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14 Oct 2012

Elgar. Symphony 2 - Halle / Barbirolli - HMV 1954

Sir Edward Elgar:  
Symphony no.2 in E flat, op.63     
Side 1.   I:  Allegro vivace e nobilemente  ~  II:  Largetto    //   Side 2.  III:  Rondo (Presto)  ~  IV:  Moderato e maestoso.            
The Hallé Orchestra  conducted by  Sir John Barbirolli                2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
HMV  ALP 1242  1962 pressing. Matrices: 2XEA 645 -6N / 2XEA 646 -6N.    Recorded: 8-9 June 1954 - Free Trade Hall, Manchester
Funfair: "...the ultimate showcase for Pristine, whose raison d’être is Ultimate Sound Quality....Sound is remarkable.."    No Kidding, Barnaby Rayfield....and it becomes 'Remarkable' with the added treble-fizz/hazy reverb - not to mention indistinct/discoloured woodwind??
Compare the woodwind from 2'40" of  Mr Pristine's mvt.3 sample     Even a MusicWeb reviewer noticed the 'glassiness'..
Based on the superiority of the 1977 John Barbirolli Society RVW Sym 7 (SJB100 - PYE mastered/pressing) compared to the HMV ALP - then their 1978? reissue of this could have provided a better 'source'..  1957 EMG review >>>     (Boult's 1944 BBC SO recording is on  HISTORICAL)
November 2015: slightly declicked (1.2) + very slight treble EQ added



3 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, and your many recent uploads.

    Even though the reviews are correct about this performance, it was still an interesting one and in my opinion worth hearing - it gave a lot of perspective for me, as it's very different from the three other versions i have, being much lighter.

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    1. PS: We, "customers" of yours, might be as silent as usual, but at least the numbers are up... :) Really, thanks a lot for continuing this blog. (And this is a coincidence but it's only today that i got to listen to this.)

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    2. I couldn't resist adding that 'comment' yesterday - though have not checked the actual download numbers.

      In any event am quite (....) sceptical about the Gramophone reviewer (quoted elsewhere) - as this looks more like EMI delaying the recording for some other reason than 'holding it back' for the centenary in 1957 - especially as the 1949 Boult/LPO Sym.1 was issued on LP soon after EMI adopted that format.

      "EMG Monthly Letter" reviews are generally quite reliable: there was no advertising, for starters..!!!

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