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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1040 on: March 22, 2020, 08:04:45 AM »
Nope, it's this one, just a bit bigger and also all original jacket (but without fillers because many of the discs are newer and longer I think):



The conceit is that the artist personally selected all the recordings he wanted in the box to represent his best work. Really diverse repertoire, from Bach's WTC to Shostakovich's preludes and fugues (and trios...and viola/cello sonatas...and piano quintets...and songs) with a big helping of all the other Russian composers, Brahms chamber music, the Scriabin sonatas, helpings of Mozart and Chopin, etc.

EDIT: I looked up the contents of your 50th box to see what the overlap is. Prokofiev solo piano music, the Franck/Brahms chamber CD with Perlman, Rachmaninov preludes, suites for two pianos, and Sonata 2, all the Ravel solo/chamber stuff + one Debussy miniature, Shostakovich P&F, and Beethoven Diabelli Variations are notable overlaps. There are Schumann recordings in both boxes but he recorded them twice and they might be different - I believe that the purple one has earlier 60s recordings. The purple box obviously doesn't have anything involving an orchestra, and also doesn't have any Beethoven piano sonatas (but cello sonatas yes).

   Actually, I have that same box, and not the Decca one I mentioned above. I got it together with the companion box from Amazon.de
.  You're going to be very happy, I think. The blue concerto box probably has some overlap with your Previn box, and has tons of duplicates (LvB, etc). I bought them because there was an incredible sale price, but so fell in love with his playing that I sussed out the Decca to see if there was enough extra material to make it worth acquiring that one as well. (There's not--but if the price was comparable, it would be the thriftiest choice of the 3.)
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1041 on: March 22, 2020, 09:07:50 AM »
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   Actually, I have that same box, and not the Decca one I mentioned above. I got it together with the companion box from Amazon.de
.  You're going to be very happy, I think. The blue concerto box probably has some overlap with your Previn box, and has tons of duplicates (LvB, etc). I bought them because there was an incredible sale price, but so fell in love with his playing that I sussed out the Decca to see if there was enough extra material to make it worth acquiring that one as well. (There's not--but if the price was comparable, it would be the thriftiest choice of the 3.)
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I thought Ashkenazy was the most recorded pianist alive, but much to my surprise I didn’t find a Grieg or Liszt PC with him. I would have thought his style eminently suited to these works, but he surely knows better than me.

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1042 on: March 23, 2020, 04:31:26 PM »
     You're going to be very happy, I think. The blue concerto box probably has some overlap with your Previn box, and has tons of duplicates (LvB, etc). I bought them because there was an incredible sale price, but so fell in love with his playing that I sussed out the Decca to see if there was enough extra material to make it worth acquiring that one as well. (There's not--but if the price was comparable, it would be the thriftiest choice of the 3.)

Thanks! I'm excited for it since I own zero of the recordings in the box somehow. And now that global shipping of leisure and non-essential goods has slowed to a crawl, I have several weeks of anticipation before it arrives. All this time at home has really helped me do a deeper dive into the albums in all these box sets. Lots of listening.

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1043 on: March 24, 2020, 03:04:47 AM »
Thanks! I'm excited for it since I own zero of the recordings in the box somehow. And now that global shipping of leisure and non-essential goods has slowed to a crawl, I have several weeks of anticipation before it arrives. All this time at home has really helped me do a deeper dive into the albums in all these box sets. Lots of listening.

   It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good 8)
       Working my way through the concertos box, I found that he had worked quite a bit with Previn. I was guessing that you had hit upon some of those in that box, which you've praised highly, and that was sort of the inspiration for buying this one. Not so? 
   And I'm curious about your later feelings of the Barenboim box. You also spoke very positively about that after you had gotten it, but I haven't noticed comments about it since. Did it continue to hold your interest and meet your approval?
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1044 on: March 24, 2020, 05:17:56 AM »
The Previn box I have is his RCA/Sony recordings - no crossover with Decca or EMI and no Ashkenazy. I'd like another big Previn box with the LSO EMI recordings from the 70s... But the Sony one, yeah, still tremendous fun, my earlier comments still hold up.

