Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Question of the Day

What is your favorite analog recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto, either mono or stereo? 

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  1. I like the cover on the Heifetz. Tchaikovsky VC Heifetz Cover wants me to collect some busts of favorite composers.

    I've yet to be swept away by a rendition.

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    1. Yes, I like that cover, too. The cover of the Szeryng RCA Living Stereo is also nice.

      Of the recordings I've owned, I'd have to say I like the Szeryng on RCA, the Heifetz on RCA, and the Oistrakh on Columbia SAX with Klemperer. I've heard digital remasters of Grumiaux on Philips and Kogan on Columbia SAX, both of which I also like, but I can't say that I've had the opportunity to listen to the vinyl.

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  2. My favorite is Oistrakh on EMI with Szell which happened to be my first vinyl. I haven't got the chance to hear the Columbia SAX with Klemperer yet.The solo viloin part in my Electrola reissue album sounds somewhat harsh. The Kremer/Karajan on EMI is also a great choice.

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    1. ASD 2525 Oistrakh, and ASD 3261 Kremer. I was unaware of these LP's. The Oistrakh Szell is an appealing way to check out the Cleveland sound on EMI. It does not look like it was licensed from Epic like all of the SAX Szell, so not the same as a Cleveland SAX recording (probably better).

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  3. I've only heard that recording on CD and don't own the record, but I imagine it probably sounds great. Do you have the postage stamp pressing?

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  4. I haven't owned ASD 3261 postage stamp. Fortunately my Japanese 1st edition pressing sounds very good, especially those high notes of solo violin.

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    1. Please comment on any other Japanese (or French) pressings you have. Perhaps the blog host has already reviewed some of these in their British incarnation or has a British copy.

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    2. Most, if not all of the early Japanese London Blueback pressings have identical stampers of original London CS series with affordable prices.

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  5. Wow. So the records were made in England too? That's nice to know if you are in the market for a pricey Decca (Kertesz New World comes to mind).

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