Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2; Bizet: Carmen Suite; Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Alceo Galliera, conductor
Price range: $56-386, mean $208
Comments: A pretty rare SAX, though reissued as Classics for Pleasure CFP 120. Alceo Galliera was an Italian conductor who lived from 1910 until 1996 and conducted a number of orchestras, including those of La Scala and Saint Cecilia Academy in Rome. He conducts the Philharmonia on a small number of Columbia SAX recordings. This is another album of orchestral favorites with nice interpretations. I thought that the sound was a little constricted with regards to sound stage, and dynamic range was okay, not exemplary, with a little bit of distortion in louder passages which was most noticeable in the final movement of the Pines of Rome. Perhaps my colleague who has posted several very interesting observations lately would hear better results on either his or his friend's audiophile system. I have yet to see this reissued on CD.