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7 Mar 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 
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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 >>>


6 comments:

  1. Fantastic record!! And another beautiful transfer, thanks. The Khachaturian has long been a favourite of mine ever since I was a small boy, intrigued by the weird flexatone sound.

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    1. Certainly is...makes Moura Lympany sound like an Arthritic OAP!!
      The LSO also play superbly..so I'm glad this wasn't one of the Concert Hall's (300; all new/cost a penny each) that I palmed-off onto Oxfam, years back; as only did a quick sampling to dispose of the obvious Lemons..

      Normally these Turicaphon transfers are not to my liking as they seem compressed (and 3 later Stokowski/Everest's are none too good) - but this is really top-class and 'exciting' (the Sibelius VC/Spivakovsky may be worthwhile: also have a early '70's PYE transfer).

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  2. Some thanks are due to the superb JVC X-1 'Laboratory' PU cartridge of 35 years ago (described by Stereo Review as 'the greatest magnetic cart ever produced'), and that my hit'n'miss 'repair' of #2's faulty suspension seemingly worked-out fine (so no funny waveform anomalies, this time..).

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  3. I had this Concert Hall LP......so good to hear it again in your transfer. A superb interpretation. All Rignold do worthwhile too.

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    1. I'll have another listen to the Paris: Sylvia/Coppelia (have a new '60s US Victrola stereo - which I passed-over in favour of the Boult) - but doubt I could make a 1953 10" Parlophone (PMD 1003: ROHO/Sylphides - in the Gordon Jacob arrangement) sound OK, as the LP transfer was really lacklustre.

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  4. VERY nice transfer - thank you. Strong performance.

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