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14/04/2018

24/48: Lorin Maazel / Philharmonia - Richard Strauss. Also sprach Zarathustra -&- Till Eulenspiegel - Columbia 1962

Richard Strauss:  Also sprach Zarathustra - op.30

Richard Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche - op.28

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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Lorin Maazel

EMI World Records   ST 935  (SAX 2467)  1969 reissue.  Matrices: YAX951 -14G / YAX952 -16G.  Recorded: August/June 1962 - Kingsway Hall.
NOT ON CD (except Jap pre-2008)  SXLP 30133 used these matrices.  Minimal 1.2 / 1.1 de-click (strings were somewhat 'grainy' in op.30) +1dB Treble.
SXLP cover/sleeve-note (original) + SRG 8 review >>>  

04/04/2018

24/48: Arthur Bliss / Sinfonia of London - Bliss. Checkmate ... Handel. Water Music ... Purcell. Act-Tunes & Dances - WRC 1960

Arthur Bliss:  "Checkmate" -  Ballet Suite
Dance of the Red Pawns - Dance of the Four Knights - Dance of the Black Queen - The Red Knight's Mazurka - The Ceremony of the Bishops - Finale

G.F.Handel:  "Water Music" - Suite - arr: Baines
Allegro - Andante con moto - Grazioso quasi allegro - Larghetto - Allegro vigoroso - Alla hornpipe

Henry Purcell:  Set of Act Tunes and Dances - arr: Bliss
Overture - Air - Sarabande - Minuet - Hornpipe

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Sinfonia of London  conducted by  Sir Arthur Bliss
World Record Club  ST 52   c.1964 pressing.  EMI matrices: SW7030/1 -1     Checkmate is superior to the HMV SXLP reissue.    Sleeve-note >>>  

23/03/2018

24/48: Karel Ancerl / Czech Philharmonic - Janacek. Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba - Supraphon 1963

Leos Janacek:  Sinfonietta
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Andante  ~  III: Moderato  ~  IV: Allegretto  ~  V: Allegro 
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Leos Janacek:  Taras Bulba 
I: Andrea's Death   II: Ostap's Death  ~  III: Prophesy & Death of Taras Bulba 
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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Karel Ancerl  
Supraphon  SUAST 50380  1970 LP/matrices: VST51 -M / VST52 -S.   Recorded: 9-11 January 1961 / 16-20 April 1963 - Dvorak Hall, Prague.
Sleeve-note >>>       Bakala conducting Janacek >>>  

16/03/2018

24/48: Jean Fournet / Czech Philharmonic - Debussy. Iberia, Rondes de Printemps ... Falla. Le Tricorne - Supraphon 1963

Claude Debussy: "Iberia"
Par les rues et par les chemins  ~  Les parfums de la nuit ~  Le matin d'un jour de fete
Claude Debussy: Rondes de Printemps  
Manuel de Falla:  Le Tricorne  (El sombrero de tres picos) Les voisins  ~  Danse du meunier  ~   Danse finale
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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Jean Fournet        
Supraphon  SUAST 50614  1973 pressing / matrices: E589 -J / E590 -E.   Recorded: October 1963
Sleeve-note >>>  

31/01/2018

24/48: Fritz Lehmann / Berlin Philharmonic - J.S.Bach. Cantata BWV 21 - DGG Archiv 1952

Johann Sebastian Bach:
CantataBWV.21. "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis"  

Gunthild WeberSoprano  ~  Helmut KrebsTenor  ~  Herman ScheyBass  ~  Karl Steins, oboe
Berliner MotettenchorBerliner Philharmoniker  conducted by  Fritz Lehmann   
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Deutsche Grammophon Archiv  APM 14007   1955 UK pressing / German matrices: 031497/8   Mastered: 29 October 1952 by Karl-Heinz Westphal.
Recorded: 11 June 1952 - Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin.    Pretty good sound (excellent Trumpet @ the end..)!   (also in a 55CD set)
CONTRIBUTOR'S REQUEST.. Now no auto-declick (not really needed). 1 Re-Eq file.  Inside card (no sleeve-note) /  Re-EQ screenshot >>>

