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
# ASIN: B002FG9NGE
# 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
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- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
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- 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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