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14 Oct 2012
Elgar. Symphony 2 - Halle / Barbirolli - HMV 1954
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