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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best versions of these pieces, 9 April 2013
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This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto; Enigma Variations; Pomp And Circumstance Marches No. 1 & 4 [Great Performances] (Audio CD)
I had the vinyl version of this album and the remastering has worked well.
I'm not a big fan of digital remasters and classical music which one might think would benefit most from remastering given its larger dynamic range as a rule than pop or rock. However until fairly recently although the surface noise disappears in digitising the music, it is often left too bright and lifeless as compared with the warmth of an analogue recording. Don't forget that all the instruments in this recording are analogue, so it is only as digital technology has improved that this remastering process has contributed anything at all, apart from the lack of the usual surface noise, pops and clicks of a vinyl recording.
The pieces played here are from two musicians at the height of their powers and even today stands up well against any modern version. I've been a huge fan of the young Barenboim so perhaps I'm biased, but like his original recording of the Moonlight Sonata and the Pathetique this is still a benchmark by which other performances are judged.
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