06/11/2017

24/96: Anthony Collins / LSO - Sibelius. Symphony 1 - Decca 1952

Jean Sibelius:  Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.39 
I:  Andante ma non troppo - Allegro energico  ~  II:  Andante (ma non troppo lento)  
III:  Scherzo (Allegro ma non troppo)  ~  IV:  Finale (Quasi una fantasia)

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London Symphony Orchestra   conducted by   Anthony Collins
Decca  ACL 170  (LXT 2694)  1969 pressing/matrices: ARL1177/8 -4A.  Recorded: 21-22 February 1952 - Kingsway Hall
ACL cover / sleeve-notes >>>  

14/10/2017

24/48: Clemens Krauss / Vienna Philharmonic - Richard Strauss. Ein Heldenleben - Decca 1952

Richard Strauss:  "Ein Heldenleben", op.40

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Willi Boskovsky, solo violin  - Wiener Philharmoniker  conducted by  Clemens Krauss

Decca  ACL 241  (LXT 2729)  1965 LP/c.1960 matrices: ARL1351/2 -1LR   Recorded: c.September 1952 - Musikveriensaal, Vienna.

Somewhat more detailed than a 1955 recut (original LXT matrices were hopeless - ditto S.Domestica/Quixote)..    Sleeve-note >>>

07/10/2017

24/48: Jean Martinon / London Philharmonic - Offenbach. Five Overtures - Decca 1951

Jacques Offenbach:  Overtures 

Orphee aux enfers    /    La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein
La Belle Helene    /    Barbe-Bleue    /    Le Mariage aux lanternes  
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Jean Martinon

Decca  ACL 104  1960 LP  (LXT 2590)  1956 LXT matrices: ARL662/3 -2DR   Recorded: 13-14 February 1951 - Kingsway Hall
Some slight traces of recorded/cutting-stylus Woodwind discoloration.   2011 scans.  LXT sleeve-note / ACL cover >>>  

27/08/2017

24/48: Robert Craft / Columbia SO - Edgar Varese. Deserts, Offrandes, Arcana - CBS 1962

Side One:  Edgar Varese:  Deserts
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Side Two:  Edgar Varese:  Offrandes  (Dona Precht, Soprano)  
Edgar Varese:  Arcana  
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Columbia Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Craft  
CBS  SBRG 72106  (Columbia MS 6362)  1965 Philips UK pressing/matrices: 1Y -3 / 2Y -1    
Sleeve-note >>>  (Offrandes had huge multiple clicks throughout the 1st track:- removed...)  

04/07/2017

24/48: Harry Blech / London Mozart Players - Schubert. Symphonies 3 & 6 - HMV 1957

Franz Schubert:  Symphony no.3 in D major, D.200
I: Adagio maestoso ~ II: Allegretto ~ III: Minuet (Vivace) & Trio ~ IV: Presto - vivace    

Franz Schubert:  Symphony no.6 in C major, D.589
I: Adagio - Allegretto ~ II: Andante ~ III: Scherzo (Presto) & Trio ~ IV: Allegro moderato  

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2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Zippy Download    (minimal '1.2' declick - 'veiled' version..20,000 'corrections')   
London Mozart Players  conducted by  Harry Blech  
HMV  CLP 1090  1957 LP/matrices: 2XEA811 -1N / 2XEA812 -2N   Recorded: 1 October 1954 / 4 April 1955 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.  
NOT ON CD    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>     Schubert 6 is especially good..

