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28/04/2013

Szymanowski. Violin Concerto 1 - Wilkomirska -&- Violin Concerto 2 -Treger - Muza 1961/2

Karol Szymanowski:
Violin Concerto no.1, op.35  (1916)     
Wanda Wilkomirska, violin                             
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Witold Rowicki   
Violin Concerto no.2, op.61  (1932/3)  
Charles Treger, violin
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Robert Satanowski                           2 files zip FLAC  Mega Download
Rediffusion Aurora  AUR 5063     STEREO   1978 Nimbus LP/matrices   (Polskie Nagrania/Muza  SX 0383 stereo)    Sleeve-note >>>
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10 comments:

  1. I'm not too familiar with Szymanowski's violin concertos, I've given them a listen once or twice, but not much else. Anyway, I haven't heard this recording either, but I'm going to give it a shot. Thank you for the transfer.

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  2. Thank you very much!

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  3. Thank you for all of your efforts on this site, I can imagine the work involved, and I appreciate it very much. I'm unfamiliar with much of this reportoire so this is a double voyage of discovery for me. All the best.

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    1. Mainly uploads are based on whether the LP has made it to CD. (and, in a small percentage of cases, 'in competition' with somebody - but who now resorts to copying CD's).
      So it's rather a rag-bag 'collection'; but mostly they are very worthwhile performances.

      The tedious part is manually removing the various 'extra' noises: few records are as defect-free as say Dutch Philips..and this Nimbus should have been far better, but it isn't the first I've had problems with (2x 45rpm LP 'Equale Brass' discs were as bad/even worse - from 5 years later -now not available due to 'copyright'..)- despite their 'reputation' at the time....so it becomes a real slog to attempt to eliminate their carelessness...

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    2. It must be both a labour of love, as well as incredibly frustrating for you at the same time.

      I have no scientific basis to back this up (other than my ears), but whenever I purchased UK vinyl I took it as pot luck as to whether or not you got the sound of someone frying up a full-English in the background somewhere. Profit before quality appeared (and arguably still appears) to be a mantra in consumer music production. It is rather an eye-opener to find out that Nimbus (despite its reputation) managed to screw things up as well though.

      I switched to CDs as soon as I could, but even then I found that the sound was marred by the use of either horrible master tapes, or the addition of expanders upon 're-mastering' that made dynamic levels rise and fall (sometimes mid-bar) to almost comedic extent. Of course the joke is not quite so funny when one pays a premium price for such licensed vandalism. Anyway, this is probably a discussion for another place, so please once again accept my sincere thanks for your efforts.

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    3. The subject of 'surface-noise' certainly dictates what I've been willing to transfer
      Sometimes (as with the Nimbus) the fault resides in the processing - which no amount of wet-cleaning can remove...so individually removing < very many hundreds of ticks, et al, is thoroughly annoying.

      As a percentage, really not that many LP's are 'fit for the purpose' - let alone when used for 'raw' transfers, such as these, where the subsequent expectation is that they should be 'CD quiet'.
      Even those which 'only' require removal of contaminants (atmospheric/household/inner-sleeve 'interaction') subsequently typically still require quite substantial effort..

      Still - there aren't that many left 'doing this lark' (courtesy of 'de-click' software..) - and I don't intend being the last idiot standing (even if I still 'clean LP's': a lifetimes 'hobby')!!!

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  4. I got an original Polish copy of this on Polski Nagrania Muza, red label stereo edition. anyone know when this pressing would have been released? please respond :)

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    1. Initially I quoted different catalogue numbers as they were not coupled like this originally (or in stereo?), but SX 0383 appeared circa 1967.

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    2. thank you for the response, what do you base the approximate release year on? please divulge your source, thanks :)

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    3. Try searching >> www.discogs.com << database for the 'Muza' label.

      You will see SX 0383 fits into a 1967-8 sequence

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