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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Dec 12, 2014.

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  1. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    I am considering ordering the new box set of Kyung-Wha Chung that will be released by Amazon US on January 6, 2015.

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    20 discs.
    CD 1
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto
    London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn

    CD 2
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1; Scottish Fantasia
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Rudolf Kempe

    CD 3
    Walton: Violin Concerto; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
    London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn

    CD 4
    Bach, J.S.: Partita No.2; Sonata No.3

    CD 5
    Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3; Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No.5
    London Symphony Orchestra / Lawrence Foster

    CD 6
    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2
    London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn

    CD 7
    Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2
    London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Georg Solti

    CD 8
    Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61
    London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti

    CD 9
    Chausson: Poème; Saint-Saëns: Havanaise etc
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Dutoit

    CD 10
    Beethoven: Violin Concerto
    Wiener Philharmoniker / Kirill Kondrashin

    CD 11
    Franck: Violin Sonata; Debussy: Violin Sonata
    Kyung Wha Chung / Radu Lupu

    CD 12
    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.1
    Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal / Charles Dutoit

    CD 13
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
    Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal / Charles Dutoit

    CD 14
    Berg: Violin Concerto; Bartók: Violin Concerto No.1
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti

    CD 15
    Con Amore
    Kyung Wha Chung / Phillip Moll

    CD 16
    Dvorák: Piano Trios in F Minor, Op.65 & B Flat, Op.21
    Chung Trio

    CD 17
    Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 in D Minor; Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B
    Chung Trio

    CD 18
    Strauss: Violin Sonata in E Flat; Respighi: Violin Sonata in B Minor
    Krystian Zimerman

    CD 19
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto; 2 Romances etc
    Chung Trio / Philharmonia Orchestra / Myung Whun Chung

    Bonus DVD
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphonies Nos.3 & 4
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti
     
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  2. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    That box is already available in Europe. I'm thinking of getting it some time next year, even though I already have quite a few of her Decca recordings. The new big Monteux box is my first priority, though, and there's also a Sviatoslav Richter box coming in January :)
     
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  3. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    An hour or so ago: Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op.61 - Jascha Heifetz with Charles Munch/Boston Symphony Orchestra - RCA hybrid SACD, CD-layer. A 1955 Lewis Layton recording that sounded a tad boxier than I remembered. The producer was John Pfeiffer.

    A technically masterful interpretation, as usual from Heifetz; yet it sounded a bit uninvolved, cold even, as so often with Heifetz, at least to my ears.

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  4. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

    Location:
    Reno, NV, USA
    The cheapest price for the one with the Bluray (the Super Deluxe) is $220 + ship. And yes, the aound on the Bluray is enough better to justify getting it (I'm extrapolating from the Esoeric SACD's, which in fact were made from a slightly older transfer done at 24/44.1 but still sound better than the new CD's. The BD is 24/48 with the same mastering as the CD's).
     
  5. TimH

    TimH Forum Resident

    Location:
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    I'm a bit biased since I was just listening to it this morning, but I really like Eugen Jochum's version with the London Phil from the 1970's. Overall, I think this Jochum-Brahms cycle is excellent, and it is one of my favorites to listen to.
     
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  6. Casagrande

    Casagrande Forum Resident

    Nothing at all. It's great. I do think the 2nd symphony is the highlight of that cycle though, not so much no. 3.
     
  7. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    Location:
    NYC
    OK - I'm confused. The link is to an unreleased Blu-Ray that goes for $81.
     
  8. Fafner88

    Fafner88 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Haifa, Israel
  9. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

    Location:
    Reno, NV, USA
    I'm assuming it's simply the Bluray Audio disc from the Deluxe Edition (which is why I was comparing those prices; if you can play the BD the CD's seem superfluous), but I suppose I could be wrong. It would be bizarre if it were different, though.
     
  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Now: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 13-14, Op.27/1-2; 15, Op.28 - Claudio Arrau - 11 CDs, Philips (the 1991 CD box with the 1960s cycle)

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  11. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

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    Amazon reviews indicate that both the Blu-Ray and the CDs in the megabox come from 1997 mastering.
     
  12. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Location:
    CA
    This disc arrived today: a wondrous performance of the Mozart with excellent sound--I prefer it on both accounts to the Perlman/Zukerman. Haven't listen to the Brahms yet.

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  13. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing CD6 - Brahms Symphony No.1, Tragic and Academic Overtures from the following box for a first listen ...

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  14. coopmv

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

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    I have 2 CD's away from B3 in the EMI Icon box ... :righton:
     
  15. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    Location:
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    Just listened to it. And through headphones the orchestra sounds wonderful (if a bit distant), and the recording quality does not suffer from digititis. I have been very disappointed with the sound of many of the more recent recordings in the box.

    As for the performance, it is on the warm side. The second and third movements were lovely. The first movement seemed a bit under-powered. But I was pumping to the fortissimos in the last movement. So overall an A-/B+ in my opinion.
     
  16. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

    Location:
    Reno, NV, USA
    Yes, that transfer was at 24/48 according to several articles and interviews, but the new set had further (re)mastering compared to the 1997 release. In any case, my point regarding pricing and sound quality remains. Apparently the master analog tape had deteriorated too much to make a new transfer.
     
  17. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing the following CD from my Chopin collection for a second listen ...

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  18. Fafner88

    Fafner88 Forum Resident

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    Yes, I won't argue with that, it's a good big-band traditional Brahms captured in very good modern sound. I think that Abbado's approach works best in the first two symphonies. Still I prefer the athleticism of Karajan, or the depth of the late Giulini on DG.
     
  19. Fafner88

    Fafner88 Forum Resident

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    How can they further remaster the recording if the original tapes are gone?
     
  20. coopmv

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

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    CT, USA
    Now playing the following CD from my early music collection ...

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  21. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I'm fond of Sir Adrian Boult's account that I have on EMI; if forced to choose only one, I expect that's the one I'd take. Frederick Stock recorded the piece with the CSO during the 78 era, and I need to get better acquainted with that set, but alas it is sonically (NOT artistically) rather dull, a product of Columbia when Columbia records tended to the murky by comparison with their Victor counterparts.
     
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  22. rbbert

    rbbert Forum Resident

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    You are really asking that question at the SH Forums?? The place where we dissect every mixing, mastering and other production maneuver to death? :laugh:

    Mastering is a process performed on any recording, involving among other possibilities compression, equalization, peak-limiting, bandwidth limiting, etc. It is distinct from mixing and A>D transfer.
     
  23. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Starting the morning with the Tallis Singers performing Palestrina.
     
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  24. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    In the last hour: Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op.28; Prélude, Op.45; Prélude in A flat major, Op.posth.; Barcarolle, Op.60; Polonaise 6, Op.53; Scherzo 2, Op.31 - Martha Argerich - DG. Phenomenal playing.

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  25. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Time to have a little Chopin to begin my afternoon listening ...

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