Maazel / VPO – Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 / Karelia Suite (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)

# Composer: Jean Sibelius
# Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1964 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca | SXL 2400
# Size: 1.02GB (24/96) + 290MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

The fourth 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.


This recording session was performed in Vienna at the Sofiensaal, the concert hall where Decca was originally based. The collaboration of producer John Culshaw and recording engineer Gordon Parry lively captures the characteristic sound of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As with Dvorák’s “From the New World” conducted by Kertesz, this [recording] vividly depicts the manner in which the youthfully ardent conductor pours his energy into this long-established orchestra and essentially resurrects it. The freshness of the young Maazel is perfectly conveyed by the strong drumming of the timpanis in the “scherzo” 3rd movement, and by the deliberate progression of the climax in the 2nd movement. Along with the Tchaikovsky symphonic library that was recorded during the same period, this recording recreates the dashing conducting style of Maazel in the 1960s. –

I enjoyed this performance (and recording) of the symphony very much indeed. Maazel judges the work excellently, allowing plenty of emotion, yet never letting it get sloppy. He draws the most lovely playing from the Vienna Philharmonic, playing that only an orchestra of such maturity and tradition can produce. There is a wonderful mellowness, there are evocatively atmospheric passages, there is real pp string sound in the slow movement; yet there is also tremendous brilliance (and some magnificently snarling brass in the first movement – indeed, the brass is always splendid). Decca have here produced outstanding stereo sound. – Gramaphone

Track Listing:

Side One
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39
01 – I. Andante Ma Non Troppo – Allegro Energico
02 – II. Andante (Ma Non Troppo Lento)
03 – III. Scherzo (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)

Side Two
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 (continued)
04 – IV. Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia)

Karelia Suite, Op. 11
05 – Intermezzo (Moderato)
06 – Ballade
07 – Alla Marcia

Symphony No. 1 composed in 1899
Karelia Suite composed in 1893

Recording location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Switzerland, 27 & 28 March 1963 (Op. 11), 16-20 September 1963 (Op. 39)
Recording producers: John Culshaw ((Op. 39), Erik Smith (Op. 11)
Balance engineer: Gordon Parry
First released as SXL 6084 in 1963

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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9 thoughts on “Maazel / VPO – Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 / Karelia Suite (180g pressing, from the 6LP box set)”

  1. Thanks so much. The Maazel / VPO / Sibelius recordings are stunning. The 2nd symphony is IMHO unrivalled in its intensity – culminating in that awesome ground at its conclusion. I’m sure it will make its appearance sooner or later; once again it is a recording I once owned but lost over the years. I am so very grateful to relive these musical experiences…

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