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Felix Mendelssohn

Canzonetta from String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12

The Budapest String Quartet


From Wikipedia

"The String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12, was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829, completed in London on September 14 (though begun in Berlin) and possibly dedicated to Betty Pistor, a neighbor and the daughter of a Berlin astronomer."

Recording Information

Composer Felix Mendelssohn
Work Canzonetta from String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
Performers The Budapest String Quartet
Date Recorded 26th of January 1927
Date Restored 10th June 2015
Serial Numbers HMV D1426
Recording Cutter Western Electric, type 1B
Bandwidth 55Hz to 5.5kHz
Transfer Stylus 3.5 mil truncated conical
Transfer Cartridge Stanton 500 at 5g
Transfer Turntable Hitachi HT-350 at 78RPM
Cutter Compensation 250Hz first order lift down to 40Hz
Click Reduction DeClick, wavelet mode, 48, 2 passes
Crackle Reduction DeCrackle, wavelet mode, 43, 3 passes
Low Frequency NR DeNoise LF, mono, 150Hz, -46dB
Wideband NR DeNoise, static noise floor, -9dB
Limiting Filter 48dB/octave Butterworth, at bandwidth limits
Additional Eq. Western Electric microphone compensation, 2.9kHz -5dB dip

Restoration Notes

This piece appears on the last side of 4 discs containing Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, which takes up 9 out of the 10 available sides, leaving one free. This set of discs was cut very 'hot' indeed, so much so that pre-echo can be heard at some points during the 3rd movement. This is quite handy because, while aesthetically in good shape, the set of discs that this recording came on were rather noisy in comparison to most of the others that I have from this era. Fortunately, there isn't too much distortion. Conservative levels of click and crackle reduction were used, as the recording did not respond particularly well, partly due to the already very strong levels. Still, the noise level is very acceptable.

It's easy to hear the rather dry 'boxy' sound, typical of American Victor recordings. This is mainly due to the close micing techniques, as well as the tendency to use smaller recording studios than European companies.

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Michael Fearnley 2015