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13 May 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.     Folders include Walter Legge's notes / Sibelius Society prospectus.   

4 comments:

  1. An adventurous yet still elegant rendition of this symphony, very nice - thank you, also for the scans provided.

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    1. Was going to add the BBC Sym.7 - but have near given-up on EMI pressed pre-war shellac unless they're RCA mastered (S/N ratio...) - and the Boston 'Tapiola' was a noisy WW2 pressing.

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    1. Or Fortunate! - recently spent almost 3 hours dubbing/Izotope de-clicking a 'mint' 1927 album of Tchaikovsky 6 / Albert Coates: the inherent recording was absolutely 'Hi-Fi' - but the surface crackle that still remained was appalling. Do have the Furtwangler:1940 set/Koussevitzsky:WW2 set versions, too; but this is akin to Aversion Therapy!

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