Whenever the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Ernest Ansermet, their conductor of many years standing, entered the hall for a recording session, all lovers of high quality LPs looked forward to yet another addition to their collection. And when this wonderful ensemble was joined by such a unique artist as Ruggiero Ricci, who had appeared in the Carnegie Hall at the early age of nine, then their joy knew no bounds. The present re-release offers all fans of fiery rhythms and sumptous symphonic sound a wonderful opportunity to revel in a musical treat in audiophile quality. Lalo’s highly virtuosic and therefore seldom performed Symphonie espagnole glows with a rich sound palette full of southern temperament as only a large orchestra can. Ruggiero Ricci rivets the listener’s attention with his pithy tone, his amazing cascades of sound and melancholy gypsy melodies. For all those who cannot get enough of Ricci’s captivating playing, a brilliant encore is provided by Ravel’s Tzigane – a true showpiece of 20th-century violin repertory. Sheer delight for the ears and the soul – and certainly not limited to fans of virtuoso violin playing.
Recording: March 1959 at Victoria Hall by Roy Wallace /
Production: James Walker