[78-L] five favorite artists

Don Cox doncox at enterprise.net
Sat Dec 29 08:35:20 PST 2012

On 24/12/2012, David Lennick wrote:

> I did a transfer for Allegro, but it was on their Opera d'Oro label
> (CDO 1003 doesn't ring a bell). Results were not that great and we
> omitted Beecham's talk because otherwise it would have required 3 CDs.

The discs themselves are marked "Classico d'Oro".

The solo voices sound OK in your transfer but the orchestra is muffled. I
would guess that the curtains were drawn all round the walls in the
Abbey Rd Studio One, where it was recorded. This seems to have been the
usual practice at the time.

The 1959 RCA version was recorded in Walthamstow Assembly Hall, with the
orchestra at ground level and the chorus (about 80 members, all
professional singers) up in the balcony.  A much more lively acoustic.

> I thought Pearl issued the 1927 version, omitting the Pastoral
> Symphony (which for some reason was on a separate disc and not in the
> 78 album). I've wanted to find the RCA version but never found it in
> Canada or at a reasonable price anywhere else. And I did the earlier
> Handel suites and arrangements for VAI Audio way back when (1993).\

Don Cox
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