Classical "Mega" CD Box Sets

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by dajokr, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. marcel

    marcel Alea Iacta Est

    Location:
    Italy
    Weird. I checked the aforementioned discs and they play with no problems from start to finish on everything, from my old 1991 Marantz to the Onkyo C-S5VL SACD/CD player.
    No strange noises, no skip, no freezing and no disappearance of sound even on an old Panasonic VHS/DVD player.

    Heck, even this old Sony Discman had no problems

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  2. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Active Member

    Location:
    Central California
    I'm not sure of the manufacturing process, but the discs are probably from different "pressings" and perhaps from different production facilities. I'm glad yours are trouble-free.
     
  3. DEVA

    DEVA Active Member

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    Also this one from HM released in October/2017:

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  4. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    That’s the one I was mentioning :)
     
  5. DEVA

    DEVA Active Member

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    Ooops! My bad, hehehehe. Sorry :)
     
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  6. marcel

    marcel Alea Iacta Est

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    Let's revive an old SH.tv classic: matrix numbers :)

    Disc 17: Sony Music 55373486/88765448882-17 22 IFPI LB 45 IFPI 0781

    Disc 21: Sony Music 55373514/88765448882-21 21 IFPI LB 46 IFPI 0761

    labels of both state: MADE in EU

    Does that info match what's on your discs? As far as I know, except for a previous Korean-only release, there was just one "Made in EU" pressing of that box.
     
  7. I got mine a few weeks ago and I'm loving it. Lots of things to discover in particular, as I wasn't familiar with composers like Campra, Gilles, Dumont. The 1893 Faure Requiem (with smaller forces) has been my favorite part of the box so far. The Pierrot Lunaire and Mahler discs have been really good too.

    The presentation is pretty basic. The jackets each feature the same photo of PH but in slightly different colors to create a gradient across the set of discs. The booklet provides track information and performer credits but little else.
     
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  8. MikeF63

    MikeF63 New Member

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    Derbyshire, UK
    Solti Chicago Complete Recordings arrived at the weekend, and it is sounding superb. The Bruckners I have heard so far (6 & 9) are the best sounding I've heard.

    Other highlights so far are the Rite of Spring, Ein Deutches Requiem, Enigma Variations and Tchaikovsky 5. Only dud so far is the first of two Mahler 5 recordings, bit distorted in the scherzo and especially the finale. Hope the 2nd version will be better. Still got about 85 to go!

    The Flying Dutchman and Mastersingers are awe-inspiring but I already had them from the Solti Wagner box.

    Really like the packaging. Decca seem to do these things really well (I have the Ashkenazy 50 box which is also really nice looking), although it suffers a bit of the recent Karajan-experience in that the sleeves are spare on detail and some gatefolds have blank inners. But at least all have titles on the edges so it is easier to find titles than I expected. Not sure if it would have been easier to file by composer though...that might draw too much attention to a lot of repetition (La Mer, Symphonie Fantastique, complete Beethoven cycles, Tchaik 5 and others appear twice).
     
  9. sixthstreet

    sixthstreet Member

    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I've bought five or six big classical box sets in the last few weeks and this is my favorite of them all after listening to only two CDs in this box so far, and I'm not usually into vocal works. Beautifully recorded and performed.

    Bonus point: can actually open the box without swearing or straining, unlike the insanely tightly packed Andre Cluytens box.
     
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  10. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Active Member

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    It's like the hardest eye exam, ever. Reading the inside ring on the silver side:
    My Disc 17 lacks the "IFPI LB 45" and Disc 21 lacks the "IFPI LB 46."
    Both labels state "Made in the EU"
     
  11. Papageno

    Papageno Member

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    harmonia mundi - Accueil
     
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  12. Runicen

    Runicen Forum Resident

    Looks like a nice set and certainly well-priced.

    My only question: for someone who already has a TON of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart represented in his collection, is this worth picking up for dramatically different interpretations or higher quality recordings of familiar works?
     
  13. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Northeast
    Harmonia Mundi are HIP specialists, so it would depend if you like that, how much of what you already own is HIP, etc. Their recordings tend to vary as far as performances go (IME more hit than miss though I tended to be selective of well reviewed discs from reviewers I trust, so there is some selection bias) and recording quality is above average.

    Here is a more detailed breakdown of the contents: Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set] - Harmonia Mundi: 2908601 | Buy from ArkivMusic

    IMO for me it would be a more interesting box without Beethoven, JS Bach or Mozart, because like you I already have plenty and either have performances I like more than what is on that box or performances that I am completely satisfied with and don't feel like I need another HIP version.
     
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  14. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

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    Arlington, VA
    I haven't bought the Herreweghe box, but one of the first mega-boxes I bought was Harmonia Mundi's Sacred Music. A good overview from Gregorian chant to the 20th century. It is mostly early music and baroque. It's still available on Amazon, surprisingly since it came out 8 years ago. https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Music-Various-Ltd-Box/dp/B002HNA9LS

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  15. Runicen

    Runicen Forum Resident

    I'm going to have to plead ignorance. What is HIP? :oops:
     
  16. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Why not do search? There are several sites about this, this is one of them: What is HIP?
     
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  17. ggjjr

    ggjjr Active Member

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    Thanks for asking. I didn't know either.
     
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  18. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Active Member

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    Central California
    Hate to say it, but some people here are not HIP. :whistle::shtiphat::tiphat:
     
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  19. ggjjr

    ggjjr Active Member

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    I resemble that remark!
     
  20. 5-String

    5-String Forum Resident

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    The first time I 've heard the term HIP was on this forum. Back in the day, we used to call these "period performances".
     
  21. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Active Member

    Location:
    Central California
    OMG! There is a riposte lying there (or is it laying?), that will continue to lie (lay?) untouched.
     
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  22. Mowgli

    Mowgli Well-Known Member

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    Taxachusetts
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  23. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Northeast
    Hans' link explains it very well. If you have the big UMG Mozart box from last year there are many performances that are HIP as well as the same pieces performed by the non-progressives ;)

    It was some classical reviewer that first used "progressives" in a snide derogatory manner for those staunch HIPsters :)
     
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  24. password196

    password196 Member

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    What is HIP?



    I beg your indulgence.
     
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  25. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Berlin
    :biglaugh:
     

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