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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