Dvorak/Toscanini – Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”) (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1953 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 2 of 100
# Size: 767MB (24/96) + 191MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

I had heard/read that this was a dull sounding recording. After listening to it for myself, I found it to be just the opposite. So far, I’ve been very impressed with the quality on these Franklin Mint albums. Grab this one (or one of the others I’ve uploaded) and see if you agree.

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I do not remember this symphony to have been one of Toscanini’s favorites and I sat down to listen to the record with particular anticipation. I was certainly not disappointed. His performance does not stand out so far above all the others as do some of his records but, as always, there are the most revealing things to be heard in every movement. Toscanini is always showing us something that is quite plainly there in the score but of which most of us, at any rate, had not realized the significance. That is for me the fascination of every performance of his, even if I do not always like the whole interpretation.

Here we have a tremendously exciting first movement and finale, a beautiful slow movement (though with over-loud brass at the start), and a brilliant scherzo, set off by a terrific amount of triangle roll that may surprise you but which you will probably feel was just what Dvorak intended. Which is what I mean by Toscanini showing the significance of things. When you come to think of it, what on earth is the point of that particular triangle roll if it is scarcely noticeable? Most conductors just let it happen — and most listeners do not particularly notice it. In the trio, however, the triangle seems much too loud for its pp marking, though here I suspect the recorders. There is the most exciting playing from the orchestra throughout and the general quality of the recording is excellent. – “T.H.”, gramaphone.net

Track List:

Side One
01 – Adagio; Allegro Molto
02 – Largo

Side Two
03 – Scherzo: Molto Vivace
04 – Allegro Con Fuoco

Recorded at Carnegie Hall in New York on February 2, 1953.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Info on the original album can be seen here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
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– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

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