An orchestral dreadnought such as this requires mastering and pressing of the highest quality. The music by its very nature taxes the limits of LP playback itself, with deep bass notes; incredible dynamics from every area of the stage; masses of strings playing at the top of their registers with abandon; huge drums; powerful brass effects — every sound an orchestra can produce is found on this record, and then some.
Kenneth Wilkinson was the engineer for these sessions in glorious Kingsway Hall. It’s yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Recording, which in this case extends all the way into the ’70s.
You will hear plenty of sounds that defy description, that’s for sure. Some of the time I can’t even imagine what instrument could possibly be making such a sound.