30 June 2015

24/96: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt / Hamburg Radio - Dvorak. Symphony 7, Slavonic Dances / Brahms. Hungarian Dances - Decca 1953

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony no.7 in D minor, op.70
I: Allegro maestoso ~ II: Poco adagio ~ III: Scherzo - Vivace ~ IV: Finale - Allegro  
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC   Mega Download           2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC   Mega Download
Decca  ACL 126  (LXT 2807)  1961 LP/c.1957 matrices: ARL 1590 -1Dr / ARL 1591 -1Dr  

Antonin Dvorak:  Slavonic Dances,
No.1 in C major, op.46  ~ No.2 in E minor, op.46  ~ No.3 in A flat major, op.46  ~ No.16 in A flat major, op.72    
Johannes Brahms:  Hungarian Dances,  
No.1 in G major   ~  No.2 in D minor (arr: A. Hallen)   ~  No.3 in F major  //  No.5 in G minor (arr: A.Palow)   ~  No.6 in D major (arr: A.Palow)   ~  No.7 in A major (arr: A. Hallen)  //  No.10 in F major
7 files zip 16/44 FLAC         7 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC   Not yet transferred 
Decca  ACL 23  (LXT 2814)  1959 LP/c.1957 matrices: ARL 1593 -2Dr / ARL 1592 -2Dr  
Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt    
Recorded: 23-25 March 1953 - Kingsway Hall.        LXT sleeve covers/notes, EMG reviews >>>  

19 June 2015

24/96: Gaston Poulet / LSO - Albeniz. Iberia / Granados / Falla / Turina - EMI 1954

Isaac Albeniz /orch. Fernandez Arbos:  "Iberia" - suite
1: Evocation ~ 2: El Puerto ~ 3: El Corpos en Sevilla ~ 4: Triana ~ 5: El Albaicin
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Enrique Granados:  "Goyescas" - Intermezzo   
Manuel de Falla:  "La Vida Breve" - Interlude and Danza 
Josquin Turina:  "La Procesion del Rocio", op.9   
3 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
The above: 4 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Gaston Poulet   
EMI Music for Pleasure  MFP 2083  (Parlophone PMC 1006)  1968 LP/matrices: 2XMG47 -3 / 2XMG48 -3    Recorded: 30 June/1 July 1953 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road        Not on CD

6 June 2015

24/96: Miklos Rozsa / Frankenland S.O. - Rozsa. Concert Overture, 3 Hungarian Sketches, Theme, Variations & Finale - MCA 1957

Miklos Rozsa:
Overture to a Symphony Concert, op.26        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Three Hungarian Sketches, op.14          24/96 XR FLAC   Mega Download
Theme, Variations & Finale, op.13           24/96 XR FLAC   Mega Download
3 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Frankenland Symphony Orchestra (Nuremberg)  conducted by  The Composer   
Varese-Sarabande  VC 81058  (US Decca  DL-9966)  1978 US LP.   Recorded: 1957  
Don't have the accompanying 'film score' release; too mean to spend £10 on eBay.  This LP sounds better than the UK RCA Gold Seal reissue of his 1966 Italian recordings (originally LSC 2802) ..the performances also appear superior...     Not on CD.     Sleeve-note + RCA sleeve-note >>>
This apparently had a dreadful, faked, French CD dubbing a few years back (also on Naxos, with the other one) filmscoremonthly

1 June 2015

24/96: Sir Malcolm Sargent / London Symphony Orchestra - Holst. The Planets - Decca 1954

Gustav Holst: "The Planets" suite, op.32
1: Mars, the Bringer of War ~ 2: Venus, the Bringer of Peace ~ 3: Mercury, the Winged Messenger      //    
4: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity ~ 5: Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age ~ 6: Uranus, the Magician ~ 7: Neptune, the Mystic.
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC   Mega Download  
24/96 XR FLAC side 1  Mega Download     side 2  Mega Download
BBC Womens Chorus  - London Symphony Orchestra   conducted by   Sir Malcolm Sargent 
Decca  ACL 26
 (LXT 2871)    1960 pressing, c.1958 matrices: ARL2067 -1Dr / ARL2068 -1Dr.    Recorded: 17/20-21 May 1954 - Kingsway Hall.   
Minimal de-click ('1.2')  + very slight treble increase to help compensate for any loss of 'air'. 
The original -1A matrices (used until 1957/8) have less clarity/cleanliness.  Lovely performance.    Not on CD        Sleeve-note >>>

