Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Frank Berger
To add to the confusion, the widely-cited 1972 recording was actually
recorded in May 1971. Grammophone preferred that one to the 1982
remake, though there are sonic issues with the former. Don't know about
a third recording. Iona Brown passed in 2004 so there will not likely
be one after that.
Gramophone won't let me read anything. What did they say about the sound? I can guess- the recording is very non-studio. It's a real space (feels church-like), and there seems to be some ambient low-end rumble. But I don't mind much. The plusses of this space more than make up for it. The few Argo LPs I had of Marriner were some of the most gorgeous discs in my collection. Even though I've purged most of my LPs, these I kept. And I have LP transfers from a few of them that sound nearly identical to the CDs.
The Gramophone article was unblocked. I don't subscribe either.
"Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown offer something radical with their
first recording. The music is given more space, partly a matter of
broader tempos but also of microphone placement in the old Kingsway Hall
in London. The ASMF’s jewel-like sonority is located in a resonant
space, the soloist’s silvery presence seeming to come from above and
behind. The cooler, more objective quality of the reading appears to
reflect some lines from the poem that Vaughan Williams does not quote
directly in the score: ‘The song seraphically free / Of taint of
personality, / So pure that it salutes the suns’. Confusingly, this is
not the version chosen for inclusion in Decca’s recent 28-disc tribute,
‘Neville Marriner: The Argo Years’, which gives us the same performers’
ASV remake. Brown, still excellent, is more closely observed, the horns
too forward. Perhaps the presence of underground-train rumble and some
digitally acquired glare up top persuaded the compilers to pass over the