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08/10/2016

24/48: Richard Wagner. "Siegfried" - Lauritz Melchior - HMV 1928-1932

Richard Wagner: 
"Siegfried"   ACT ONE   3 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Zippy Download             3 files 24/48 zip FLAC  Fichier Download
1. Musical Motifs - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Lawrance Collingwood   
from C.2237/2238    17 April/23 May 1931 - Kingsway Hall  (2B4432 -I, Blumlein transfer 1932)
Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2   2. Prelude ... 3. Zwangvolle Plage! ... 4. Hoiho! Hoiho! Hau ein! ...  5. Das ist nun der Liebe ... 6. Jammernd verlangen Junge ... 7. Soll ich der Kunde glauben ... 8. Heil dir, weiser Schmied! ... 9. Dein Haupt pfand'ich ... 10. Viel, Wanderer, weisst du mir
Heinrich Tessmer  (Mime)  /  Lauritz Melchior  (Siegfried)  /  Friedrich Schorr  (Wanderer)   
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Heger
DB.1713  (2B529 -IA)  &  DB.1578-81  (2B528 -II, 531 -II, 532 -IIA, 533 -IA, 534 -IA, 525 -IA, 526 -II, 527 -I)   9/21 May 1931 - Kingsway Hall
Act 1, Scene 3   11. Fuhltest du nie im finstren Wald ... 12. Nothung! Nothung! Neidlicher Schwert! ... 13. Hei weiser Wanderer ... 14. Er schafft sich ein scharfes Schwert
Albert Reiss  (Mime)  /  Lauritz Melchior  (Siegfried)   London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Albert Coates
D.1690-1  (CR 2197 -IIIB, 2198 -IIB, 2199 -IIIA, 2200 -II)   16-17 May 1929 - Queen's Hall
HMV  Album  no.172 (38 sides) Act One - 14 sides (DB.7252-8)  Auto   late-1930's set
Obert-Thorn's Muffled Travesty -mp3 sample (inc.'Nothung!' -seems transferred @ wrong volume...) - I really can't now be bothered to transfer the rest - buy Mr Pristine's €€-crap..!!

25/09/2016

Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra - Rimsky-Korsakov. Scheherazade - RCA Victor 1935

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  "Scheherazade"  - Symphonic Suite, op.35.
I: The Sea and the Vessel of Sinbad  ~  II: The Tale of the Prince Kalender ~    
III: The Young Prince and The Young Princess  ~  IV: The Festival at Bagdad - The Sea - The Vessel Is Wrecked - Conclusion
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Alexander Hilsberg, solo violin - The Philadelphia Orchestra  conducted by  Leopold Stokowski     
HMV  DB.7875-80  Auto  (DB.2522-7)  Album no.232.    RCA matrices: 2A.84513-24    Recorded: 8 October / 12 November 1934 - Studio 2 Camden Church, Philadelphia.
Transferred solely for my interest: early 1941 set. Recording is 2.5dB below average RCA levels so used 2 lots of Izotope de-click as the surfaces (maybe the matrices) were a bit 'hashy' in places: end of side 7 in particular, though it does 'soften' the clarity. 32 bit-float derived. 
Walter Legge's notes included.

20/06/2016

24/48: Landon Ronald / New SO - Tchaikovsky. Symphony 5 - HMV 1928

Peter Tchaikovsky:  Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64  
I. AndanteAllegro con anima (1-4)  ~  II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza (5-7)  ~  III. Valse: Allegro moderato (8/9)  ~
IV. Finale: Andante maestosoAllegro vivace Andante maestoso Moderato assai e molto maestoso (10-12)
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC   Mega Download              2 files 24/48 zip FLAC  
New Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Landon Ronald  
HMV  D.1511-16  (Album no.73)  1929 pressings   Matrices: CR1773-1780 -IA,I,III,IA,I,I,III,I, CR1770 -IA,1781 -II, CR2006-7 -IIA,I.    
Recorded: 18-19 April / 2 May 1928 - Queen’s Hall.   
New transfer - more detailed  ('keener' treble) than the previous CD-RW. Side 1 is rather less vivid, and (varying) surface hiss is mainly a problem during that 1st mvt introduction.. The 1926 Beethoven Sym.5 won't be uploaded (at least one matrix is faulty, a second set is 'worn')...