29/04/2017

24/48: Ruggerio Ricci / Ernest Lush - Virtuoso Showpieces - Decca 1959

Wieniawski: Scherzo-Tarantelle, op.16   /   Elgar: La Capricieuse, op.17   /   Vecsey: Le Vent
Kroll: Banjo & Fiddle    /   Chopin /tr.Milstein: Nocturne, no.20   /   Smetana: From my Homeland, no.2 in G minor  

Suk: Burleska, op.17/4    /   Aachron /tr.Zimbalist: Hebrew Melody   /   Sarasate: Jota Aragonesa, op.27
Hubay: The Zephyr, op.30/5     /   Moszkowski /tr.Sarasate: Guitare, op.45/2   /   Bazzini: La Ronde de Lutins, op.25  
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Ruggiero Ricci, violin  - Ernest Lush, piano                         24/96 1954 Sarasate LXT >>>
Decca   ECS 595  1978 pressing/matrices: ZAL3397/8 -3W.  Recorded: 5,7,9 May 1958 - Studio 1, West Hampstead.     Sleeve-note >>>

27/04/2017

24/48: Rafael Kubelik / Vienna Philharmonic - Brahms. Symphony 3 - Decca 1958

Johannes Brahms:  Symphony no.3 in F major, op.90
I: Allegro con brio  ~  II: Andante  ~  III: Poco allegretto  ~  IV: Allegro  
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Rafael Kubelík  
Decca  SDD 119  (SXL 2104)  1965 pressing / 1959 matrices:  ZAL3791 -4E / ZAL3792 -1E.  Recorded: 28/9 September 1957 - Sofiensaal, Vienna
Not a highly regarded cycle - bought this (+ no.2 - have 1/4 as LXT) 30years back.  
Performance described as 'flaccid' (similar to Barbirolli/VPO) however clean copies of the SXL's are scarce - technically fine with a slight side difference. 
Sleeve-note  >>>  

17/04/2017

24/48: Wolfgang Sawallisch / Philharmonia - Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake -&- Nutcracker - Columbia 1959

Peter Tchaikovsky:  "Nutcracker" - suiteop.71a          24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
(Miniature overture, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance, Arab Dance, Chinese Dance, Waltz of the Flowers) 

"Swan Lake" - suiteop.20         24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
(Act II Swan theme, Act I Waltz, Act II Dance of the Little Swans,  Introduction to Scene & Second Dance of the Queen of the Swans, Act IV Scene)  
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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Wolfgang Sawallisch  
Columbia  SAX 2285   c.1963 pressing/matrices: YAX85 -1 / YAX86 -5.  Rec: 11/12 Sept.1957.    NOT ON CD     Sleeve-note / EMG review >>> 

07/04/2017

24/48: Martinu. Violin Concerto 2 - Bruno Belcik / Prague SO / Neumann - Supraphon 1962

Bohuslav Martinu:
Violin Concerto no.2  
I: Andante  ~  IIAndante moderato  ~  III: Poco allegro  
Bruno Belcikviolin  - Prague Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Vaclav Neumann   

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Supraphon  SUAST 50386   Recorded c.1961.  1971 pressing.   NOT ON CD    Superior to the later Josef Suk version.. 
Sleeve-note >>>  

23/02/2017

24/48: Albert Wolff / Paris Conservatoire - Overtures in Hi Fi - Decca 1958

SIDE ONE(3 files)  16/44 FLAC   Mega Download              24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Emil Reznicek:  "Donna Diana"    /     Franz von Suppe:  "Pique Dame"     /    Otto Nicolai:  "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor"

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Adolphe Adam:  "Si j’etais roi"     /     Daniel-Francois Auber:  "Le Domino noir"     /      Louis Herold:  "Zampa"
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra  conducted by  Albert Wolff  
Decca  SXL 2008  1961 pressing.  Matrices: ZAL3816 -7D / ZAL3815 -6E.  Recorded: 6-8 November 1957 - Maison de la Mutualite, Paris.    
Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>  

15/02/2017

24/48: Joseph Keilberth / Bamberger Symphoniker - Dvorak. 10 Slavonic Dances - Telefunken 1959

Antonin Dvorak:  Slavonic Dances
Op.46:  no.1, no.3, no.4, no.6, no.8  /  Op.72:  no.1, no.2, no.4, no.7, no.8  
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Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Joseph Keilberth   
Decca / Telefunken  SMA 11  1960 pressing/matrices: STE.010348/9 -2D.  Recorded: 13/15 October 1956 - Kulturraum, Bamberg   
'1.3' de-click (though surfaces were excellent) due to the somewhat grainy/dry sound with inconsistent discoloration (esp.woodwind, s.1), but good high violin tone....   NOT ON CD     Label / Sleeve-note / EMG + Stereo Record Guide 2 reviews >>> 

