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17 Jul 2011

Charles Munch / Paris Conservatoire - Tchaikovsky. Symphony 6 - Decca 1948


Peter Tchaikovsky:  
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74  - "Pathetique" 
I:  Adagio - Allegro non troppo - Andante - Allegro vivo - Andante come primo  ~  II:  Allegro con grazia  ~    
III:  Allegro molto vivace  ~  IV:  Adagio lamentoso
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L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris  conducted by  Charles Munch   
Decca  ACL 20   1958 LP/matrices: ARL395 -4Dr / ARL396 -3Dr  (the c.1950 dubbing?)    "Hi-Fi" sound...
Recorded: 24-27 May 1948 - La Maison de la Mutualite, Paris   originally 78's: AK1968-73  (1951 LP: LXT 2544)     
Re-edited May 2014:  Slight de-click ('1.2')  + v.slight treble enhancement.    Not on CD      1948 EMG review >>>   


5 comments:

  1. Thanks TE: I may have a copy of this LP somewhere but I have no recollection of ever playing it, so am grateful to you for posting it. It reflects another of the unexpected effects of your generosity - you prompt me to listen to recordings I have overlooked. I certainly have Munch's Boston recording, which I have always enjoyed for its directness and lack of hysteria. I look forward to this one.

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    1. Hello Andrew,
      I was lazy-bones at the time (and now) as had intended slightly afterwards transferring the ACL of Franck's Symphony + Sym.Var: rather an improvement on the original LXT - but this is one of the few 'left behind' (one other being Della Casa/R.Strauss) so it fitted with the 'Pastoral' upload..and anyway didn't previously bother as never had a 'comment' from 2011, on!!!
      Yes: have the original UK (genuine) Dynagroove pressing of the Boston (also the Victrola of the Franck) - but that Pathetique was issued 1963..

      This is a very fine performance - in good sound/with unobtrusive 'background noise' - probably lacquers...which I edited a bit more to remove the occasional matrix clicks, etc/incorrect side-join/gaps...

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  2. I'd forgotten that the 63 recording was Dynagroove, which was not without its critics.
    I read somewhere that whoever pressed the UK issues didn't have the correct equipment so they weren't Dynagroove anyway. However it was pressed the Morton Gould LP of Sibelius sounded pretty exciting to me.
    Update: I have just found this: http://www.stereophile.com/asweseeit/95/index.html

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    1. Decca imported RCA Dynagroove matrices until 1966; from memory Leinsdorf/R.Strauss Helene/Salome was about the last (SB6639) and were it not for the '70year' copyright would've likely transferred the Heldenleben - which is superb / Pathetique and a few other 1963 releases as can play them with the correct (more or less) conical Shure stylii (an M97G sounded excellent with the Liszt PC/Pennario: though didn't wish to unseal my V15/3 'G' stylus).
      Only the Rachmaninov PC1/4 are inferior sound.

      The matrix stampers will show they are US matrices - but Decca did use the 'Dynagroove' logo until 1969-odd - although they no longer were - as they did the masterings from early 1966..

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