Started by Ken B, April 19, 2014, 07:07:51 PM
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Quote from: Baklavaboy on November 14, 2014, 08:57:48 PMPat, how is the sound in that box? Frankly I need another box set of the main repertoire like I need another vasectomy, but I'm curious about the sound. Is it Toscanini at NBC good, or Szell in Cleveland good? Or, god forbid, even better?
Quote from: Pat B on November 15, 2014, 04:04:27 AMMuch of it is mono, but the sound is way, way better than Toscanini. Off the top of my head I'd say it's in the same ballpark as Szell, but that might be optimistic. If I remember, I'll do a quick A-B next week.I know what you mean about repertoire, and I generally try not to urge people to buy stuff, and in this case I've only heard (including the ones I already had individually) about a quarter of the contents. All that said, I am very enthusiastic about this set so far, more so than I ever was about my other big boxes (except maybe Gardiner's Cantatas which was twice the cost).
Quote from: Pat B on November 14, 2014, 08:54:07 PMAnd, I recently got the Fricsay box, which so far is really, really great. I was reluctant to get it, partly because I suspected I already had the highlights. But now, I've listened to 4 discs (in no particular order) and I'm starting to wonder when -- or if -- I'm going to get to one that is not a highlight.
Quote from: amw on November 15, 2014, 12:05:28 PMSomeone recently gave me this as an early birthday present. I've been quite hesitant because the last thing I need is lots of standard rep in substandard sound, as most of these boxes seem to be. However out of curiosity I've started listening to some of the discs of less common repertoire and find the mono sound pretty good, for mono anyway. Better than my LPs of the Toscanini/NBC Beethoven set, Casals@Prades Schubert 5tet or Taneyev/Rostropovich Schubert 5tet. No complaint with the stereo recordings, apart from the subpar orchestral playing they could have been made last week.(This is the same someone who gave my dad the Complete Bach Edition for his 50th birthday. He's now almost 53 and still hasn't taken it out of the plastic wrap. So presumably this someone expects a better reaction this time with insightful comments of a musicological nature)
Quote from: Baklavaboy on November 20, 2014, 05:18:55 AMthis cropped up in my local shop. [asin]B00M8PBQT4[/asin] It's a surprisingly slender box. It's going for a kind of classy look, like a musical dutch-chocolate. Moonfish, have you been studying this one much? I'm curious how much overlap it has with other popular boxes (like the two Decca sound boxes, Abbado, etc.). It is about $120 at the place I saw it, or about 9 weeks of my CD allowance. Don't think I'll be getting it anytime soon, but hope to get some vicarious enthusiasm from fellow box blatherers .
Quote from: Moonfish on November 20, 2014, 06:40:42 AMStill - it is like a GIANT BOX OF CHOCOLATES!!!!!! Buy it!!!
Quote from: Discobolus on November 21, 2014, 05:15:43 AMI do of course, I have both (+ the third smaller European box) The sound is indeed one of the reasons why these recordings are so good. It's even more overwhelming in chamber music, but Scherchen's, Rodzinski's and others recordings here are among the best. I slightly prefer the mono recordings. Stereo recordings appear to sound better when they were done in London.
Quote from: Discobolus on November 21, 2014, 06:21:12 AMThe greatest Beethoven by Scherchen is the second Eroica, the stereo one, in box "3". Astonishing, without any equivalent in the whole discography.
Quote from: Baklavaboy on November 21, 2014, 05:08:04 AMAnyone besides The Moon and I have the big Westminster? Playing disc 51: the Scherchen(conducter) Dukas, Falla, chabrier, Ravel disc. They probably overdid the stereo effects at times, but it's a fun and delightful disc. The recording is really great. Have you played this one yet, Moonfish? If not, you really should play it. Maybe on the way to work. A great way to start the day I like Scherchen a lot. A real maverick. I was afraid the recording quality would be distractingly "historical"--but not at all. It may not be "Living Stereo" 50s good, but better than almost anything else from the same time period (better than comtemporaneous DG, I think).
Quote from: BaklavaboyGlad you are along. Moonie and I have the triumvirate as well. Love those chamber works, especially the Haydn
Quote from: discobolusThe greatest Beethoven by Scherchen is the second Eroica, the stereo one, in box "3". Astonishing, without any equivalent in the whole discography.
Quote from: Baklavaboy on November 25, 2014, 05:30:30 PMQuestion for those who have this box:[asin]B000VIFM1S[/asin] How is the book that comes with it? I missed this box when it came up, but am thinking of trying to get a used copy if I can find a reasonable price. I actually downloaded a version and like it, but kind of want the real thing.
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