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1.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, poor sound quality, 23 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Well Tempered Clavier 48 Preludes & Fugues (Audio CD)
In 1938, when it was recorded, this would certainly have been a great sound. It's just a little hard to believe that in 2010, Edwin Fischers' performance of this stunning music has to be sold with hisses and rumbles and tape fault sounds throughout. With modern software, even on a modest home computer, 90% of the distractions could easily have been removed.
Disappointing. I'll be needing another version of this essential Bach now, because this product from EMI just isn't good enough to play.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2011 02:39:40 GMT
David Fuller says:
One Star?! For what might be the greatest performance of the greatest music ever written?!

If the sound quality is so overridingly important then one would be better off listening to the latest Kylie Minogue record instead. Perhaps, judging by similar criteria, 'Miss Congeniality 2' on Blue-Ray deserves a higher rating than, say, Buster Keaton's 'The General' on VHS, or a nice crisp print of Chris Moyles's new hardback should get a better review than a cheap, dog-eared paperback of Great Expectations.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2011 08:09:55 GMT
The Rower says:
Thanks for the overblown rhetorical questions, Peter Monster. I repeat, there's no reason in the world that RCA couldn't clean up the audio. I could do it myself in Logic. As for the greatest performance, that's nonsense. Angela Hewitt's is quite clearly superior.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 13:46:42 GMT
David Fuller says:
I got the impression that you liked the performance ('stunning') but judged the recording purely on the sound quality. I think I may have misinterpreted/misread your review.

I still think one star was harsh.

Personally I don't like the Angela Hewitt.

Each to his own.
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