Sibelius Symphony No. 7, Pelleas et Melisande, The Oceanides 180g LP
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180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
This HIQ release is a classic: Sibelius: The Oceanides, Symphony No.7 and the
Incidental Music to Pelleas et Melisande. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra. These performances were taped in early stereo in 1955,
when the composer was still alive and many celebrations were held to mark his
90th birthday on the 8th of December 1955, including a Royal Festival Hall
concert given by Beecham and the RPO. Beecham had a great affinity for
Sibelius's music and was much admired by the composer and was even honored by
Norway with The Order of the White Rose. Incidentally, Sir Thomas didn't have to
travel far for these Abbey Road sessions: he lived a short stroll away at 31
Grove End Road, St John's Wood.
"Sibelius wrote a very large mass of highly genial and attractive music. I’m
thinking of all those delightful suites, symphonic poems like En saga and
Pohjola’s Daughter, and that rather strange composition – very strange indeed –
The Oceanides, which, incidentally, the composer has asked me to record. I don’t
know why: I shall ask him one day why he asked me to do this very special thing.
Of course I shall do it – naturally." – Sir Thomas Beecham
...And with this recording he did, shortly after a 90th birthday concert for the
great Finnish composer at the Royal Festival Hall on December 8th, 1955 (Sibelius’s
birthday), the same year he was awarded the Order of the White Rose of Finland
for conducting Sibelius.
In the original review of the mono LP in The Gramophone of September 1957,
Lionel Salter remarked that "Beecham captures the magic of this closely-knit,
highly organic score... every phrase is lovingly moulded... The engineers have
contributed an excellent balance and very clear tone." When the stereo LP
was released in 1962, Salter confirmed "Beecham’s performances... are
beautifully shaped and tremendously intense."
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. Features the original album artwork.
• 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
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart., C.H., conductor
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
1. Tone Poem: The Oceanides, Op. 73
2. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 46 - Incidental Music
1. No. 1: At The Castle Gate
2. No. 2: Melisande
3. No. 3: A Spring In The Park
4. No. 4: The Three Blind Sisters
5. No. 5: Pastorale
6. No. 6: Melisande At The Spinning Wheel
7. No. 7: Entr'acte
8. No. 8: The Death of Melisande
Recorded November and December 1955, at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London.
Recording Producer: Lawrance Collingwood. Balance Engineer: Robert Beckett