I’m finally back with some music! I’m still not quite sure on the private or non-private status of my blog down the road, but I have finally caught up with the large number of comments asking for invitations. Sorry about the delay and thanks for the interest! Obviously, I have not yet started the huge task of restoring links for the dead files, but this will start happening soon!
Meanwhile, with a minimum of comment, here are my transfers of the 3 works recorded by what the mid-30s Polydor labels refer to as the Galimir Quartet of Vienna. I’m sure many young musicians knew Felix Galimir later in his life, as one of the premier chamber music coaches (at Juilliard, Mannes & Marlboro) until his death in 1999, but before that, in addition to this early version of the Galimir Quartet (its last incarnation only disbanded in 1993!), he was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, and later Toscanini’s NBC SO. I still think of my only coaching (at a master class) with him whenever I play the Beethoven Spring Sonata!
The Berg Lyric Suite was recorded again by one of Galimir’s later quartets in 1983, but this 1935 recording was the first. It’s hard to imagine the work involved to learn this work at that time, but the hard work shows….this is a completely fluid and assured performance! The Ravel and Milhaud works have the stamp of authority of having both composers supervise the recordings. There are some transfers available of the these recordings, but I thought there was room for improvement, especially being able to work from flawless laminated Brunswick pressings from the collection of my friend Mike Gartz (thanks!). One of those previous transfers of the Berg missed a nearly half step pitch drop in the 4th mvt., and I’ve corrected this, of course. In the case of the Milhaud, Mike also did the 24 bit dubbing from his copy.
Ravel String Quartet in F
Brunswick 90411/13; Polydor 516758/80
matrices: 1012/14, 1008/9, 1011 gpp
Berg: Lyric Suite
Brunswick 95006/9; Polydor 526659/62
matrices: 1093, 1092, 1094/95, 1088/89, 1096/97 gpp
Milhaud String Quartet No. 7, Op. 87
matrices: hpp 2160/63
Recorded Nov. 18, 1935
Paris, Polydor Studio No. 2
See imslp.org here, for the interesting proofs with Ravel’s corrections, one page of which heads this post.