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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.

  1. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I should look out for it.

    (sent you a PM)
     
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  2. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Ohh, I bet that's nice! I have a number of Fricsay recordings but not that one.
     
  3. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Got it! Those Naxos discs can be a fine bargain.
     
  4. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Indeed! I have quite a few.
     
  5. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I must own at least 200.o_O
     
  6. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Show off! :laugh:
     
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  7. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Just finished playing a couple of Edison long-playing diamond discs that I bought a while back. Briefly, these were the first long-playing records, in the 10" size running 12 minutes per side at 80 RPM (the 12" ones played 20 minutes or so, again at 80 RPM); as you might guess from those numbers, the groove size is only a bit more than half the width of a modern LP microgroove. Anyhow, on the whole I find Edison's bad reputation for dubious programming is undeserved, but that doesn't mean something doesn't crop up once in a while that would play into it, and so it is with one of tonght's discs: a band transcription of Beethoven's Egmont overture coupled on the same side with a salon ditty called "Cupid's Pranks," which sounds about like what you'd expect with that title. Bizarre coupling!
     
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  8. RiRiIII

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    New release. A french/swiss dream team.
     
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  10. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    How are these performances? The price is certainly right!
     
  11. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying the above CD from the above box set. Once again, as with the solo CDs, this is absolutely lovely playing and sound.
     
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  12. Laibach

    Laibach Forum Resident

    Just received my package this morning, I'll try to comment later after I spend some time listening, but definitely it's a good price for a 3CD boxset.
     
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  13. bruce2

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    I just received the Von Karajan Vienna Philharmonic recording of Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra from 1959. I also own the Reiner Chicago Symphony recording from 1954. Have listened to the Karajan recording twice so far and think I prefer it to the Reiner. Does anyone else have a preference between these two classic early stereo recordings?
     
  14. Steve G

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    if that's Boulez conducting those songs for Soprano and Orchestra it doesn't get any better than that
     
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  15. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I prefer HVK. Reiner IIRC does some strange things with tempo on his recording.
     
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  16. bruce2

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    I think I also prefer the sound quality of the Karajan. My copy is an old London CD from the 80s and I prefer it to the Reiner on Living Stereo SACD. To be fair the Reiner recording is five years older and I believe one of the earliest stereo recordings.
     
  17. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I think you are correct. It is one of the earliest stereo recordings.
     
  18. Wes H

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    Stanley Kubrick would agree with your preference for the Karajan/Vienna Philharmonic recording of Also Sprach Zarathustra. It's the one he used in the soundtrack for his film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. (The soundtrack album, however, used the Karl Böhm/Berlin Philharmonic recording.)
     
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  19. RiRiIII

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    I did not know that. Thanks. I suppose HvK would have asked higher royalties...
     
  20. crispi

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    The reason they didn’t use that recording for the soundtrack LP is because Decca was sort of embarrassed of being associated with a commercial film. That’s the story I heard. When the film became a big success, they changed their mind though and started using the “2001” publicity to their own advantage.

    I think when that soundtrack eventually came out on CD, they used the Karajan version again.

    My favourite recording is Karajan’s 1973 remake on DG, which is uncharacteristically detailed for a DG recording and beats both the Reiner and Karajan’s earlier Decca recording by several stratospheres, both in terms of interpretation and sound.
     
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  21. RiRiIII

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    Have you tried the recent Karajan/Strauss recordings 11-cd/Blu Ray Audio of the first 6 cds box? Now I am tempted to get it.
     
  22. George P

    George P Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I think this is the one that I have, though on my DG CD the recording date is listed as 1974.
     
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  23. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    1974, right :) I was reciting from memory.
     
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  24. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    I haven’t heard the Blu-ray, but I would assume it’s the same transfer as the standalone 24/96 “studio master” hi-res download, and that one is the best I’ve heard this recording sound :) Better than the mid-90s “Originals” CD transfer.
     
  25. hvbias

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    As a space nerd I like that Also Sprach has spawned so many space themed covers through the various recordings by different conductors/orchestras.
     
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