Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Smetana: Music from "The Bartered Bride"; Moldau from "Ma Vlast" - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
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GSC023DL(STEREO) - Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Smetana: Music from "The Bartered Bride"; Moldau from "Ma Vlast" - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult - Boult's 1961Somerset recording of the Brahms 1st Symphony, reissued on Alshire in 1964, has quite a bit to commend it, in spite of the odd balances and the occasional brittle sound in louder passages. I have added some heft to the low end, as the LP sounded a bit thin. Surfaces on the Alshire LP were OK (much better than the Somerset LP), but there is a spot at around 5 minutes in that sounds are though the tape master may have had a flaw (a "violining" effect) that could not be fixed; it passes quickly. The Smetana selections were found on a Columbia Special Products LP, issued to Columbia Record Club members as a bonus disc in 1968. Again, much to commend, and, again, I added some bass to the thinnish sound. Well worth having for the Brahms, and the Smetana serves as a pleasant filler.