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Hamilton Harty conducts Schubert - PASC282

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Gaspar Cassadó, cello
Symphony Orchestra
Hallé Orchestra 
conductor Sir Hamilton Harty
Recorded in 1928 and 1929

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Cover artwork based on a photograph of Sir Hamilton Harty
Special thanks to Nathan Brown, Richard Kaplan and Charles Niss for providing source material 

Total duration: 71:47 
©2011 Pristine Audio.


Marvellous Schubert under the baton of Sir Hamilton Harty

Excellent sound from these late-20's UK Columbia recordings


  • SCHUBERT (arr. Cassadó) Cello Concerto in A Minor 
    (adapted from the "Arpeggione" Sonata, D.821)
     [notes / score]
    Gaspar Cassadó cello
    Symphony Orchestra
    Recorded 5th March, 1929 in Central Hall, Westminster
    Matrix nos. WAX 4739-4744 (all Take 3)
    First issued on Columbia LBX 1-3

  • SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major ("The Great") D.944 [notes / score]
    Hallé Orchestra 
    Recorded 14th January, 1928 in Fyvie Hall, London
    Matrix nos.: WAX 3184-1, 3185-3, 3186-3, 3187-3, 3188-1, 3189-3, 3190-3, 3191-3, 3192-3, 3193-3, 3194-1, 3195-3, 3196-3 and 3197-1
    First issued on Columbia L 2079-2085

    conductor Sir Hamilton Harty

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. 

Mark Obert-Thorn





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