I also already have his (Van Cliburn's)> Rachmanioff> #3 on a reel to reel tape, but that recording> lacks the clarity and sound field of his other RCA's; it's> very close> miked and off balance to the right. So, I was surprised when> I found> that people were asking about $60 for the remastered> version, although> it does include the Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 which I> imagine is> probably quite different, sonically.
Does anyone on the list have the SACD remaster? I'd like to know if the Rach 3 is improved or even "fixed" and if the Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 is worth the total purchase.
David Burnham wrote:
> You may find the sound of the Beethoven "Emperor"
> disappointing. I've found RCA's SACDs pretty reliable but
> this one seems to have had a problem. For me the problem
> is the sound of the orchestra - it's very roomy and
> unfocused, and, strangely, the 2nd violins and the violas
> sound much closer to the mikes than the 1st violins and
> cellos. This surprised me because Mohr and Leyton produced
> some of their finest recordings in Chicago. In any case,
> this is just my opinion and others may disagree.
This I'll have to check the "Emperor" more closely, but right now I've been enjoying the Rickard Strauss recordings. I'll let you know if I hear what you've heard as I get to it. One way or the other, these RCA "Living Stereo" SACD's are heads and shoulders over the original releases I would think even given their less than perfect results.