It has been said that "the Fifth Symphony embodies the highest achievements of Prokofiev the orchestrator, uniting an intoxicating many-colored palette with a clean discipline of orchestral development." Nowhere in recorded form have these orchestral colors been captured with such startling fidelity in large part due to the efforts of Everest as a pioneer in the art of 35mm magnetic tape recording under the supervision of Bert Whyte. These Prokofiev Fifth sessions were recorded in 1959 at Walthamstow Town Assembly Hall, London (location of many Wilkinson/Decca recordings) with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the London Symphony and directly onto three channels of 35mm magnetic tape. The original edited three-track 35mm master tapes were used for this historic project of remastering for the Classic Everest 35mm LP and HDAD Series. Using a specially modified Ampex 1551, with Len Horowitz running the tape machine, Bernie Grundman does the honors of transferring to lacquer these 45-plus-year-old gems of recorded history.
|| Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100