13/05/2016

24/48: Serge Koussevitzky / Boston S.O. - Sibelius. Symphony 2 - RCA Victor 1935

Jean Sibelius:
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.43  
I: Allegretto  ~  II: Tempo andante ma rubato  ~  III: Vivacissimo  ~  IV: Allegro moderato    

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Boston Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Serge Koussevitzky

HMV  DBS.7949-DB.7954  Auto  (DB.2599-DBS.2604)   Album no.241.   RCA matrices: 2A.88924-88934.     'As New' 1937 set.
Recorded: 24 January 1935 - Symphony Hall, Boston.    

29/04/2016

24/48: Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - Beethoven. Symphony 3 - RCA Victor 1939

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: Finale -Allegro molto

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NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini

HMV  DBS.8904-DB.8910  Auto   (DBS.5946-DB.5951)   Album no.366.   RCA matrices {2A.043527-39}   1941/2 set
Recorded live: 28 October 1939 - Studio 8-H, New York
Matrices '1', except s.8 (1R) and  s.13 ('IV') - RCA transfers (ends of mvts. 2 & 4)  

14/04/2016

24/48: Hermann Abendroth / London S.O. - Brahms. Symphony 4 - HMV 1927

Johannes Brahms:
Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98   
IAllegro non troppo   ~  II: Andante moderato  ~  IIIAllegro giocoso   ~   IVAllegro energico e passionato  
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London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Hermann Abendroth
HMV  D.1265-70   Album no.45.   Matrices: CR1235-46 (Ia,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,I,Ia,I)    Recorded: 27 March 1927 - Queen’s Hall   
Minor 'wear' audible on some peaks despite the 1928 set's 'new' appearance.   A (very) low-level recording means unavoidably high surface hiss. 
Much additional (2-part) de-click required....Impressive performance and lovely string tone..

THERE MAY BE A SMALL 'COMPUTER SOUND EDITING FAULT' (the HD was failing) near the end - only just heard it via the new HD - so may re-transfer/re-edit the affected part .....but these transfers are anyway FOR ME: - nobody else seems interested - except to download them, needless to say...

24/03/2016

24/48: Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra - Stravinsky. Rite of Spring - RCA Victor 1930

Igor Stravinsky:  "Le Sacre du Printemps"
First Tableau:  L'Adoration de la Terre   ~   Second Tableau:  Le Sacrifice   

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The Philadelphia Orchestra  conducted by  Leopold Stokowski

HMV  D.7802-5  Auto  (D.1919-2)   Album no.124.   RCA matrices: A37471-3, A47975-9 (4,4a,3a,1a..3,4,5a,7a).
Recorded: 24-25 September 1929 / 12 March 1930 - Academy of Music (Philadelphia).    New 1939 set
2 different microphone balances: some sides are very vivid - others are recessed/lacking impact  (4th disc, pt.1):  very quiet passages are hardly suited to shellac - probably due in part to the original processing - as limited the frequency-range to 12kHz - sufficient for piccolo outbursts.

