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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well this is annoying, 26 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Westminster Legacy (DG box set) (Audio CD)
Like London buses, you don't get any Westminster recordings for ages, then several come along at once. If this were the only collection available, there would be no question about seizing it (see the excellent review above), but in fact it comes in the wake of two huge Universal box sets from South Korea and there is significant overlap. Westminister Legacy (The Orchestral Collection) and Westminster Legacy (The Chamber Collection) comprise 124 CDs between them, seventeen of which are included in the DG set - in other words, almost half the DG set is already in my collection. And the two Korean sets don't cherry pick in the same way; Scherchen's entire Beethoven symphony cycle is included, not just 5 of them, and his Mahler 5, 7 and 10 (Adagio) are there in addition to 1 and 2. Where the DG set scores is in including instrumental and vocal recordings; will two more box sets turn up in Korea to cover these, or should one go for the DG set to acquire them?

So I'd recommend anyone wishing to investigate the wonderful Westminster legacy to go for the Korean sets - except that it already seems difficult to find them and when you do they're about twice what I paid for them a bare three months ago. A rather more coherent global strategy from Universal would be helpful. In the meantime, you decides how much money you're prepared to pay and you takes your choice.
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