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Re: Single LP box sets

From:

Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]>

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

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Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:50:32 -0400

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The BSO/Munch Suite Provenšale has never been converted using original
masters, only production parts. That might contribute to the attenuated
sound quality you mention, whereas the original Lp made a cheerfully robust
impact.

DDR

On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 7:24 AM, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> One of my first classical records, though not in the Soria version. Still,
> quite a nice package, IIRC, with a nice cover and booklet. You got good
> perceived value back then for the equivalent of - what? - $30 US in today's
> money. I was totally charmed by the music. I don't have a copy anymore, but
> would like to hear it to study its production flaws. I suspect singers
> mixed
> too loudly and a garish orchestra pickup? It did emerge from the Admiral
> console hifi with some grandiosity, as intended.
>
> Contrast that with one of my favorite recordings of anything,
> Milhaud/Munch/BSO, a more modest Soria issue. All the sensitivity and
> authenticity of style that the MSND performance lacks. Unfortunately, all
> the issues of this session I've heard have a strange veiled sound, though
> the ensemble balance is plausibly life-like.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Donald Tait
> Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:23 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Single LP box sets
>
>   Yes, I also remember the Leinsdorf/BSO MSND music on Victor as being yet
> another depressing example of Leinsdorf's suffocating musical style. All
> very correct. And all very the last word in absolutely nothing.
>
>   Don Tait
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]>
> To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 4:56 pm
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Single LP box sets
>
>
> I purchased the MSND music with the Boydell engravings of Fuseli when it
> was released. I kept it in a heavy manilla envelope for decades until I
> finally sold it on eBay several years ago, not enriched thereby,
> unfortunately, but happy to pass on the ungainly package. I recall the
> performance as disappointing, rather prosaic, and recorded with RCA
> Victor's celebrated incompetence.
>
> DDR
>
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM, Donald Tait <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >   The Don Quixote was in the Soria series and was packaged with a de
> luxe,
> > gorgeous heavy booklet containing tipped-in art reproductions. The
> > Reiner/CSO Beethoven Pastoral was also in a slipcase sort of thing, at
> > least at the beginning. Later issues were in standard cardboard sleeves.
> > The de luxe Pastoral  package doesn't turn up often in my experience.
> >
> >   In a class by itself was the original RCA Victor packaging of
> > Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music with Leinsdorf/BSO. As James
> > North writes in his BSO discography:
> > "LSC/D-2673 is a limited edition, housed in a 13.5 x 17 inch hard-cover
> > folder, which also contains reproductions of two eighteenth-century
> > engravings of Henry Fuseli paintings basked on Shakespeare's play."
> >
> >   The Victor LP package, bound in dark blue cloth, was so awkward at 17"
> > high and 13.5 wide that it seemed to pose problems for dealers to
> display.
> > I remember that Rose Records on Wabash Avenue in Chicago had a few copies
> > on the floor, leaning against a vertical pipe. They had nothing else to
> do.
> >
> >   Don Tait
> >
>



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