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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 >>>    


5 comments:

  1. It is very curious that the review of the original release in 1947 refers to preferring electrical reproduction as though at that late date there still was an alternative!

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    1. I fact EMG were recommending the Walter/VPO version for Acoustic machines (which EMG had produced) when reviewing the LPO/Kleiber issue in 1948 (which they preferred to this: but I see that is available, still, as a download - have several copies of Decca ACL 2 which sounds very good .. plus de Sabata's 2LP Decca set, including the Beethoven 3).

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  2. Another haplessly entertaining review, with which my own opinion is again pretty much opposite - the performance is fresh and very nice throughout, but i thought the second movement a bit slow and the first superb! And all of it in truly wonderful sound.. thank you, you are spoiling your audience!

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    1. Didn't spoil them to the extent of also uploading the Kleiber/LPO 'Pastoral'!
      This LP was a curse to edit as it had the same 'noise problems' as the Sibelius String Qt (also bought in 1982) and the Husch 'Schone Mullerin' - caused by using a 'FuxAll' (or Jap equivalent) rolling 'cleaner'..which embedded tiny 'bits' into the groove - so I hope not too many are apparent despite the considerable editing.

      This is a reason why I don't like tampering with the LP surfaces...

      The performance here seems 'better' than I recalled - the 1948 Kleiber review described this version as 'Tepid'..

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    2. Not at all - after having now digitized a few LP's of my own (at 24/96 so no need to wear them out by repeated playing), with 'ok'/satisfactory results - but never quite getting all the static/dust off and not having the skill to manually edit them - i can only marvel at your results without resorting to de-clicking (which i refuse to use also.)

      So many thanks for your troubles again. Never heard anything by Kleiber so won't know what i'm missing ;)

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