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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado's first such pairing and offering cleaner and more detailed playing and recording than the remake, 14 Dec 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
This disc, made in 1967, has now been re-issued in a remastered form and is an astonishingly effective competitor to the later recording from 1985 with the same orchestra on DGG. The interpretations are very similar but the differences are considerable in their accumulative effect.

The sound is the first thing to notice with this remastered disc being far more vibrant and clear than the later disc. My wife, when asked for her response, unhesitatingly said it sounded like 'a veil had been lifted' and made the DGG disc sound 'muddy.' This is about as accurate as I can describe it in non-technical terms and is worth quoting. In addition the sound-stage is deeper with the tonal and dynamic ranges both being wider. The difference is really quite considerable which is some achievement considering the previous high recommendation of the later disc.

The performances are also different and provide many examples of how tiny adjustments can have a major effect. As an example, the timing of the last movement of the fourth symphony differs by only 23 seconds with the later performance being the faster. This difference allows far greater articulation from the woodwind and strings to be achieved in the earlier recording. That, combined with the greater clarity of the recording itself, is almost startling.

Another major difference worth quoting lies in the finale of the third symphony with Abbado taking a much slower speed in the later recording. This gives a far weightier effect. However, that weight coupled with relative lack of recorded clarity, makes a poor showing when compared directly with the livelier speed coupled with greater recorded clarity of the earlier recording.

I have made extensive A/B comparisons between these two discs and the extra clarity of both playing and recording of this older recording holds good at all points. The result in our house has been to delete the later disc from our collection. This is not the result that was expected.

My suggestion therefore is to give this remastered and older disc some serious consideration as a purchase. You may be as surprised and delighted as both of us were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Mendelssohnian, 2 Feb 2014
This review is from: Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
I agree with previous comments that this disc is better recorded than Abbado's later DG remake. It has a very natural sound with depth and clarity and is characteristic of the Decca Golden Age. It is ideal for domestic listening. Abbado's reading has crispness and spontaneity as well as detail. Musical detail is highlighted but never at the expense of symphonic structure. His early Decca period generated some fine recordings with the LSO and the VPO and this is one of them. It is a well produced CD with some interesting booklet notes by Colin Anderson. Overall, I prefer the recordings of these works by Klemperer and Sawallisch as they have greater personality and insight but those versions are not without controversy for some listeners. Abbado was a fine Mendelssonian even at this early stage in his career and this disc can be recommended.
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