CRQ 424 The Gale Maximum Fidelity LPs Vol. 1: Peter Frankl plays Beethoven's Waldstein and Appassionata Piano Sonatas

by Peter Frankl, piano

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From Gale Maximum Fidelity Stereo LP of 1976, limited issue, GMFD 1-76-005 Producer: Graham Whiting Recording engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason Recording Assistant: Judith Agar Technical Supervisor: Ira Gale Transfer and digital restoration: Jim Bostwick
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From Gale Maximum Fidelity Stereo LP of 1976, limited issue, GMFD 1-76-005 Producer: Graham Whiting Recording engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason Recording Assistant: Judith Agar Technical Supervisor: Ira Gale Transfer and digital restoration: Jim Bostwick
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From Gale Maximum Fidelity Stereo LP of 1976, limited issue, GMFD 1-76-005 Producer: Graham Whiting Recording engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason Recording Assistant: Judith Agar Technical Supervisor: Ira Gale Transfer and digital restoration: Jim Bostwick
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From Gale Maximum Fidelity Stereo LP of 1976, limited issue, GMFD 1-76-005 Producer: Graham Whiting Recording engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason Recording Assistant: Judith Agar Technical Supervisor: Ira Gale Transfer and digital restoration: Jim Bostwick

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Tracks 1-2: Beethoven: Piano Sonata
No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 Waldstein

Tracks 3-4: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 Appassionata

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released May 29, 2020

From Gale Maximum Fidelity Stereo LP of 1976, limited issue, GMFD 1-76-005
Producer: Graham Whiting
Recording engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording Assistant: Judith Agar
Technical Supervisor: Ira Gale

Transfer and digital restoration: Jim Bostwick

In 1976 the founder of Gale Audio Ira Gale produced six LP recordings of classical music packaged in elegant black boxes. Recordings were made without compression or any other signal processing, with a claimed frequency response of 27 Hz to 22 kHz, plus or minus 1 dB.

Dynamic range of the master recordings exceeded 86 dB. Gale Maximum Fidelity recordings were pressed from new compound of 95% virgin vinyl along with a lubricant, stabiliser, plasticiser, and carbon black.

Boxes were specifically designed to minimize warpage and were covered under a ten year warranty which could be exchanged for any reason (scratched, warped, broken, or even worn) once the enclosed registration form was completed. An enclosed booklet provided detail on both the content and recording process.

Today these LPs are highly sought after by collectors as they combined superb engineering with excellent musical performances.

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