Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
I should look out for it.
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Ohh, I bet that's nice! I have a number of Fricsay recordings but not that one.
Got it! Those Naxos discs can be a fine bargain.
Indeed! I have quite a few.
I must own at least 200.
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!
New release. A french/swiss dream team.
How are these performances? The price is certainly right!
Now enjoying the above CD from the above box set. Once again, as with the solo CDs, this is absolutely lovely playing and sound.
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.
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?
if that's Boulez conducting those songs for Soprano and Orchestra it doesn't get any better than that
I prefer HVK. Reiner IIRC does some strange things with tempo on his recording.
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.
I think you are correct. It is one of the earliest stereo recordings.
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.)
I did not know that. Thanks. I suppose HvK would have asked higher royalties...
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.
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.
I think this is the one that I have, though on my DG CD the recording date is listed as 1974.
1974, right I was reciting from memory.
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.
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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