Karajan/PO ‎– Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suites Nos 1 & 2 / Carmen Suite No 1 (Hi-Q Records, 180g pressing)


# Composer: Georges Bizet
# Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Hi-Q Records | HIQLP027
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (243MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Although associated mainly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan was effectively (though never officially) the chief conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (which EMI Producer Walter Legge had founded in 1945) from 1948 to 1954 and built the orchestra into one of the finest in the world. Although Karajan signed to Deutsche Grammophon in 1959, he would return to EMI in future years for occasional projects.

Review:

Fantastic recording. You will be surprised to find those beautiful songs that you heard in your childhood were composed by this genius “Bizet”, especially those popular classics that were recorded in “Hooked on Classics” conduced by Louis Clark in the 80’s. This vinyl shows the best of his entire career, in a recording that will take your breath away. Recommended.

– bjorkfan, discogs.com

Track listing:

Side One
L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 1
01 – I. Prelude
02 – II. Menuet
03 – III. Adagietto
04 – IV. Carillon

L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 2 (cont.)
05 – I. Pastorale

Side Two
L’Arlésienne – Suite No. 2 (conc.)
06 – II. Intermezzo
07 – III. Minuet (From ‘La Jolie Fille De Perth’)
08 – IV. Farandole

Carmen – Suite
09 – I: Entr’acte (Act IV)
10 – II: Entr’acte (Act III)
11 – III: Entr’acte (Act II)
12 – IV: Prelude (Act I)

Recorded on 14, 15 & 16 January 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London.
Produced by the legendary Walter Legge and engineered by Douglas Larter.

Additional info can be found here and here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Milty Pro Zerostat 3

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