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London Mozart Players / Harry Blech – The complete HMV stereo recordings, Vol. 2

London Mozart Players / Harry Blech – The complete HMV stereo recordings, Vol. 2

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  • 01. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Symphony No. 36 in C major, ‘Linz’, K425: I. Adagio – Allegro spiritoso [7:40] Play
  • 02. II. Andante [7:51]

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  • 03. III. Menuetto [3:05]

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  • 04. IV. Finale – Presto [5:09]

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  • 05. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491: I. Allegro (cadenza by Louis Kentner) [15:39]

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  • 06. II. Larghetto [8:48] Play
  • 07. III. Allegretto [9:41]

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  • 08. MOZART: Twelve Minuets, K568: I. No. 1 in C major [1:59]

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  • 09. No. 2 in F major [1:44]

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  • 10. No. 3 in B flat major [1:39]

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  • 11. No. 4 in E flat major [2:00] Play
  • 12. No. 5 in G major [2:01]

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  • 13. No. 6 in D major [2:06]

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  • 14. No. 7 in A major [1:35]

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  • 15. No. 8 in F major [1:28]

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  • 16. No. 9 in B flat major [2:16]

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  • 17. No. 10 in D major [2:11]

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  • 18. No. 11 in G major [2:04]

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  • 19. No. 12 in C major [2:13]

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"A lovely CD" (Gramophone Choice)

 

 

 Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
1-4. Symphony No. 36 in C major, 'Linz', K425 [23:45]
London Mozart Players / Harry Blech

Recording date: 22-23 May 1954
Recording venue: Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Berthold Goldschmidt
Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
Remastering Engineer: Ian Jones (Abbey Road Studios)
1st release in stereo


5-7. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491. [34:08]
Louis Kentner, piano / Philharmonia Orchestra / Harry Blech

Recording date: 22-23 May 1959
Recording venue: Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood
Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
Remastering Engineer: Ian Jones (Abbey Road Studios)


8-19. Twelve Minuets, K568 [23:16]
London Mozart Players / Harry Blech

Recording date: 4 December 1956
Recording venue: Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood
Stereo balance engineer: Robert Gooch
Remastering Engineer: Ian Jones (Abbey Road Studios)
1st release in stereo

Liner notes: Lyndon Jenkins
Issue note: Peter Bromley
Additional notes: Marion Blech & Christopher Parker
Release date: 5 March 2012
Total duration: 81 mins 10 secs
All first releases on CD

The second volume in the series of recordings of the complete HMV stereo recordings made by the London Mozart Players and Harry Blech. This disc includes newly discovered Abbey Road Studio recordings from 1954 and 1956. All tapes were remastered at Abbey Road using original analogue session & masters. The London Mozart Players are the longest established chamber orchestra in the UK. Repertoire featured on this release includes the Symphony No.36, the Piano Concerto No.24 (featuring Louis Kentner at the keyboard) and the twelve Minuets of K568.

  • All tracks are issued here for the first time on CD
  • Symphony No. 36, ‘Linz’ and Twelve Minuets are first releases in stereo
  • Recorded in December 1954, Symphony No. 36, ‘Linz’ is the
  • earliest extant EMI stereo recording of a complete work
  • Includes new discovered Abbey Road Studio recordings from 1954 and 1956
  • Remastered at Abbey Road Studio, London using original analogue session & master tapes
  • LMP are the longest established chamber orchestra in the UK

Gramophone Editor's Choice/reissue of the Month

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Press Quotes

"Few remastering teams have attended to vintage tapes with more loving attention than First Hand Records... A lovely CD."
(Gramophone Magazine - Gramophone Choice: reissue of the month)


"It is the 12 Minuets that make this record worthwhile…. every contribution from the bassoonist Archie Camden is a delight… A souvenir of a conductor and orchestra that had something of its own to offer….” (Christopher Howell, Musicweb-International)

“First and foremost, this is enjoyable music-making, cleanly and clearly recorded… This is just about an ideal performance of Symphony 36… here’s not a cloud on the horizon in this set and Blech conveys it all both stylishly and with evident enjoyment. To sum up, Blech’s Linz symphony is excellent and ahead of its time while his Twelve Minuets offer plenty to enjoy” (Michael Greenhalgh, Musicweb-International)

 

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