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I was very impressed with DG's remastering of the Command Classics' Steinberg/PSO recordings of LvB. The presence, clarity and power all seemed to be there. Well HDTT has done it again, all the good points of the DG, with greater depth and that lovely bass growl is back. Well done! I hope the balance of the symphonies are forthcoming.
Steinberg assisted Toscanini at the NBC Symphony and his Beethoven exhibits much of the energy and drive of his mentor. I had a couple of the Command Classics when they first appeared (on LP) and considered them state-of-the-art at the time. 35mm mastering improved S/N ratio and dynamic range, so those masters were better than many DDD masters made since. It is a shame that Universal has chosen not to release a set of the complete Steinberg/Command recordings. They were probably the best both musically and technically of his career.
nice transfer and superb sound
Once again a perfect digital mastering from an old analog tape.The sound is great,the Interpretation of William Steinberg excellent Peter Krismer
In the early seventies, I played my LP of Beethoven's Third Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by William Steinberg hundreds of times. The sound and performance were both brilliant and exhilarating. I've attempted to match the experience many times over the years (the original vinyl, and my ability to play it, having been lost in the sands of time), but no other version comes close. I couldn't believe it when a search located the HDTT digital version. The record split the second movement between side 1 and side 2; finding the two parts "glued" back together, along with modern improvements in sound reproduction, have made me very happy indeed. Thanks, HDTT!
Title: Beethoven Symphony No. 3, “EROICA”
Artist(s): William Steinberg - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from Comand Classics a 4-track tape
Recorded by Command Classics 1963 on 35mm film
Engineer Mastering: George Piros Engineer
Recording Chief: Robert Fine
Producer: Enoch Light
1 Allegro Con Brio 14:31
2 Marcia Funebre - Adagio Assai 15:33
3 Scherzo - Allegro Vivace 5:56
4 Finale - Allegro Molto, Poco Andante, Presto 11:03
Total Time: 47:03