These recordings were not made by Mercury. They are Philips studio recordings. These editions do
seem to be the original early 60's Dutch Philips pressings.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Eric Nagamine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 1:39 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] curious as to why the high value?
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> why would those Philips LPs of David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin go for
>> so much? Was that a freak eBay sale? That material was reissued as a
>> nicely-packaged good-sounding CD set. The original sound quality
>> wasn't knock your socks off, although it was typical Philips high
>> quality. The performances remain highly rated by some critics. But,
>> if a CD set is available, why are the original LPs worth thousands of
>> dollars? Could this have been a Philips completist buyer who got in a
>> bidding war?
>> -- Tom Fine
> If it's a early 60's(?)Dutch pressed "HIFI STEREO" purple label disc, then
> they do have a cachet among collectors, though I've never seen the prices
> that high. Mostly in the $50 to $100 range per disc. Perhaps the set
> packaging was rare in those pressings? Were these originally recorded by
> the Mercury team for Philips like the Richter/Liszt Piano concerti disc?
> Those seem to have more value because of who did the recording, than the
> performance it self.
> Aloha and Mahalo,
> Eric Nagamine