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13 Sep 2013

Sir Adrian Boult / London Philharmonic - Delibes. Sylvia, Coppelia, Naila - PYE 1956

Leo Delibes:
"Coppelia" - Ballet suite: - 
Prelude et Mazurka - Ballade et Theme Slave Varie - Scene et Valse de la Poupee - Czardas (Danse hongroise) - Entr'acte et Valse
"Sylvia" - Ballet suite: -  Prelude et Les Chasseresses - Intermezzo et Valse Lente - Pizzicati - Cortege de Bacchus
"Naila" - Valse  (arr: Minkus)   
3 files zip FLAC   Mega Download  
London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Adrian Boult 
PYE Marble Arch  MAL 677   1967 LP. (originally: PYE NCL 16009)   Recorded: 28 March 1955 - Walthamstow Town Hall 
Slight de-click applied due to minor 'surface noises'.  Excellent playing/performances & good sound-quality...        Not on CD      
Westminster XWN 18241 cover/sleeve-note >>>


 ....kindly provided by 'Col Legno' (edited)

29 comments:

  1. Much looking forward to listening to this rare recording. THX !!!!

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  2. Thanks for this new Disc ! I'll compare Adrian Boult and Ernest Ansermet .
    Do you have some early Lorin Maazel LP ?

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    1. Not sure how you managed to leave a comment as removed that facility from this/other blogs yesterday....

      Anyway..really want to devote some time to playing part of a huge decades-old backlog of LP's (no point having them if they never get played)...and wanted to forget about the blogs.

      Regarding Maazel; have previously thought of doing some transfers as the earlier DGG (now mainly out-of-copyright) seem to have been on CD only in a few instances (the Concert Hall I can't touch) and, without checking, possibly have the majority of his discs (though the mono Berlioz only as a 'stereo transcription') .

      The 1963 EMI R.Strauss LP may come out of copyright (not on CD?) - but don't have the 1962 Decca/Beethoven.

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  3. Astonishing. I thought I knew Boult's LPs, but I had no idea about this. He treated this music with the same care as everything else, witness the exquisite treatment of the Naila valse. He made quite a few LPs of "lighter" fare; there are some very good Reader's Digest recordings on Chesky, so I suspect he really enjoyed it.
    Glad you're still uploading, whatever your future intentions.
    Andrew Smith

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    1. Hello Andrew,
      Yes: done more out of a sense of Obligation - rather than Enthusiasm (been like that 'for years'!)..

      This did seem to me a glaring omission, and he seems to achieve a very fine response from the LPO (who possibly enjoyed playing these a bit more than Boult's 'normal LP fare'..??)

      Was going to couple this with the RD Swan Lake/Nutcracker - but saw the timings were well over 'a CD's worth' - and didn't feel like additionally dubbing those 2 'New SO' discs from 1960..

      Previous to this had been intending to upload Mackerras/ROHO in La Source (from where the Naila waltz derives) / Two Pigeons - have the 1964 XLP/SXLP (30022) - never on CD, possibly - so may do so sometime (I'm never sure if folks turns these into CD's - so want '80 minutes-worth'..)?

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  4. I leave them on my hard disk and play via squeezebox, so don't care about the length of the file. The RD Swan Lake is on Chesky, and I think the Nutcracker has reappeared somewhere. Don't feel under any obligation, we are all grateful for whatever you care to do.
    AS

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  5. Update: the Nutcracker is currently on qobuz, as is the Swan lake, but both at hefty prices. The "Pathetique" is also there, but at reasonable cost.
    AS

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    1. Possibly best that folks should 'keep the economy going' - even if it leaves them 'stung' (see 'elsewhere'..)

      The next upload is anyway not on this blog - but HISTORICAL: some 5 hours of Lotte Lehmann pre-war recordings..

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  6. I have just listened to this once more - it really is superbly played and conducted. Plus who was the recording engineer? Its magnificent; Les Chasseresses contains some of the best-tuned timpani that I have heard on disc, and good solid bass, with recognizable notes, not just growls. AB could take on the specialists (Wolff, Desormiere) and beat them at their own game. If there was a lot of cleaning up to do, then you have done it well.
    AS

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    1. Hello Andrew (where would 'I' be without your input...answer: listening to more LP's!!)

