ANTILL:  Corroboree Ballet Suite.  GINSTERA:  Estancia/Panambi Suites.
VILLA-LOBOS:  Little Train of Caipira
London Symphony Orch/Sir Eugene Goossens, cond.
VANGUARD VSD 512  TT: 54:16
(3 channel)

Ever since the first issue in 1959, these recordings have been used for stereo demonstration, and for good reason.   All were recorded in three-channels and that's the way they are presented in this issue - three front channels only, nothing else - although strangely my CD player indicates there are five channels - perhaps so, but two of them are silent.  Regardless, this is spectacular listening!  Just listen to the zing in those unusual percussion instruments in the Antill ballet!


STRAVINSKY:  Petrouchka.  Firebird Ballet (excerpts).
London Symphony Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras, cond. Robin McCabe, pianist
VANGUARD  VSD 506  TT:  46:42 
(5 channel)
Recorded in Watford Town Hall, England, in 1973, this is a rewarding performance of the original 1911 version.  Producers recorded the performance in 8-track sound, with some instruments behind the conductor; this has effectively been mixed down to 5 tracks.  I don't mind the sound of being in the center of the orchestra one bit.  A debit is inclusion of a 12-minute piano version of excerpts from Firebird, a decided letdown after orchestral fireworks of Petrouchka.  CD playing time, unfortunately, is rather limited.