23 April 2015

24/48: Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic - Dvorak. Symphony 8 / Wagner. Die Meistersinger - BBC 1959

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony no.8 (4) in G major, op.88  
I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Allegretto grazioso ~ IV: Allegro ma non troppo
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Richard Wagner: "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg",  Act.1 - prelude
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham       
HMV  ALP 2003   1963 First edition.   Matrices: 2XEA 2233 -1N / 2XEA 2234 -2N  
Live:  25 October 1959 - Royal Festival Hall  / 4 November 1959 - BBC Home Service concert (BBC Maida Vale Studios)?
From Sir Richard Attenborough's collection.   24/96 transfers.    2004 MusicWeb CD review >>>      Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>    

11 January 2015

Wilhelm Furtwangler / Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart. Don Giovanni. Salzburg Festival - ORF/EMI 1954

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  "Don Giovanni"   Dramma giocoso in due atti, K.527
Don Giovanni .......................... Cesare Siepi  (Bass)  
Donna Elvira .......................... Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  (Soprano) 
Don Ottavio .......................... Anton Dermota  (Tenor)
Leporello.......................... Otto Edelmann  (Bass)
Masetto .......................... Walter Berry  (Bass Baritone)
Donna Anna .......................... Elisabeth Grummer  (Soprano)
Commendatore .......................... Dezso Ernster  (Bass) **
Zerlina .......................... Erna Berger  (Soprano)
Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   conducted by   Wilhelm Furtwangler 
Overture, Act One: 3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download         Act Two: 3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
EMI  EX 153 290667 3  (1986: DMM Germany, 3LP)   Live: 3 August 1954 - Felsenreitschule, Salzburg. [** Raffaele Arie (Bass): final scene from: Salzburg Festival - 27 July 1953]  
Previously unplayed LP set.  Files transferred 24/96 - but probably 16 bit digital mastered LP's; hence presented as such..
Unlikely to be the best overall performance on LP (have Busch/Rosbaud/Moralt/Klemperer@Cologne, etc,).   EMI's CD's now OOP.      Booklet commentary >>>

2 January 2015

24/96: Roger Desormiere / Paris Conservatoire - Les Sylphides / Sleeping Beauty - Decca 1950/1

Frederic Chopin / Orchestrated by Alexander Gretchaninov:  "Les Sylphides" -  Ballet  (arr: Desormiere)
Nocturne (op.32/2) ~ Valse (op.70/1 ~ Mazurka (op.33/2) ~ Mazurka (op.67/3) ~ Prelude (op.28/7) ~ Valse (op.64/2) ~ Grande Valse Brillante (op.18)
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download

Peter Tchaikovsky:  "The Sleeping Beauty", op.66  - Suite:  Introduction (Prologue) ~ Finale, Act.1 (The Lilac Fairy) ~ Pas d'action, Act.2 ~ Pas de caractere (Puss in Boots & the White Cat), Act.3 ~ Panorama, Act.2 ~ Valse, Act.3
Both as: 2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download 
L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Roger Desormiere    
Decca  ACL 8  1959 pressing/matrices: ARL1799 -1Hr / ARL899 -3Er   Rec: 22 February 1950 / 15-20 June 1951 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris
Originally: LM4511 / LXT2610    Tchaikovsky: Sept.2010  files re-edited May 2012    Les Sylphides... Not on CD

17 December 2014

24/96: Suzanne Danco sings... Schumann. Liederkreis ... Faure. Bonne Chanson ... Ravel. Sheherazade, Poemes de Stephane Mallarme, Melodies hebraiques - Decca 1953/1955


Robert Schumann:  "Liederkreis", op.39       /       Gabriel Faure:  "La Bonne Chanson", Op.61 **
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download              2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download         Suzanne Danco, Soprano - with  Guido Agosti, piano  

Maurice Ravel:  "Sheherazade"  /  "Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme" ** /  "Deux Melodies hebraiques
3 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download              3 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download         Suzanne Danco - Suisse Romande Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet

