Albert Coates. Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini (1924 recording)

Just one Albert Coates item today. Here is the acoustic version of Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini. Coates did an electrical remake a few years later, but in some ways this performance is even more exciting. It is also cut to some extent, although I haven’t compared to see if they are in the same locations. Ward Marston did the transfer work here, from an HMV pressing from the collection of Mike Gartz (thank you!). This will fit on a cd with the previously posted acoustic Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony and Borodin Prince Igor Ballet (for more information, please go here). I’ve also added a Flac version of the entire cd, which I had not offered previously.

Also, here is a very interesting article from a 1930 issue of “Disques” magazine, in which Coates reveals that some of his quick tempi may have been influenced by 78 side length restrictions!

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
HMV D 951/52 (matr. Cc 5272/72, 5290)

Recorded October 22 & 24, 1924

Symphony Orchestra

Albert Coates, conductor


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