Sibelius - Symphony No. 4 - Barbirolli - The Halle Orchestra on 180g LP from Hi-Q Records
Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
Sir John Barbirolli conducts The Halle Orchestra in a performance of Jean Sibelius' four movement Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63, recorded at London's Kingsway Hall on May 29-30 and August 5, 1969 the year before his death in 1970. Barbirolli was the permanent conductor of the Halle Orchestra from 1943 to 1958 and was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Hallé for life in 1968.
Originally produced and engineered by the legendary EMI team of Christopher Bishop and Christopher Palmer, the classic recording has been cut at EMI's Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Hi-Q Records is a new audiophile label re-issuing classic recordings licensed from major labels on LP. Each record has been cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original analogue master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl and features the original LP artwork.
"...Sir John views the symphony as a whole as predominantly bleak with dark, shifting colourings whereas Maazel's conception is icy, unremitting and very powerful. Sir John's is the more complex and in some ways more interesting view and he has the advantage of quite superlative recorded sound. In fact this is one of the most vivid and full bodied recordings I have heard from this source and is richer in tone than its Decca rival... this new version can confidently be recommended alongside the Maazel and granted the odd reservation, my own preference is for this splendidly recorded newcomer." - Robert Layton, Gramophone (April 1970)
Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)
The Halle Orchestra
Sibelius - Symphony No. 4 - Barbirolli - The Halle Orchestra Track Listing:
1. I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
2. II. Allegro molto vivace
3. III. Il tempo largo
4. IV. Allegro
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