Decca  LX 3107  10" 1953 LP/matrices: DRL1209 -2A / DRL1210 -2A    /    Decca  ECS 816  STEREO (electronic **)  1978 LP/matrices: EAL12707 -1G / EAL12708 -1G
Recorded: 8/9 April 1952  &  Oct./Nov.1954 - Victoria Hall, Geneva    (The 1952 recordings were re-issued 1957 as Decca/London LL 1324  - no LXT release)
The Mallarme + Faure are single-channel from the electronic-stereo. LX 3107 additionally auto-de-clicked after vast effort (the surfaces, whilst appearing mint, were stunningly noisy due to inferior matrix processing). Liederkreis now only has slight 'hash' at the end/s (and sounds superior to Mr Pristine's effort !! mp3 sample - second part is Liederkreis)
Liederkreis: Not on CD   Two Hebrew Melodies: Not on CD as stereo (stereo tape has also now kopped-it?).  
May make another transfer of Sheherazade as this side was slightly prone, early-on, to Decca's pressing 'blips'; as usual more evident via Foobar than whilst editing with Audacity. 
EMG reviews / Sleeve-notes / "The Times" - obituary 2000 >>>

11 December 2014

24/96: Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Beethoven. Overtures: Fidelio ~ Leonore 1-3 - Columbia 1955

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Side One:   "Leonore" - Overture, no.1, op.138   
"Leonore" - Overture, no.2, op.72a/1               2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC   Mega Download
Side Two:   "Fidelio" - Overture, op.72b   
"Leonore" - Overture, no.3, op.72a/2               2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
The above: 4 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer    
Columbia  33CX 1270   1960 pressing/1955 matrices: XAX673 -2N / XAX674 -1N     Recorded: November 1954 - Kingsway Hall   
Side 1 is a remarkably fine transfer - slightly superior to side 2      EMG review / Sleeve-note  >>>

1 November 2014

24/96: Clemens Krauss / Vienna Philharmonic - Richard Strauss. Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel - Decca 1950

Richard Strauss:
"Till Eulenspiegel's Lustige Streiche", op.28   
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
"Don Juan", op.20    
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
The above: 2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Clemens Krauss 
Decca  ACL 16  (LXT 2549) 1959 pressing/c.1958 matrices: ARL 409 -7Dr / ARL 410 -7Dr   Recorded: 16 June 1950 - Musikvereinsaal, Vienna.
The original LXT transfer is very nice ('creamy') - but this has more clarity, albeit slightly overbright (a c.1955 transfer is in-between) and without some noticeable 'hum'.     2011 RMCR Chit-chat re Rose's version      LXT 2549 sleeve-note   >>>  

25 October 2014

24/96: Ernest Ansermet / Paris Conservatoire - Prokofiev. Symphony 1 ~ Glinka ~ Borodin ~ Mussorgsky - Decca 1953

Serge Prokofiev:  Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25  ("Classical")
I: Allegro con brio  ~  II: Larghetto  ~  III: Gavotte  ~  IV: Allegro vivace  
Mikhail Glinka:  "Russlan & Ludmilla" - overture  
Alexander Borodin:  "On the Steppes of Central Asia" 
Modest Mussorgsky:  "Night on the Bare Mountain" (arr: Rimsky-Korsakov)  
4 files zip 16/44  FLAC   Mega Download
4 files zip  24/96  XR FLAC   Mega Download
L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  ACL 123  (LXT 2833)  1967 pressing / 1961 matrices: ARL1760 -1Lr / ARL1761 -1Nr 
Recorded: 15-19 / 22-25 June 1953 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris
Presumably this was recorded with an EMI tape-recorder - as the frequency-range extends to almost 30kHz - thus the 24/96 files are rather superior (and 4x larger).
Difficult surfaces to edit 'to near-perfection' (which, of course, you require)      ACL 123 sleeve / LXT 2833 sleeve-note >>>

3 October 2014

24/96: Rudolf Kempe / Royal Philharmonic - Dvorak. Symphony 9 - Readers Digest 1963

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95

I: Adagio - Allegro molto  ~   II:  Largo ~ III: Scherzo (Molto vivace)  ~   IV: Allegro con fuoco
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Side One: 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download    Side Two: 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Rudolf Kempe  
Readers Digest  RDS502 (12LP) STEREO  Matrices: 1G/1G. Rec: 5-6 May 1963 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall

The Dvorak is less Frenetic than other RPO performances in the 'Treasury' box: which appear to be mastered at very high levels..

