Classical "Mega" CD Box Sets

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

  1. Wombat79

    Wombat79 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Amazon AU still has the original box for about AU$450. That is about 280 euro.
     
  2. fogalu

    fogalu There is only one Beethoven

    Location:
    Killarney, Ireland
    It's a bit annoying alright, but I'm still glad I bought the larger version.
    The original edition has, as you know, a hardcover book and nine substantial booklets with translations of all the vocal works.
    The new box has only one booklet similar to the Warner, Naxos and Brilliant sets.
    Regarding the actual CDs, the whole "Classic Performances" set has been removed and also Gardiner's complete symphony cycle.
     
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  3. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

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    Sunshine State
    My Bohm box arrived from Amazon US. It was inside a special foam container in a factory box. I am looking forward to start listening to some German opera!

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  4. bruckner13

    bruckner13 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    If you will allow me a suggestion: start with Capriccio. It is a very unknown piece but with sublime music. The beginning is a beautiful sextet for strings. And this version is for me the reference.
     
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  5. misterjones

    misterjones Forum Resident

    Location:
    Andover, MA
    Wagner.
     
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  6. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

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    Sunshine State
    Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  7. Swordsandchains

    Swordsandchains I have come here to chew bubblegum…

    Location:
    Chicago
    Mine is scheduled for August 7
     
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  8. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    Originally, mine was scheduled for mid August but surprisingly I got it much earlier.
    It’s a great set, very nicely done.
     
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  9. 6138

    6138 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Miami, USA
    I want your opinion guys, what do you think is better: DG's complete Stravisnky ot Warner's not-so-complete edition?
     
  10. Swordsandchains

    Swordsandchains I have come here to chew bubblegum…

    Location:
    Chicago
    ive also been wondering thus
     
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  11. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Forum Resident

    Location:
    Suburban Chicago
    I haven't head everything in either of the boxes, but I'd go for the DG over the Warner anyday. The performances may not be the best available in the DG, but I think they still out rank the Warner compilation. But of course, if I could only have one Stravinsky box, I'd buy the Sony in a heartbeat.
     
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  12. ssstand

    ssstand Forum Resident

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    Cheverly, MD
    I am another in the Sony box camp.
     
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  13. 6138

    6138 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Miami, USA
    This one?
    I have it already, I am just tempted to add a second one.

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  14. Randy Lane

    Randy Lane Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arizona USA
  15. 6138

    6138 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Miami, USA
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  16. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

    Location:
    Karlstad, Sweden
    I now have the answer to my question. The Oslo Years is supposedly on the way, but the much more desirable John Lennon box was just cancelled by Cultyfix. I suspect others who got too good a deal will experience the same.
     
  17. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

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    Sunshine State
    I understand that Mariss Jansons is not as famous as some other names but I always liked his conducting and this is a very enjoyable and interesting set.
     
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  18. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

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    Karlstad, Sweden
    I am very happy to get the set, and the price was certainly right. I have some of Jansons' later recordings with the Concertgebouw, and they are excellent. His most famous recordings with the Oslo Philharmonic, however, are his Tchaikovsky symphonies, but that is not part of this box since they were recorded by Chandos. I may have to get them too.
     
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  19. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    The recordings Jansons made with the Concertgebouw when he was their principal conductor (2004-2015) were not as highly regarded here (in the Netherlands) as many of the ones made by his predecessors Haitink (1963-1988) and Chailly (1988-2004). They seem to lack a certain "drive" (for want of a better description) in comparison. He was a good conductor nevertheless. Talking about the Concertgebouw's principal conductor, there still isn't one... They've been without one since Gatti was fired in 2018.
     
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  20. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

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    Sunshine State
    I have not heard these, I will have my eyes open for a copy.
     
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  21. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

    Location:
    Karlstad, Sweden
    The recordings I have by him are Mahler 1 and 5, some Richard Strauss and the three early Stravinsky ballets. While they may not be the very top of the pile I like them a lot. A contributing factor might be the great surround recordings done by RCO Live that seem to bring out the best of the Concertgebouw (I have to admit never having been there in person, however, so I cannot vouch for their fidelity). The one recording of Jansons that really grabbed me was the companion piece to his recording of Petroushka, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Before listening to it, they had not seemed that special but Jansons' version made me sit up.
     
  22. Martin H

    Martin H Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, UK
    Like colleagues here, I've always been a bit underwhelmed by Jansons - having heard him in Amsterdam and elsewhere, and on a few recordings. He was clearly held in great esteem by orchestras - no-one could otherwise helm simultaneously two of the world's best (Concertgebouw & Bavarian Radio Symphony) but I never found his performances that memorable.
    Anyone considering a box set by him might try listening to some of his recordings online before taking the plunge.
     
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  23. varanger

    varanger Well-Known Member

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    Oslo
    Capriccio is by Richard Strauss
     
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  24. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Forgot to mention Eduard van Beinum, who was the Concertgebouw's principal conductor from 1945 until his untimely death in 1959, and whose recordings are also highly regarded here.
     
  25. Åke Bergvall

    Åke Bergvall Forum Resident

    Location:
    Karlstad, Sweden
    It turns out the discussion about the value of the Jansons box has, for me at least, become moot. Cultyfix has just let me know that despite the fact that I got a mail several days ago saying it had been shipped the order has in fact been cancelled (just like the John Lennon box). Now I only have to wait and see if my money is reimbursed! If I hadn't made some amazing deals in the past I would say that if its sounds too good to be true it probably is. Anyway, no more Cultyfix for me, however tempting . . .
     
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