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A treasure trove,
This review is from: From Bach to Wagner (Audio CD)
I agree wholeheartedly with both of the previous reviewers . This is a wonderful compilation , long awaited of Boult's Indian Summer recordings of the Austro-German repertoire .
The Bach is buoyant and very enjoyable and David Munrow no less can be heard playing his recorder in a couple of the Brandenburgs. The Haffner and Jupiter are a delight and it is marvellous to see Boult's Wagner recordings back in the catalogue nearly complete.What a shame that EMI didn't give him the chance to record a few vocal excerpts too .
The Schubert 9 deserves all the plaudits it gets . The Brahms cycle is one of the very greatest .It is perhaps invidious to pick out one performance but that of No 2 is right at the top of my list of favourite performances of this symphony.
May I put in a word too for the recording of the Pastoral that I praised when it first reappeared on ICA Classics after 20 plus years missing from the catalogue . It is a complete delight from first bar to the last with a thrilling storm and a rather brisk scene by the brook which , however,seems utterly in context .
This is a treasure trove of wonderful performances and those of Beethoven 6 , Brahms 2, Schubert 9 and the Jupiter in particular deserve to be considered as amongst the very best in recorded history.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2012 02:04:33 BDT
F. B. Ley says:
Do you know if these discs have been remastered?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 22:17:17 BDT
Yes. See back of box using the zoom feature.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 22:38:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2012 22:47:17 GMT
Richard Frankel says:
I, too. would like to know if these discs have been remastered...and no, the back of the box does NOT provide this information; it simply refers us to the booklet, which can't be perused until one has bought the set! I strongly urge EMI to resume their former practice of listing remastering dates on the back cover.
How important is the remastering? Well, in the case of Boult's Wagner and Brahms recordings, the previous (and still-current?) masterings transformed EMI's glorious analogue recordings into depressingly ordinary-sounding CDs. But I'd gladly buy this box, the contents of which I already own or have owned, if EMI has finally restored the wonderful sound quality of the original HMV Lps.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 19:13:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Nov 2012 19:14:30 GMT
Just a small (but important) point about Music Fan's comment on the slow movement of the 'Pastoral'. He/she is quite right - it is brisk, and too much so I thought when I first heard it when the original LP was issued. I now have some 20 versions of the 'Pastoral' and more and more I find Boult satisfying, because the music is beautifully phrased and - like a flowing stream - it never ceases moving forward. I know this was central point in all music to Boult, that music of any kind must never lose its forward momentum. It certainly works here, though listeners may find it takes a litle getting used to if they are familiar with slower, more lingering approaches. But it is an approach that it is easy to live with.
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