The SACDs were done in Germany, not by anyone associated with the original recordings, and not using
any of the original playback equipment. They did not sell well. I prefer the CDs on the albums you
cited, but the most important thing is that we both enjoy the dynamic and exciting musical content.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "DAVID BURNHAM" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2012 11:21 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Mercury Living Presence
One thing I've always wondered, and I'm sure Tom Fine has the answer, is about the Mercury CD
reissues from the early '90s. In the booklets, it says that during the mastering of the CDs, the
final CD was meticulously compared with the original tape to insure they were identical. But when
the SACDs of some Mercury recordings came out about 8 years ago, there was a huge sonic improvement
over the previous CD issues, (particularly the Liszt Rhapsodies, the Chabrier selections, the
Nutcracker and the Suppé overtures and others which I can't bring to mind right now). Why would they
not have heard these differences when they issued the CDs?