Ernest Bloch: Sinfonia Breve (180g)
This LP is part of the second Mercury Living Presence series, which includes a total of five vinyl releases. Mercury Living Presence is considered a milestone within classic recording history. Mercury Living Presence LPs have been popular collector's items from the beginning, and 70 years after the first releases, the label continues to be admired for the quality of its recordings and their "living presence." Contemporary music from the mid-20th century, rich in dynamics and orchestral textures, Wayne Peterson's film-music-like "Free Variations for Orchestra" was commissioned and premiered on April 21, 1959, as part of the recordings. Ernest Bloch's "Sinfonia breve," a large orchestral work in the William Walton sound, was recorded on April 17, 1960. Both recordings were made at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN, using three Schoeps M201 microphones.