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23 Jul 2016

Leon Goossens plays... Concertos by: J.S.Bach - Richard Strauss - Vaughan Williams - EMI 1947-1952

Richard Strauss:  Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
I: Allegro moderato  ~  II: Andante  ~  III: Vivace

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Concerto for Oboe and Strings
I: Rondo Pastorale -Allegro moderato  II: Minuet & Musette -Allegro moderato  ~  III: Finale (Scherzo) -Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach - arr Tovey:  Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major   (continuo: Thornton Lofthouse)
I: Allegro  ~  II: Larghetto  ~  III: Allegro ma non troppo

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Léon Goossens, oboe / oboe d'amore - Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Alceo Galliera  and  Walter Susskind

EMI World Records  SH 243  1978 LP. Matrices:W9881 -2 / W9882 -2.  Recorded: 1947/1952/1949+1952.  The tape-recordings are rather 'fuzzy'n'seedy'!!   Sleeve-note / EMG reviews >>>

22 Jan 2016

Sir Edward Elgar conducts... Elgar. Violin Concerto (Yehudi Menuhin) -&- In the South - HMV 1930/1932

Sir Edward Elgar:  "In the South" (Alassio) - Overture, op.50 
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London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Edward Elgar  
HMV  RLS 713  (6LP: 1976)  Matrix: 2XEA5118 -1  Transfer: Anthony Griffith.  Recorded: 15/18 September 1930 - Kingsway Hall

Sir Edward Elgar:  Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, op.61
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegro molto - Cadenza - Allegro molto
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Yehudi Menuhin, violin - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Edward Elgar  
HMV  ALP 1456  First Edition 1957 LP (1G/1G stampers)  - Matrices: 2XEA1037 -1N / 2XEA1038 -2N.  Recorded: 14/15 July 1932 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.   Some treble EQ added to the Concerto.     ALP 1456 sleeve-note / EMG review / recording data / Original 78 album & analytical notes by Walter Legge >>>   

17 Jan 2016

Peter Pears sings... Britten. Serenade -&- Vaughan Williams. On Wenlock Edge - Decca 1944/1945

Benjamin Britten:  Serenade, op.31 - for Tenor, Horn & Strings
Peter Pears, Tenor - Dennis Brain, horn  - Boyd Neel String Orchestra  conducted by  Benjamin Britten    

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  "On Wenlock Edge"
Peter Pears, Tenor - Benjamin Britten, piano - Zorian String Quartet   
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Decca  ECM 814   1982 Phonogram UK pressing. Matrices: ARL14309 -2G / ARL14308 -1A  (slightly superior to the 1979 '1A' LP - & superior to the 1986 LP: 417 183-1).   Recorded: 25 May/8 October 1944 -&- 2/3 July 1945 - West Hampstead Studios.  Very considerable waveform repair.....      
Sleeve-note song texts / the original 1945 "Serenade" 78's >>>         Pears/Britten - HMV 1942-1950 >>>

23 Dec 2015

Eva Turner sings... Verdi, Ponchielli, Mascagni, Puccini, & Songs - Columbia 1926-1933

Verdi:  "Aida", Act 2, sc.2 - Ritorna vincitor!    /    Act 3 - Qui Radamis verra! ... O Patria Mia
Verdi:  "Il Trovatore", Act 4 - D'amor sull'ali rosee
Mascagni:  "Cavalleria Rusticana" - Voi lo sapete
Puccini:  "La Tosca", Act 2 - Vissi d'arte
Puccini:  "Turandot", Act 2, sc.2 - In questa reggia
Verdi:  "Aida" Act 2 - Gloria all'Egitto 
Ponchielli:  "La Gioconda", Act 3 - Gia ti veggio    /   Act 4 - Suicidio!
Grieg:  I love thee    /     Tosti:  Goodbye    /    Landon Ronald:  O lovely night
Puccini:  "Madama Butterfly", Act 2 - One fine day 
Eva Turner, Soprano  - Orchestra  conducted by  Stanford Robinson / Sir Thomas Beecham 
Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Orchestra, piano
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Columbia  COLC 114  (original 1960 LP)  /  HMV  HQM 1209  (1970)  /  HMV  HLM 7033  (1973) 
COLC114 is superior to the same (6) 1958 French transfers in HQM1209: added slight treble EQ to the latter.    
File folder includes COLC114 booklet.  HQM cover sleeve-notes libretti EMG reviews data >>>                                              

