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Harry

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Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« on: May 14, 2007, 04:22:57 AM »
I have these two options, and would like to know the opinion of the members which one to order.
As yet I am open for both!
But alas only one set I will buy.
Which of the two?

Offline Todd

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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007, 04:25:03 AM »
Of the two available sets, I only have the Metzmacher, and I've never felt compelled to buy the Wergo.  (Perhaps I should though.)
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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007, 04:26:25 AM »
I've got the Wergo, and have heard Metzmacher in 1, 2, 5 and the Gesangsszene. I'd say the Wergo is better in all three symphonies--despite its somewhat dated sound--though I prefer Mezmacher's Gesangsszene.
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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 04:31:01 AM »
I've got the Wergo, and have heard Metzmacher in 1, 2, 5 and the Gesangsszene. I'd say the Wergo is better in all three symphonies--despite its somewhat dated sound--though I prefer Mezmacher's Gesangsszene.

And how dated would that be Edward?

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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2007, 04:36:16 AM »
And how dated would that be Edward?
Most of the recordings on the Wergo set are 1960s-era and sound it (some are live). The sound is perfectly acceptable, but not state-of-the-art.
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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2007, 12:22:20 PM »
I also have the Wergo, and am very happy with it. But the Metzmacher versions I have heard are quite fine too, and of course the sound is better.

I used to fire up the Gesangsszene and the First Symphony for my German students (they translated the texts beforehand, and no, I never told them that they were translating Walt Whitman from German back into English until after we were finished   8)  ).

They were always suitably impressed, and I know that some went out and bought the Metzmacher!

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Re: Hartmann, complete symphonies, which box to buy?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 05:49:14 AM »
Well after much deliberating I go for the Metzmacher, because for both recordings there is a consensus, and the odds are divided equally.
Thanks all!
Harry