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Excellent transfer. Brings back fond memories of the original Command Cassics LP of the 1960s from which I learned this great music.
Enoch Light was the producer who decided to adapt his very successful “Stereo 35mm” technology to classical music. He was fortunate to land Steinberg/Pittsburgh as his star attraction for these productions which, in the early 1960’s, was some of the best sound around. However, the quality of the recordings is probably attributable to Robert Fine who ran the control room and collaborated with Steinberg to bring these about. This rendition of the Brahms One is well performed and as Steinberg was a Toscanini protegè during the NBC Symphony years, some of “the Maestro's” approach to this music shows through. All in all this recording has a great pedigree and resumè behind it. HDTT has done a fine job of transferring the Ampex produced (consumer) tapes for our benefit. It is only too bad that they did not have the original 35mm masters to transfer from…which would be an expensive proposition even if the masters were available since I custom machine would need to be built to play them back. So we’ll thank the sound gods for what we have which sounds beautiful, clean, and certainly not over 50 years old!!
The music is great as always for this combination, but now the CD sound is, too!
Years ago I purchased the Brahms Symphony Cycle by Steinberg and the Pittsburgh Symphony on MCA classics, a rerelease of the old Westminster Recordings. These are all fine performances and have long been favorites. Sonically, Symphonies 2-4 sounded pretty good, but Symphony 1 was subpar. Little bass to speak of and a bit murky overall. I know how good Westminster recordings can sound and the HDTT remastering of Symphony 1 brought this classic recording back to life. I play the MCA disc and then the HDDT remastered DVD Audio disc for guests to compare. The difference is striking. I realize the recording will not sound like a modern SACD/DSD recording, but the transformation is well worth the price. If you love this work, you won’t be disappointed.
I had a copy of a supposedly high quality LP rip, but it was no comparison to the fidelity of the HDDT transfer. It fully captures this wonderful, legacy performance.
Description:Title: Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Artist(s): William Steinberg & The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Command Classics 1962 on 35mm film
Engineer Mastering: George Piros Engineer
Recording Chief: Robert Fine
Producer: Enoch Light
Transferred from a Command 4-track tap