18 Dec 2015

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts... Handel. Messiah (highlights) - Columbia 1927

G.F.Handel:  "Messiah" - 1 hour highlights.
Part One:  Comfort ye ... Ev'ry valley   /   Thus saith the Lord ... But who may abide   /   For unto us a Child is born   /   Then shall the eyes ... He shall feed His flock.
Part Two:  He was despised   /   The rebuke ... Behold and see ... He was cut off ... But thou didst not leave   /   How beautiful are the feet   /   Why do the nations ... Let us break their bonds   /   Hallelujah Chorus
Part Three:  I know that my Redeemer liveth   /   Behold! ... The trumpet shall sound
Dora Labette, Muriel Brunskill, Hubert Eisdell, Harold Williams - BBC Chorus & Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham 
Part One: Then shall the eyes ... He shall feed His flock  
Clara Butt  with  Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Landon Ronald    (03176, matrix 4084f. Recorded 1910)  - wonderful!
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HMV  HLM 7053  (1977)  +  HLM 7145  Transfers by Bryan Crimp   (Incidentally, I do have an 'as new' original 'laminated' Columbia 2-album set).
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31 Oct 2015

Arturo Toscanini / BBC Symphony Orchestra - Elgar. Enigma Variations / Debussy. La Mer - HMV 1935

Sir Edward Elgar:  Variations on an original theme, op.36   ("Enigma")

Claude Debussy:   "La Mer"

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BBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini

HMV  EH 29 1345  1987 DMM   Recorded: Queen's Hall - 3/12 June 1935.  Transfers by Keith Hardwick.  Numerous small defects 'edited-away'...
One of my last un-transferred EMI Orchestral 'Historical' single LP's  - others in that series are @ held-to-ransom 'Buy It Now' prices on eBay - and I won't purchase more simply for these, currently free, Blogs (and waveform-editing this took nearly 3 HOURS  - from a flawless pressing).   
Previously this had sounded over-garish (Digital?) - but have used an 'as new' 1977 ADC XLM Mk.II cartridge - with excellent (IMO) results.       
Sleeve-note / ADC review >>>

18 Sep 2015

Efrem Kurtz / New York Philharmonic - Shostakovich. Symphony 9 - CBS 1947

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony no.9, op.70   
I: Allegro  ~  II: Moderato  ~  III: Presto  ~  IV: Largo  ~  V: Allegretto - Allegro
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Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Efrem Kurtz  
Philips  ABL 3117  1956 UK LP/Dutch matrix: AA01248 1L=1    Recorded: 8 April 1947
Far more detailed/dynamic - with a much greater frequency-range (<19kHz) than another recent 'smoothed' CBS LP dub on 'Symphonyshare'..... 
Koussevitzky-Boston 1946/7 recording >>>         Sleeve-note / EMG review >>> 

10 Sep 2015

Feodor Chaliapin - 50th Anniversary Album - 64 sides - Gramophone/HMV 1902-1936

Glinka:  "A Life for the Tsar" / "Ruslan & Ludmilla"   Side One/Bands 1-2-4    Side One/Band 3
Dargomijsky:  "Rusalka"   Side One/Bands 5-6    Rubinstein:  "The Demon"  Side One/Bands 7-8  
Mussorgsky:  "Boris Gudonov"  Side Two/Band 1    Side Two/Bands 2-5    Side Two/Bands 3-4     Side Three/Band 1
Borodin:  "Prince Igor"   Side Three/Bands 2-3-4    Rimsky-Korsakov:  "Sadko"  Side Three/Band 5
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Rossini / Bellini    Side Four/Bands 1-2-3     Meyerbeer / Donizetti / Verdi    Side Four/Bands 4-5-6    
Verdi / Boito    Side Four/Bands 7-8
Gounod / Delibes    Side Five/Bands 1-2-4-5     Gounod / Flegier / Massenet    Side Five/Bands 3-6-7    
Marseillaise / Glazunov    Side Five/Band 8 + Side Seven/Band 3
Beethoven / Mussorgsky    Side Six/Bands 1-6     Schubert / Koenemann / Sokolov    Side Six/Band 2 + Side Seven/Bands 4-5
Tchaikovsky / Glinka    Side Six/Band 3 + Side Seven/Band 1-2      Glinka / Rubinstein    Side Six/Bands 4-8    
Mussorgsky / Rubinstein / Stenka Razin    Side Six/Bands 5-7 + Side Seven/Band 9
Unaccompanied Folksongs    Side Seven/Bands 6-8 + Side Eight/Band 1    Brigands / Red Sun / Nevstruev    Side Seven/Band 7 + Side Eight/Bands 2-3     Wedel / Strokin / Gretchaninov / Archangelsky    Side Eight/Bands 5-6-7-8
Telephone Sketch    Side Eight/Band 9
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HMV  EX 7 61065 1  (1988: 4LP's DMM - bought 1989)   Transfers by Keith Hardwick  (much editing required......)     Full details are in the album notes, below >>>

