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Albert Coates conducts Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini
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By Bill Anderson  |  Created on 2016-04-30 22:38:07

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  • Tom Jardine
    Tom Jardine Bill, what an interesting comparison of the two versions, but I really enjoyed the electrical performance. That's the best performance of Francesca I've every heard on records. Great sound and exhilarating performance. I'll be spending the rest of my...  more
    May 1, 2016 - 1 likes this
  • Bill Anderson
    Bill Anderson Glad you enjoyed this Tom. I was surprised at how good it came out...I found that I could only use the left channel, as the right was marred by distortion and severe wear (not uncommon with 78s played on earlier, heavy tracking Victrolas). As for the...  more
    May 2, 2016 - 1 likes this