180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
The late Sir Charles Mackerras was an extraordinarily versatile musician who could be relied on to give first class accounts of everything from Bach to Britten and was renowned as an interpreter of Mozart and Janacek in particular. He also often remade recordings of works associated with him over his long career, like his 1962 recording of 'Pineapple Poll' - music by Sullivan he arranged into a ballet (HIQLP001), and in 1959, the small British label Pye asked him to record Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', which was met with critical acclaim for 'attempting to reproduce the sound Handel would have heard, rather than the smoother orchestral arrangements usually played at that time'. The recording used some 26 oboes, creating an ensemble of over 70 players. Ever at the vanguard of authentic performance rather than authentic instruments, Mackerras took advantage of more modern recording techniques by re-recording the Handel at Abbey Road for EMI, again with augmented wind band that Handel would have used for the original open air performance in Green Park.
Recorded at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road on October 8 and December 19, 1976. The Producer was the legendary Suvi Raj Grubb and the Engineer was Robert Gooch.
In the original 1977 review Robin Golding of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
"...for sheer splendour of sound the "martial musick" favoured by George II is hors concours; and, as fond as I am of the [Makerras's] old Pye recording, I have to admit that the new EMI one is even more thrilling..."
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional advance playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
Superior Audiophile Pressing
Features original album artwork
Made in England
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Music For the Royal Fireworks
Concerto Grosso in D Major
3. Largo alla Siciliana
4. La Rejouissance
5. Minuet I
6. Minuet II
Concerto a due cori No. 2 in F major
1. Pomposo - Allegro - A tempo giusto - Largo - Allegro ma non troppo - A tempo ordinario
Concerto No. 1 in F major
2. Largo - Allegro
Concerto No.3 in D major
3. Largo - Allegro - Allegro ma non troppo