17 May 2015

Victor de Sabata / London Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 3 / Berlioz / Sibelius / Wagner - Decca 1946

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55  "Eroica"
I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Marcia Funebre, adagio assai ~ III: Scherzo -Allegro vivace ~ IV: Allegro molto  
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Hector Berlioz:  "Le Carnaval Romain" - overture   
Jean Sibelius:  "En Saga", op.9    /    "Kuolema", op.44 - Valse Triste 
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Richard Wagner:  "Die Walkure" - Ride of the Valkyries 
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Victor de Sabata    
Decca  6BB 236/7   Issued 1976   Recorded: 2+3/30/23+24/30 May 1946 - Walthamstow Town Hall  
A plethora of retained surface clicks necessitated very light de-click (@1.3) except for the better transferred/livelier Wagner.  These are not really to 'EMI standard', nor Decca's 1950's dubbings of Beethoven 5/6 (Schuricht/Kleiber) due to rather heavy filtering; so a slight treble increase didn't improve matters too much...      EMG reviews, 1947/8 >>>

18 Apr 2015

Yehudi Menuhin plays... J.S.Bach, Mozart, Wieniawski, Paganini, Chausson, Mendelssohn, Bruch - HMV 1931-1938

J.S.Bach: Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor, BWV.1041      I: Allegro (non tanto) ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegro assai    
J.S.Bach: Double Concerto, BWV.1043   (with Georges Enescu, violin) **      I: Vivace ~ II: Largo ma non tanto ~ III: Allegro   
W.A.Mozart: Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216     I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Rondo (Allegro)   Cadenzas: Franko   
Paris Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Georges Enescu  &  Pierre Monteux **  
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Wieniawski: Legende, op.17      Colonne Concerts Orchestra  conducted by  Georges Enescu
Paganini: Violin concerto no.1 in D major, op.6      I: Allegro maestoso  (Cadenza: Saueret) ~ II: Adagio espressivo - Rondo (Allegro spiritoso)    
Chausson: Poeme, op.25 **      Paris Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Pierre Monteux  &  Georges Enescu ** 
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op.84     I: Allegro molto appasionato ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace    C. Colonne cond. Georges Enescu
Bruch: Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, op.26     I: Allegro moderato ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Finale (Allegro energico)     London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Landon Ronald  
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HMV  RLS 718  (3LP set: 1976)   Transfers by Anthony Griffith    (mucho editing by me...yet again)    Recording data / notes >>>   

2 Apr 2015

Busch Quartet play... Brahms. Piano Quartet op.26 -&- Piano Quintet op.34 (Rudolf Serkin), Clarinet Quintet (Reginald Kell), Horn Trio (Aubrey Brain), String Quartet op.51/1 - HMV 1932-1938

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Quartet in A major, op.26    (edited from the LH groove-wall, only)  
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Poco adagio ~ III: Scherzo (Poco Allegro) ~ IV: Finale: Allegro
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Piano Quintet in F minor, op.34     
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Andante, un poco adagio ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro) ~ IV: Finale: Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo
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Horn Trio in E flat major, op.40   
I: Andante ~ II: Allegro ~ III: Adagio mesto ~ IV: Finale: Allegro con brio
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String Quartet in C minor, op.51/1     
I: Allegro ~ II: Romanze: Poco adagio ~ III: Allegretto molto moderato e comodo ~ IV: Allegro
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Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op.115    
I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento ~ IV: Con moto
FLAC  Mega Download                                           Busch/Serkin - Brahms Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 (sides 13+14) >>>
Rudolf Serkin, piano - Aubrey Brain, horn - Reginald Kell, clarinet  - The Busch Quartet  (Adolf Busch, Gosta Andreasson, Karl Doktor, Hermann Busch)  
EMI World Records  SHB 61 (sides 2-10).  78 Transfers by Keith Hardwick.   SHB 61 notes + recording data / HMV 78 albums: op.26 & op.51/1 analytical notes >>> 