19/03/2016

24/48: Willem Mengelberg / New York Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 3 - RCA Victor 1930

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: Finale (Allegro molto)    
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The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Willem Mengelberg  
HMV  DB.1599-1605  Album no.153   RCA matrices: A58152-62 (3,6,3,3,3,2,2,1,2,1,1)  //  mvt.IV: A58172-4 (2,2,2)
Recorded: 4/9 January 1930 - Liederkranz Hall, New York.  1933 set
Superb performance in rather decent RCA sound (this transfer has more clarity than 2013's CD-RW) - and any shellac 'hash' isn't too distracting.    
The last 2 sides are transferred @ 1dB less.   Mengelberg's 1940 Concertgebouw Beethoven recordings 

16/03/2016

24/48: Serge Koussevitzky / London Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 3 - HMV 1934

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: Finale -Allegro molto  
2 files zip 16/44 FLAC              2 files zip 24/48 FLAC        inc. Walter Legge's notes
London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Serge Koussevitzky     
HMV  DB.7754-9  Auto  (DB.2346/51)   Album no.222.   Matrices: 2EA.840-51 (I,IIa,I,I,I,I,I,I,Ic,Ia,I,II).  
Recorded: 7 September 1934 - EMI Studio no.1, Abbey Road.   1935 set.
Very fine performance. EMI's quieter recording + EQ  sadly gives 5+dB more 'crackle' compared to an EMI-pressed RCA.  

14/03/2016

24/48: Arturo Toscanini / New York Philharmonic - Beethoven. Symphony 7 / Wagner - RCA Victor 1936

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.7 in A Major, op.92
I: Poco sostenuto - Vivace  ~  II: Allegretto  ~  III: Presto - assai meno presto  ~  IV: Allegro con Brio   
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Richard Wagner:  "Gotterdammerung" - Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey    /    "Lohengrin" - Prelude, Act III
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The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini   
HMV  DB.2986-2990   Album no.266.  RCA matrices {2A.101200-9}.    Recorded: 9-10 April 1936 - Carnegie Hall.   1938 set
HMV  DB.2860/1    RCA matrices {2A.94657-60}.     Recorded: 8 February / 9 April 1936 - Carnegie Hall.   1941 pressings
Beethoven side1 ('take1') transferred 2.5dB higher: less good sound with some side-end deterioration.     "Lohengrin" is remarkably good sound.

10/03/2016

24/48: Pierre Monteux / Paris Symphony Orchestra - Berlioz. Symphonie fantastique - HMV 1930

Hector Berlioz:  Symphonie fantastique, op.14

I: Reveries, passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)  ~  II: Un Bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)  ~  III: Scene aux champs (Adagio)  ~  IV: Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)  ~   V: Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro)

16/44 FLAC  Mega Download            5 files zip 24/48 FLAC 
Orchestre symphonique de Paris  conducted by  Pierre Monteux 
HMV  D.7854-9  Auto  (D.2044-9)  Album no.135.  1938 set.  Matrices: CF2757/8, 2799 : 2786/7 : 2800, 2807/8, 2801 : 2806 : 2816/7 (1/2/2/2/1/1/2/1/3/2/2/3)    Recorded: 20-29 January 1930 - Salle Pleyel, Paris.    Walter Legge's analytical notes >>>    
(For some reason side 3 was recorded 2dB louder than the rest (here corrected) bringing benefits in terms of reduced 'crackle' interference)

19/10/2015

24/96: Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra - Stravinsky. Petrushka - RCA Victor 1937

Igor Stravinsky:  "Petrouchka" - Ballet Suite  (1911)
First Tableau - The Mid-Lent Fair   /   Second Tableau - In Petrouchka's Room   /   Third Tableau - The Moor's Room   /
Fourth Tableau - The Fair, Towards Evening
16/44 zip FLAC   Mega Download           24/96 zip FLAC         HMV Album notes included
The Philadelphia Orchestra  conducted by  Leopold Stokowski  
HMV  DB.8633-36  Auto  (DB.3511-14)  Album no.328    1940 pressings/RCA Matrices  (originally: CS 07588/90-1, 07591-3, 07592/4-1, 07595-2)   Recorded: 19 April / 7 November 1937   - Academy of Music (Philadelphia)
Side 1 +2dB, Sides 2,3 +1dB transferred compared to Sides 4-8  (the latter were also somewhat superior recording sessions). 
Surface-noise is mostly quite innocuous thanks to the high-level sound/RCA's HF EQ...plus some decent EMI shellac.   

