMS: Piano Trio No. 1 Trio di Trieste
CD49: PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5 DRSO/Tuxen
CD50:NIELSEN: Symphony No. 5; Flute & Clarinet* Concertos DRSO/Jensen/Möldike*
CD51:SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1; KODÁLY: Quartet No. 2; SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 13, D804 Végh Quartet
CD52:MOZART: Divertimento, K334; Divertimento K247 Vienna Octet
CD53:MENDELSSOHN: Octet; BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet Vienna Octet

• Limited-Edition set of acclaimed ffrr recordings from the Mono era.
• Includes Ansermet’s 1949 recording of Petrouchka which was published in 1950 as Decca’s first LP.
• Luxury Metallic silver wrap lid-off box with spot varnish.
• Original cover art used for each sleeve.
• Multilingual booklet contains articles by Raymond McGill and Mike Gray on the development of ffrr, the artists, and the venues.
• Full recording information on each album and numerous photographs.
• A parallel vinyl box to accompany this CD set