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New Warner Reissues
October 29, 2015
May I assume that the truly lamentable sonic defects you noted in the recent Warner SACD remasters of the Klemperer Bach St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor are not present in the new Brahms set? ... more
New Warner Reissues
October 27, 2015
Are you talking about the Brahms 4th from the Klemperer/Philharmonia set just issued on SACD by Warner in Japan? ... more
New Karajan SACDs from Universal Japan?
April 16, 2014
Well, not so much. True, it is indeed the 'Sonnenaufgang' from Boehm's late 50's DG recording that is used on the MGM soundtrack album, but the actual soundtrack of the film itself uses Karajan's far more dramatic Vienna Philharmonic Decca recording, even though there are no performers at all listed in the film's credits for Space Odyssey's ... more
Anybody here familiar with Christian Thieleman's Wiener Staatsoper Ring from 2011 ?
April 1, 2014
Chris, I don't know if you are still interested in the new remastering of Karl Boehm's 1967 Bayreuth Ring from (German) Decca Eloquence, but having just heard Die Walkuere from that set, I am delighted to report that Akira is entirely correct. The remastering engineers have done their jobs magnificently well. What I heard is a huge improvement over ... more
Anybody here familiar with Christian Thieleman's Wiener Staatsoper Ring from 2011 ?
July 10, 2013
Akira, I'd like very much to believe that recent remastering of Boehm's Bayreuth Ring is an improvement over the previous RBCD issues, but the remastering has been done with Decca's AMSI (Ambient Surround Imaging). The few previous releases I've heard on Decca Eloquence (not to be confused with the very good Australian Eloquence label) that have ... more