Friday, March 2, 2012


In response to an insightful reader, I've pasted a link to a Youtube clip of the first two movements of the Scythian Suite as conducted by Antal Dorati with the LSO on Mercury SR90006.  I unfortunately couldn't find a clip of the Love for Three Oranges Suite, but hopefully you can still appreciate part of this famous recording!

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  1. I've got this and the classic reissue. Believe I had the CD which is what that sounds like (where's the surface noise?) I've been meaning to listen to the original. It seems to be a sore tracking test. The classic reissue never did it for me. Despite the accolades I find it a bit washed out sounding. I actually prefer Grundmann's early solid state classic reissues. I got some 45 rpm tube reissues (Sprach and Faust) and preferred the original solid state reissues. Bought Tchaikovsky VC1 and Brahms PC 1 tube pressings and then I stopped picking up classic reissues because I did not like the sound. I need to revisit these recording down the road.

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    1. In response to your earlier message, I have never even come close to your 9000 LPS!!! At my peak, I had about 2000, but after much selling, I have pared the collection down to the most select 600 or so which I listen to. I simply didn't have the space nor the time to listen to all of the ones I owned before. That's impressive that you've collected so many. How do you store them?

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    2. It is way too many. Let's say I don't have a lot of closet space. An IKEA based built in is in my future. On the closet side my linen closet is normal closet depth with six layers of LPs. The bottom 4 shelves have double thickness with unlistened to opera and reader's digest/time life big boxes in the back rows.

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  2. Yes, I hear that the Classic Records reissues are a mixed bag. Most of the RCA ones are not improvements over the originals, though I hear that some of the Mercuries actually are. Have you heard about the Analogue Production RCA Living Stereo vinyl and SACD reissues which are set to come out this fall? Apparently they are recut from the original master tapes and are supposed to be even better than the originals, or so they say. They will retail at $30 a piece, which is not bad compared to the actual prices that the originals go for. The rare albums will be reissued, which is nice to know. Have you ever owned the original of LSC 2449?

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    1. $30 might be cheap enough for me to test the waters. I've heard great things about recent Analogue Production mastering being in a league all of its own. I'd not heard about RCA vinyl.

      I've got LSC 1806 Also Sprach and LSC 2449 Faust in original shaded dogs. I also have the early classic reissue and original classic 45 rpm releases.

      Saving these for a listening session with the bassophile who has amassed a very nice collection of reissue classical vinyl in the last decade. I just sit their drooling as I paw through the records and I don't have any of them. He just scored a mother load of super analog and some other audiophile recordings. Maybe 50 super analog's. He had those safely away from my paws.

      I plan on torturing him with some of the better EMI and Columbia soon. He's not had time to explore and collect vintage vinyl and says he's tapped out from that mother load (nice problem to have). He could sell each of those super's for at least $50 a piece. They are OK, but they lost out by a little to some other pressings (blueback or sts).

      If we are polling on which of the above pressings of the Faust and Sprach will win, I vote for the original 33 rpm Grundman solid state pressings. Mr. Chad K needs to do EMI/Columbia! I guess Electric Recording Company will be doing quite a few titles. I will freak if they don't start expanding production and get their prices down to $50. I am probably in dream land and will be lucky to see $100 on these.

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    2. Hah, I've won the blogging war for now.

      I'll be in communicado for the next week which is just a stone's throw away from incognito.

      (I'll have limited internet signal at the Chautauqua Insitute.)

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