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17 Apr 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)  
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download   
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 >>> 

6 comments:

  1. Wow, the Philh. in its prime! Don't know how we ever missed this rec (and us supposing to be collectors of all the Philh's stuff!!!)
    Thanks Frank.
    Best wishes, Theresa.

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    1. Surprised you didn't have this (pretty popular despite a Stereo Record Guide no.1 review) - and not 'valuable' these days).
      Very fine playing - though the transfers could've been better (not much difference compared to the 24bit that nobody wants).
      Can't think of other Not on CD stereos from that time - unlike some RPO Tausky/Kletzki: various Overtures that first appeared on 45ep's.

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  2. Very nice. Thank you very much
    Gary

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    1. Lots more Columbia's, of course.
      Someone mentioned the 1958 Joseph Levine/Ballet Theatre version of Swan hadn't made it to CD:- so will give it a spin on the Dansette.

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  3. Nice! Thanks for this, Frank. Hadn't heard these performances before.
    jeff

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    1. Preferred this Swan to, ie, BPO/Rostropovich. The only weak-spot (aside from the early mastering vintage) is the diminuendo side-ending...the Karajan/Philh (SAX 2306) instead ends with the Act.3 Hungarian Dance.

      Dumped the 24bit files hereabouts as have finally given-up on the other blog: which saves me bothering with post '63 recordings..

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