29 Mar 2015

Busch Quartet play... Brahms. String Quartet op.67, Piano Quartet op.25 (Rudolf Serkin) - Columbia 1949

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25   
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante ~ III: Agitato (Allegretto non troppo) ~ IV: Poco Allegretto con Variazioni
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String Quartet in B flat major, op.67
I: Allegro ~ II: Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo) ~ III: Andante con moto - Animato ~ IV: Rondo alla zingarese (Presto)
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Rudolf Serkin, piano  - The Busch Quartet (Adolf Busch, Bruno Straumann, Hugo Gottesmann, Hermann Busch)
EMI World Records  SHB 61  (1980: 7LP - sides 1/2/11/12)   Transfers by Keith Hardwick.  Recording data in above post.   EMG reviews >>>    

20 Mar 2015

Busch Quartet play... Schubert, String Quartets D.112, D.810, D.887 & Piano Trio D.929 (Rudolf Serkin) - HMV 1935-1938

Franz Schubert:
String Quartet in B flat major, D.112     
I: Allegro non troppo ~ II: Andante sostenuto ~ III: Menuetto (Allegretto) ~ IV: Presto
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String Quartet in D minor, D.810  "Death and the Maiden"   
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante con moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio ~ IV: Presto
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String Quartet in G major, D.887   
I: Allegro molto moderato ~ II: Andante un poco moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio (Allegretto) ~ IV: Allegro assai
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Piano Trio in E flat major, D.929   
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante con moto ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio ~ IV: Allegro moderato
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Rudolf Serkin, piano   -  The Busch Quartet    (Adolf Busch,  Gosta Andreasson,  Karl Doktor,  Hermann Busch)            
Busch/Serkin - Schubert "Fantasia" D.934 >>>      The Busch Quartet - Beethoven. The Late String Quartets, etc >>>
EMI World Records  SHB 53 (3LP set: 1978)  Transfers by Anthony Griffith . Rec: 25 Nov.1938 / 16 Oct.1936/ 22+30 Nov.1938 /23 Oct.1935.  Box cover/notes & recording data >>>  

31 Jan 2015

Sir Thomas Beecham / RPO - Delius. Piano Concerto ~ Violin Concerto ~ Songs of Sunset ~ Song of the High Hills ~ Brigg Fair, etc - HMV 1946

Frederick Delius:
Violin Concerto     (Jean Pougnet, violin)  
Piano Concerto     (Betty Humby-Beecham, piano)  
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Songs of Sunset     (Nancy Evans, Mezzo-Soprano  ~  Redvers Llewellyn, Baritone  ~  BBC Chorus)
Song of the High Hills    (Freda Hart, Soprano  ~  Leslie Jones, Tenor  ~  Luton Choral Society)
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Paa Vidderne  (On the Mountains)   orch: Robert Sandheimer     /      Dance Rhapsody, no.2
Marche Caprice     /     "Brigg Fair" - An English Rhapsody     /      "Irmelin" - Prelude.  orch: Beecham
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
EMI World Records  SHB 54  (1979: 6LP set; previously unplayed)  78 transfers by Anthony Griffith  
EMI Studio 1: 31 Oct+1 Nov..4+16 Dec.1946 / 30 Nov..22 Nov.1946 / 26 Nov..3 Oct..19 Dec..26 Nov..21 Dec.1946
Brigg Fair/Marche Caprice are noisy shellac. Minimally edited those; & trying De-Click killed the clarity (Surprise!)...  
Different turntable set-up used.    Sammons - Moiseiwitsch versions of the Concerto's are below..    Richard Warren's 1979 ARSC review       SHB54 Text / Discography >>>

15 Jan 2015

Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - American in Paris ~ L'Arlesienne ~ Suppe, Waldteufel, Sousa - NBC/RCA 1943/45