23 September 2014

24/96: Oskar Danon / Royal Philharmonic - Rimsky-Korsakov ~ Saint-Saens ~ Dvorak ~ Smetana ~ Enescu ~ Stravinsky ~ Prokofiev - Readers Digest 1962/3

Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio Espagnol   /   Le Coq d'Or - March
2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Saint-Saens:  Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op.28**     24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Dvorak:  The Golden Spinning-Wheel, op.109       24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download  
Smetana:  The Bartered Bride - overture          24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Enescu:  Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 in A, op.11/1    24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download    
Stravinsky:  Petrouchka    24/96 XR FLAC  Side One: Mega Download    Side Two: Mega Download    
Prokofiev:  The Love For Three Oranges - suite, op.33a    24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
**Raymond Cohen, violin - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Oskar Danon     
Readers Digest  STEREO  RDS632 10LP(1968)... RDS509 8LP(1966)... RDS502 12LP(1963)
Decca pressings/matrices: 2K..1K/2K/3K..1G/1G   Recorded: 11-16 February 1962 // 10-11 December 1962 & 29 April 1963 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
** Rene Leibowitz  stated on label/sleeve.  Sound quality varies a bit between/within tracks. The Prokofiev is a 'demonstration' transfer.   Some of these  Not on CD
It appears that Danon also conducted Weber's 'Oberon' overture - shown in RDS632 as being conducted by Leibowitz...  

2 August 2014

Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft - Couperin. Concert royal 3 / Leclair. Sonata 8 / Boismortier. Trio -&- Concerto - Archiv 1960

Francois Couperin:  Troisieme Concert royal in A major
Jean Marie Leclair:  Sonata no.8 in D major  
Joseph Boismortier:  Trio, op.50/6 in D major    /    Concerto, op.37 in E minor   
4 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Camerata Instrumentale der Hamburger Telemann-Gesellschaft  
(Burghard Schaeffer, flute - Hermann Tottcher, oboe - Thomas Brandis, violin - Fritz Henker, bassoon - Josef Ulsamer -&- Heinrich Haferland, viola da gamba's - Edwin Koch, 'cello - Karl Grebe, harpsichord )
DGG Archive  SAPM 198 031  STEREO  Original 1960 pressing / December 1959 matrices  
24/96  files.. Pretty good sound/transfer for such an early DGG Stereo. Side 2 dubbed @ +2dB compared to side 1.   The Zip Folder also includes: Eng/Ger/Fr/Sp sleeve-notes + Insert card.      Not on CD      EMG review >>>

5 April 2014

24/96: Robert Irving / LSO - Massenet. Le Cid -&- Meyerbeer. Les Patineurs - Decca 1952

Jules Massenet:  "Le Cid" - Ballet Music
(Castillane ~ Andalouse ~ Aragonaise ~ Aubade ~ Catalane ~ Madrilene ~ Navaraisse)    
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download

Giacomo Meyerbeer (arr: Constant Lambert):  "Les Patineurs" - Ballet
(Entree ~ Pas seul ~ Pas de deux ~ Ensemble ~ Pas de trois ~ Duet ~ Pas des patineurs ~ Finale)   
24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
The above: 2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Irving  
Decca  ACL 72  (originally LXT 2746)   c.1961/2 pressing. 1959 matrices: ARL 4522 -1A / ARL 4523 -2A   Rec: 14-16 July 1952 - Kingsway Hall      
A 1950's 'demonstration LP'. Whilst the original pressing was good for its time, this 1959 reissue is superior in clarity/detail.       Not on CD         LXT 2746 sleeve-note >>>

23 March 2014

Karl Haas / London Baroque - Dvorak. Wind Serenade / Gounod. Petite Symphonie - Parlophone 1951/1953

Antonin Dvorak:  Serenade in D minor, op.44    I: March  ~  II: Minuet and Trio  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Finale (Rondo)          
(Sidney Sutcliffe / Natalie James, oboes - Jack Brymer / Basil Tchaikov, clarinets - Dennis Brain / Neill Sanders / Ian Beers, horns -
Cecil James / Edward Wilson / Peter Parry, bassoons - John Shinebourne, 'cello - James Merrett, double-bass)