      Apparently (although the Delibes isn't mentioned in the scarce 'ICRC' 1995 Vol.1/2 "The Nixa Story") it was very likely a Kurt List/John Snashall 'Westminster' effort..issued in the USA on that label.

      'Coppelia' mainly had the slight 'background' - but some minimal 'de-click' doesn't seem to have harmed the 'delicacy'...so that made it a bit more presentable (Marble Arch being a 12/6 job!!) - though still need to edit the files, as some 'suspicious' repairs are made by the software..

      I suppose this will eventually turn-up on CD...it certainly is too good to leave to 'an amateur' like me!!!

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    2. Hello Tin Ear, Yet another splendid transfer from yourself for which I am very grateful.
      As mentioned elsewhere on your blog, I have a number of these Pye Boult issues. If you are transferring the Marble Arch issues I am sure you will be aware that Mr Dutton attempted to modernise the sound and re-transferred some of these.to this label.
      I have the Mendelsohn Italian / Scottish and it is an absolute stinker with added reverb, screeching strings and severe wow in the finale of the Italian.

      The more I listen to your remastered posts, the more obvious it becomes that knowledge and experience (not forgetting perseverance and hard work) brings greater success than all the expensive equipment the 'professionals' use. Despite not doing your transfers for financial returns, the accolade professional would not be inappropriate.
      My very best wishes to you for the new year
      Howard

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    3. Hello Howard,
      Happy New Year to you too..

      I've just finished the first edit of something - 2+ hours for under 30mins of music...but the first 'time-wasting' for a week or two!!

      I may have one of the Boult (Italian?) on Concert Hall (c/w Barbirolli) but won't transfer any more Marble Arch - but have no idea what Dutton does; presumably another who applies 'Morticians Rouge' (as Romy The Cat described Rose's Rejects); I just do a Penny Plain 'look no hands' job - but the equipment I use (and always have, since a Teenager) is pretty 'professional/expensive'.

      Whether I wish to continue (or for free)..well...but at least I've listened to some LP's that otherwise wouldn't have been heard....but would much prefer to listen to lots more with no trouble/darned 'editing', apart from some wet-cleaning..

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    4. Hello again TE,
      I often re-read your blog which I find very informative and have further thoughts on points which are raised. Having read again the appreciative comments for your Boult issues, It occurred to me how useful it would be to hear Boult's BBC 78s from the 1930s & 40s. I am not thinking of the ones regularly re-issued like The Planets, Elgar Enigma, Tallis Fantasia etc. He made quite a few discs of overtures (eg King Lear,) and shorter pieces. I have Beethoven Symp 8 and Mozart Symph 32 among others and would love to hear them in good transfers. The only CDs that I know of are in poorish transfers.
      best wishes
      Howard

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    5. Hello Howard,
      Bill Anderson made some transfers of Boult/BBC 1930's material - I can't recall how extensive - but think it was Enigma + Tchaikovsky String Ser. (?) - presumably from Victor pressings: mine are 30's HMV DB's ...'say no more'!

      In that period (outside the obvious stuff) I've only the Hebrides Overture (BBC) - and one of the acoustics (Hansel & Gretel) - but a discography/listing shows there are lots of single-disc releases - which, presumably, have been subsequently neglected (maybe they have a bad survival rate: played-to-death overtures)?

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  7. Hint taken - I wouldn't want to get in the way of anybody's listening. Remove the reply button, go away and listen! Assume eternal gratitude.
    AS

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    1. I think you've taken 'the wrong hint'...

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  8. Just listening to this Delibes EVERYDAY, just wonderful........many thanks again !!!

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    1. Originally intended uploading the not-on-CD (last time I checked) Rignold/Paris Cons. version (RCA Victrola - US late '60s reissue) - but this seemed better in every respect

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  9. Neither were the Irving/ROHO Delibes LPs reissued after their late issue in the US on the full price RCA LPs LM-2035/36? Rather late issue here as mono-only recordings compared to the EMI CLP issues. Its like they ran out of things to issue and just tossed these out. Plus the LPs had no notes included, just credits and Degas covers. Distinctly low-budget.

