Brahms*, Sir John Barbirolli, Vienna Philharmonic* ‎– Symphony No. 3 / 'Haydn' Variations

Hi-Q Records ‎– HIQLP036
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Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 90
A1 Band 1 - First Movement: Allegro Con Brio
A2 Band 2 - Second Movement: Andante
A3 Band 3 - Third Movement: Poco Allegretto
B1 Band 1 - Fourth Movement: Allegro
Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op. 56a "St Antoni Chorale"
B2 Thema: Chorale St. Antonio (Andante), Variation I: Poco Più Animato II: Più Vivace III: Con Moto IV: Andante Con Moto V: Vivace VI: Vivace VII: Grazioso VIII: Presto Non Troppo Finale: Andante

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Recorded on 4-8, 15, 18 & 19 December 1967 at Musikvereinsaal, Vienna.
Cut from original analogue master tapes, in a superior audiophile pressing.

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October 25, 2014

180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

Sir John Barbirolli conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for this performance of compositional works by Brahms on audiophile vinyl.

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 (1899-1970) 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.

Recorded on 4-8, 15, 18 and 19 December 1967 at the Musikvereinsaal, Vienna with producer Ronald Kinloch Anderson and engineer Ernst Rothe.

Cut at 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.

Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.

In the original February 1969 review in the GRAMOPHONE Thomas Hearns remarked: “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.”

Features: • Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl • Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios! • Superior Audiophile Pressing • Features Original Album Artwork

Musicians: Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) Sir John Barbirolli

Selections: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Side One: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto 2. Andante 3. Poco allegretto Side Two: 4. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto Variations On a theme by Haydn Op. 56a 'St. Antoni Chorale' 5. Theme - Variations 1-8 - Finale