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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon please don't post this review on any other products, 16 Sept. 2013
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This review is for the CD Box set of Furtwängler RAI 1953 ring cycle which was produced by Documents/Membran circa 2010. (Some time ago a hitherto scrupulous cataloguing system at Amazon degenerated and reviews started to appear on multiple products even if they had different masters or even different performances. The CAST :
Wotan-Ferdinand Frantz
Donner-Alfred Poell
Froh-Lorenz Fehenberger
Loge-Wolfgang Windgassen
Fricka-Ira Malaniuk
Freia-Elisabeth Grümmer
Erda-Ruth Siewert
Alberich-Gustav Neidlinger
Mime-Julius Patzak
Fasolt-Josef Greindl
Fafner-Gottlob Frick
Woglinde-Sena Jurinac
Wellgunde-Magda Gabory
Flosshilde-Hilde Rössl-Majdan
I will not repeat the superlatives and reservations regarding the Artistic merits of this particular production as this ground has long been trodden into a pilgrims path. Suffice to say ones enjoyment and possible appreciation depends on ones tolerance of the recording techniques that were at hand at the time and the ability to improve or dis-improve this on subsequent remasters. Firstly packaging is flat pack and reminiscent of an old 10" disc. However on opening it one is transported back to the cheap chocolate box reality of budget production values. One reviewer states that a libretto was included with the download. This is certainly not the case with the box set. What you do get is a nicely presented but very brief synopsis in German and English with a few illustrations which are not in any way related to this particular performance. Having lived with the old EMI CD box set for over ten years I can confirm that despite identical track listings this is not the same master at all. The EMI set has been widely critiqued for over filtering and this set has allowed me to appreciate this point because of its greater presence, separation and dynamic range. I have also found this remaster (and the older EMI offering) much more satisfying than the expensive and in my view overly harsh Gebhardt master. Pristine Classics kindly offered a free download of Of Die Walküre ActI and the beginning of Act II in Andrew Rose's ambient stereo master of this performance. Although this freebie was compressed at the rather low level of 128 kbps it outshines all before it and raises the remastering benchmark. That said, I believe this Membran remastering is a passable mono alternative to the comparatively expensive pristine master and I believe it is currently the best budget version in terms of sound quality. As this is the main substantive issue it deserves 5 stars.


Original Album Classics: Misterioso, Monk in Tokyo (2 discs), Monk, Monk's Blues
Original Album Classics: Misterioso, Monk in Tokyo (2 discs), Monk, Monk's Blues
Price: £26.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Status FUBAR, 25 Jan. 2013
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Beware!!!! As a plethora of different masters and confusingly titled box sets enter the market older reviews are often being tagged to new products which don't precisely correspond to the original review. Columbia's Monk and Miles archive is a supreme case in point. It seems Sony BMG's complete Monk box set was prohibitively expensive so it's now being released in bits and bobs under its bargain Original Album Series. Amazon is currently placing reviews of the first Monk Original Album on the second Original's instalment which contains different albums.

As far as the genre goes both sets are worthy of five stars and that's an overall subjective rating of 10/10 (~). However in absolute terms that does not give these two sets equality in terms of raw enjoyment, intellectual stimulation, intuitive insight, affect, etc. In my humble view the first issue is more essential. It contains:

Straight, No Chaser [1967] with; Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), Larry Gales (bass). ~ 10/10

Underground [1968] with; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley (dr), Larry Gales (ba), Jon Hendricks (Vocal on "in walked Bud" -. ~ 10/10

Criss Cross [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10

Monk's Dream [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10

Solo Monk [1965] ~ 8/10

The second issue in the Original Album classics series contains:

Misterioso [1965]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley/Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren/Larry Gales (ba) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Riverside Album [1958] of same title ~ 100/100.

Monk in Tokyo [1963]; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren (ba). ~ 10/10

Monk [1964] Charlie Rouse (ts), Larry Gales (b), Ben Riley (d) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Prestige Album [1954] of the same name.

Blue Monk [1968] various (big band arrangements). ~ 4/10

All The Original Album Classics are organised around the Columbia Vinyl releases [ ] = date of issue. However the CD Albums have the benefit of substituting edited tracks for unedited ones. Additionally these issues have extra tracks.


