Marvellous Schubert under the baton of Sir Hamilton Harty
Excellent sound from these late-20's UK Columbia recordings
FLAC Downloads include PDF scores of both works
Notes on the recordings:
The sources for the transfer of the concerto were primarily American Columbia "Full-Range" label pressings, with a patch from an earlier "Royal Blue" shellac copy to overcome the swish that most copies exhibit at the start of the first side. I have tried to correct the pitch fluctuations which plague the original recording. The ensemble is unknown, but may be the LSO, RPO, British SO, or a pickup combination thereof.
For the transfer of the symphony, I had the luxury of working from four American Columbia "Viva-Tonal" pressings, the most quiet form of issue for this set. An anomaly among other English Columbia recordings of the period, this one has hardly any pitch problems and plays at just about 78 rpm. The main problem here was overcoming blasting during loud passages caused by the original owners' use of fiber needles, for which the multiple copies came in handy. The original recording venue is unknown, but is definitely not the expansive acoustic of Free Trade Hall in Manchester, the Hallé's usual locale. Discographic expert Michael Gray believes it was likely done in Fyvie Hall, London, where Beecham had made recordings for Columbia the previous month.