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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #480 on: February 26, 2015, 11:26:27 PM »
Yeah, the SEON looks great, too, and those that purchased it seem happy. I have close to 30 discs of it already, from other sets (like the big Sony Barock box), or that I bought in smaller sets.  I intend to get it eventually, but am expecting (hoping? Gambling) that the price will get even more reasonable in the future. 

   I just read some stuff about the new Decca Mono box.  I'm quite curious about that one.
    Moonfish! Do you have it yet? Any thoughts? Lots of bonus material on the discs?

Ha ha! Not yet (but it is on its way from Germany...) so I will report at a future date.
 I am a sucker for historical recordings so it was hard to resist.   :'( :P
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« Reply #481 on: February 27, 2015, 04:34:36 PM »
Why are they so few, if any, chamber music mega-boxes? I really cannot think now of a single 40- or 50- disc set that encompasses, say, the most important string quartet cycles by a single top-flight ensemble, or an extensive historic panorama of the violin sonata, or chamber wind music, or whatever.

Nobody has apparently thought either of repackaging tons of the contemporary stuff in massive boxes, as in "100 years of the Donaueschingen festival" or "70 years of Darmstadt".

Maybe only big labels are able to put out such products and they are positive that chamber or contemporary wouldn't sell, as opposed to mainstream orchestral, piano or opera?
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #482 on: February 27, 2015, 05:08:48 PM »
Why are they so few, if any, chamber music mega-boxes? I really cannot think now of a single 40- or 50- disc set that encompasses, say, the most important string quartet cycles by a single top-flight ensemble, or an extensive historic panorama of the violin sonata, or chamber wind music, or whatever.

Nobody has apparently thought either of repackaging tons of the contemporary stuff in massive boxes, as in "100 years of the Donaueschingen festival" or "70 yars of Darmstadt".

Maybe only big labels are able to put out such products and they are positive that chamber or contemporary wouldn't sell, as opposed to mainstream orchestral, piano or opera?

  Have you seen this?

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« Reply #483 on: February 28, 2015, 12:31:33 PM »
I'm ripping the DGG Bernstein set right now. Very odd contents. Tons of Beethoven, Tons of Bernstein compositions, Tons of Brahms and just bits and scraps filling out the rest. This box doesn't seem to be programmed. It looks like they had 180 CDs worth of stuff and just divided it up by alphabetical order of the composer's name

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« Reply #484 on: February 28, 2015, 12:58:43 PM »
By the way, Amazon.de has a good price on both the Decca Sound Mono box (85 euro) and the Mercury Living Presence 3 (92 euro). Exchange rate is good too (1.16 USD/euro).
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #485 on: February 28, 2015, 01:14:59 PM »
It looks like they had 180 CDs worth of stuff and just divided it up by alphabetical order of the composer's name
This is exactly what they did.

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #486 on: February 28, 2015, 01:16:23 PM »
I'm ripping the DGG Bernstein set right now. Very odd contents. Tons of Beethoven, Tons of Bernstein compositions, Tons of Brahms and just bits and scraps filling out the rest. This box doesn't seem to be programmed. It looks like they had 180 CDs worth of stuff and just divided it up by alphabetical order of the composer's name

It is a DG Bernstein archive!  ::)
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #487 on: February 28, 2015, 03:40:11 PM »
  Have you seen this?



As a matter of fact, that's just about the only set I know of that approaches what I mean. The problem is, you're never going to get it at an affordable price in Europe. From where I'm writing, it's going to cost you in the vicinity of 300, 400 euros, which I'm not willing (or able) to pay.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #488 on: February 28, 2015, 04:07:51 PM »
As a matter of fact, that's just about the only set I know of that approaches what I mean. The problema is, you're never going to get it at an affordable price in Europe. From where I'm writing, it's going to cost you in the vicinity of 300, 400 euros, which I'm not willing (or able) to pay.

Abuelo,
It is less than 200 euros from Amazon.japan in case you are interested...
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« Reply #489 on: February 28, 2015, 04:23:42 PM »
From the electronic version of the March edition of Gramophone, Page 23

"One may think of Decca primarily as a recorder of large-scale works - symphonies and opera (the latter to be the subject of its own box later on) - but the repertoire of the 'Mono Years'......"

Would be very interested in this.

Tony

Couldn't see my attachment of the copy from the article, so I retyped it in the comments any way.  :-[

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« Reply #490 on: February 28, 2015, 04:33:57 PM »
From the electronic version of the March edition of Gramophone, Page 23

"One may think of Decca primarily as a recorder of large-scale works - symphonies and opera (the latter to be the subject of its own box later on) - but the repertoire of the 'Mono Years'......"

Would be very interested in this.

Tony

Couldn't see my attachment of the copy from the article, so I retyped it in the comments any way.  :-[

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http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/de/cat/4787946
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #491 on: February 28, 2015, 07:24:31 PM »
As a matter of fact, that's just about the only set I know of that approaches what I mean. The problem is, you're never going to get it at an affordable price in Europe. From where I'm writing, it's going to cost you in the vicinity of 300, 400 euros, which I'm not willing (or able) to pay.

The Vivarte box has a lot of chamber in it. Sony has a couple of 10 cd boxlets, as does Membran. Brilliant had a chamber box years ago. Specific composers of course like Brahms. Otherwise, as you say, thin on the ground.

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« Reply #492 on: February 28, 2015, 07:31:29 PM »

I actually have no ABQ beyond their Beethoven cycle, so I can't rate the performances.

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« Reply #493 on: February 28, 2015, 07:32:54 PM »

I actually have no ABQ beyond their Beethoven cycle, so I can't rate the performances.
Ooooo. Tasty looking. I had some of their EMI recordings on vinyl, which were great.

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #494 on: February 28, 2015, 08:08:09 PM »
Ooooo. Tasty looking. I had some of their EMI recordings on vinyl, which were great.
  It's fantastic, but only one disc by each composer, so has a kind of "Sampler" feel.

   The Yo Yo Ma box has a lot of Chamber, but a lot of everything else, too.  Other sets by Cellists and Violinists have a lot of Chamber works.  The big Rubinstein box has a ton of chamber music.  The Heiffetz/Patiogorsky box is all chamber.
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« Reply #495 on: February 28, 2015, 08:29:38 PM »
  It's fantastic, but only one disc by each composer, so has a kind of "Sampler" feel.

   The Yo Yo Ma box has a lot of Chamber, but a lot of everything else, too.  Other sets by Cellists and Violinists have a lot of Chamber works.  The big Rubinstein box has a ton of chamber music.  The Heiffetz/Patiogorsky box is all chamber.

Oh, I forgot the H/P box.
I suppose it's one of those repressed memories, to spare  me pain -- I dislike most of the box and plan to sell it. Huge disappointment.


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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #496 on: February 28, 2015, 11:50:07 PM »
The Vivarte box has a lot of chamber in it. Sony has a couple of 10 cd boxlets, as does Membran. Brilliant had a chamber box years ago. Specific composers of course like Brahms. Otherwise, as you say, thin on the ground.

Yes, Brilliant's box was pretty good...

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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #497 on: March 01, 2015, 12:20:13 AM »
Sony also has 2 boxes, 10 cds each "Treasures of Chamber Music". Under $2 per disc.



  The Martha Argerich chamber boxes are terrific, of course, but not very big.
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #498 on: March 01, 2015, 01:16:45 PM »
I want a huge Juilliard box, pu-leeeeeze!
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Re: Box Blather
« Reply #499 on: March 01, 2015, 02:41:34 PM »
I want a huge Juilliard box, pu-leeeeeze!
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