# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Conductor: Evgeny Mravinsky
# Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Analogphonic | LP 43092
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (921MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
Pressed at Pallas on 180g virgin vinyl.
Evgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra on this set of 1960 recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies.
Another outstanding Analogphonic Records release. Pressing quality was superb across all 6 sides of the box set, and the packaging was top-notch as well.
Very highly recommended!
At the height of the Cold War, the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under its legendary principal conductor Evgeny Mravinsky visited Britain in September 1960, giving sensational concerts in Edinburgh and London which drew ecstatic responses from both press and public. Since this virtuoso orchestra was then poorly represented in Western record catalogues, Deutsche Grammophon’s engineers astutely seized the opportunity to capture their playing in far superior sound to anything that could be produced by their Soviet counterparts. Among the most notable sessions taped in Wembley Town Hall was Mravinsky’s blazingly urgent account of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
Ever the perfectionist, the conductor was so pleased with the quality of this recording that two months later he and the orchestra agreed to record the last two symphonies for DG, this time in Vienna’s Musikverein. Initially released on three separate stereo LPs, these Tchaikovsky performances convey a highly-strung raw energy that remains undimmed up to the present day. The Finale of No. 5, delivered at a manically swift pace, is one of high points, guaranteed to take your breath away.
– BBC Music Magazine
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (cont.)
01 – I. Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (conc.)
02 – II. Andantino in modo di canzona
03 – III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato – Allegro
04 – IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64 (cont.)
01 – I. Andante – Allegro con anima
02 – II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64 (conc.)
03 – III. Valse: Allegro moderato
04 – IV. Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” (cont.)
09 – I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
10 – II. Allegro con grazia
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” (conc.)
11 – III. Allegro molto vivace
12 – IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso
Limited edition – one-time limited production only
Mastered from original Universal Music analogue master tapes
Audiophile analogue mastering by Raillner Maillard at Emil Berliner Studios
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Milty Pro Zerostat 3
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Ortofon Quintet Black S
PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC
Processing: Sound Forge 10, iZotope RX3
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