Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral”; Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Charles Groves
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GSC009DL (STEREO) - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral”; Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Charles Groves - Fabbri and Partners, Ltd. , an Italian publisher, released licensed recordings during the 1960s in the UK under a subscription service; every week, a new title would be made available on a 10” disc, with a sleeve brochure describing the music. In collaboration with composer/writer/producer Robert Simpson, the Royal Philharmonic was engaged with conductor Sir Charles Groves to record the Beethoven 1st and 6th Symphonies, apparently the only original recordings actually made for the series. Both symphonies are given sympathetic performances, in an obviously studio-bound acoustic. I have added a bit of low end response and some “air” to the sound, opening up the otherwise close-quarter ambience. Well worth the cost of the CD or high-quality MP3 download. Thanks to John Whitmore for the LP transcription.