Georges Bizet:  "L'Arlesienne"  - Suites 1 / 2  (excerpts)
I: Prelude ~ Minuetto ~ Adagietto   /   II: Pastorale ~ Carillon     (Studio 8-H  - 19 September 1943)
Franz Suppe:  "Poet & Peasant"     (Studio 8-H  - 18 July 1943)  
Emil Waldteufel:  Skater's Waltz, op.183     (Carnegie Hall  - 28 June 1945)            3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
George Gershwin:  "An American in Paris"  
John Philip Sousa:  "El Capitan"  -  "The Stars and Stripes Forever"      (Studio 8-H  - 18 May 1945)  
John Stafford Smith:  "The Star-Spangled Banner"      (Carnegie Hall  - 19 March 1942)         4 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini     
Franklin Mint  TOS3  (1983 USA 5 LP's)  sides 4/7/10     label +mr pristine 'studio' piccie >>>
The Bizet extends to c.10kHz (piccolo to c.13kHz...); the former being the limits of Rose's claimed 'best transfer':  http://conta.cc/1AXFuC5

30 Nov 2014

Bach. Four Orchestral Suites - Busch Chamber Players - HMV 1936

Johann Sebastian Bach:
The Four Orchestral Suites    
Suite no.1 in C major, BWV.1066      
/        Suite no.2 in B minor, BWV.1067
Suite no.3 in D major, BWV.1068      /        Suite no.4 in D major, BWV.1069
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(folder includes 300dpi scans of SHB68 sleeve + HMV Analytical Notes for the 78 albums, including full performer details)
The Busch Chamber Players directed by  Adolf Busch   
EMI World Records   SHB 68   1980 2LP set/matrices: 2XEA 7017-7020 -1/-1/-1/-1.  Transfers by Keith Hardwick  
Recorded: 27/28 October 1936 - EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road.  All 78 matrices are 'First Takes'.  Wonderful performances - near silent-surfaces.    
Back sleeve >>>  

17 Nov 2014

Jascha Horenstein conducts... Bruckner. Symphony 7 - Berlin Philharmonic - Polydor 1928

Anton Bruckner:
Symphony no.7 in E major    
IAllegro moderato  ~  IIAdagio  
IIIScherzo ~ Trio  ~  IVFinale
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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Jascha Horenstein  
Unicorn  UNI 111  1975 PYE pressing/matrices: -1 / -1   Recorded 1928    
Slight de-click (1.4) +4dB Treble/rolled-off @ 10kHz. Mvts 3+4 amplified by 1.2dB..  There's an Obert-Thorn 78 transfer (more heavily noise-reduced/murkier): oddly, the  mp3 mvt.1 sample  hits '0dB' @ c.9.30mins - 2.4dB more than the LP - relative to this transfers 0dB crescendo @ 17.28min.  However, this LP transfer has noticeably retained some 78 surface-noise compared to 'Mr Pristine's'....        Sleeve-note >>>

7 Oct 2014

Elena Gerhardt sings... Schubert ~ Schumann ~ Brahms ~ Wolf - HMV 1926-1939

Hugo Wolf:    (HMV Hugo Wolf Society - volume one)
Side One: (a)  Begegnung / Lied vom Winde / Auf einer Wanderung / Rat einer Alten / In dem Schatten meiner Locken
Side One: (b)  Heimweh / Die ihr schwebet um diese Palmen / Ach, des Knaben Augen / Nun wand're Maria  / Gesang Weylas
Side Two: (a)  Herr, was traght der Boden hier / Auch kleine Dinge / Das verlassene Magdelein / Das Standchen
Side Two: (b)  Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst / Und steht ihr fruh / Ihr jungen Leute - Du denkst eniem Fadchen / Nein, junger Herr
Franz Schubert:  Suleika II / Ellens Gesang II**   
Robert Schumann:  Zum Schluss - Fruhlingsnacht / Wer machte dich krank - Alte Laute   
Johannes Brahms:  (a)  Vor dem Fenster* / Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer / Feinsliebchen - Erlaube mir / Wie komm ich denn - Mein Madel hat einem Rosenmund    (b) ** Der Gang zum Liebchen - Therese / Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht
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Elena Gerhardt, Mezzo-Soprano - accompanied by:  Conrad Valentyn Bos  - except *Paula Hegner / Gerald Moore**  
HMV  RLS 759 (Wolf -7LP) - RLS 766 (Schubert -8LP) - RLS 1547003 (Schumann/Brahms -8LP)   Transfers by Keith Hardwick (much waveform repair/editing by me, as usual..)  
1907+1911 Gerhardt + Arthur Nikisch recordings >>>   "The Times" Hugo Wolf Society 1932 + 1928 Schubert  reviews >>>  

