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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.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this treasure.

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    1. Saw you arrive!!
      I've used 5.6 (Coq was @ 6) with a lower 9kHz turnover...seems OK: (though then needed some editing-time to remove minor ticks)..and sounded pretty good via a short test on the main HiFi....maybe better than some 'commercial' issues?

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  2. Thanks, Tin Ear! Beautiful transfer!

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    1. It's mostly 'juggling some parameters'; frequency extension + EQ/de-click setting relative to inherent surface noise.

      As I'm now quite close to a few 'universal' defaults for various disc-types I'll make such transfers just for myself - as this had almost 2 hours additional manual work - which wasn't necessary for me to hear this (and many more 78 performances) to an acceptable standard for the few times I'm likely to listen to each..

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  3. Tks Tin Ear
    Excellent
    ROGER

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    1. The bass appears a bit 'heavy' (or not too well-defined) but presumably that's the recording (the EQ is correct: and the Shure V15/III is not over-rich or muddled in lower frequencies). The top-end seems very good (violins/brass)..so will try a few more of this vintage (have the next-days Mozart 39)..

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  4. The analitical notes are a royal treasure.
    Thank you very much indeed.

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  5. Agree completely with Satyr - great transfer, thanks! I had forgotten how good a performance this was...

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    1. Yes; this one does 'stand up to scrutiny' - more so than the Abendroth & Weingartner LSO versions.

      Am contemplating a 'mass cull' of these things as so many are dreadfully bad; those that are good (sonically/performance-wise) sometimes got over-played - or they contain bad 'dubbings'..or they just 'self-destruct'..

      Remarkably, these near 75yo sides didn't even require cleaning (even 'pristine' album copies will 'clog-up' within seconds..) - so, overall, am pretty pleased with the 'outcome' here..

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  6. Thank you for sharing this!

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  7. Great job Frank. Your presentation is very impressive. The recordings sound wonderful. Please keep up the good work.

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