Kertesz / LSO – Music Of Kodály (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)

# Composer: Zoltán Kodály
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1964 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 914MB (24/96) + 249MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

The fifth album in the second Decca Sound 6LP box set.

Thanks to all who donated toward the purchase of this box set!

From the label:

Cut at Abbey Road Studios by Sean Magee. Pressed at Optimal in Germany and limited to 3,000 copies!

In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity. Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born.

The Analogue Years presents six LPs on 180-gram vinyl from those celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.


A winner from the start. The combination of conductor and orchestra could hardly fail in this brilliant, extrovert music, and with Decca’s most spectacular recording quality I imagine this will become something of a demonstration disc […] Dances from Galánta, not quite so empty a piece of brilliance as Ravel’s Bolero but almost in that category, is made to sound very convincing here, right from the moment when Barry Tuckwell’s horn lets out a marvellous sort of cock-a-doodle-doo at the beginning. – Gramaphone

Track Listing:

Side One
Háry János – Suite
01 – I. Prelude – The Fairy Tale Begins
02 – II. Viennese Musical Clock
03 – III. Song
04 – IV. The Bottle And Defeat Of Napoleon
05 – V. Intermezzo
06 – VI. Entrance Of The Emperor And His Court

Side Two
Dances Of Galánta
07 – I. Lento
08 – II. Allegro moderato
09 – III. Allegro con moto, grazioso
10 – IV. Allegro
11 – V. Allegro Vivace

Arias From “Háry János”
12 – I. Szegény Vagyok (Poor Am I Still)
13 – II. Hej Két Tikom (Once I Had A Brood Of Chicks)

John Leach – cimbalom on tracks 3, 5, 7
Olga Szönyi – soprano vocals

Recording location: Kingsway Hall, London, England, 28 February (Suite, Singspiel) & 2 March 1964 (Galánta)
Recording producer: Ray Minshull
Recording engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
First released as SXL 6136 in 1964

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

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