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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the production dates..., 19 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7, 9; Lieder (Emi France) (Audio CD)
Thanks 'oddball', recording techniques improved beyond measure circa 1962 and I would not buy anything before this date. Sadly Amazon continues it's 'hoodwinking' policy of giving copyright dates of the particular collection (completely meaningless) without giving that date the recording was produced (really important). After sending back quite a number of box sets (some where even the front photograph is out of sinc with the period), I most definitely will purchase this one, especially as I used to have them on vinyl. Thanks again for the IMPORTANT dates. Amazon please take note (though I know you won't.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2012 11:30:44 BDT
Amazon doesn't know anything beyond what it is told by the manufacturers and suppliers.
They do not create the listings or have the time, money or staff to edit all the millions of listings
for different products being added by other people to be sold on the Amazon site.

If you want to know details like the actual dates on which a recording was made
the people to ask are the small-scale sellers (like me) who will usually be happy to pass on the information.

Alternatively the record label's website might be worth looking at.

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 16:02:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2013 16:04:21 GMT
I suggest that if you listened to recordings without being aware of the date beforehand you wouldn't know when they had been recorded. There are some Decca recordings of the late 1950s (Britten's recording of his 'Peter Grimes' for instance) that are better engineered than some of the digital recordings that are being made nowadays.

Some of EMI's recordings from the early 1970s have an unrealistic sound image (poor initial microphone positioning? or bad balancing in the mix?) which compare unfavourably with some of the company's pre-1962 Philharmonia recordings.

And if you reject recordings by major artists who didn't live until 1962 it's you who are missing out.
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