- We guarantee you’ve never heard this powerful orchestral masterpiece sound remotely as good as it does here
- One of the truly great All Tube Wilkinson “Decca Tree” recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this very disc
- The 1950s master tape has been transferred brilliantly using “modern” cutting equipment (from 1976, not the low-rez junk they’re forced to make do with these days), giving you, the listener, sound that only the best of both worlds can offer
- Don’t expect to see an original on this site – the two we had were crude, flat, full of harmonic distortion, and had clearly restricted frequency extremes
- If you’re a fan of large symphonic works from the Romantic period, this is a Top Title from 1958 that belongs in your collection.
- The complete list of titles from 1958 that we’ve reviewed to date can be found here.
- There are roughly 100 orchestral recordings we think offer the discriminating audiophile the best combination of Superior Performances with Top Quality Sound. This record has earned a place on that list.
Krips’ 1958 recording for Decca is brought to life on a fairly quiet and certainly quite wonderful World of the Great Classics pressing from 1976. This copy was clearly the best we played, showing us a huge hall, with layered depth that was only hinted at on most pressings, regardless of age.
The strings are remarkably rich and sweet. This pressing is yet another wonderful example of what the much-lauded Decca recording engineers of the day were able to capture on analog tape all those years ago. (more…)