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8 May 2012

Antal Dorati / Minneapolis SO - Respighi. Feste Romane -&- Church Windows - Mercury 1955

Ottorino Respighi:
Feste Romane   (Circenses ~ Giubileo ~ L’Ottobrata ~ La Befana)    
Vetrate di Chiesa   (La fuga in Egitto ~ San Michele Arcangelo ~ Il Mattutino di Santa Chiara ~ San Gregorio Magno)     
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Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra   conducted by  Antal Dorati 
PYE / Mercury  MRL 2002    1956 pressing - MG-50045  'YMG' matrices.   Recorded: 20 November 1954.    
(The end of 'Feste Romane' has tape (etc) congestion: have also slightly increased the volume)      
MMA 11095 - the 1960 EMI release (used by 'Mr Pristine') - has inherently quieter vinyl - but that Mercury transfer has far less dynamic-range.    
Sleeve-note  >>>   'Mr Pristine's' EMI transfer: 'sample mp3' (PASC194) - begins @ 5:27 on the Chiesa file >>>      



9 comments:

  1. Thanks, Frank! I love these old Mercury monos, and I really appreciate your posting these excellent transfers. (Your transfers are much more satisfying than that other fellow's.)

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  2. Glad you like them..but OMG- Never Again: you would not believe the time spent (and have likely missed >a few ticks< - due to the sheer noise! -so may return to the WAVs much later...).

    Was thinking of uploading a section from the EMI (mastered @ a lower modulation level: though the 'other transfer' has a hefty amount of treble added from 10kHz) - so a direct comparison could be made.

    But those PYE/Nixa pressings are a menace for surface noises: it has delayed my uploading Boult/Planets (have two different CBS/Westminster transfers).

    I am surprised the sound was so compressed: eg: it compares badly to a 6-Eye of Ormandy/Sibelius 4+5 (the stereo Romane/Sibelius 7 was issued from 6-Eye transfers in the UK + have the Sibelius/Oistrakh 6-Eye: all would be a breeze to edit; as would the Philips pressing of Ormandy/Francescatti in the Brahms (apparently not on CD- as with the Sibelius 4+5: and my copy of that sounds infinitely superior to the 'other fellows': from a Philips LP: in fact the Columbia is quite stunning...so wish I had more US/Columbias!!

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  3. Regarding the Ormandy/Francescatti Brahms (ML5114 recorded 11 March 1956), I have this on a Biddulph CD (80225-2) - transfer was done by David Hermann.

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  4. Knew of that one: but its copied from LP (without checking the source may be the UK Philips?) but mine is a perfect new LP (also not in the UK catalogue long: due to the Bernstein version) - and wouldn't be using any dreaded 'noise-reduction' !!

    Anyway; was vaguely thinking of uploading it - possibly with Mitropoulos Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn (that on CD): though am not sure about his playing: or, on HISTORICAL, uploading- from a new UK Columbia (US matrices) - the Franck/Debussy with Casadesus: but only the Debussy appealed to me (possibly another 'not on legit CD' ??).

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  5. Thanks for ANY Dorati/Mercury recordings, they usually do not disappoint. And is that still the best tam tam crash ever recorded?

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    1. Ah..that was another noisy bit! (the effect of this LP whilst monitoring/editing via small-ish Sony computer-speakers was pretty nerve-wracking..)

      As mentioned previously, I've very few Mercury (did dispose of some: mainly the stereos) and am left - in the Dorati line - with stereo originals of just: Rite of Spring / Tchaikovsky: Serenade / Wellingtons Victory / 1812-Italien (all mastered to EMI specs) + Brahms 2 in the early US FR.
      So - hardly worth mentioning!! (and other blogs likely have made available the majority of the Mercury catalogue..??)

      Even though they are commonplace in the US, I likewise have very few US Columbia mono/stereo.
      UK issues simply aren't as 'dynamic' - though if you compare the mono Beecham (have some UK/US duplicates) then the Philips seem slightly superior.

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  6. Only heard this today (sic!) - very nice indeed, so much so that it's a bit regrettable you never got to doing the Ormandy LP's mentioned herein... Nevertheless, many thanks, the gorgeous gongs and horns pretty much 'blew my ears out'!

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    1. All too late, all too late, when the bier is at the gate!

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    2. Too true. I know that's a literary quotation or paraphrase, but can't place it... :/

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