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Tchaikovsky Swan Lake LP 180g Vinyl Yehudi Menuhin Kurtz Philharmonia Orchestra Hi-Q Supercuts 2015 EU

Artist: Efrem Kurtz
Title: Tchaikovsky Swan Lake
Catalog Number: HIQLP049
Label: EMI
Reissued by: Hi-Q Records
Barcode: 5060218890492
Original release year: 1958
Reissue year: 2015
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 281gr
Pressing country: EU
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: January 4, 2016
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Kurtz was a familiar name with the Philharmonia to the record collector of the 1950s and Yehudi Menuhin was in his prime following a long tradition of celebrated violinists performing the solo violin parts of Swan Lake. Efrem Kurtz had a graceful, baton-less technique that drew a fluid yet well-controlled response from the players and infused a vivid poetry into romantic music in particular.

 

 

  • Hi-Q Records Supercuts
  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Cut from the Original EMI Analog Master Tapes
  • Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
  • Features Original Album Artwork


"Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. Pressed using the original EMI presses at The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England"

 

 

"A tall, imposing figure in front of an orchestra, so tall that he often dispensed with the usual conductor's podium, Efrem Kurtz had a graceful, baton-less technique that drew a fluid yet well-controlled response from the players and infused a vivid poetry into romantic music in particular. Much sought after in the music of his native Russia, and in the ballet music in which he first made his name conducting Anna Pavlova, Kurtz was a link back to the musical life of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg." So wrote most eloquently Noel Goodwin in his 1995 obituary in the Independent of the distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin no less, and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch.

Kurtz was a familiar name with the Philharmonia to the record collector of the 1950s and Yehudi Menuhin was in his prime. Menuhin's presence on the recording can be explained by a long tradition of celebrated violinists performing the solo violin parts of Swan Lake.

In the original review in The Gramophone of December 1958, W.S.M. remarked - "The sound of the orchestra is extremely well defined all the way through, and the tunes are enunciated in a most dapper fashion; Kurtz really understands the style of the music..." and found Menuhin's solo violin contributions "make you sit up and listen hard, to his phrasing and expression..." and concluded that compared with rival versions, this record was "more stylish and more attractively played. Don't try to dance to it, but do listen to it."

 

 

Recorded in 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producers: R. Kinloch Anderson & Peter Andry. Balance Engineers: Neville Boyling & Robert Gooch.

 

Musicians:

Yehudi Menuhin, violin solo
Philharmonia Orchestra
Efrem Kurtz, conductor

Track Listing:

Side A
    TCHAIKOVSKY: LE LAC DES CYGNES (SWAN LAKE), Op.20 Ballet Suite
    1. (a) Introduction, (b) No.2: Valse (Act I), (c) No.4: Pas de trios, Nos. 1 to 6 (Act I)
    2. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 1 & 2 (Act I)

Side B
    TCHAIKOVSKY: LE LAC DES CYGNES (SWAN LAKE), Op.20 Ballet Suite (contd)
    1. (a) No.5: Pas de deux, Nos. 3 & 4 (Act I), (b) No.10: Scène (Act II), (c) No.13: Danses des cygnes Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (Act II)
    2. (a) No.13, Danses des cygnes, No.5 (Act II), (b) No.20: Danse hongroise (Czárdás) (Act III), (c) Danse russe (from Supplement)

 

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