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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
3 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
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 >>>

6 comments:

  1. Thanks! Glad to know I was not the victim of a cruel in-joke among sadistic audio engineers. Because you could post a link to the Bruckner Seventh on Edison Amberols and I'd naively click on it and demand to know where it had gone.

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    1. Hope you like it! (not my favourite Bruckner 7)

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  2. Der Bruckner Spasse continues. The old "fort! / da!" game?! Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's a life-lesson in substitution - in the form of another version? - but I still can't get it. I can get other of your files (thanks!) but not THIS one - and I've waited and even tried other people's internet. Definitely "fort" - at least to me. If you haven't had many (any?) downloads of this item - well, there is a reason. It's FORT!!!

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    1. Have just tried downloading it (sometimes Mega files go 'faulty' - or 'stick' @ 99%).
      It did so - but @ well under the usual (for me) 2.1MB/sec...and the zip folder unpacked without problems.

      If you still can't download this then I'll re-upload it...
      (I have no idea how many downloads - as Mega doesn't show that data - but probably at least 200 (various files are available elsewhere...)

      Mega probably won't be around this time next year - so neither will these blogs if that happens!

      I was uncomplimentary about the sound of this LP (on RMCR) when Mr Pristine offered a 78 transfer to his Adoring Public (not to mention 'Reviewers')!

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  3. Sorry to have made myself a pain about this - and thanks to your graphic post, for suggesting a different browser. For some reason, that was the problem. I couldn't see the item using Chrome (which has worked for everything else), but was able to get it - just now - with Firefox. It's getting late here in Hoggtown, so I'll have to wait till tomorrow to listen to it. I'm looking forward to it - I enjoy the early electrical recordings of big works. Maybe the difficulty created a sense of occasion, creative tension - and all that, which could also be a projection I suppose. For the record - one of my favorites is the recording of Mahler's 9th conducted by Walter in Vienna in 1938. Probably an obvious choice - but I don't think it gets any better than that. I wonder if you've had a go at it? Thanks again for this Bruckner, your reservations not withstanding!

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    1. Unfortunately I don't have the 2x Anthony Griffiths transferred Mahler/Walter World Records sets - I certainly would've uploaded them by now - but it's only because I recently bought from eBay that I've the 2x Sibelius Symphonies + Busch Schubert & Brahms sets on that label - as didn't have 'everything'.

      I do have the HMV Treasury LP (possibly a German transfer) of his Das Lied vd Erde - also a new set of 78's - but the defunct German 33-45-78 blog made an excellent transfer a few years back (also I've quite a lot more Walter 78 albums - mostly Wagner/Brahms/Mozart - but have no further plans to transfer them).

      I wasn't aware of any further Windows browser problems - except Opera doesn't work with Mega.

      The Horenstein here has variable sound/surface-noise - and had a 'washed-out' feel - but my tinkering has brought some more 'life' to the treble - where it more closely matches Mr Pristine's - but with greater internal clarity.

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