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The Decca Sound [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 50
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005D51II0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Box set containing a compilation of works recorded by Decca. As well as the tracks listed it also includes 'Gigues' from 'Images For Orchestra' by Claude Debussy, 'Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 'Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36' by Sergei Rachmaninov, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Modest Mussorgsky, 'Che Fa Il Mio Ben?, Op. 82, No. 3' by Ludwig van Beethoven and 'Baal Shem' by Samuel Barber, amongst others.

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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful work of art 1 Nov 2011
By lucas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful, wonderful box set of cds. The sound is absolutely extraordinary. Cd's sleeves have original cover art and,
what i thought it was very clever, the back of the sleeve doesn't reproduce the back of the original vinyl lp.

It has, instead, a few lines about the work and a clear,
easily readable list of the tracks and, sometimes, a small reproduction of the original cover of the bonus track.

Bonus track mean that the track was not part of the
original lp and was added when the original vinyl was too short for a cd.

Example: The cd of Ashkenazy playing Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto lasts 42 minutes.
Decca, in a nice gesture, added the piano sonata no 2 , which is from another original album but, lasting 25 minutes,
is too short for a single cd.

The booklet is excellent. Lots of photographs, some of them in colour, a complete list of the tracks on the 50 cds and a very informative text about
the history of recording in the last 50 years.

The booklet, by the way, has a nice, readable font size. It is not in the box just for the sake of it. The booklet does add to the box.

If you like classical music, you will love this box set. It is not only a box of cds. It is a real work of art and it is more than worth having it.

Down here I pasted a complete list of the 50 cds that come in the box.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT - LASTS A YEAR 8 Oct 2012
By KOPKAT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I only found out about this wonderful box set by listening to David Mellor, whom I rarely like listening to as he is often patronising and not an expert as, for example, the excellent Rob Cownan on Radio Three. That said, I shall be forever thankful he highlighted this truly astounding box set from Decca.

For value in terms of money it is impossible to beat. Where can you buy CD's at less than £2 a disc? But far more importantly is the range and the sheer quality of the whole production.

I have a fairly extensive range of classical CD's but there were many new composers to enjoy such as Janacek under that expert of Czech music, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, to Berlin cabaret with Ute Lemper. There is something for everyone here - from Renaissance music of the sixteenth century right up to Webern. No-one will like all the music on offer - I really did try to like Messiaen but admit failure! But the majority is from the standard repertoire with a fair mix of orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and operatic tracks. The sound quality is from the very good to the jaw-droppingly brilliant. Like a previous reviewer has said, both Ravel discs are probably the best in their class; the Spanish disc (number 2) is wonderfully thrilling, and no-one can deny the historical importance of Britten's War Requiem.

The real pleasure is that I bought this as a Christmas present to me last December. It has not left my desk since: it has brought hours of immense pleasure. My only (very slight) quibble is that there is no Vaughan-Williams and I would like to have seen more Handel performed. Perhaps all the positive reviews here on Amazon might persuade Decca to produce a second box for this Christmas! My order would be placed immediately.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic recordings, great bargain. 6 Dec 2011
By Fox
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These are classic recordings from the early age of stereo in the 1950s, through to modern digital classics. That over-used word 'cornucopia' is usually pulled out to describe box sets like this, but what is on offer is an undeniable abundence of some of the finest Decca recordings of the last fifty years. The sound is of extraordinary quality with analogue recordings often easily mistaken for digital. I'm not clear if these have had a new sound upgrade in reprocessing, but on my relatively standard sound set-up most were, in my view, jaw-dropping. The Monteux disc of Ravel's Daphne and Chloe paired with Elgar's Enigma Variations puts to shame some of the recent versions in audio quality (and performance). Other highlights are the Tchaikovsky string serenade by Marriner (wonderful), Messiaen Turangalila Symphony by Chailly (close but not the equal of the under-rated version by Salonen on Sony), a Sutherland/Pavarotti concert from New York, to name a few of the fifty discs (Lucas has usefully listed the collection on this page). People will have their own likes and dislikes, but if you are relatively new to classical music and hungry enough to explore the enormous creative scope that the classical imagination embraces,this is one of the best 'starter packs' of all time; but equally mouth-watering for more seasoned music fanatics who are offered the pinnacle of performance and sound. Beautifully conceived and presented collection, there is no rival to this in the current catalogue. Go for it now and experience unbridled pleasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cd box set mix
A good mix of classical music at a bargain prce.
Published 4 days ago by P. R. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow your mind! Break down those walls! Expand your horizons!
I am still working my way through this box set, a process somewhat slowed by my tendency to play each disc more than once as I proceed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Music addict
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite what i thought it would be
as a avid jazz fan it wasn't what I really expected although I do like a lot of classical music
Published 9 months ago by Joe Egg
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection
An excellent collection of classical music by Decca. Good music from various composers and orchestres. I recommend this for all
Published 10 months ago by k.k.jale
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, great sound
This selection of recordings, most from the 1950s and early 60s, is great value and the sound is great too - vastly better than on the RCA Living Stereo set from the same era. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pikestaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music, fantastic sound
I have not yet listened to the whole box, but i'm glad i bought it. It is a nice compilation of classical music, very good performances and the spacious and lively sound is present... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leen Rietveld
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection of CD's at a remarkably cheap price
This very comprehensive retrospective sample collection of stereo recordings made over the last 50 years or so by Decca will show, to the delight of all who purchase this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. S. P. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than chocolate
This collection of DECCA recordings spanning half a century is made around interesting criteria - best technically sounding material. And it can be heard. Read more
Published on 10 July 2012 by Vinylspinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and performance
This box set represents exceptional value. The recordings are astonishing whether age is taken into account or not. Many legendary artists, some discoveries (for me) too. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by John Alsop
5.0 out of 5 stars glorious sound
A perfect product from a respected organisation.
This boxset full of classical orchestral juwels
certainly did not let me down. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by bates
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