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‚ÄčThe Collins performances are indeed really good. For a fine black horse
coming up from behind though, try the Rozhdestvensky set.

http://www.amazon.com/Sibelius-Symphonies-1-7-Jean/dp/B003GT37LG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444928348&sr=8-1&keywords=Rozhdestvensky++Sibelius

The price is now triple what I paid a couple years ago!

clark

On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> On LP one of the 6-record set, there is more a low-level buzz than a hum.
> I think they did some mitigation, perhaps a hum filter, and the buzz is the
> low-level hash that rode above the hum. In any case, it's not terribly
> annoying on speakers. more annoying listening through headphones.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Carl Pultz" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 5:38 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Good music, good FFRR sound, good vinyl, nice
> presentation
>
>
> I happened to read a review of the Eloquence CDs just the other day in a
> back issue of Fanfare, Vol. 31 #6, 7/8 2008. A dual(ing) review, one mostly
> negative, one mildly positive, the latter calling the sound "dynamic, if
> feral," and describing the playing as sometimes "scrappy" but "elsewhere
> the LSO play their hearts out, chasing the devil." The other guy
> acknowledges the set's historical significance, but praises only Kenneth
> Wilkinsin's Kingsway sound as "astonishingly clear, lifelike." He mentions
> there is a buzz throughout the 1st Symphony.
>
> I have three of the Ace of Clubs pressings (not of the 1st). I wasn't
> bowled over by the performances, but this prompts me to give them another
> spin.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Haley
> Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 3:10 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Good music, good FFRR sound, good vinyl, nice
> presentation
>
> Tom,
>
> People should be aware that these classic recordings are already available
> on two "Decca" CDs, here:
>
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Sibelius-Symphonies-Nos-Jean/dp/B00104CIPK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444849351&sr=8-1&keywords=Collins+Sibelius
>
> and
>
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Eloq-SIBELIUS-Symphonies-Nos-CD/dp/B00104CIPU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444849351&sr=8-2&keywords=Collins+Sibelius
>
> These Decca CD's sound far better than the prior incarnations on Beulah
> CDs (or any prior LPs), and it is hard to believe that the new LPs could
> possibly top these fantastic sounding CD's.  While I haven't heard the new
> LPs, I think they have to be truly superfluous.
>
> I see on Amazon that there is also a Japanese CD set, which I know nothing
> about.
>
> Anyone who loves these symphonies, as I do, has to hear these Collins
> recordings.  They are real ear-openers.
>
> Best,
> John Haley
>
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 2:58 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> UMG/Decca Classics quietly released this new 6LP set:
>> http://www.deccaclassics.com/en/cat/4788497
>>
>> Having worked with UMG on both the release-prep and consumer-fan end
>> of things, I am very impressed with this year's crop of vinyl reissue
>> offerings. This set in particular has very nice sound quality,
>> excellent manufacturing and a high-quality "artifact"-ness about it
>> (nice sleeve graphics, high-quality reproduction of the FFRR labels,
>> good booklet essay, etc).
>>
>> Pressed (180g, very flat LPs) at OptimalMedia, Germany.
>>
>> Most of all, the performances are superb. And, I usually don't go in
>> for mono orchestral recordings, but the Decca guys knew how to do this
>> well. I was amazed that the first 2 symphonies were recorded in 1952.
>>
>> -- Tom Fine
>>
>