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11 Aug 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 >>> 

7 comments:

  1. Good job. Very nice sound. Good performance.

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    1. Hand-editing this certainly constituted 'A Job'.

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  2. I have two Dvorak SQ cycles and I don't quite like the way either of them is played, so it's very nice to hear this superior performance. Many thanks for the flawless transfer...

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    1. EMG (not surprisingly) put-the-boot-in (Vlach op.106), but saw that as an OOP 2004 Supraphon (the Stereo LP has a trace of hum not on the mono).
      Can't really recall individual performances: only bought the 4LP box mentioned (included later Prague Qt -3sides: the others are Vlach/Dvorak/Smetana Qt) otherwise only have isolated issues -none OOC).
      Still retain the Audacity files - and later noticed (via Foobar....) I'd missed a few really tiny fast transient ticks - but Izotope would've smoothed the sound to get down to that level. Amazingly good pressing - and no 'funny' transfer noise-effects, and the sound/balance is nice. Thought the 2nd mvt lost a bit of impetus (?).

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  3. Thank you for sharing all these great items. Please don`t stop sharing with us in the future. Everyone highly appreciates your work. Looking forward to new uploads.

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    1. Hello Dirk, Sometimes feel like Arthur Dent in HHGTTG - "I've gone off progress", and do wonder if the 'net is actually 'worth it'.
      Have so many 1000's of LP's never heard (or properly so: recently was thrilled by Ormandy's 1957 Prokofiev Sym.4 on CBS Classics) that editing these, mostly fallible, earlier pressings becomes A Chore (the recent RVW Sym.4 an exception), so, as many are/were never otherwise available, did think it reasonable to get them to 'pay their way', especially as additionally needed some sort of decent RCM for quicker/less intense editing...but do keep getting the urge to just delete the Blogs!

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  4. Thank you very much for sharing! Greetings from Argentina!

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