Arrival at London’s St Pancras Station
After a taxi ride of an hour and half, we finally arrive at the BBC archives.
One of the first tape recorders, a Stille-Marconi dating back to 1933
A 1937 Philips Miller tape recorder!
The corridors of the sheet music department
A vinyl measuring 50 cm used for archives early in the 20th century, with the appropriately sized turntable to read it
Hard to imagine the real dimensions but this vinyl is truly gigantic
In the midst of the BBC’s vinyl shelves
Each shelf contains thousands of records
Ditto for the tapes
This is what we came for: the film of Schumann's Concerto by André Navarra with Barbirolli in 1962
We connect and calibrate the machine that will play the video tape
Michel Navarra, André's son, is about to listen to this marvel.
It's all working out beautifully.
Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas seems satisfied.