Dvořák : Symphony No. 9
Istvan Kertesz, Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra (1961)
Decca SXL 2289
Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904) :
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op.95 "From the New World" (“Symphony No. 5” printed on the cover : in 1961, when this record was released, only five symphonies of Dvorak were known; four more were discovered later...)
Recorded in March 1961 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown
Dvorák’s long experience with classical forms finds its culmination in his final symphony, whose first performance took place in New York in 1893. The work still enjoys an unwaning popularity thanks to its finely contoured orchestration and its original themes, all of which are based on American folksongs and negro spirituals.
To capture Dvorák’s score in sound has always proved a challenge for both orchestra and recording team. This aim has been more than fulfilled in the present recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra led by István Kertész: the primeval power of the weighty brass, the glorious revelling of the strings, and the lyrical solo passages are all captured here. Musicianship of the highest degree combined with audio-technical perfection lend this recording, made in the early days of stereophony, the status of an historical sound document which, despite numerous other recordings, has no reason to fear competition.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com