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28 Oct 2012

Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia - Brahms. Symphony 4 - Columbia 1957

Johannes Brahms:  Symphony no.4 in E minor, op.98
I:  Allegro non troppo   ~  II:  Andante moderato  ~  III:  Allegro giocoso  ~  IV:  Allegro energico e passionato
2 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
Columbia  SAX 2350  Original 1960 pressing/matrices: YAX 269 -2 / YAX 270 -2
The Philharmonia Orchestra  conducted by  Otto Klemperer 
Rec:  Sym.1: 29/31 Oct. + 1 Nov.1956 + 28 March 1957 ~ Sym.4: 27-29 March 1957, Kingsway Hall.
 'Mr Pristine's' 'new/bargain' version: it's... Amazing how Cheap he can sell El-Cheapo 1970's EMI box sets...      ......  his Sym.4 mvt.1 sample
- and listening to the RH channel only discloses a very weird 'phasey' sound (not to mention the 'usual' jacked-up treble...)...
[Apparently (see RMCR thread) it has very poor phase stability @c.26% - whereas even my 'slightly defective' initial transfer of Brahms 4 is @ 87%!!]  June 2013 update. A recent 'Fanfare' review castigates the 'Pristine Audio' LP dubbings.. (almost fell-off-my-perch..)   Sleeve-notes, etc >>>


May re-transfer this Brahms Sym.4 due to a possible slight stylus suspension fault (which didn't seem to affect the sound, but could be seen on the RH channel waveform) .  

Another test still shows the odd waveform disparity (not evident using a different cartridge >>>) - so am 'foxed'.
Have had a '2nd opinion' confirmation that, using that different cartridge, the 1960 matrix is also sonically much superior to a later transfer ('-7') in the 1970s SLS box-set (and as almost certainly used by 'Mr Pristine'..).  See screenshot - showing the precise channel balance on the 1960 mastering - but the late 1960's matrix is noticeably inferior.