I'm trying to get a handle on the Craft Cycle... uh boy... simply the most bizarre amalgam of pieces willy-nilly on every disc, whether MusicMasters, Koch, or Naxos. I mean, you can't get any one piece without getting a truckload of stuff you don't perhaps want.
Well, I just might be a dyed-in-the-wool fanboy, but there is nothing of even the lesser "filler" on any of the Koch or Music Masters issues which I don't want. Well, perhaps they were items I didn't want when I first ordered the discs, but after I listened through, I found that I wanted
them, only I hadn't known
My challenge has been the Naxos reissues, where the re-shuffling of the programs has prompted the question, do I want the redundancy? (Similar story with the Schoenberg
reissues on Naxos, of course.)
And I beg to differ, none of these suffer from Marco Polo soundstage/recording mrmmrmrmmrrm.
So, the Craft
Top 3? Tough to winnow it down! Setting aside Threni
(which Naxos hasn't touched, I think) I'm apt to vote for:Le baiser de la fée
again, I believe . . . there's an earlier recording with the Orchestra of St Luke's
from the Music Masters vol. 1)
I cannot do so before my Friday concert, but now I am curious to do a comparison listen between the two Rites