11/08/2016

24/48: Novak Quartet - Dvorak. String Quartet op.61 - Supraphon 1962

Antonin Dvorak:
String Quartet in C major, op.61  (no.4)    
I: Allegro  ~  II: Poco adagio e molto cantabile  ~  III: Scherzo -Allegro vivo  ~  IV: Finale -Vivace   
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Novak Quartet   (Bohuslav Purger, Dusan Pandula, Josef Podjukl, Jaroslav Chvanec)   
Supraphon  SUA 10197   1962/3 Pancake pressing/matrices: VM2031 -B / VM2032 -A       (A high-quality pressing)     
No stereo LP was exported: Rediffusion's 1977 transfer also mono: 1 side... Vlach Qt's op.51/106 also OOC; at least one was on CD.   
Not on CD    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>> 

05/08/2016

24/48: Ferdinand Leitner / Berlin Philharmonic - Pfitzner. Symphony in C, Palestrina 3 Preludes - DGG 1959

Hans Pfitzner:
Symphony in C major, op.46  (no.3)    
Adagio moderato ~ Sehr langsam (Adagio) ~  Presto  

Three Orchestral Preludes from "Palestrina"
Act 1: Ruhig (Andante)  ~  Act 2: Mit Wucht und Wildheit  ~  Act 3: Langsam, sehr getragen  
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Berliner Philharmoniker  conducted by  Ferdinand Leitner  
Deutsche Grammophon  2543 817 + 2543 822  1983 LP's/matrices. Originally: SLPEM 136 022.  Recorded: 1 + 16/17 June 1958 - Berlin.  
Leitner's BPO Schumann Symphony 3 is a logical coupling but a 1959 transfer on Heliodor sounds very dull/un-dynamic.  Not on CD
Symphony no.1 is on  HISTORICAL (Schmidt-Isserstedt).  2543 822 cover / Sleeve-notes / EMG review >>>

28/07/2016

24/48: Borodin. Symphony 1 - Alceo Galliera ... Mussorgsky. Sorochinsky Fair, Khovantschina, etc.- Walter Susskind - EMI 1955/6

Alexander Borodin:  Symphony no.1 in E flat   (rev: Rimsky-Korsakov / Glazounov)
I: Adagio-Allegro-Meno mosso-Tempo I-Animato assai-Andantino  ~  II: Scherzo -Prestissimo-Allegro-Prestissimo  ~  
III: Andante-Lento  ~  IV: Allegro molto vivo-Maestoso
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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Alceo Galliera   
HMV  XLP 30107  (part Columbia 33CX 1356)   1968 LP/matrices: XAX855 -4 / 2XEA2903 -2.   Recorded: 6-8 April 1955   

Modest Mussorgky:  (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov, except ** Liadov)
"Night on the Bare Mountain"    
"Sorochinsky Fair":  Act One - Introduction, Act Two - Gopak **
Intermezzo in B minor
"Khovantschina":  Act One - Introduction, Act Four - Dance of the Persian Slaves, Entr'acte
Scherzo in B flat
Triumphal March - "The Capture of Kars"
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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Walter Susskind   
EMI Music for Pleasure  MFP 2049  (Parlophone PMC 1018)   1966 LP/matrices: 2XMG79 -5 / 2XMG80 -4.   Recorded: 10/11 March 1953   
The Borodin sounds somewhat 'Gramophony' - the exciting Mussorgsky previously transferred 2009 as mp3.    Not on CD     Sleeve-notes >>>    

16/07/2016

24/48: Sir John Barbirolli / Halle - Dvorak. Wind Serenade / Gounod. Petite Symphonie - PYE 1959

Antonin Dvorak:  Serenade in D minor, op.44    
I: March  ~  II: Minuet and Trio  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Finale -Rondo   
       
