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180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Kurtz was a familiar name with the Philharmonia to the record collector of the
1950s and Yehudi Menuhin was in his prime. Menuhin’s presence on the recording
can be explained by a long tradition of celebrated violinists performing the
solo violin parts of Swan Lake, from Leopold Auer at the first production to
Mischa Elman for Diaghilev and contemporary with this recording, Campoli for
In the original review in The Gramophone of December 1958, W.S.M. remarked:
“The sound of the orchestra is extremely well defined all the way through, and
the tunes are enunciated in a most dapper fashion; Kurtz really understands the
style of the music...” and found Menuhin’s solo violin contributions
“make you sit up and listen hard, to his phrasing and expression...” and
concluded that compared with rival versions, this record was “more stylish
and more attractively played. Don’t try to dance to it, but do listen to it.”
“A tall, imposing figure in front of an orchestra, so tall that he often
dispensed with the usual conductor's podium, Efrem Kurtz had a graceful,
baton-less technique that drew a fluid yet well-controlled response from the
players and infused a vivid poetry into romantic music in particular. Much
sought after in the music of his native Russia, and in the ballet music in which
he first made his name conducting Anna Pavlova, Kurtz was a link back to the
musical life of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg.” So wrote most eloquently Noel
Goodwin in his 1995 obituary in the Independent of the distinguished 95 years
old Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin no less, and
was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch.
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.
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• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
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Yehudi Menuhin, violin solo
Efrem Kurtz, conductor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Swan Lake "Le Lac Des Cygnes", Op. 20 Ballet Suite
1. a. Introduction
b. No. 2: Valse (Act 1)
c. No. 4: Pas de trios, Nos. 1-6 (Act 1)
2. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 1 & 2 (Act 1)
1. a. No. 5: Pas de deux, Nos. 3 & 4 (Act 1)
b. No. 10: Scene (Act 2)
c. No. 13: Danses des cygnes Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (Act 2)
2. a. No. 13, Danses des cygnes, No. 5 (Act 2)
b. No. 20: Danse hongroise (Czardas) (Act 3)
c. Danse russe (from Supplement)
Recorded March & April 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producers: R.
Kinloch Anderson & Peter Andry. Balance Engineers: Neville Boyling & Robert