Charles Gounod:  Petite Symphonie     I: Adagio et allegretto  ~  II: Andante cantabile  ~  III: Scherzo (Allegro moderato)  ~  IV: Finale (Allegretto)          
(Gareth Morris, flute - Sidney Sutcliffe / Natalie James, oboes - Jack Brymer / Gervase de Peyer, clarinets - Dennis Brain / Neill Sanders, horns - Cecil James / Peter Parry, bassoons)
2 files zip 16/44  FLAC   Mega Download
The London Baroque Ensemble  conducted by  Karl Haas    
HMV  XLP 30011  1963 LP/matrices: 2XEA2281 -1N / 2XEA2282 -3N   Recorded: 6/7 Dec.1951 & 24 Dec.(Nov.?)1953.
24/96 files -  now 16/44 only...  The Gounod is a first issue and  Not on CD.    Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

12 March 2014

Aeolian String Quartet play... Elgar. Quartet -&- Vaughan Williams. Quartet 1 - Delta/Summit 1963

Sir Edward Elgar:  String Quartet in E minor, op.83
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Piacevole (Poco andante)  ~  III: Finale (Allegro molto)   
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download             24/96 XR FLAC  Currently deleted to make space

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  String Quartet no.1 in G minor
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Minuet and Trio  ~  III: Romance (Andante sostenuto)  ~  IV: Finale (Rondo capriccioso)  
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download              24/96 XR FLAC  Currently deleted to make space
The Aeolian String Quartet     
(Sydney Humphreys  &  Raymond Keenlyside, violins - Watson Forbes, viola - Derek Simpson, 'cello)
Summit  TLS 6052   STEREO   Scarce c.1966 LP.  Originally: mono Delta  DEL 12025; RVW reissued c.1970 (Revolution RCB 20).     Not on CD   
Excellent performances in very good sound (have resisted the temptation to slightly 'brighten' them).
Quite smooth-surfaced 'anon' pressing, but with numerous 'blips' that needed editing-away.   The 1933 Stratton Qt version of Elgar St.Qt. is on  HISTORICAL       Sleeve-note >>>

7 March 2014

Khachaturian. Piano Concerto - Peter Katin / LSO / Hugo Rignold - Everest 1960

Aram Khachaturian:  Piano Concerto, in D flat
I: Allegro maestoso  ~  II: Andante con anima  ~  II: Allegro brillante   
Peter Katin, piano  - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hugo Rignold 
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download   
Concert Hall  SMSC 2534  (originally: Everest SDBR 3055)  1969 Philips UK pressing/Turicaphon Swiss matrices.  
Recorded: 10 November 1959 - Walthamstow Assembly Hall
24/96 files - now 16/44 only...This scintillating performance (the piano has extra percussive clarity as its lid was removed..) is recently mentioned by Christopher Howell...But this isn't the rubbish Khachaturian transfer alluded to..  The tape-to-disc sound is very good and seems to be a slightly better transfer than the earlier EMI mastered WRC issue    Sleeve-note >>>

2 March 2014

Lawrance Collingwood / LSO - Elgar. Nursery Suite / String Serenade / 3 Bavarian Dances - Columbia 1954

Sir Edward Elgar:
Nursery Suite  (Aubade ~ The Serious Doll ~ Busy-ness ~ The Sad Doll ~ The Wagon passes ~ The Merry Doll ~ Dreaming-Envoy, Coda)  
Serenade in E minor, op.20  (Allegro piacevole ~ Larghetto ~ Allegretto -come prima)  
Three Bavarian Dances, op.27  (The Dance ~ Lullaby ~ The Marksmen) 
3 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
The London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Lawrance Collingwood 
Music for Pleasure  MFP 2046   (Columbia 33SX 1030)  1966 LP/matrices: XAX 500 -5 / XAX 499 -5
Recorded: 11/18 November 1953 / 11 February 1954 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.      Not on CD
These are 24/96 recorded files. The LP (2 copies) had quite some matrix noise - but applying minimal 'de-click' was ruinous - and the original 1954 LP would require even more tinkering... so the occasional (hopefully) minor tick, etc, will be evident...This is a 'request' from some time back and should be better than that on another blog - which apparently sounded rubbish !   The performances are very nice.. (a few edits are audible). 
33SX 1030 Sleeve/Sleeve-note >>>

12 February 2014

24/96: Ruggiero Ricci / Louis Persinger - Sarasate. Danzas Espanolas, etc - Decca 1954

