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Re: Who needs vinyl?

From:

Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:28:12 -0400

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On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]>wrote:


>  Andy Kazdin was certainly delighted
> with "produced sound". He wanted no part of documentary reality. "We're
> making MAGIC here!" was his motto.*
>

Well that explains a lot of things! Probably too Columbia's eager entry
into four-channel, and their seating the orchestra around the four corners
of a studio. "Documentary reality" is an excellent phrase except when used
pejoratively.

clark

>
>
>
> >
> >>
> >> Can you give us any clues as to how to identify which Sony reissues have
> >> been outstandingly remastered and which have not?
> >>
> >> Hunter Kevil
> >>
> >>
> >> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM, [Richard A Kaplan] <[log in to unmask]
> >> >wrote:
> >>
> >>  Sony's release of Bernstein's Mahler cycle last year in new masterings
> >>> from
> >>>  session tapes was revelatory; it shows (a) what they're capable of
> when
> >>> they're  willing to use the resources, and (b) how inadequate the huge
> >>> bulk of
> >>> their CD  reissues have (has?) been. I'm with Steve: More!
> >>>
> >>> Rich Kaplan
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> In a message dated 6/1/2012 3:05:07 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> >>> [log in to unmask] writes:
> >>>
> >>> I  recently heard the last 2 movements of the Beethoven 3d Piano
> Concero
> >>>  on
> >>> the radio and was amazed.  I had no idea who was before the public  at
> >>> present who played the piece this well. What particularly grabbed me
> was
> >>> how
> >>> rich the piano tone was, how clear the various piiano voices and
> >>>  orchestral
> >>> parts were and how well the whole thing sounded  together.
> >>>
> >>> Imagine my surprise.  It was Leon Fleisher, George Szell  and the
> >>> Cleveland
> >>> Orchestra, made in 1959.
> >>>
> >>> After a bit of  investigation, I learned it was a new, 2012 24 bit
> >>> ransfer
> >>> from Sony. I  orderd the box of the 5 Beethoven and two Brahms Concerti
> >>> that
> >>> night. When  it arrived, it also proved to contain the Brahms Handel
> >>> Variations, the op.  39 Waltzes and  Mozarrt's 25th Concerto.
> >>>
> >>> I'm playing the 3d now  through my office listening set-up.  It's far
> >>> more
> >>> than the radio  disclosed.
> >>>
> >>> Though I've yet to see a review that addresses it,  this is clearly
> (!) a
> >>> huge improvement over all previous releases in any  format.
> >>>
> >>> I am assuming they've used Capstan as there is no  wow or flutter-
> >>> something
> >>> to which my my ear is particulary  sensitive.  The crispness of the
> sound
> >>> indicates corrections to  problems caused by slight misphasings, firmly
> >>> and
> >>> distinctly positioning  the instruments within the orchestra.  A slight
> >>> cut
> >>> made here at about  2700 cycles allows the piano to sound completely
> >>> equalized throughout its  range with no notes suddenly sticking out.
>  The
> >>> occassional buzzy  noise I used to think were defects in the recording
> >>> are
> >>> now revealed as  piano problems.  I can't hear any tape hiss at all.
> The
> >>> only
> >>> negative  is that the time between movements is often too short and
> >>> unrelated
> >>> to the  music's pulse.
> >>>
> >>> Oh, yes.  Setting aside a few missed notes  in a few of the more
> elaboate
> >>> passages, the 3d is a terrific  performance.  They are well enough
> known
> >>> by
> >>> now not to require a  review.
> >>>
> >>> The digital millenium has arrived.  More!   More!
> >>>
> >>> Steve Smolian
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
>
>
> --
> Dennis D. Rooney
> 303 W. 66th Street, 9HE
> New York, NY 10023
> 212.874.9626
>

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