The Reel Deal

Sharing stuff found on magnetic tape in the reel-to-reel format.


Bel Canto Nutcracker Suite

OK, so Mitch Miller isn't holiday enough. No worries. This should make up for it, though.

In amongst the haul of Bel Canto 2-tracks is this little number by the infamous Hamburg Philharmonia: The Nutcracker Suite. It's the standard suite, even though the names of the movements are a little "French-ized". Don't ask me why, they came from some silly Wiki link. But, and if you can believe WikiPedia, this would be one of the first stereo recordings of the Nutcracker. Antal Dorati did the complete Ballet with the Minneapolis Orchestra in the mid-1950s, and the first full recording of the ballet in stereo was in 1958. That, of course, was on LP. If anyone has a GOOD Bel Canto discography, then I'd sure like to know when this was recorded.

I have also seen this on the 4-track version, but I still think that the 2-track Bel Canto tapes are far superior. Even if Bel Canto *did* do all the Dot library (things like Pat Boone and Lawrence Welk...), but they also did the HiFi label, as well as some of the early Liberty catalogue. Honestly, I don't know why people aren't collecting Bel Canto stuff, their LPs were BRILLIANT, as are their 2-track tapes.

Oh well, enough blather, I give you the usual full-size scans:
The front of the box, and
The back of the box.

Note that this was part of a promotinal deal (as seen on the back of the box)... does this make it a "rare Bel Canto"? Only time will tell...

Meanwhile, rack this one up and enjoy The Nutcracker Suite!


At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brad,

Thanks for posting the Nutcracker Suite. I've always loved this music. Just wnated to let you know though, that your link to the back cover of the album is incorrect - you put an underscore in the link, instead of a dash.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Chris in Toronto

At 10:27 PM, Blogger The Impaler said...

Is FIXED! Yay-ness!

At 3:45 PM, Blogger julioxo said...

Very nice

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Lady Domi said...

Hey Brad,
Just had to drop by to wish you a Merry Xmas & Happy New Year -- I promise that I will be back 'for reel' on your blogs next year. If 2007 has 48-hour days, that is...
See you!

At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Lady Domi said...

Dropping by again to wish you a swinging 2007 -- gee, I have so much music to listen to on you blogs!
Take care.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brad,
I just found your Blog yesterday, downloaded a few things, and just want to say, Thank You So Much!
This is fantastic stuff, and you take such great care in producing excellent rips of the original tapes. I also have had 2 & 4 track recorders/tapes in the past, and that analog sound is just so superior to today's digital mess.
Thanks again, and Best Wishes for a great 2007!

At 11:40 PM, Blogger DSK said...

I love this blog but nothing has been posted in over a month.
Do you plan to resume posting soon or have you abandoned it?


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