# Composers: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
# Vinyl (1938/1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society
# Size: 956MB (24/96) + 230MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF
A truly historical performance from the FM100 collection. Like the review says below, the sound quality is surprisingly good for a 1938 recording.
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If listeners are prepared to expect that this is a restoration of a recording from the 1930s, painstakingly transferred and mastered, and that the surface noise and pops are unavoidable conditions of recordings of this technology and vintage, then they will be pleasantly surprised to hear the extraordinary music that Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berlin Philharmonic left in this historic document. The exceptional performance of Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique” is presented with great care and consistency, so the variables of the recorded volume, original orchestral dynamics, and intonation due to slight changes in motor speed are as minimal as possible, and the continuity of the music is unbroken by detectable side changes or faulty editing.
Beyond the technical issues, the performance is finely detailed and richly textured, and the transfer brings out distinctive timbres and parts. Furtwängler’s profound expressions of grief in Tchaikovsky’s works are vivid and moving. The Berlin Philharmonic is presented with such depth and dynamic range, it is easy to become deeply absorbed in their playing, and because the orchestra is always compelling, it is easy to go for long stretches without noticing that there are any serious blemishes in the reproduction. That is a tribute to great musicianship. – Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
01. Adagio – Allegro Non Troppo – Andante – Moderato Mosso – Adagio Mosso – Allegro Vivo – Andante Come Prima – Andante Mosso
02. Allegro Con Grazia
03. Allegro Molto Vivace
04. Adagio Lamentoso – Andante – Tempo I – Andante Non Tanto – Andante
Recorded in Berlin in October and November, 1938.
You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface
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