Tristan Und Isolde Act 2 (Carnegie Hall 04/1939)
Tristan Und Isolde Act 2 (Carnegie Hall 04/1939)
Price: £12.51

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to adjust your ears, 8 Dec. 2012
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Isolde - Kirstan Flagstad
Tristan -Eyvind Laholm
Brangäne - Enid Szántho
John Gurney - King Marke
Daniel Harris - Kurwenal, Melot

The source for this restoration project comes from an off-air radio broadcast from Carnegie Hall. The concert took place on 16th April 1939 so don't expect Hi-Fi. Tim Lockley's sleeve notes provide an interesting backdrop to the performance and cast. As to the recordings providence we must make do with an oblique reference that states:

"we must be grateful for the anonymous amateur recordist (or radio engineer?) who captured this broadcast in such good sound"

Of course these sentiments assume the historical context. The A.M. reception is typically variable making this performance a difficult catch - it nearly slips away during Gurney's thoroughly involving performance in scene 6. Yet the Sovereigns dirge to his beloved surrogate son is somehow preserved with little fade out. I'm sure the restoration by Ward Marston & Aaron Snyder are responsible for ensuring this vocal and interpretive Tour de force can be enjoyed as well as appreciated. Despite the challenging conditions under which this recording was made there is a surprising sense of space and range of frequency. An orchestral trill from a simultaneous broadcast leaks into the love duet for a sec or two. However, the audience are impeccably healthy(One innocuous cough detected)revealing their full vigour dead on cue at the end of the performance.

The vocals are more prominently miked against the orchestra. Barbirolli & the NYP set a thrilling pace where required. Here Lockley draws dramatic comparisons with Böhm's (1966) famous Bayreuth recording. Where the scene requires less heat and more languor Barbirolli is sympathetic. Here Barbirolli seems so considerate that he provides quite a contrast to the Leinsdorf recordings of this period where the pace can be antipathetic to the singers.

This Tristan offers a compelling alternative to the more sought after Melchior/Flagstad duo. Unlike Melchior, Laholm's portrayal brings out the sublimation and chivalry of his character. Being vulnerable to her supremely powerful vocal abilities Flagstag employs restraint to create a uniquely tender chemistry.

I really love Enid Szántho's Brangäne - full of pathos and fatalism. John Gurney's König is described as "intelligent and sensitive". And so he is. In my view his rich and doleful tone can be favourably compared to Alexander Kipnis's acclaimed portrayal of King Marke which is currently available on the following:Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (The Met/Leinsdorf/1941)Tristan Und Isolde (Leinsdorf, Met Chorus And Orchestra).

The recording under review has considerable historical interest. Apart from having a rare cast of intelligent and talented principles it is the only extant recording of Barbirolli performing a complete Act of Tristan und Isolde. It is also the only Flagstad performance (excepting Furtwängler's studio recording)and the first American broadcast where this act is not subjected to cuts. All in all, for less than the price of two pints of porter it's wonderful stuff that rewards repeated listening. I have vacillated over whether to give this "product" 4 or 5 stars because people who are not accustomed to off-air recordings of this period might feel misled about sound quality. However it would be incult and churlish not to acknowledge stupendous remastering, wonderfully unique performance and excellent documentation and presentation.


Bruckner Symphony No 9 in D Minor [Live]- Bernhard Klee (Conductor), BBC Philharmonic
Bruckner Symphony No 9 in D Minor [Live]- Bernhard Klee (Conductor), BBC Philharmonic

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinity captured, 10 Aug. 2011
Bernhard Klee - BBC Philharmonic
Recorded live at Liverpool Cathedral Festival, 4th July 1991
DDD Stereo

I love this CD it introduced me to Bruckner so I'm keen to write a glowing reveiw. Unfortunately my ignorance is ossified by time constraints. So I must be indolent and make a virtue of shirking the arduous work of criticism by purloining a tersely perceptive review on Amazon.com by Eric Zuesse. It concords with how I feel about this performance. According to Mr Zuesse this is the best recording of Bruckner's 9th. With so many great renditions in the discography this statement will rightly promote incredulity. Nevertheless exposure to a glut of alternative renditions fails to persuade me that this high opinion is unsound. It really is an effortless expression of cosmic proportions. The recording ends with soporific applause. I'm glad they left this in. After all it takes awhile to come around after an inspired and engrossing performance of this uncompleted masterpiece. Perhaps the BBC Phil is no match for the strings and brass of the Vienna or Berlin Philharmonika but here the BBC wind section are second to none. But all that stuff is invidious. For a work and performance such as this only solipsism or superlatives suffice.