Pablo de Sarasate:
Danzas Espanolas, op.21/1-2:  'Malaguena'  &  'Habanera'
Danzas Espanolas, op.22/1-2:  'Romanza andaluza'  &  'Jota navarra'
Danzas Espanolas, op.23/1-2:  'Playera'  &  'Zapateado'
Danzas Espanolas, op.26/1-2:  A minor  &  C major
Caprice Basque, op.24
Introduction et tarantelle, op.43
Zigeunerweisen, op.20/1
7 files zip  24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download           7 files zip   16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Ruggiero Ricci, violin  &  Louis Persinger, piano    
Decca  LXT 2930  1968 pressing / c.1961 matrices: ARL 1954 -1Nr / ARL 1955 -1Nr  Rec: c.January 1954 - West Hampstead Studios   
This is superior to a previous mastering (c.1955: 1Dr/1Dr - large type) - itself distinctly superior to the 1954 original: 1A/1A.
Intended uploading this ages back (scans are Nov.2012) but was unconvinced that the 16/44 CD-RW captured all of the 'studio atmosphere', etc.  
    Sleeve-note >>>

11 February 2014

24/96: Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto - Ruggiero Ricci - New SO / Sargent - Decca 1950

Peter Tchaikovsky 
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35  
I:  Adagio moderato - Cadenza  ~  II:  Canzonetta - Andante  ~  III:  Finale - Allegro vivacissimo  
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC Mega Download              2 files zip 24/96 XR FLAC Mega Download
Ruggiero Ricci, violin  ~ New Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by  Sir Malcolm Sargent 
Decca  LXT 2509  (reissued 1957 as: LXT 5373)  1957 LP/matrices: ARL278 -1Dr / ARL279 -1Dr   Rec: 26-27 January 1950 - Kingsway Hall  
Side One is really superb (the violin harmonics go to <30kHz in the Cadenza) - Side Two is marginally inferior (also in terms of performance) & transferred at a slightly lower level (a subdued pressing 'pimple' is near the start for a couple of revolutions)..   Sleeve-note / 1950 EMG review >>>

29 December 2013

24/96: Endres Quartet play... Smetana. Quartet 1 -&- Borodin. Quartet 2 - Vox 1957

Bedrich Smetana:  String Quartet no.1 in E minor  ('From my life')
I:  Allegro vivo appassionato   ~  II:  Allegro moderato a la polka   ~  III:  Largo sostenuto  ~  IV:  Vivace        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download

Alexander Borodin:  String Quartet no.2 in D major
I:  Allegro moderato  ~  II:  Scherzo (Allegro)  ~  III:  Notturno (Andante)  ~  IV:  Finale (Andante-Vivace)        24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
Endres String Quartet, Munich  (Heinz Endres - Jose Rottenfusser - Fritz Ruf - Adolf Schmidt)
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC  Mega Download
Vox  PL 10190   1957 Decca pressing/'RVG' USA matrices.  Recorded: Stuttgart  
Splendid performances in clean vivid (bright) sound         Not on CD       EMG review/sleeve-note >>>

16 December 2013

Robert Irving presents... "Musical Merry-Go-Round" - Sinfonia of London - HMV 1961

Side One:  Rodgers; arr.Gamley: The Carousel Waltz  /  Ibert: Clowns' Dance  /  Saguet: Visions d'Art  /  Stravinsky: Circus Polka  /
Khachaturian: 'Masquerade' - Waltz

Side Two:  Oscar Strauss; arr: Banks: La Ronde  /  Don Banks: Coney Island  /  Mussorgsky: Gopak /  Gamley: Prater Fest  / 
Smetana: 'Bartered Bride' - Dance of the Comedians
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The Sinfonia of London  conducted by  Douglas Gamley -&- Robert Irving 
HMV  CSD 1333  STEREO  Original 1961 LP/matrices: 2YEA 495 -2 / 2YEA 496 -2         
24/96 files - now 16/44 only..  Excellent playing by the Orchestra.     Sleeve-note >>>

10 December 2013

Bretislav Bakala conducts... Leos Janacek. Glagolitic Mass / Lach Dances / Sinfonietta - Supraphon 1950-2