Still exploring the solo Barenboim rather slowly. He's rarely my favorite performer in any piece but the guy has integrity, and was generally blessed with very nice instruments and recorded sound that help flatter him. I got it for like US $40 so I can't possibly complain about it  ;D

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1045 on: March 24, 2020, 08:12:44 AM »
The Previn box I have is his RCA/Sony recordings - no crossover with Decca or EMI and no Ashkenazy. I'd like another big Previn box with the LSO EMI recordings from the 70s... But the Sony one, yeah, still tremendous fun, my earlier comments still hold up.

Still exploring the solo Barenboim rather slowly. He's rarely my favorite performer in any piece but the guy has integrity, and was generally blessed with very nice instruments and recorded sound that help flatter him. I got it for like US $40 so I can't possibly complain about it  ;D

   Yeah, I got it from Amazon.de for $25. I couldn't pass it up, but to be honest, I haven't even opened it. I have a lot of respect for Barenboim over all, but I have sooo many fantastic piano sets to listen to...he's pretty far down the list.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1046 on: April 01, 2020, 09:35:30 PM »
Alas, box enthusiasm has plummeted :(

    I've been selling quite a few items on Ebay (like the big Furtwangler)...but also buying some, especially when irresistibly cheap. I have very little WAM outside of the symphonies and PCs, and saw this for $111 with shipping from Amazon.UK



    However, I was a little disappointed by some of the upgrades from this earlier box, such as jettisoning Klara Wurtz for the piano pieces.


    What is a serious collector to do? Well, I checked the Used sets on Amazon.de, and someone was selling it for 30 Euros. Hard to beat a price like that...so got both 8)
   Looks like 2020 is going to be a WAM year for me.

  A funny thing happened on my way to 340 disks of WAM. I chickened out and canceled the new $111 box, deciding 1/2 the price for a similar collection would be good enough. However, the seller cancelled that, and now the low-priced new box is gone, too. Justly punished by the CD gods for dabbling in moderation and good judgment :'( :'( :'(
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1047 on: April 01, 2020, 11:02:04 PM »
I have the red box, due to a completist urge, got it for around just 4 Euros at a sale, one CD with some symphonies missing. The recordings of the Serenades/Divertimenti are good rivals to Vegh, I often quite like Wurtz in the sonatas, and some chamber music recordings are nice too. Plus you have a lot of lesser known vocal and instrumental music etc.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1048 on: April 02, 2020, 05:01:37 AM »
I have the red box, due to a completist urge, got it for around just 4 Euros at a sale, one CD with some symphonies missing. The recordings of the Serenades/Divertimenti are good rivals to Vegh, I often quite like Wurtz in the sonatas, and some chamber music recordings are nice too. Plus you have a lot of lesser known vocal and instrumental music etc.

4 Euros! Wow.
   The big Green Box seems to be going OOP. Perhaps the next iteration is on the horizon?
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1049 on: April 02, 2020, 05:08:01 AM »
Brilliant Classics certainly has big ressources and access to various recordings, it seems.

Or maybe Membran will produce something similar, albeit in older material, and probably not complete.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1050 on: April 02, 2020, 08:26:12 AM »
Brilliant Classics certainly has big ressources and access to various recordings, it seems.

Or maybe Membran will produce something similar, albeit in older material, and probably not complete.

Funny you mention Membran. I was just listening to disks from the huge "Meister Konzerte" box--100 legendary live performances for $100.  Terrific stuff.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1051 on: April 02, 2020, 08:36:39 AM »
Membran has been great in making rare historical recordings more available, for sure.

I've got some of of their 4x-10x-17x etc. CD boxes & am thinking of the one you mention too, as well as the big Furtwängler box, but so far I have fought the urge ...

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #1052 on: April 02, 2020, 05:28:12 PM »
Membran has been great in making rare historical recordings more available, for sure.

I've got some of of their 4x-10x-17x etc. CD boxes & am thinking of the one you mention too, as well as the big Furtwängler box, but so far I have fought the urge ...

   I just sold the Furtwangler.  3 out of 4 disks I pulled out had miserable sound, and/or so much coughing it sounded like the recording was made in a TB sanatorium. The Meister Konzerte box recordings are all a bit "historical" but not enough that it impairs my enjoyment.
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