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Mookalafalas

Quote from: Spotted Horses on May 06, 2024, 10:47:51 AMAnd what about the Klemperer, Complete Warner

Availability very spotty. Is it out of print already, or not yet released (or maybe both).

  Here in Japan, it disappeared very quickly. I had been trying to resist it, but finally ordered a copy from a European Amazon for a reasonable price. I don't think it ever had a price drop, anywhere--or at least, if it did, I missed it.
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Mookalafalas

Quote from: Mookalafalas on February 28, 2024, 09:56:35 PM

 I'm about 25% of the way through this box. What a joy! You can play the disks in order because of the huge variety--baroque, classical, 20th century, soundtrack, jazz, etc. It's all new and fresh to me. Great sound and production values throughout. I was worried I'd find all the flute a bit...frivolous sounding, but not at all.
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Mookalafalas

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This is the first time I had a box-set, listened to it, sold it, and then bought it again.


  This is from the beginning of the "big box era." Back then, each disk got "extra filling" of an additional 20-30 minutes of top-tier music to fill up the disk capacity. Anyway,  I just finished playing through this bad boy again, and it was pretty awesome. Easy to find, 2nd hand, on ebay and such sites, I think. Perhaps a nice gift for someone (perhaps a fairly young someone) expressing a mild interest in classical music--very literally "a collection in a box." 8)
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Spotted Horses

Quote from: Mookalafalas on May 29, 2024, 03:09:39 AMThis is the first time I had a box-set, listened to it, sold it, and then bought it again.


  This is from the beginning of the "big box era." Back then, each disk got "extra filling" of an additional 20-30 minutes of top-tier music to fill up the disk capacity. Anyway,  I just finished playing through this bad boy again, and it was pretty awesome. Easy to find, 2nd hand, on ebay and such sites, I think. Perhaps a nice gift for someone (perhaps a fairly young someone) expressing a mild interest in classical music--very literally "a collection in a box." 8)

Yes, I remember that set from the early Box Set era. Earlier Universal had released a similarly sized "The Decca Sound" Box, and there were similarly sized Mercury Living Presence boxes (which I have). I didn't go for it at the time because I wasn't attracted to the scattershot repertoire, and because I had a lot of my favorite bits already. But a gorgeous selection of recordings.
There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington

Mookalafalas

Quote from: Spotted Horses on May 29, 2024, 07:29:42 AMYes, I remember that set from the early Box Set era. Earlier Universal had released a similarly sized "The Decca Sound" Box, and there were similarly sized Mercury Living Presence boxes (which I have). I didn't go for it at the time because I wasn't attracted to the scattershot repertoire, and because I had a lot of my favorite bits already. But a gorgeous selection of recordings.

  When I bought this the first time, it was literally the only classical music I owned. I thought "it can't hurt to try, once...", but it turned out to be my gateway box :o
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Spotted Horses

Quote from: Mookalafalas on May 29, 2024, 10:42:02 PMWhen I bought this the first time, it was literally the only classical music I owned. I thought "it can't hurt to try, once...", but it turned out to be my gateway box :o

Wow. It was a great place to start. Great artists and great sound.
There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington

Holden

Quote from: Spotted Horses on May 29, 2024, 10:52:44 PMWow. It was a great place to start. Great artists and great sound.

I've been looking at the track list and thinking that this is worth getting - if I can't find a streaming source? Any ideas if this is available via Spotify/Qobuz/Etc
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Holden

Jo498

tbh I find this box (and most other "label boxes) unattractive. Sure, if one has almost classical music it might be a good introduction. But anyone with a "history" in the field will have many of the recordings already and/or not be interested in the rest. It's not rare stuff that hadn't been on CD or was hard to find for decades.
I have only one middle sized "label box" with 25 discs from German harmonia mundi but this had a lot of stuff I didn't know and that might be considered almost rare.
Tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos, dans une chambre.
- Blaise Pascal

Mookalafalas

Quote from: Jo498 on May 29, 2024, 11:20:46 PMtbh I find this box (and most other "label boxes) unattractive. Sure, if one has almost classical music it might be a good introduction. But anyone with a "history" in the field will have many of the recordings already and/or not be interested in the rest. It's not rare stuff that hadn't been on CD or was hard to find for decades.
I have only one middle sized "label box" with 25 discs from German harmonia mundi but this had a lot of stuff I didn't know and that might be considered almost rare.
This makes perfect sense for most collectors. For someone like me, who essentially ONLY buys box sets (and was new the hobby, as well), these sets are miraculous eye-openers...
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Spotted Horses

Quote from: Jo498 on May 29, 2024, 11:20:46 PMtbh I find this box (and most other "label boxes) unattractive. Sure, if one has almost classical music it might be a good introduction. But anyone with a "history" in the field will have many of the recordings already and/or not be interested in the rest. It's not rare stuff that hadn't been on CD or was hard to find for decades.
I have only one middle sized "label box" with 25 discs from German harmonia mundi but this had a lot of stuff I didn't know and that might be considered almost rare.

I am also not attracted to the label boxes with a few exceptions. I got the Decca Sound Mono and Deutsche Gramophone Mono boxes because they were stuff I didn't otherwise have. And the Three Mercury Living Presence Boxes because of my obsession with that label. The scattershot boxes, like this Philips boxes, the Decca Sound, the DG 111 boxes were either stuff I had or stuff I didn't want. So I passed.
There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington