Brahms - Symphony No. 3 - Barbirolli - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on 180g Import LP from Hi-Q Records
Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
Sir John Barbirolli conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Johannes Brahms' compositional works Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 and Variations On a theme by Haydn Op. 56a 'St. Antoni Chorale' recorded on December 4-8, 15, 18 and 19, 1967 at the Musikvereinsaal, Vienna with producer Ronald Kinloch Anderson and engineer Ernst Rothe.
Recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic in the 1960s tended to be the domain of Decca, with John Culshaw and his team at the Sofiensaal but the VPO did make recordings for other labels, notably Deutsche Grammophon and several for EMI and this is a superb example of how other companies could equally capture the qualities of this great orchestra. Sir John Barbirolli recorded the complete cycle of Brahms Symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he was often a guest conductor, and this recording is from that cycle, originally released to great critical acclaim.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analog master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analog pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional "advance" playback head, ensuring a completely analog process. Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England and featuring original album artwork.
“It is not often that one can pick a clear winner among the oft-recorded classics but this surely merits that distinction...No praise can be too high for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s playing and a tribute is due to HMV [EMI] for capturing the quality of sound so well – and also for balancing the woodwind so precisely, their clear lines adding to our pleasure.” - Thomas Hearns, Gramophone (February 1969)
Johannes Brahms (composer)
Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms - Symphony No. 3 - Barbirolli - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Track Listing:
1. Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 - Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
2. Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 - Andante
3. Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 - Poco allegretto
4. Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 - Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
5. Variations On a theme by Haydn Op. 56a 'St. Antoni Chorale' - Theme - Variations 1-8 - Finale