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¿Por qué no ponen la fecha de la edición de HDTT?
Me gustaría saber de que año es la remasterización que hizo HDTT. A tenor del primer comentario de aficionados, parece del 2017, pero no se dice en ninguna parte.
A great one in a great performance with great sound
Of the many, many recordings I have of this work, this one instantly went to the top of the list. Ormandy and his orchestra play this as if their souls depended on it. And the HDTT sonics in DXD are Irreproachably audiophile-excellent! All the others, from Boult to Gergiev, many of them superb, are now sharing second place. Why listen to anything except the best of the best?
Ormandy's Rach Sym #2: Hear 'em again for the first time!
"The World's Greatest Orchestra" (as Rachmaninoff called it) was never truer than in Ormandy's 1962 Philadelphia recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. In early May 2021 I told someone, "But on CD it's in serious need of a good pressing." (The Sony Odyssey one is vague without detail or presence.) And, lo! two weeks later HDTT released its pressing. I got the cheap one, on CD without a jewel box. And the quality? I literally just listened to it. SENSATIONAL! Such rich bass, so much inner detail, such presence. So fitting for one of Ormandy's supreme interpretations. Yes, there never were strings like the Philadelphia under Ormandy, but that's also true of the brass. What a journey! If anyone wants to know "What makes a symphony?", let them learn the answer with this recording.
Not Enough of a Good Thing?
There is a strong case for preferring Eugene Ormandy’s later RCA recording of this symphony, or his Unitel film version. This earlier version observed the cuts that Rachmaninoff himself sanctioned in this symphony, and as many recordings of the uncut opus show, it is better with them opened out. However, there is also a strong case for having this recording available. Ormandy is often fresher and more spontaneous in his Columbia recordings than his older self on RCA, as is the case here. The Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy was famous for its rich, central European sound. I know of very few Philadelphia Orchestra recordings from the Columbia and RCA years that capture that quality as well as this one does, which perhaps makes the cuts even more unfortunate, but to overlook this version because of them would indeed be a loss.
A very fine transfer, detailed soundstage and clear timbre for every sections.
Title: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 In E Minor, Op. 27
Artist(s): The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded April 19, 1959, Philadelphia, PA by Columbia Records
1 Largo. Allegro moderato 16:30
2 Allegro molto 8:00
3 Adagio 11:57
4 Allegro vivace 11:16
Total Time: 47:43