Charles Gounod:  Petite Symphonie  
I: Adagio et allegretto  ~  II: Andante cantabile  ~  III: Scherzo -Allegro moderato  ~  IV: Finale -Allegretto   

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The Hallé Orchestra  conducted by  Sir John Barbirolli

PYE  CCL 30153   1959 LP/matrices: APL0116 -1WM / APL0117 -2WM    Recorded: August 1957
Mellifluous recording - broader Tempi than  Haas's versions. The Dvorak appears to be Unavailable - the Gounod only c/w his Mass.  Sleeve-note  / GSGC 14082 (1967 stereo) cover >>>  

08/07/2016

24/48: Karl Munchinger / Stuttgart C.O. - Martin, Hindemith, Berkeley, Barber, Grieg - Decca 1957

Frank Martin:  Passacaille for String Orchestra
Paul Hindemith:  Five Pieces for String Orchestra, op.44/4   
Lennox Berkeley:  Serenade for Strings, op.12   
Samuel Barber:  Adagio for Strings, op.11   
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Edvard Grieg:  Holberg Suite, op.40      16/44 FLAC  Mega Download              24/48 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  conducted by  Karl Münchinger    
Decca  LXT 5153  1957 LP/matrices: ARL2929/30 -1A / -3A   ...   Decca  LW 5318  1957 10" LP/matrices: TRL676/7 -2D / -1D     
Recorded: October 1955 / 10 October 1956 - Victoria Hall, Geneva.           LW 5318 cover / sleeve-notes / EMG reviews >>>

30/06/2016

24/96: Vaughan Williams. Symphony 4 - London Philharmonic / Sir Adrian Boult - Decca 1954

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Symphony no.4 in F minor

I: Allegro  ~  II: Andante moderato  ~  III: Scherzo -Allegro molto  ~  IV: Finale con Epilogo Fugato -Allegro molto

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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult

Decca  LXT 2909  1957 matrices/1959 LP: ARL1977-1DR / ARL1978 -2DR     Recorded: 2,3,5 December 1953 - Kingsway Hall
Sleeve-note / very unenthusiastic EMG review >>>   1937 Composers version >>>

28/03/2016

24/48: Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky. Symphony 2 - Philips 1954

Peter Tchaikovsky:
Symphony no.2 in C minor, op.17 - "Little Russian"  

I:  Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo  ~  II:  Andantino marziale, quasi moderato   //   III:  Scherzo -Allegro molto vivace  ~  IV:  Moderato assai

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham

Philips  ABL 3015  Original LP - hand-inscribed matrices: AA01130 1L-10 / 2L-4.  Recorded: December 1953 - Walthamstow Town Hall.

Far superior to the reissue (GL5636) in realism/bass depth/power. This pressing was physically Pristine, but some 'noise' at start of side 1 prompted a re-wash - and the LP got damaged (the original dub was retained). I am not amused by this: like most of my collection it had never been 'washed' - and otherwise scarcely needed it.
Minimal '1.2' de-click/slight treble added - Sleeve-note >>> 

13/02/2016

24/48: Alceo Galliera / Philharmonia - Respighi. Fountains of Rome / Brazilian Impressions - Columbia 1956

Ottorino Respighi:  "Fontane di Roma"
La fontana di Valle Guila all' alba ~ La fontana del Tritone al mattino ~ La fontana di Trevi al meriggio ~ La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto
Ottorino Respighi:  "Impressioni Brasiliane"     
Notte tropicale ~ Butantan ~ Canzone e danza
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The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Alceo Galliera  
EMI  MFP 2055  (Columbia 33CX 1339)  1966 LP/c.1965 matrices: XAX831 -2 / XAX830 -2    Recorded:  15-19 March 1955 - Kingsway Hall
"Brazilian Impressions" is a far better performance/sound than this 2008 MusicWeb review might suggest...... but contradicted by this one..  
Minimal 1.2 de-click.  "Fountains of Rome"  NOT ON CD.   33CX sleeve-note / MFP cover / EMG review >>>