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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: 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.  Original upload: 2009....new transfer.  "Fountains of Rome"  NOT ON CD.   33CX sleeve-note / MFP cover / EMG review >>>
Over 1000 downloads...

10/02/2016

24/48: Niyazi Hajibeyov / Moscow Radio - Amirov. Shur - CCCP 1955

Fikret Amirov:  "Shur" - Symphonic Mugham No.1 (1948)

Introduction ~ Shur & Tesnif ~ Shur Shaknaz & Reng  //  Bayaty Turk ~  Reng ~ Tesnif ~ Erak ~ Simai Shems

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Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Niyazi Hajibeyov

CCCP  D-2626/2627   c.1962 10" LP / c.1955 matrices?: /2/2, /2/4
Superb recording.  Adjusted for CBS EQ.  Original upload 2008/9: new transfer...    CCCP label picsMK sleeve >>>   

07/02/2016

24/96: Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt / Hamburg Radio - Tchaikovsky. Symphony 5 - Decca 1953

Peter Tchaikovsky:
Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64    
I:  Andante - Allegro con anima   ~   II:  Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza  
III:  Valse (Allegro moderato)   ~   IV:  Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)
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Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  
Decca  ACL 3   (LXT 2758)  1958 LP/c.1956/7 matrices: ARL1415 -1DR / ARL1416 -2DR.      
Recorded: c.September/October 1952 - Hamburg (Telefunken).   Hugely time-consuming  (and '1.3' de-click: with over 180,000 'corrections')
NOT ON CD       Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>   

08/09/2015

24/96: Eric Coates / New SO - Coates. The Three Elizabeths / Four Centuries - Decca 1953

Eric Coates:
"The Three Elizabeths" - suite  (1944)  
1: Elizabeth Tudor  ~  2: Elizabeth of Glamis  ~  3: Queen Elizabeth - March

"Four Centuries" - suite  (1941)
1: Prelude and Hornpipe  ~  2: Pavane and Tambourin  ~  3: Valse  ~  4: Rhythm
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New Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Eric Coates 
Decca  ACL 164  (LK 4056)  1962 pressing/c.1957 matrices: ARL1539/40 -1Dr  Recorded: 3/4 February 1953  - West Hampstead Studios.
Sleeve-note >>>

14/07/2015

24/48: Alfredo Campoli plays... Bruch. Violin Concerto 1 / Lalo. Symphonie espagnole / Saint-Saens. Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise - Decca 1951/1953

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, op.26
I: Vorspiel - Allegro moderato ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Finale - Allegro energico
Alfredo Campoli, violin - New Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Royalton Kisch 
Decca  LXT 2904  (originally LXT 2596)  1957 LP/matrix: ARL809 -4DR    Recorded. 17 April 1951 - Kingsway Hall
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Edouard LaloSymphonie espagnole, op.21
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Scherzando ~ III: Intermezzo ~ IV: Andante
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Alfredo Campoli, violin - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Eduard van Beinum    
Decca  ACL 124  (originally LXT 2801)  1961 LP/matrices: ARL 5031 -1A / ARL5032 -1A   Rec. 3-4 March 1953 - Kingsway Hall

Camille Saint-Saens:  Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op.28    /   Havanaise, op.83
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Alfredo Campoli, violin - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Anatole Fistoulari  
Decca  ACL 64  (originally LW 5085)   1959 LP/matrix: ARL4524 -2A   Recorded. 10 November 1953 - Kingsway Hall
Arthur Bliss. Concerto / Theme & Cadenza - 1955 >>>    ACL/LXT covers/sleeve-notes >>>

30/06/2015

24/48: 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  
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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
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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
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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    
NOT ON CD    Recorded: 23-25 March 1953 - Kingsway Hall.    LXT sleeve covers/notes / 1953 RFH Concert reviews >>> 

19/06/2015

24/48: 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 24/48 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

06/06/2015

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
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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

01/06/2015

24/48: 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.
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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 >>>

23/04/2015

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.
From Sir Richard Attenborough's collection.      2004 MusicWeb CD review >>>      Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>  

11/01/2015

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...  EMI's CD's now OOP       Booklet commentary >>>