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I am offering for free download out of copyright recordings under my label (if I can be pretentious for a moment!) “Legendary Recordings.” These files are absolutely free to download and share. Share the great music!
Please be aware that (very unfortunately!) I do not have a great deal of time to do these audio restorations. My time is mostly devoted to university studies. Naturally, the more time you can work on restoring the audio, the better it will sound. As such, the restorations may not sound the best that I could have made them. Nevertheless, I do think that they are an improvement over the original audio, sometimes a rather substantial one. I hope you agree.
Just in case you don’t like my restorations, or you feel that you can do a better restoration, I have also made available the original unrestored audio files for download.
RapidShare has proven to be an unreliable method of delivery, so I have uploaded these files to MediaFire, which is much faster and less prone to fine corruption. The only downside with MediaFire is that it only has a 200MB upload limit. Thus, an album may be spread across several parts (eg. Part 1, Part 2 etc).
These downloads are offered as 44.1kHz/16 bit FLAC files in a RAR folder.
UPDATE 05/01/2013 - Despite being Out of Copyright and in the Public Domain, mediafire has blocked a few of these links due to copyright reasons. If there a CD you want but you cannot download it email me at email@example.com and I may be able to help you out.
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Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770 – 1827)
Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” - Sonata No. 8 “Pathétique” - Edwin Fischer, Piano. London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler (coming soon!)
Furtwängler, Wilhelm (1886 - 1954)
While Furtwängler is very well known as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, it isn’t that well known that he also was a composer as well, and a rather distinguished one at that. In fact, Furtwängler considered himself to be a composer first and a conductor second.
Symphonic Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B minor
Edwin Fischer, piano
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Recorded 19 January 1939
1. Schwer 31:40
2. Adagio Solemne 11:00
3. Allegro - Allegretto Moderato 21:18
Restoration notes -
This has been one of the hardest audio restoration I have ever done. The original audio I worked with was blanketed with tonnes of reverb, resulting in a very imprecise stereo image. Unfortunately I do not know how to fix it.
The results are not that great either. Unfortunately a gritty hiss remains, and attempts at reducing it leads to degradation of the audio itself. The biggest improvement in this restoration comes from the elimination of pops and clicks and a more lifelike equalization. Nevertheless, this is a powerful performance of a powerful work, which all Furtwängler admirers should treasure.
You can listen to a comparison between the original and restored audio here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2asL6oJJrE&hd=1 NB. The restored audio in the YouTube clip is not the final version. The version available here for download has gone through some more hiss reduction processing. Nevertheless, it sounds quite close to the version available for download.
Part 1 of 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?u9avfsd6ffufqgg
Part 2 of 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?3chnwnb5foun6zy
Original Unrestored audio -
Part 1 of 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?3l4p2913d73dl17
Part 2 of 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?nngrjzcnyrza72q
You can listen to a comparison between the original and restored audio here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2asL6oJJrE&hd=1
Schumann, Robert (1810 - 1856)
Download Link - Original Unrestored Audio & Remastered Audio in one RAR file - https://mega.co.nz/#!s9wWFCII
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Symphonies of Robert Schumann
Legendary Recordings LR002
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major "Spring" Op. 38 (1841)
1. First Movement - Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace 10:56
2. Second Movement - Larghetto 06:40
3. Third Movement - Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I: Molto piu vivace - Trio II 06:21
4. Fourth Movement - Allegro animato e grazioso 09:46
Live Recording, Munich, October 29, 1951
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (Revised 1851 version)
5. First Movement - Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 11:51
6. Second Movement - Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 05:20
7. Third Movement - Scherzo: Lebhaft 05:55
8. Fourth Movement - Langsam; Lebhaft 8:01
Studio Recording, Berlin, May 14, 1953
9. Overture "Manfred" Op. 115 (1852)
Live Recording, Berlin, December 18, 1949 13:21
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (op. 38)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (op. 115 & 120)
Conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Restoration notes -
The “Spring” symphony came from a rather poor sounding source with the equalisation being very sharp and thin. However, by matching the frequencies to a modern recording of the work I was able to unearth a rich and full sound. Naturally, it isn’t perfect, but it’s a vast improvement over the original.
Widely considered to be the greatest recording of Schumann’s 4th symphony ever made, it is quite fortunate then that the original audio was quite good to begin with. I focused on reducing the harsh edge on the violins, trying to make them sound more natural, and giving a more rounded sound to the orchestra. The result is fantastic.
The Manfred overture is the earliest recording on this disc, as such it does sound a little dated recording wise, nevertheless the restoration has been quite successful and is quite an improvement over the original.
Audio Restored and Remastered by Rudolf Ondrich, 12-13 October 2012.