Early stereo recordings • 1: BRAHMS • SAINT-SAËNS • R. STRAUSS

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‘Let me commend FHR’s initiative’ (Classical Source ****)
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FHR Remasters
Early stereo recordings • 1
Not available in USA or Canada

Physical release: 5 October 2018
Digital release: 7 September 2018

1. Recording alert buzzer and orchestra tuning

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
2. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28, TrV 171
(Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks) (1894-1895)

London Symphony Orchestra • Norman Del Mar

Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 23 July 1954
First release in any format
Producer: unknown
Stereo Balance Engineer: unknown
Remastered by David Murphy (FHR)


Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 (1872)
3. I. Allegro non troppo —
4. II. Allegretto con moto —
5. III. Allegro non troppo

Paul Tortelier cello
Philharmonia Orchestra • Herbert Menges

Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 16 September 1955
First issued on HMV ALP 1336 (mono LP)
First release in stereo
Producer: David Bicknell
Stereo Balance Engineer: Christopher Parker
Remastered by Jonathan Mayer and David Murphy (FHR)


Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (1878)
6. I. Allegro non troppo *
7. II. Adagio
8. III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace — Poco più presto

Endre Wolf violin
London Symphony Orchestra • Walter Goehr

Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 25 and 28 August 1954
First issued on Music-Appreciation Records MAR 15 * (mono LP)
Tracks 7-8 first release in stereo; track 6 mono transferred from *
Producer: unknown
Mono Engineer: Neville Boyling
Stereo Balance Engineer: unknown
Remastered by Jonathan Mayer and David Murphy (FHR)


Transfers by Ted Kendall, apart from track 6
24bit, 96kHz hi-resolution transfers and remastering

All source materials used in this issue are from the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS).
For more information, please visit: www.archiveofrecordedsound.com/

Press Quotes

“… a brilliant account of Till Eulenspiegel conducted by Richard Strauss authority Norman Del Mar… let me commend the Strauss and Saint-Saëns and also FHR’s initiative” (****, Classical Source)

‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche’ gets a lively enough performance… . For much of the time the stereo sound quite belies its years…. And there’s Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto with a full-toned Paul Tortelier supported by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Herbert Menges… the performance is marvellous.” (Gramophone)

“There seems to be no obvious reason why a July 1954 recording of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel with the LSO under Norma Del Mar never made it to the record shops…the performance is exciting and strongly characterised, Del Mar negotiating the twists and turns in Till’s risky adventures with great aplomb…Even more compelling is Paul Tortelier’s 1955 recording of the Saint-Saens First Cello Concerto…Little need be said for Tortelier’s masterful interpretation, which must rank amongst the most satisfying of this much-recorded work.” (****, BBC Music Magazine)

Early Stereo • 3

Early stereo recordings • 3: BACH • VIVALDI • G. MALCOLM