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29 Mar 2013

Dimitri Mitropoulos / New York Philharmonic - Mendelssohn. Symphonies 3 - 5 - CBS 1954

Felix Mendelssohn:
Symphony no.3 in A minor, op.56  - "Scotch"   
I: Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato  ~   II: Vivace non troppo  ~  III: Adagio  ~  IV: Allegro vivacissimo 
Symphony no.5 in D major, op.107  - "Reformation"  
I: Andante - Allegro con fuoco  ~  II: Allegro vivace  ~  III: Andante  ~  IV: Choral: Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
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The Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York  conducted by  Dimitri Mitropoulos  
Philips  ABL 3082    1956 UK LP/matrices: AA01174 1L =5 / 2L =9    Recorded: 2 November 1953 - Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York  
Compare this to "Mr Pristine's" inept  '32-bit XR Transformation' (from a CD-R dubbing).  Fantastic playing - especially the 5th. 
His 320mp3 'before/after' sample  HERE   (direct sample link: http://tinyurl.com/mnwcyt           EMG review + Sleeve-note >>>


12 comments:

  1. I agree with the quotation by Haydnesque. I'm most thankful to have your transfers of Mengelberg/Beethoven.

    Carry on please!

    Jim

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    1. I really haven't had the 'spare time' to re-edit those Mengelberg's....but could have bought a decent Bentley with proceeds @ 'the going rate' from downloads of just that - and will attempt to extract some dosh, somehow; otherwise it will be a case of Carry On up the Khyber...as deserve a (complete) break.

      Anyway, hope you enjoy this Swashbuckling Mendelssohn.

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  2. Thanks very much for the Mendelssohn by Mitropoulos. Anything by him is worth hearing, Excellent sound!
    Ray Pratt

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    1. Hello Ray.
      As you can see from another Mitropoulos thread, on Music Parlour, I was 'bounced' into doing this - as wouldn't exactly use this LP to 'show off' my HiFi's - and always do wonder how a UK (or Dutch: there's no country ID on the disc) mastering would compare to a US Columbia; but the editing of this was pretty easy (had to tackle quite a number of tape edits) - so it became a do-able project.

      I was thinking of adding the Mendelssohn VC (Francescatti) as have an early '60's Dutch-pressed/US matrices LP - but that is on CD - but the Tchaikovsky VC coupling I could have then used with the mono Brahms VC (Philadelphia/Ormandy: new Philips UK 1959 pressing).

      We shall see - but Mitropoulos didn't appear to have much Collectors Interest in the UK - so can't oblige with anything more..

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  3. God bless you for this transfer, Philips matrix sounds much better than US Columbia pressings.
    Thank you a lot for sharing this.

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    1. Hello Pablo,
      Though I suspect you may do a bit of re-EQ on the files.

      I did - to compensate for the slight 'dip' (<maximum +1.4dB) between 2-10Hz of the MM Cartridge's stated response.

      The matrix could be the same/very similar to the 'German' Philips used (eventually stated on RMCR); but I think you will be aware that the 'sample' (linked) is not exactly 'an improvement' -even the 'raw' first part sounds less good than my transfer!

      The only Philips/CBS 1950s I can directly compare are two Beecham: Sea Drift-Paris/Berlioz Overtures - and the US ML's sound slightly less good, but I would assume that US-recorded CBS pressings/sound would normally be better than Philips (?).

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    2. This time I didn't touch the EQ, nor declick the files, just let them as you transfer and really enjoy with these recordings as they are.
      Let me see because I'm pretty sure that I have a US Columbia transfer stored on DVD backup, if I find it I'll contact by mail.

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    3. The surfaces were quite OK (original 'pancake' pressing; not always as good surfaces compared to later '50s) - but not as 'totally quiet/perfect' as the Moralt/Salome - which is really superb.

      Am currently dubbing Beinum/Bruckner 9 from a 1977 UK Philips (Dutch matrices) - which seems fine.

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  4. A bit late but thank you nonetheless for these transfers. Excellent conducting on the part of Mitropoulos.

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    1. Certainly rather different from British Orchestras of the period: also must listen to the Maazel/BPO 5th some time - had the DGG LP for decades - so possibly had never heard that music before??

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  5. Many thanks! Interesting, rather 'forceful' and dramatic performances.

    Interesting too to hear the quality comparison to mr. Porridg...oh, Pristine's. Always fun when i can actually hear the difference!

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    1. His stunning-transformation certainly acquired characteristics of 'wading through porridge'.

      But, these days, he mostly appears to be copying CD's - so that Flea-Market 'job-lot' is bringing in some healthy 'repeat orders' for each 'significant performance' - with not too much initial effort required.

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