Leos Janacek:  "Lachian Dances"   
I: Ancient I  ~  II: Blessing's Dance  ~  III: Smith Dance  ~  IV: Ancient II  ~  V: Celadensky  ~ VI: Saws Dance
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Brno Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala   
Supraphon  LPV 201 (DV 5182)  c. mid-1950's LP/matrix: VM 250/M.  Recorded: c.1951 - Brno
Leos Janacek:  "Sinfonietta"     
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Andante  ~  III: Moderato  ~  IV: Allegretto  ~  V: Allegro
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala
Leos Janacek:  "Glagolitic Mass"       
I: Introduction  ~  II: Kyrie  ~  III: Gloria  ~  IV: Credo  ~  V: Sanctus  ~  VI: Agnus Dei  ~  VII: Postlude  ~  VIII: Intrada
Libuse Domaninska, Soprano ~ Josef Valka, Tenor ~ Marie Jurenova. Contralto ~ Jaroslav Hromadka, BassFrantisek Michalek, organ.  
Moravan Academic Singing Association & Vach Moravian Lady Teacher's Choir, Josef Veselka, chorus master.  
Brno Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra  conducted by  Bretislav Bakala
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Rediffusion  HCN 7005  1978 LP/CBS UK matrices.  Recorded: 16-18 October 1950 - Studio Domovina, Prague / March 1951 - Brno  
24/96 files - now 16/44 only ...        Sleeve-notes / 1955 Record Guide review >>>

Bakala, Vogel, etc. Files from the  Janacek/Supraphon post on  Music Parlour
SUA 10095  "z mrtveho domu": highlights: Mega Download        LPV 450  Janacek arias: Mega Download

30 November 2013

Einem - Herzog / Fricsay ... Blacher - Haefliger / Drolc Qt... Egk - Seefried / Egk - DGG 1962

Gottfried von Einem:  Piano Concerto, op.20
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Gerty Herzog, piano  - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Ferenc Fricsay   
Boris Blacher:  "Thirteeen ways of looking at a blackbird", op.54      - Ernst Haefliger, Tenor  - Drolc Quartet         
Werner Egk:  "Quattro Canzoni"      - Irmgard Seefried, Soprano  - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Werner Egk 
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Deutsche Grammophon  SLPM 138 759   STEREO  1962 LP/matrices: Jan.1962/Sept.1961.   Einem: Recorded: 7 Feb.1961. 
Egk: treble slightly increased (is/was on CD).      24/96 files now 16/44 only..       EMG review / Sleeve-note >>>

15 November 2013

24/96: Ernest Ansermet / LSO - Rossini-Respighi. La Boutique Fantasque - Decca 1950

Rossini-Respighi:  "La Boutique Fantasque" - Ballet
Side One: Overture & Scene - Introduction & Tarantella - Introduction, Mazurka & Scene - Danse Cosaque & Valse Brillante
Side Two: Can Can & Scene - Introduction & Valse Lente - Scene & Nocturne - Galop & Finale
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London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet 
Decca  ACL 7  (LXT 2555)  1958 LP/matrices: ARL497 -3Dr / ARL498 -3Dr    Recorded: 20-22 July 1950 - Kingsway Hall  
Earliest copies of ACL 7 had an RIAA mid- '50's LXT transfer. This has a wider dynamic-range than either of those/original issue.      
On Decca Eloquence CD - but this probably sounds much better!   Sleeve scan is of the 1951 original -    Sleeve-note >>>  

22 October 2013

24/96: Rimsky-Korsakov. Le Coq d'Or / Capriccio Espagnol - Suisse Romande / Ansermet - Decca 1952

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  "The Golden Cockerel" - suite
I: King Dodon in his Palace ~II: King Dodon on the Battlefield ~III: King Dodon with Queen Chimaka ~IV: Marriage Feast & Lamentable End of King Dodon
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  "Capriccio Espagnol", op.34  
I: Alborada  ~  II: Variazioni  ~  III: Alborada  ~  IV: Scena e canto gitano  ~  V: Fandango asturiano         24/96 XR FLAC  Mega Download
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Suisse Romande Orchestra  conducted by  Ernest Ansermet    
Decca  ACL 43  1959 pressing (from re-cut LXT 2769 matrices: ARL1421 -1Dr / ARL1422 -1Dr).   Recorded: c.October 1952 - Victoria Hall, Geneva
The 2008 'Eloquence' CD of 'Coq d'Or' apparently sounds 'defective' - and taken from the 1970 Decca Eclipse (ECS 543) 'Electronic Stereo' copy tape.