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Quote from: Daverz on Today at 11:29:11 AMAt least the Stokowski and Bernard Herrmann boxes.

Fair enough - I think the Herrmann discs suit the style of his film music and the original soundtrack recordings were never intended to reflect any kind of "natural" sound so why not.  I understand why Stokowski was interested in the potential of stereo too.  I find it interesting though that Decca were producing some of the finest 2 track recordings (Solti Ring / Britten conducts Britten etc) at the same time that they were producing these highly stylised (technically) recordings.  As I said in the previous post I understand the motivation - which was essentially commercial - but for me the aural legacy of these recordings limit my ability to enjoy them from a musical perspective.
#2
Quote from: Roasted Swan on Today at 11:21:04 AMSo not getting schmechnical which Phase 4 recordings do you rate....?

At least the Stokowski and Bernard Herrmann boxes.
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Quote from: Daverz on Today at 11:09:21 AMTechnical schmechnical.  I refuse to let that get in the way of my enjoyment of the performances. 

Now playing: Tchaikovsky, Winter Dreams.  I'm tired of Summer already.


So not getting schmechnical which Phase 4 recordings do you rate....?
#4
Composer Discussion / Re: Franz Schubert
Last post by AnotherSpin - Today at 11:12:39 AM
Quote from: Mandryka on Today at 02:07:32 AMThis is my favourite fortepiano performance, Trudelies Leonhardt

https://open.spotify.com/track/55uQV4mbwUhD1Twtiy3WYJ

Pollini also very impressive


Sokolov in 2007 is full of ideas  - coherent and moving too -  I can imagine some people would love it. Richter recorded it twice - Japan and Hungary - rather different in some ways.

I was never a fan of Sokolov until I heard him live in Germany. After that I became a big afficionado.
#5
Quote from: Roasted Swan on Today at 11:00:54 AMThose Decca Phase 4 recordings have really not stood the test of time technically.  I get that they were a way of making the early home music centres and stereos sound as impressive as possible but the degree of artificial spotlighting was really rather crude.....

Technical schmechnical.  I refuse to let that get in the way of my enjoyment of the performances. 

Now playing: Tchaikovsky, Winter Dreams.  I'm tired of Summer already.

#6
Quote from: Mookalafalas on Today at 01:58:11 AM
   Trying with different speakers. More lively and fun and than I remembered.

Remarcable recording.
#7
Quote from: Daverz on Today at 09:44:54 AMFernandez: Symphony No. 1


You may know Fernandez's popular Batuque (also on the disc), which often shows up on programs of Latin American lollipops.

Herrmann: Jane Eyre selections, a Phase-4 stereo spectacular:


Wow! 

Also listened to some of the original sountrack to The Ghost and Mrs Muir.  The 1940s sound is close-up studio sound, but has good frequency range and is very listenable.  Much beautiful music here.  Unfortunately the short musical segments and repetition of a "raw" soundtrack recording tends to pall for me, so I didn't make it very far through the 60+ minutes of music.




Those Decca Phase 4 recordings have really not stood the test of time technically.  I get that they were a way of making the early home music centres and stereos sound as impressive as possible but the degree of artificial spotlighting was really rather crude.....
#8
The Diner / Re: What are you eating?
Last post by AnotherSpin - Today at 10:58:47 AM
Shah pilav today on occasion of very important family event.

#9
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
Last post by NumberSix - Today at 10:26:51 AM
Re Guest: I prefer A Mighty Wind and Best in Show. But Guffman is a certified classic, as well.

"She Used to Be Mine" from the Broadway adaptation of Waitress is a showstopper. I'm not going to pull it up right now on YouTube, because otherwise I will watch that performance from the Tony Awards a dozen times in a row. I know – – I've seen me do it.
#10
The Diner / Re: What are you eating?
Last post by Pohjolas Daughter - Today at 10:13:08 AM
Made a batch of *four bean salad today.  I like to use garbanzo beans, dark red kidney beans, cut yellow beans and cut green beans.  I also added some thinly sliced sweet onion and green pepper, fresh tarragon, tarragon vinegar, olive oil, a tiny bit of sugar, a bit of fresh lemon juice, and s&p.  As this makes a very large bowl full, I'll pass some along to a friend.

Took a fairly traditional recipe that I had for three bean salad and put my twist on it.  I find that the salad that one can buy at the deli section of a grocery store is too sweet for my taste, so I try to make my own.

PD