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23/09/2015

24/96: Franz Schalk / Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven. Symphony 6 - HMV 1928

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no.6 in F major, op.68  "Pastoral"   
I: Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande  - Allegro ma non troppo  ~ 
II: Szene am Bach - Andante molto mosso  ~  III: Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute - Allegro  ~
IV: Gewitter, Sturm - Allegro  ~  V: Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefuhle nach dem Sturm - Allegretto
16/44 FLAC  Mega Download        24/96 FLAC
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Franz Schalk   
HMV  D.1473-7  Album no.96  Matrices: Ck 2854-63  (II-II-II-II-I-II-II-II-II-II).   Recorded:  4/11 April 1928 - Mittlerer Konzerthalle, Vienna  
Original 1928 set (my Red label set is pressed from later-sequence metal parts).  Side 1 transferred @ 0.5dB less than sides 2-6, and 1.0dB less than sides 7-10. Side 6 has some harmonic/cutter distortion.  The 24/96 file is somewhat superior...and a better source if you want to 'noise-reduce' the file; thereby likely turning it into near-featureless sludge.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for continuing to offer this great music, Tin Ear. I also really like the cover art you take the time to create.

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    1. Somewhat 'unique' - as is the amount of surface 'hiss' (and recorded detail)!

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  2. Thank you so much for this transfer. There is no easy way to deal with HMV crackle, is amazing how having one of the most finest recording equipment of the their time, for sure the best in pre-WWII era, HMV produce the worst pressing records ever knowed. IMHO one must choose between preserving details and try to ignore the crackle noise or try to find the way to kill as much as possible the crackle knowing that something is gonna be missed in terms of sound details. Waves X-Crackle works very good, but you need to be careful to not overprocess the record, two passes, one agressive, other less agressive and then a high shelf filter. But as i said, is never an easy job.

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    1. Hello Pablo,
      Another problem is that the hiss/crackle differs between sides...these were mint discs..
      For this I used Izo @ 3.9 periodic de-click - but a second pass @ 2.6 random only removed 5000 (instead of a million or so!) and caused some dulling.
      I can't use Izo denoise - or the latest Audacity version - at no setting can I avoid various artifacts.
      Low-pass filter can also over empasise the noise lower-down - which is which I prefer to let the HF extend further (it certainly will damage these files; tried it..).
      Basically, this beats me... but if you can 'hear-through' the scratch then, originally, there's a huge amount of recorded detail
      Thanks for the recommendation - you did once send a de-noiser (possibly the version in later Izo (?) - but I think that's the one that had a virus!!

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