18 Aug 2014

Adolf Busch & Rudolf Serkin play... Beethoven. Sonatas 3, 5, 7 / Schubert. Fantasia / Brahms. Sonatas 1, 2 - HMV 1931-1933

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Violin Sonatas
No.3 in E flat major, op.12/3     I: Allegro con spirito ~ II: Adagio con molt'espressione ~ III: Rondo - Allegro molto
No.5 in F major, op.24    I: Allegro ~ II: Adagio molto espressivo ~ III: Scherzo & Trio ~ IV: Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)  
No.7 in C minor, op.30/2     I: Allegro con brio ~ II: Adagio cantabile ~ III: Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio ~ IV: Finale (Allegro)
Recorded: 5 May 1931 - HMV  DB.1519/20  (2B824-7)   /  17 May 1933 - DB.1970-2  (2B6702-7)   /  22 September 1932 - DB.1973-5  (2B3888-93)
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Franz Schubert:  Fantasia in C major, D.934  Andante molto  - Allegretto - Andantino - Allegro - Allegretto - Presto
Recorded: 6 May 1931 - HMV  DB.1521-3 (2B834-8)   FLAC  Mega Download
Johannes Brahms:  Violin Sonatas   
No.1 in G major, op.78    I: Vivace ma non troppo ~ II: Adagio ~ III: Allegro molto moderato
No.2 in A major, op.100     I: Allegro amabile ~ II: Andante tranquillo ~ III: Allegretto grazioso - quasi andante  
Recorded: 5? May 1931 - DB.1527-9  (2B817-22)   /  20 September 1932 - DB.1805/6 (2B3872-5)  
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HMV  EX 137 290306 3 (1985 DMM: 5LP)  /   EMI World Records  SHB 53 (1978: 3LP)  /  SHB 61 (1980: 7LP)  Transfers by: Keith Hardwick (1985/1980) + Anthony Griffith (1978)
Files extensively edited.  Beethoven 3/7 have 'gritty' 78 surfaces (but very clear sound) - so only the most obtrusive defects have been removed.    

28 Jul 2014

Serge Koussevitzky / Boston S.O. - Prokofiev. Symphony 5 / Romeo & Juliet - Suite 2 ... Shostakovich. Symphony 9 - RCA 1945-7

Sergei Prokofiev:  "Romeo and Juliet" - Ballet Suite no.2, op.64b
I: The Montagues and Capulets  ~  II: Juliet: The Little Girl  ~  III: Dance  ~  IV: Romeo at Juliet's Grave
30 October 1945 - Symphony Hall, Boston
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony no.5 in B flat major, op.100    
I: Andante  ~  II: Allegro marcato  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Allegro giocoso
6/7 February 1946 - Symphony Hall, Boston
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony no.9 in E flat major, op.70 **  
I: Allegro  ~  II: Moderato  ~  III: Largo  ~  IV: Allegretto
4 November 1946 / 2 April 1947 - Symphony Hall, Boston
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Boston Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Serge Koussevitzky  
RCA Victrola  VL 12021  1977 RCA Italy pressing/matrices: GKBP 31316 -1S / GKBY 31317 -2S   -&-  ** LVM2 7510 (2LP)  1974 RCA UK pressing/matrix: LVM2 7510 -D (also contains: Brahms. Symphony 3 / Tchaikovsky. Romeo & Juliet / R.Strauss. Don Juan / Hanson. Serenade).  The Shostakovich has been treble boosted (all 4 sides are lacking in HF extension).
Superb performances. Lots of editing-away of retained 'blips', etc.       1990 ARSC Koussevitzky discography      Prokofiev sleeve-note >>>