04/10/2015

Willem Mengelberg / New York Philharmonic - Richard Strauss. Ein Heldenleben - Victor 1928

Richard Wagner "The Flying Dutchman" - overture

Richard Strauss:  "Ein Heldenleben", op.40  
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The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Willem Mengelberg   
HMV  D.1089  ...  D.7321-5  Auto   (D.1711-5)  Album no.122.    c.1936 pressings  
Victor matrices: A29791 -6 / A29922 -7 ...  A47925-34 (1/4/2/2/1/2/3/2/2/2)    Recorded: 6 October  1925 - New York /  11-13 December 1928 - Carnegie Hall, New York.  Oct 2014 raw dubs re-edited Oct 2015

23/09/2015

24/96: Franz Schalk / Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven. Symphony 6 - HMV 1928

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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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Franz Schalk   
HMV  D.1473-7  Album no.96  Matrices: Ck 2854-63  (II-II-II-II-I-II-II-II-II-II).   Recorded:  4/11 April 1928 - Mittlerer Konzerthalle, Vienna  
Original 1928 set (my Red label set is pressed from later-sequence metal parts).  Side 1 transferred @ 0.5dB less than sides 2-6, and 1.0dB less than sides 7-10. Side 6 has some harmonic/cutter distortion.  The 24/96 file is somewhat superior...and a better source if you want to 'noise-reduce' the file; thereby likely turning it into near-featureless sludge.

13/08/2015

24/48: Arturo Toscanini / NBC SO - Beethoven. Symphony 5 / Egmont Overture / Leonore 3 - NBC/RCA 1939

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67  
I: Allegro con brio  ~  II: Andante con moto  ~  III: Allegro  ~  IV: Allegro
16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download            24/48 zip FLAC   Mega Download       inc. analytical notes
Ludwig van Beethoven:  "Egmont" - Overture, op.84    /   "Leonore" - Overture no.3, op.72a    
2 files 16/44 zip FLAC  Mega Download         2 files 24/48 zip FLAC   Mega Download
NBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arturo Toscanini  
HMV  DB.8691-4  Auto  (DB.3822-5). Album no.511    RCA Matrices: 2A 032806-14  Recorded: 27 February / 1 March 1939 - Studio 8-H.
HMV  DB.5703 / DB.5704-5    RCA matrices: 2A 043605/6 ...  RCA transfer: 2A 043558-61 (VI,V,VI,V)
Live performances:   18 November 1939 / 4 November 1939 - Studio 8-H, New York   July/Sept 2014 files - Egmont/Leonore 3 not US issued..  HMV label scans >>>

21/10/2014

24/96: Arthur Bliss / Muir Mathieson - London Symphony Orchestra - Things To Come - Decca 1936

Arthur Bliss:  "Things To Come" - Suite  
Ballet for Children  - TA 1726 -I      /     Melodrama : Pestilence  - TA 1732 -I    
Melodrama : Attack  - TA 1731 -II     /    The World in Ruins  - TA 1728 -II
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download               24/96 FLAC  Fichier Download 
London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Arthur Bliss  
Decca  K.810 / 811    Recorded: 3 March 1935. Thames Street Studios.
March  - GA 7686 -I     /    Epilogue  - GA 7687 -I     16/44 FLAC  Mega Download  
Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Muir Mathieson       
Decca  K.817   Transfer from 1935 Film Soundtrack: 18 Feb.1936
Slight treble-boost applied...however the soundtrack disc remains congested/constricted in frequency-range.     2 label scans >>>   

