Monday, 30 November 2009

For my first upload: early 1950s Mozart from US Decca

Hello all!

On my first foray out of my smelly little cave, I'm offering a 10" DG LP which I found yesterday in the collection of my late father. I used to play his discs a lot as a teenager - in fact, that's how I started listening to classical music - but I don't remember this one, which I've recently become curious to hear, so I was very happy to come across it!

An American Decca origination which Michael Gray dates to 1951; this German issue is apparently quite late, to judge from the printing date of December 1958 on the back of the sleeve! I think this was also the recording which had come out in the UK on Brunswick AXTL 1018 (issued c. October 1953).

I feel it's come up quite well in my straight transfer - no processing other than the miraculous ClickRepair and monoing.

3 mono FLACs in a .rar file at:

Matrix info etc. is in the tags.

Please let me know of any problems! Apart from the poor quality jpegs, for which I apologise - they looked great when I did the scans and reduced them and now they look a bit rough!



  1. I've read about this performance as being a particularly sensitive one. This is my favorite pieces of music. I look forward to listening!
    Thanks a lot for this one, Nick.
    Don Rice

  2. dear Grumpy,

    That's a very very nice start for your blog !!!
    THANKS !!!!
    And all good wishes.

  3. A great start for the blog!

    Many thanks!

  4. Mr/Ms Grumpy:

    I second that emotion: great choice to begin with! I am very happily adding grumpiness to my own blog's list (the only way I keep track of the ever-increasing number of needledrop blogs out there --- thanks for making the decision to come out of your cave and share your needledrops --- I'm sick and tired of free CDs! I want RECORDS!)

  5. Wow. What an excellent post! the sound quality is wonderful. Comparable to my all time favorite, the Oistrakh Kondrashin on Decca. Many thanks for this.