André Previn had been principle conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for over ten years by the time he completed the recording of Boléro on this release. During this time, he raised the profile of both the orchestra and himself with UK television appearances on such popular programs as Morecambe and Wise and on his own André Previn's Music Night where he introduced classical music to a mass UK audience. His recorded legacy with the LSO belongs to that golden decade of analogue recordings, mainly for EMI, which included the kind of repertoire in which Previn excels, such as Russian Romantics like Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev as well as British composers like Walton and Britten but his versatility is also reflected in repertoire as diverse as Debussy and Haydn.
On this recording Belero is given a whole side to itself and the climax is superbly caught, full and clear. Recorded on June 26, 1979 at the Kingsway Hall in London with its unique acoustic is even more impressively demonstrated in the Daphnis and Chloe suite, a highly distinguished performance in every way. Mastered from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes this extended resolution CD (XRCD24) from JVC brings the listener higher fidelity and improved audio quality by enhancing the process of mastering and manufacturing compact discs. This XRCD24 is compatible with all CD players.