07/09/2014

24/48: Constant Lambert / Halle Orchestra - Borodin. Symphony 2 - Columbia 1943

Alexander Borodin:   Symphony no.2 in B minor 
I:  Allegro  ~  II:  Scherzo (Prestissimo) - Allegretto  ~  III:  Andante  ~  IV:  Finale (Allegro)  
The Halle Orchestra  conducted by  Constant Lambert     
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download       24/48 FLAC 
W.A.Mozart:  Divertimento in D major, K.251 - Andantino   The Halle Orchestra  conducted by  Laurence Turner   

Columbia  DX 1125-1128   Matrices: CAX 9108 -9114  -1/-1/-2/-2/-1/-1/-1 // CAX 9115 -1   1943 pressings
Recorded: 26 March 1943 - Houldsworth Hall, Manchester.         

01/04/2014

24/48: Brahms. Double Concerto. Thibaud - Casals - Cortot - HMV 1929

Johannes Brahms:  
Double Concerto in A minor, op.102   
I: Allegro (1-4)  ~  II: Andante (5/6)  ~  III: Vivace non troppo (7/8)
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download          24/48 FLAC  

Jacques Thibaud, violin,  Pablo Casals, 'cello
The Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona  conducted by  Alfred Cortot  
HMV  DB.1311-1314  (Album no.85)  Matrices: CJ 2156-2163 (IIA/I/II/II/I/IIA/IIIA/II)   
Recorded: 10/11 May 1929 - Olympia Hall, Barcelona.     

24/11/2013

Felix Weingartner / Royal Philharmonic Society - Beethoven. Symphony 5 -&- Symphony 6 - Columbia 1927

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67  
I: Allegro con brio  ~  II: Andante con moto  ~  III: Allegro  ~  IV: Allegro          FLAC  Mega Download
Columbia  L 1880-1883   late 1920's Album.   Laminated pressings.   Matrices: WRAX 2414/5, 17-22 (2/2/2/2/2/2/2/3)
Recorded: 28–29 January 1927 - Scala Theatre, London

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68  "Pastoral"
I: Allegro ma non troppo  ~  II: Andante molto mosso  ~  III: Allegro   ~  IV: Allegretto          FLAC Mega Download
Columbia  L 1893-1897   late 1920's Album.  Laminated pressings.   Matrices: WRAX 2363-66 (1/2/1/2) & 2377-82 (3/1/2/2/2/1)
Recorded: 18–19 January 1927 - Scala Theatre, London
The Royal Philharmonic Society Orchestra  conducted by  Felix Weingartner     
A few slight 'wear' traces remain in the 'Pastoral'.  You can compare these to the 'new improved' transfers by Obert-Thorn for Mr.Pee    Mr.Pee's Sym 5+6 mvt.1 mp3 sample

13/11/2013

Rachmaninov. Paganini Rhapsody - Benno Moiseiwitsch / LPO / Cameron - HMV 1938

Sergei Rachmaninov:
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43  
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Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano - London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Basil Cameron  
HMV  C.3062-4    Mint 1947 pressings.  Matrices: 2EA.7178-7183 (IIA/I//I/I/II/I) 
Recorded: 5 December 1938 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road 
Sounds OK/exciting: about an octave more treble than Bryan Crimp's 1987 APR transfer (some slight 'wear' traces due to the extended treble?)  
http://musicparlourhistorical.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/benno-moiseiwitsch-plays-rachmaninov.html
(One of the discs of the Rachmaninov PC2 'broke' whilst removing it from the album - so that won't get uploaded!)         

05/11/2013

Bruno Walter / BBC SO - Brahms. Symphony 4 - HMV 1934

Johannes Brahms:
Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98     
I: Allegro non troppo   ~  II: Andante moderato  ~  III: Allegro giocoso   ~   IV: Allegro energico e passionato 
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The BBC Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Bruno Walter    
HMV  DB.7718-22  Auto   (Album no.218)   [DB 2253-7]   1939/early 1940 Mint pressings.  Matrices: 2B 6937-46 (II/II/I/II/II/II/II/II/III/II)   
Recorded: 21 May 1934 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.