Listenin' to Classical Music and Conversation

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bluemooze, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    CD from the second Mercury Living Presence box. These Mercury CDs are among the best sounding I own; hard to believe a lot of these recordings are from 50 years ago or more.


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  2. Greg Arkadin

    Greg Arkadin Well-Known Member

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    Cziffra was the subject of a wonderful box on French EMI that collected everything he recorded for the label. That's the lion's share of his output.

    Weissenberg isn't well-known to today's audiences. Probably the only reason I learned about him was a strong recommendation on the Google classical music board as well as from someone at a record store. But Weissenberg has been the subject of a number of boxes that collect many of his recordings. There's the Champagne Pianist (EMI), Complete RCA Collection, DG Recordings, and an Introuvables collection. There are also reissues of his EMI recordings of Bach and Chopin, both of which are highly recommended. I'm not sure how much is left to reissue among the major labels. There are other reissues of early work on Doremi and live recordings on varied labels.

    There's also a website devoted to him that includes a page with obscure recordings. There's some really interesting stuff there. Go to Alexis Weissenberg Archive | A work in progress
     
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  3. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    Holy cow! I found the first Mercury Living Presence box new for $90.00 on eBay! :pineapple::bdance::goodie:

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  4. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    Jaw-dropping playing but rather distant sound.

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  5. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

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  6. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Critic Jeff Distler reviewed the Cziffra box for ClassicsToday: https://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-14590/?search=1 Distler is one of the few reviewers whose ears I trust.
     
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  7. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    CD 3. Symphonies 3 & 4.

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  8. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    A gripping performance captured in excellent sound.

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  9. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

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  10. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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  11. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Asking price, I don't think anybody will actually pay that kind of money. Amazon France has the lowest price, 310 euros for a used copy. Still way overpriced.

    Maybe Warner Classics, who now own EMI Classics, will reissue the French EMI pianist boxes that are now OOP, using the generally good French masterings.
     
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  12. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Well-Known Member

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    Agreed! I love these boxes for both performances and sound quality!!

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  13. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    CT, USA
    On my late day walk/jog, I listened to the following CD from my Berlioz collection ...

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  14. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    So there are quite a few Mercury Living Presence big boxes ...
     
  15. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Well-Known Member

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    Yes, there are three of them. I bought them all upon release!
     
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  16. Jacline

    Jacline Forum Resident

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    Mr. coop! How dare you? You need to fix this soon, mon ami. Like, STATIM. (Latin for STAT.)
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  17. Steve G

    Steve G Forum Resident

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    Have you heard the DSD versions of the three channel ones? I have a pictures at an exhibition that is stunning that way
     
  18. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I tend to be very Euro-centric when it comes to classical music. As such, many American artists are passed over unless they are exceptional like Bernstein, Arleen Auger, Judith Nelson and Sylvia McNair, etc. William Christie is pretty much a Frenchman IMO even though he was American-born ...

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  19. Jacline

    Jacline Forum Resident

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    Montreal, Quebec
    Excellent, andolink!
     
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  20. David*M

    David*M Active Member

    Congrats!

    Is eBay the best place to sell something like this? I've got a duplicate of another classical box (still sealed) that I'd like to sell, but don't have an established seller's account set up anywhere. Was debating between eBay or Amazon or one of the lesser-known marketplaces. What online shops do people usually scout for second-hand classical music deals?
     
  21. Jacline

    Jacline Forum Resident

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    Montreal, Quebec
    My "Winter" symphony. With Von Stade. Absolutely great, DeepFloyd and ibanez.
     
  22. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    CT, USA
    I think the only Mercury Living Presence box I have is the Janos Starker box.
     
  23. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Why not try the Classifieds on this board? It's mainly non-classical, but it may be worth a try.
     
  24. Bubbamike

    Bubbamike Forum Resident

    Callas was Greco-American. Maybe not European enough but enough that all the Europeans loved her except for the Tebaldi claque.
     
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  25. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    Sorry, I can't give you a good answer as I've only used Amazon and eBay to buy.
     

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