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Discussion: Wagner: Tannhauser - Gerdes

Posts: 9

Post by peteyspambucket February 9, 2005 (1 of 9)
I believe this represents the first SACD with the glorious voice of Birgit Nilsson. Does anyone have this and want to comment???

Post by mdt February 9, 2005 (2 of 9)
peteyspambucket said:

I believe this represents the first SACD with the glorious voice of Birgit Nilsson. Does anyone have this and want to comment???

How does it come that japanese managers seem to know more about and better apreciate our european culture than is the case here in europe ?
It is a shame that the greatest gems of our classical recorded history are being re-released in appropriate quality only in Japan !!!!!!
What is going on with Universal Europe, dont they know what they have in their vaults ?! By merging several companys with long tradition they have assembled an archive of considerable importance not only under financial aspects but also and more importantly under cultural aspects.

Dear Universal,
gaining more power and influence as you have succeeded in with your forced merging policy, does not only mean making more money IT ALSO MEANS TAKING ON GREATER RESPONSIBILITY, not only towards share-holders but since you are holding a cultural heritage also towards the people.

Post by peteyspambucket February 9, 2005 (3 of 9)
Perhaps it's analysis-paralysis on their part. They have such a huge library, they don't seem to know where to start. Universal Japan has, however, made a great start because the latest group of SACDs from them is very diverse and doesn't seem aimed at releasing complete series of anything, but just some of the historically great performances that exist in their vaults. A great strategy, IMHO.

Post by mdt February 9, 2005 (4 of 9)
peteyspambucket said:

Perhaps it's analysis-paralysis on their part. They have such a huge library, they don't seem to know where to start. Universal Japan has, however, made a great start because the latest group of SACDs from them is very diverse and doesn't seem aimed at releasing complete series of anything, but just some of the historically great performances that exist in their vaults. A great strategy, IMHO.

Universal Japan has to choose from the same huge library, dont they ?! Youre absolutely right in what you say about their strategy, that's the way to go.
So the question remains, what's wrong with Universal Europe ? Until they finally wake up (if there still are music-people in the management at all after all this merging) they could at least release the titles kindly remastered for them by Universal Japan, or is even that asked to much ?!!!

Post by mdt February 9, 2005 (5 of 9)
peteyspambucket said:

They have such a huge library, they don't seem to know where to start.

how about a public survey, or a series of SA-CD reissues of the greatest recordings selected by top music critics ?
It was no problem to bring one re-issue series after the other on CD was it ?
Besides that most of such series were remastered to high resolution digital, so even the work is already done. Such CD re-issue series are still being newly created and continued without end. So if one goes through all the trouble of tape research and high resolution remastering why not release it on a high resolution carrier since it is finally available, instead of waisting a good part of the laboriously achieved result by down converting to 16/44.1 of which every one should know by now that it is completely insufficient for music reproduction.

Post by seth February 9, 2005 (6 of 9)
mdt said:

How does it come that japanese managers seem to know more about and better apreciate our european culture than is the case here in europe ?

I think it's more of an issue of supply and demmand.

If Universal Europe and USA thought there was money to be maid in SACD reissues, I'm sure they'd be releasing them.

Post by mdt February 10, 2005 (7 of 9)
seth said:

I think it's more of an issue of supply and demmand.

If Universal Europe and USA thought there was money to be maid in SACD reissues, I'm sure they'd be releasing them.

why should'nt europeans buy recordings of their greatest artists ? if there is a lack of demand then it is only due to a lack of information, how can there be a demand for something people dont know about ?
if the industry would only make people aware of the quality that is at hand on studio masters and that there is a SIGNIFICANT gap between that quality and what CD is capable of !
Most people simply dont know about the limitations of CD and what has been possible beyond that quality already for many years, even worse most of them dont even know about the existence of SA-CD.
So how shall there be a demand for it ?!
i have demonstrated SA-CD (2ch) to several people not at all into hi-fi but much interested in music and with ample experience listening to live performances. All of them imediately preferred SA-CD to CD for its more natural and enjoyable performance, and are now favouring SA-CD when buying new discs.

Post by Daland February 11, 2005 (8 of 9)
peteyspambucket said:

I believe this represents the first SACD with the glorious voice of Birgit Nilsson. Does anyone have this and want to comment???

I have just added a review. My overall impression is favourable.

Post by Links August 31, 2009 (9 of 9)
I wish Decca would release Solti's Tannhauser in surround SACD.
Kollo, Dernesch, Ludwig, Bruan, Sotin.
What you say, surround sound?

As a recording engineer with the CBC, I was attending an AES convention in LA
in 1971 and one evening at a small private gathering at the son of a well known
choral conductors dwelling place high on a hill which he affectionately called
"Hunding's Hut", I was treated to a 4 channel tape sample from Act 1 given/lent to
him by one of the Decca engineers on that session. (Gordon Parry, or JamesLock?)
He even had a modded TV set up to display 4 channel information like an
oscilloscope. (looked somewhat like an animated X)

Now, whether the entire opera exists in that that format I don't know.
Can only dream.
James

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