HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Ansermet)

I have not heard the other symphonies in the “full” set but I can strongly recommend this 5th. A blow-your-ears-off rendition of the Egmont completes the edition.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra: L’ Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 873 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Ernest Ansermet (born November 11, 1883 died February 20, 1969) was one of Decca’s staple of conductors in the 1950s and 1960s when he recorded this set of Beethoven symphonies with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. It repesents the height of his achievement as a Beethoven interpreter. Ansermet created the Swiss orchestra after World War I and recruited its members, so it represented the sound he wanted. Like all the recordings in the Beethoven issuance, Ansermet placed the strings opposite of today — cellos & basses left and violins right.

As a friend and peer to Toscanini, Ansermet represented many of the same traits as the Italian. Both were literalists with inherent trust in the score — Ansermet abhorred music that was revised by a composer — and the two had similarities in the way they performed music. Ansermet’s way with Beethoven was represented by moderate speeds, extreme lucidity and clarity, and a romantic inclination. Today, he would be considered a literalit, possibly even a period performer using modern instruments, but with a romantic bent not unlike Martin Perlman.


  Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67
A1   1st Mov. Allegro Con Brio 7:36  
A2   2nd Mov. Andante Con Moto 9:45  
B1   3rd Mov. Scherzo (Allegro) 5:19  
B2   4th Mov. Allegro 8:25  
B3   Egmont Overture, Op. 84 8:35  

Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – Symphony No. 5 – Ansermet
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.27 dB     -19.29 dB     A1 LvB – Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Opus 67 – Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR14        -0.54 dB     -20.78 dB     A2 LvB – Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Opus 67 – Andante Con Moto.wav
DR13        -1.57 dB     -21.24 dB     B1 LvB – Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Opus 67 – Scherzo-Allegro.wav
DR14        -0.51 dB     -18.50 dB     B2 LvB – Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Opus 67 – Allegro.wav
DR13        -0.70 dB     -18.82 dB     B3 LvB – Egmont Ouverture, Op. 84.wav
Number of files:    5
Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – Ernest Ansermet
  • Engineer [Uncredited] – Roy Wallace
  • Liner Notes – Nöel Goodwin
  • Orchestra – L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
  • Photography By [Cover Photo] – Hans Wild
  • Producer [Uncredited] – James Walker


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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23 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Ansermet)

  1. Meraviglioso ! Thank you very much for such a powerful rip. It looks like you started the New Year “con tutte le forze”. Happy New Year!

    It might be something wrong with the rip of the IV th movement? It is only 5:14 long and stop suddenly. Even I got no error messages it might be an incomplete download?

  2. I didn’t download this because I have several copies of it in various formats. I owned one of the first blueback vinyls and I have never heard the instruments as you describe. I t sounds like you might have channels reversed somewhere….the first violins should definitely be on the left.

    I love this 5th, it is bold and dynamic. Ansermet’s 7th was no less exciting, in fact the whole cycle is excellent except the 3rd, which somehow never catches fire.

    • The channels aren’t reversed in this recording. That weird stuff about Ansermet putting violins on the right is taken from an Amazon customer review. I don’t know what that guy is talking about; maybe he had his headphones on backwards!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this! I bought this LP when I was in high school in the 1970s (when it was reissued on London’s STS budget label). Ansermet’s Beethoven performances were a major influence on me when I was a conducting student. I sold that LP (along with much of my record collection) when I was an impoverished graduate student, and I’m thrilled to have it again!

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