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I recently downloaded two symphonic works. When I tried to open them it would only play 5 minutes of each selection. I contacted tech support and was given technical jargon and when I emailed back that I did not understand what they were trying to communicate, I got no answer. I then asked for a refund and got no answer. There is no direct phone number to customer service.
This compilation has three things going for it- 1) it’s great value for money, offering two shaded dogs – LSC 2272 and 2288 – and over 70 minutes of music 2) the recordings from the late 50s are of some historic interest and 3) there are two major Prokofiev symphonies on offer, one great and one not so. However, in other respects, it disappoints. The recordings are from Decca, but from nowhere near their A-Team folk. The results are somewhat flat, scrawny and lacking dynamics. As a result, the massive climaxes of #5 are cruelly ducked. Performance-wise, 7 is rather good, and this brings out a rather appealing melancholic streak; however, all is lost when the appalling tacked-on commissar-approved happy ending is included – this is about as fake as a 3-dollar bill. And 5 sounds rather rushed, with the PCO clearly under some strain at points. Seek ye elsewhere.
Great remastering. I found the 7th particularly special. It connected with me more than any other recording I have heard.
Title: Prokofiev Symphonies No 7 & No 5
Artist(s): Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Conductor Jean Martinon
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded by Decca October & November 1957 at the La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris
Producer: Michael Williamson Engineer: Ken Cress
Symphony No. 7, Op. 131
1 Moderato 9:47
2 Allegretto 7:27
3 Andante Espressivo 5:47
4 Vivace 8:03
Symphony No. 5 In B Flat, Op. 100
1 Andante 11:47
2 Allegro Marcato 7:47
3 Adagio 10:50
4 Allegro Giocoso 9:30