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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Felix Weingartner and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


From Wikipedia

"The Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1812. Beethoven fondly referred to it as "my little Symphony in F," distinguishing it from his Sixth Symphony, a longer work also in F.

The Eighth Symphony is generally light-hearted, though not lightweight, and in many places cheerfully loud, with many accented notes. Various passages in the symphony are heard by some listeners to be musical jokes. As with various other Beethoven works such as the Opus 27 piano sonatas, the symphony deviates from Classical tradition in making the last movement the weightiest of the four."

Recording Information

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Work Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Orchestra The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Felix Weingartner
Date Recorded 25th February 1936
Date Restored 29th July 2015
Serial Numbers Columbia LX563-5
Recording Cutter Blumlein
Bandwidth 50Hz to 7KHz
Transfer Stylus 2.8 mil truncated elliptical
Transfer Cartridge Stanton 500 at 5g
Transfer Turntable Hitachi HT-350 at 78RPM
Cutter Compensation 300Hz first order lift down to 40Hz
Click Reduction DeClick, wavelet mode, 57, 2 passes
Crackle Reduction DeCrackle, wavelet mode, 54, 2 passes
Low Frequency NR DeNoise LF, mono, 150Hz
Wideband NR DeNoise, -47dB noise floor, -9dB reduction
Limiting Filter 48dB/octave Butterworth, at bandwidth limits
Additional Eq. None needed

Restoration Notes

A fairly standard European recording from this era with the usual bandwidth limits in place. Unfortunately, there are a few rather distorted passages, mainly due to the rather high recording levels. Using a 2.8 mil stylus over a 3.2 mil one seemed to improve this, at a slight expense in terms of noise floor. The noise reduction was fairly straightforward, with no sections requiring any time consuming minor adjustments to avoid processing artifacts. While the noise at the beginning of the transfer was already low, this recording responded excellently to click and crackle removal, allowing for a very low final noise level.

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Michael Fearnley 2015