Music From Bohemia 180g LP
Out Of Print! Only a few copies left!
Great Sounding Classical Title from EMI!
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Smetana, Weinberger, and Dvorak
conducted by Rudolf Kempe.
Rudolf Kempe was associated with the Royal Philharmonic (RPO) from 1955. In
1960, he became its Associate Conductor, chosen by the orchestra's founder, Sir
Thomas Beecham. From 1961 to 1962 he was Principal Conductor of the RPO, and
from 1963 to 1975 its Artistic Director. A member of the RPO later said of Kempe,
"He was a wonderful controller of the orchestra, and a very great accompanist
... Kempe was like someone driving a racing-car, following the piano round the
bends." Kempe abolished Beecham's male-only rule, introducing women into the
RPO: an orchestra without them, he said, "always reminds me of the army". In
1970, the RPO named him Conductor for Life, but in 1975, he resigned his post
with the orchestra and died the following year, aged 65. His distinguished
career in both the opera house and concert hall led to the first quadraphonic
Beethoven cycle with the Munich Philharmonic for EMI in the mid '70s.
"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays very finely for its new
conductor-in-chief and Kempe seems to me to blend rollicking high spirits with
lush sentiment in a superlative degree... From the opening bars [Dvorak],
happily thrown off by the horns to the brilliant and exciting coda, everything
seems to go right and the tricky linking and transition passages fit into the
pattern more easily and naturally than is often the case. The brilliant Polka
and uproarious Fugue from Schwanda made me laugh out loud with delight. This
gains enormously from the very wide range of dynamics on this disc for there is
real body in the tone of even the softest passages. This body in the softer
passages also enhances the beauty of the swirling strings in the Overture to The
Bartered Bride and as the three dances are played with fine élan and subtly
controlled rhythms, this is a highly desirable disc on all counts..." - from
the original March 1962 review by W.A. Chislett of the GRAMOPHONE
Recorded on 28 & 31 January and 26 April 1961 at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road,
London. Produced by Ronald Kinloch Anderson, Engineered by Robert Gooch.
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 on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features original album artwork
• Made in England
Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Bedrich Smetana (1824 - 1884)
The Bartered Bride
2. Polka, Act I
3. Furiant, Act II
4. Dance of the Comedians, Act III
Antonin Leopold Dvorak (1841 - 1904)
1. Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66
Jaromir Weinberger (1896 - 1967)
Schwanda the Bagpiper
2. Polka and Fugue