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27 Jun 2013

Hamilton Harty conducts... Hector Berlioz - (Halle / London Philharmonic) - Columbia 1931-1935

"Les Troyens"  - Royal Hunt & Storm.                 DX 291   (WAX 6062/3)    10 April 1931 **
"Roman Carnival"  - Overture.                 LX 172   (CAX 6227/8)    12 February 1932 **    
"Romeo and Juliet"  - Romeo Alone / Fetes.                DB 1230/1   (CA 13894-7)    7/9 September 1933    
"Beatrice and Benedict"  - Overture.                LX 511   (CAX 7331/2)    9 November 1934  
"Le Corsaire"  - Overture.                DX 664   (CAX 7334/3)    9 November 1934  
"Hamlet"  - Funeral March.                 LX 421   (CAX 7525/6)    26 April 1935                              6 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
The Hallé Orchestra **  /   London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Hamilton Harty  
EMI World Records  SH 148   1971 LP/matrices: W 9270 -1 / W 9271 -1     
'Crackly' 78 transfers by Anthony Griffith    Terrific performances..       Sleeve-note >>>



5 comments:

  1. Anonymous28 June, 2013

    These performances are wonderfully vivid, as is the sound. Whatever crackles may be left in the original tranfers, they in no way interfere. Much preferable to overprocessed but silent backgrounds.

    Thank you for uncovering valuable Harty documents!

    Herb

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    1. Hello Herb

      This was a long-process of separating 'my crackles' from those put onto tape (and removing quite a lot of those, too!) as this is my 1973 copy (1971 pressing) - an EMI replacement for that bought @ Tillett & Holt - Wigmore St, London - which the arrogant staff refused to replace/refund (it cost £1 @ their closing-down sale) - and sold with a Big scratch.

      Subsequently I'd 'cleaned' this using a Milty 'Fuxall' roller' - then Nagoaka's sticky roller (The Yellow Peril) - which cause impact craters in the vinyl.. Possibly they still are marketed?? ...

      In the light of all the various 'noises' I might have used some 'de-click' - but the degradation was all too apparent; the 'vividness' simply disappeared.

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  2. My loss for not having 'found' this earlier, not being much acquainted with Berlioz. Fantastic sound, the natural texture of the instruments being largely intact, and gripping performances...! Thanks.. at least the damage was done only after transfer, you having had enough bad luck with this one.

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    1. .it may be 'getting older'...but the 'experience', whilst absolutely insignificant, is still rather vivid...

      There's a 2005 history of "Ibbs & Tillett" - see Wikipedia - and an interesting read - though the business was rather wacky...

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