28 May 2014

Victor de Sabata / Rome Augusteo - Beethoven. Symphony 6 - HMV 1947

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68  ('Pastoral') 
I: Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande  (Allegro ma non troppo)  ~  II: Szene am Bach  (Andante molto mosso)  ~ 
III: Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute  (Allegro)  ~  IV: Gewitter, Sturm  (Allegro)  ~
V: Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefuhle nach dem Sturm  (Allegretto)
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Orchestra dell'Augusteo, Roma (Santa Cecilia)  conducted by  Victor de Sabata 
EMI World Records   SH 235  1976 LP/matrices: 2XBA9193 -1 / 2XBA9194 -1  
Recorded: 23-25,29 January & 3 February 1947 - Argentina Theatre, Rome  (HMV DB.6743-7 -2BA6107-16)    Transfer by Anthony Griffith
1947 EMG review >>>    

17 May 2014

Elgar. The Dream of Gerontius - Malcolm Sargent - HMV 1945

Sir Edward Elgar:  "The Dream of Gerontius", op.38    
Gerontius............... Heddle Nash, Tenor   
Angel......................... Gladys Ripley, Contralto
The Priest......................... Dennis Noble, Baritone
Angel of the Agony.................... Norman Walker, Bass
Huddersfield Choral Society  ~ Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Malcolm Sargent 
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HMV  RLS 709  2LP set, 1975.  Matrices:  HLM7047 A/B -1G/1G / HLM7048 A/B -1G/1G   
Recorded: 8-12 April 1945 - Huddersfield Town Hall   (HMV C.3435-3446 / 2ER 834-857)  Transfer by Bryan Crimp.
Lots of minor editing required - some slight treble enhancement applied.  The Best transfer available!!   

8 May 2014

Arturo Toscanini conducts... Wagner. Die Walkure -&- Gotterdammerung - Traubel / Melchior - NBC Concert 1941

Richard Wagner:
"Die Walkure"  - Act One, Scene 3   
"Die Gotterdammerung"  - Daybreak ~ Brunnhilde & Siegfried ~ Siegfried's Rhine Journey   
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Helen Traubel, Soprano  -  Lauritz Melchior, Tenor 
The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini  
RCA  RB 16274   First Edition 1962 Decca LP/mastering. Matrices: F2RP 6398 -1A / F2RP 6399 -1A     
NBC Broadcast of 22 February 1941 -  Carnegie Hall, New York 
Lots of acetate clicks, etc, removed.  Slight treble enhancement       Sleeve-note / EMG review >>>

3 Apr 2014

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts... Richard Strauss. Don Quixote - RCA 1932 / Wagner. Faust + live at Covent Garden - EMI 1936

Richard Strauss:  "Don Quixote"    (Alfred Wallenstein, 'cello  -  Rene Pollain, viola  -  Mishel Piastro, violin)   
The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham   
Richard Wagner:  "A Faust Overture"   
London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham                
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HMV  HLM 7154    1979 pressing/matrices: 2XEA 6532 -1 / 2XEA 6533 -1  
Richard Wagner:  "Gotterdammerung"  - Act.2. 'Hoi-ho!'    - Ludwig Weber, Bass  -  Herbert Janssen, Baritone    
Richard Wagner:  "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"   - Act.1 - Church scene   /   Act.3 - Prize Song    (with Ralf, Bockelmann, Lemnitz)
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Royal Opera House Chorus - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham  
EMI World Records  SH 1004 (1979)  /  HMV  ALP 1870 (1961)  /  HMV  RLS 7711 (1983 set)  Rec: 29/20 May 1936 - Covent Garden: 'live'    HLM 7154  Sleeve-note >>>
http://www.arsc-audio.org/journals/v12/v12n3p240-257.pdf   - A comprehensive review of the 1979 Beecham LP issues by David Hall.

5 Feb 2014

Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - Shostakovich. Symphony 7 - 'Leningrad' - NBC Concert 1942

Dmitri Shostakovitch: 
Symphony no.7 in C major, op.60   "Leningrad" 
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Moderato (Poco allegretto)  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Allegro non troppo
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The NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini 
Live Broadcast: 19 July 1942 - Studio 8-H, NBC Radio City Studios. New York.      
A FLAC file appeared on 'Symphonyshare' - from which this derives; previously there was a 256mp3.  The recording, off-air, is presumably studio-made as the concert runs without breaks - other than about a dozen 'gaps' (and overlaps) - which I have remedied. There was considerable Electrical Storm interference - together with a variety of clicks, etc.  The enormous amount of re-editing includes a slight re-equalisation.    
June 1942 Henry Wood Proms Concert (LPO/Sir Henry Wood) - "The Times" review >>>