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    1. Nope - don't have those (presumably the 1955 CLP/1961 ASD? (had to check the catalogue as can't remember every Ballet LP (sic).
      I'm not promising more uploads - though do have (presumably not on CD) Irving's stereo Lecocq/Glazunov + Sylvia/Carnaval + RPO Ballet bits + Giselle ('yet another one') - though only have the 1962 mono CLP of that ...needless to say never listened-to..

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  10. I have the LP of this (the Boult Delibes on Westminster XWN 18241, mono) and am very happy to have found someone who has ripped it to digital. I could scan the front and back of the LP and make it available if anyone is interested. But I would need to know how and where to send the files if they are to be uploaded. If someone wants to reply and let me know I will be happy to do this. Photo of Michael Somes and Margot Fonteyn on front.

    I would say I purchased the LP in about 1961. It was and is a very fine recording. -Col Legno

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    1. Presumably the same cover as used for the original PYE NCL cover (at least the one I found on eBay)?: but I only did this as the Marble Arch sleeve-designs are pathetic - though I guess the sleevenotes, by Burnett James, are those from the original?

      You could always upload to a place like Mega/Mediafire/Zippyshare and provide the link here - and I can incorporate the jpegs - also will scan my sleevenotes/EMG review - as am acquiring a new scanner to replace my 2, by now, clapped-out, elderly, Canoscan 670's...

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  11. Hello Tin Ear, thank you for the suggestion. I have never done such an upload. Does one have to register/pay to do that? My guess is that your sleeve notes may be the same as mine: 7 paragraphs by Peter Hugh Reed, Editor Aerican REcord Guide; a para each on Boult and the record (RIAA roll off, etc. ) Anyway, let me know how to upload. I will scan and make jpgs of these. My scanner does not take 12 inches in both dimensions, so I may have to be a bit creative. With respect to uploading, who knows, when I find some time I might try to digitize some records, but I don't have time to do any repair work on scratches, etc. Also my audiotechnica turntable to usb might not meet the high standards of this page.

    Let me take opportunity to thank you for this page. I have only dipped into it a bit, so far. I am just discovering these blogs. -col

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    1. You can upload without registering to many sites - no payment is required.
      I used to, perforce, use "Sendspace" - which is fine for small files.

      Your sleeve-notes are different to Burnett James' UK one for PYE.

      Your scanner software should include an editing function to merge A4 scans..if you don't have that then there are free programs - 'Photobie' and 'Photoscape' - though the latter may be a bit dubious re: some 'adware'..
      I've not used either as have Canon's Arcsoft bundle..or you can upload the 'raw' scans - in a zip folder - and I can edit them..

      There are some 'de-click' programs - but I only use one, kindly provided, which is 'the best/for professional work', however it does damage/veil the inputted sound-quality - even at the lowest settings I use (very rarely: this being one of the few occasions)

      PS..there's more than this page... 'Older Post' RH side/below this post/page takes you to 2 more pages on this/my other blogs linked here

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  12. Hello again Tin Ear. I am pleased to share the scans with you. I took your suggestion sendsapce; the link they give is

    http://www.sendspace.com/filegroup/cHbq40A5pDYEZsu9c6E1Xtx7wxCkNPWZ

    There are 4 files original size front and back; and reduced size front and back. I have software to merge images, but thanks for suggestions.

    Now what? Do I leave the files there? Or, perhaps better if you grab them and put them in some more permanent place?

    I hope you find these scans of interest; my slight way of repaying your great efforts in making much music available. Heard music is sweet; that unheard is forgotten.

    Best, col

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    1. Hello,
      Thanks for the complete scans and for taking the trouble,
      I will upload the larger ones to this post after slightly editing to a smaller pixel size/file size, later today.
      Your files will automatically delete after 30 days non-use - or you can use the delete-code/s if you provided an email-address to Sendspace...who appear to have boosted their download speeds!
      Frank

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  13. Thank you again, Tin Ear, for all your efforts. -col

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  14. Is there any way to figure out the side and track listing? Which tracks are on side A and B? Just to be thorough. Thanks for this!

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    1. Exactly as I listed them: -
      1: Coppelia
      2: Sylvia / Naila

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