2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
This is a handsomely produced collection that embraces a fine selection of Schubert's most masterful songs outside of the three major song cycles. You will find few interpreters to match the calibre of Fischer-Dieskau, who as ever is most ably supported by Gerald Moore's accompaniment. The box is reasonably priced and would surely make a delightful Christmas gift to anyone with half an interest in this field.
The only minor hesitation for some may be the age of the recordings. My view on this would be that the compensation one gets through hearing lieder sung with the huge emotional intelligence that characterised signing of this era would far outweigh the minor advantage of better sound quality that comes with the most recent recordings. But that's the only reason to withhold a fifth star here - the artistry otherwise is simply outstanding.
As for Judy Spotheim's strange comments below ... well, I am sure you can make your own mind up on them.
15 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2012
One must wonder about EMI 'politics' in regards their SACD issuing; what is the logic behind their decision to release this particular repertoire and on 4 SACDs...?
As the other reviewer (on Amazon USA) mentioned, the music on those 4 SACDs would comfortably fit on 3 disks.
The recordings are mono and as such do not have the modern 'sex-appeal' certainly not at this exaggerated asking price (certainoy they are intended for the Archivist collectors - and those archivists among us would nicely be satisfied with a PCM normal mono CD...)
And mind you, some more EMI's re-issues on SACDs are also mono historic recordings, so what is EMI point in re-issuing those?
The brain there at EMI that assumes that (for an example) a de-Stefano Italian songs in mono SACD will make them big bucks must be delusional.
As for their other re-issues on SACD, there is no logic to those also: how many buyers there are for Bruckner's two symphonies with Schuricht/ (the ASD LPs at their time were not a big commercial success and were short lived on EMI catalogue, moreover; how many buyers are there for 4 disks of 1954 mono Debussy recordings with Gieseking, (again maybe the archivists among us will be temporarily tempted at this exaggerated asking price...?
The decision to put forward on SACD the Klemperer/Mendelssohn two symphonies and overture is not a very attractive offer when one considers that there are much more interesting Klemperer recordings that might be of a greater value than this one...
Also; The Beethoven triple concerto (Oistrakh/Richter/Rostropovich/Karajan) as such, is not, and was never a very successful (audio-point of view) recording which does not gain much from being processed as a SACD relative to the normal PCM-CD which in it self was never much of an audio blockbuster as it has no true feeling of spaciousness, of sound-stage...just a multi-micked attempt at that - so what's the point?
It would have been much more desired to have the early EMI/Columbia stereo recording of the Beethoven triple concerto with Oistrakh/Knushevitzky/Oborin/The Philharmonia/Sargent - a recording that is much more specious and has sweetness of tone.
EMI's choice of re-issues on SACD those ten items they boast with is an enigma at best and a questionable decision on EMI part, a decision that has probably more to do with the vanishing (fifty years from the recording date) royalties that they otherwise would have to pay - those become void now after fifty years.
Out of the scanty ten items offered on EMI SACD, there might be only four or five items that will have some followers amongst buyers.
So, If you were feeling tempted to buy those EMI SACD, you are advised to proceed with caution.