Albert Spalding Ernst von Dohnanyi play Brahms Sonata in G
This Remington LP, made late in the career of Albert Spalding, presents to us a still technically secure artist with deep insight into the piece in question. Both players engage completely with the score and command our attention -- and our assent -- by their passionate, if nonetheless oddly aristocratic reading of this beloved sonata.
The thrift store record used for the renovation was embarrassingly beat up, especially the first movement, but the options available in DartPro 24 allowed it to be cleaned up impressively. There are moments of slight residual noise, usually barely discernible, that I left in order to retain the full sonic impact of the information in the grooves. And this particular Don Gabor production delivered plenty of raw information for a quite usable renovation. There are undoubtedly better LP sources for a restoration than what I had, but I haven't been able to find one posted online. Pearl made a CD of the recording, but I have not heard it, so cannot comment on their restoration. For my purposes, and I imagine for those of many others, the present offering will do just fine.
The record contains Hungarian Dances 8, 9, and 17 as filler with Anthony Looiker at piano.
I grew up listening to records -- shellac and vinyl -- and the sound of a needle tracking the grooves of an old LP is still deeply comforting to me -- a sound from childhood, like the fan of the hot air furnace coming on. However turntables are now relatively scarce, and we are becoming less tolerant of noise from the medium the music is stored on, so putting up renovated files of what I consider choice, but neglected performances, seemed a good way to spend some time. There are several thousand LPs in the house, a lot of them not re-issued on CD, some of them performances of real importance. If you like something, post a comment. I'd love to hear from you.
Everything posted here is in my personal collection on LPs or 78rpm records, and any restoration to the file is done by me. I do not post anything from CDs.