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« Reply #200 on: September 14, 2014, 11:04:06 AM »
You meant Furtwiener?

Furtwangler conducted the Wiener Phil.

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« Reply #201 on: September 14, 2014, 11:27:49 AM »
What, people couldn't just follow the link?
There might not always be something at the other end.

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« Reply #202 on: September 18, 2014, 05:02:43 AM »
Yet another historical box from DG.  Expect the price to come down a lot (it's much cheaper already here in Taiwan).

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« Reply #203 on: September 18, 2014, 06:50:40 AM »
Yet another historical box from DG.  Expect the price to come down a lot (it's much cheaper already here in Taiwan).


I fear hellacious duplication on that one.

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« Reply #204 on: September 18, 2014, 06:54:13 AM »
I fear hellacious duplication on that one.
Of the five shown, I have four. And if I liked Karajan more, I would have that one too.
Edit.  Amazon has contents.  I have at least 3/4 of them, and the ones I do not have are the ones I have no great desire to own (eg, Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites) or don't own because of side issues this will not solve (eg double CDs of Tchaikovsky Symohonies 4-6 always split the Fifth between two discs, which I hate).
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« Reply #205 on: September 20, 2014, 04:28:48 PM »
Turns out I have one, plus another on my hard-drive.  As it seems this is a whole box of "essential" discs, I had no choice but to get it ::)
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« Reply #206 on: September 20, 2014, 04:44:19 PM »

- Bernstein Orchestral-Not-Symphonies Edition (on preorder)


Are the contents of this box listed anywhere?
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« Reply #207 on: September 20, 2014, 05:02:15 PM »
Turns out I have one, plus another on my hard-drive.  As it seems this is a whole box of "essential" discs, I had no choice but to get it ::)

Great choice! These are mostly essential (and/or famous) recordings. I have lots of them (~75%), but it would be nice to have them all in one spot. Uh oh.... tempting, but I think I will hold back for a super duper bargain on that box.  >:D
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« Reply #208 on: September 20, 2014, 05:10:29 PM »
Are the contents of this box listed anywhere?
The contents of CDs 1-52 are here. Complete Columbia/RCA/Sony orchestral recordings that are not symphonies.

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« Reply #209 on: September 20, 2014, 05:55:04 PM »
Great choice! These are mostly essential (and/or famous) recordings. I have lots of them (~75%), but it would be nice to have them all in one spot. Uh oh.... tempting, but I think I will hold back for a super duper bargain on that box.  >:D

  I got mine for $115.  That seems like a reasonable price and I'm sure it will get there at major outlets eventually.  DG, however, tends to show some restraint in slashing prices (unlike Sony ;D, god bless them!).
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« Reply #210 on: September 20, 2014, 09:40:52 PM »
  I got mine for $115.  That seems like a reasonable price and I'm sure it will get there at major outlets eventually.  DG, however, tends to show some restraint in slashing prices (unlike Sony ;D, god bless them!).

True! Sony tends to drop quite a bit. The DG Originals box requires some deliberation.....   :'(
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« Reply #211 on: September 20, 2014, 10:15:21 PM »
True! Sony tends to drop quite a bit. The DG Originals box requires some deliberation.....   :'(

  If you have 75% of them, I don't see how you can justify it!  I dislike dupes, myself, and generally give them away (I would sell them if I could do it without the hassle of ebay type stuff).

   By the way, Moonfish, what are your thoughts about the Phase-4 set?  I am very curious to hear it, but except for the Stokowski (and maybe not even that) it really doesn't look like much of it is likely to be top-shelf material.  However, much of it still looks intriguing...
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« Reply #212 on: September 21, 2014, 04:58:44 AM »
The contents of CDs 1-52 are here. Complete Columbia/RCA/Sony orchestral recordings that are not symphonies.

Thanks, Brian.  Some of the translations are quite amusing.
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« Reply #213 on: September 21, 2014, 09:47:32 AM »
  If you have 75% of them, I don't see how you can justify it!  I dislike dupes, myself, and generally give them away (I would sell them if I could do it without the hassle of ebay type stuff).

   By the way, Moonfish, what are your thoughts about the Phase-4 set?  I am very curious to hear it, but except for the Stokowski (and maybe not even that) it really doesn't look like much of it is likely to be top-shelf material.  However, much of it still looks intriguing...

Hmm, the Phase-4 set doesn't appeal to me at all. The compilation seems to be geared towards a very specific and unique niche. Bargain bin stuff for sure....   ???  However, I am sure that it has an appeal to some listeners. It is a strange blend of recordings!
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #214 on: September 21, 2014, 11:01:58 AM »
The DG Box is boring; most people already have the stuff they's want from this one in their shelves (at least I do) and do not care for the others; furthermore all of this is easily available separately. So it's only a bargain if you ignored all those standard recordings for years or are really new to the field.
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« Reply #215 on: September 21, 2014, 12:47:04 PM »
Furtwangler conducted the Wiener Phil.
He wangled the wiener? ???

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #217 on: September 21, 2014, 04:53:53 PM »
The DG Box is boring; most people already have the stuff they's want from this one in their shelves (at least I do) and do not care for the others; furthermore all of this is easily available separately. So it's only a bargain if you ignored all those standard recordings for years or are really new to the field.

I have about 1/5 of it (being relatively new to the field).  I am tempted by much of the rest, but somewhat turned off by a relatively superficial issue--if they are going to go the "original jacket" route, why, oh why, use the grotesquely cropped "Originals" cover format?  I can't imagine it would be that difficult for them to give us the actual original artwork for these classic albums!
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« Reply #218 on: September 21, 2014, 10:13:30 PM »
I guess they wanted to keep the "originals" design which made some sense (not much) 20 years ago, because all mid-price re-issue series had a changed cover so this was as close to the original as possible.
But meanwhile they have done a few boxes with untilted original covers, e.g. I have a Fischer-Dieskau "Original Masters" Box with such covers (although all my other boxes from this serious have the most flimsy paper covers without any picture).
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« Reply #219 on: September 22, 2014, 08:09:29 AM »
The DG Box is boring; most people already have the stuff they's want from this one in their shelves (at least I do) and do not care for the others; furthermore all of this is easily available separately. So it's only a bargain if you ignored all those standard recordings for years or are really new to the field.

My family had a few of these when I was a kid. I remember the New World being good. The real interesting thing in this set is the soundtracks though. There's some first class film composers represented in there.