Scherchen on Westminster 1954

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Scherchen on Westminster 1954

Post by otterhouse » Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:38 am

Hi all,

on my page:

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This week: Hermann Scherchen conducts Beethoven 4th and 5th Symphony

The 4th especially is very succesful!

Enjoy!

Rolf

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Post by jserraglio » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:16 am

The Scherchen LvB Fourth is a helluva performance. And the Fifth is no slouch either.

Currently listening to the Francescatti Beethoven Romances just posted. And Barenboim at age 12 in JC Bach and Pergolesi!!? Who woulda thought such a record existed.

The quality of your transfers is superb.

Thank you for making them listenable and sharing.

Do you have any more Noel Mewton-Wood? I once owned several on 10" MMS but the prickly vinyl was hard to tolerate.

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Post by otterhouse » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:39 am

Thanks for the kind reply......

I have:

Schumann pc
Chopin pc 1 and 2
Stravinski- concerto
Tschaikovski pc1

I just learned what the eq-curves were of these recordings
(most pre-1955 records have their own eq-curves, almost
all modern players have a standard RIAA curve. If you play
them straight without compenstion it can sound like a AM radio....)
If you like, I will upload them for you this summer on my page.

Rolf

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Post by gfweis » Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:09 am

Rolf, these Francescatti recordings are real treasures, and have been expertly transferred by you. I greatly look forward to the Scherchens. Thanks so much!

Greg
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Post by jserraglio » Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:13 am

Rolf,

I downloaded the Mewton-Wood Schumann a couple of weeks ago when you had it up. I would very much like to hear the others since I disposed of all my MMS LPs (I must have had a couple dozen of them) as unlistenable. I didnt know about the equalization curve issue, but in any event I lack the knowledge, patience, equipment & expertise to do it properly.

Thanks again for all your efforts.

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Post by rasputin » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:15 am

Did you know that Scherchen was also a composer?. Have an extremely
rare CD with his SQ op.1. :shock: :shock:

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Post by jserraglio » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:26 am

Thanks, did not know that, Scherchen is one of my favorite conductors.

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Post by Burchest » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:57 am

jserraglio wrote:Thanks, did not know that, Scherchen is one of my favorite conductors.
On of my favorite conductors also. His recording of the Beethoven 'Eroica"
was one of the first, if not the first, to use a tempo in the first movement that back then was considered break neck speed. I have a reissue on cd of the Westminster LP. I wore out the LP years ago.
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Post by Barry » Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:37 am

I'm a pretty big fan of Scherchen's Beethoven too. Furtwangler may be my favorite in this music, but when I need an occassional antidote to his approach, Scherchen is they guy I'm most likely to turn to. That Eroica, as well as the 6th and 8th are big favorites (not many people could make the 6th work at those tempos......and that 8th is my personal favorite of the symphony).
He also made what I think is the best complete set of Beethoven overtures. His King Stephen Overture gets me hopping around my home when I put it on.
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Post by otterhouse » Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:42 am

Unfortunatly, 4 and 5 are the only (original) copies I have of the cycle.
What I really find one of his nices discs is this 1950 Ultraphone recording:
http://homepages.ipact.nl/~otterhouse/0 ... -10-12.mp3
I transferred it 2 years ago, so the sound quality is not what I could do now.... But this record always makes me happy :)
In the summer I will post the Mewton wood Tschaikovski, and I will make a yousendit link of the 2 Chopin. Just look at a header called "Mewton Wood by request" next week.....

Greetings,

Rolf

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