Recordings of this quality really justify suspending copyright on material which is deleted from the catalogue.


Tom Kitwood On Dementia: A Reader And Critical Commentary
Tom Kitwood On Dementia: A Reader And Critical Commentary
by T. M. Kitwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important compendium, 10 Aug. 2011
As the publishers review points out Tom Kitwood (1937-1999) is a seminal figure in "Person-Centred Dementia Care". This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the development of Kitwood's thinking and/or the wider application of social constructivist and social realist thinking in clinical fields. The book contains papers published from the 1980's up until Kitwood's death. The book is organised over 4 themes which more or less follow on chronologically. The first part deals with Kitwood's critique of the neurological paradigm and charts his journey to a dialectical theory of dementia which posits dementia as a product of the cultural milieu without eschewing the impact of neurology. The next two sections deal with the development of Kitwood's person centred philosophy and the final section deals with the operationalisation of these principles. The critique is not orientated to macro issues so it is a bit on the lean side in my opinion. However it provides an excellant synoposis of the books main themes. Reader's who are turned off by theory or simply do not have the free time for scholarly contemplation may find this book vexing. For anyone wanting a more practical guide I would recommend this link to Dawn Brooker's book Person-Centred Dementia Care: Making Services Better (Bradford Dementia Group Good Practice Guides)


Weingartner Conducts
Weingartner Conducts
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £32.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cc.to amazon.com, 9 Aug. 2011
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This product is the subject of some very informed reviews on Amazon.com. I received this Weingartner CD Yesterday. I am realy impressed by the dynamic range that Opus Kura have mined from the grooves of their vintage sources. All the performances are gripping. Personally I found the op.21 & op.84 a revelation. I have op.84 & op.92 on Naxos. Both the Naxos and the Opus Kura offerings are excellent. However they sound quite different.It is mooted that the Japanese Columbia pressings were superior to the American ones used by Naxos. However Naxos use an earlier take of the final movement of op.92 which is described as superior by Mark Obert-Thorn(Naxos). Opus Kura use less interventionism than Naxos so you get more surface noise, it is also remastered at a slightly higher pitch which gives a greater sense of overall brio especially in the final Allegro of op92-if this is the "sonically inferior dubbing" described by Mark Obert-Thorn then it does not come across so to me. However I think the Naxos is pitched more authenticly. somewhat paradoxically though, the Opus Kura sounds more "natural". Both releases offer a welcome contrast and are in their own ways provide a cogent aural experience.


Jazz Greats, Volume 3: Hotter Than That
Jazz Greats, Volume 3: Hotter Than That
Offered by ELITEUK
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding compilation Engineered by John R.T. Davies, 28 July 2011
1. Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) [03:09] Baxter. Rec 21/07/1930 Los Angeles
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t,voc] Leon Elkins [t] Lawrence Brown [tb] Leon Herriford, Willie Stark [as] William Franz [ts] Harvey Brooks [p] Ceele Burke [g] Reggie Jones [b] Lionel Hampton [d]

2. Mahogany Hall Stomp [02:37] Spencer Williams. Rec 28/01/33 Chicago.
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t,voc] Zimmer Randolph, Elmer Whitlock [ts], keg Johnson [tb] Scoville Brown, George Oldham [cl, as] Bud Johnson [cl, ts] Teddy Wilson [p], Mike McKendrick [bj.g] Bill Oldham [b], Yank Porter [d].

3. West End Blues [03:17] Oliver. Rec 28/06/1928 Chicago.
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Armstrong [t, voc], Fred Robinson [tb], Jimmy Strong [cl] , Earl Hines [p] Mancy Cara [bj], Zutty Singleton [d] .

4. Muggles [02:48] Armstrong, Hines. Rec 07/12/1928 Chicago
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Armstrong [t, voc], Fred Robinson [tb], Jimmy Strong [cl] , Earl Hines [p] Mancy Cara [bj], Zutty Singleton [d] .

5. Knockin' A Jug [03:14] Armstrong, Condon. Rec 05/03/1929 NYC
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t,] , Jack Teagarden [tb] Happy Caldwell [ts] , Joe Sulivan [p] Eddie Lang [g] , Kaiser Marshall [d] .

6. Tell Me Dreamy Eyes [03:06] Kahn , Spitalny , Gordon. Rec 13/10/1924
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra: Armstrong [cor], Howard Scott , Elmer chambers [ts] , Charlie Green [tb] , Busty Baily , Don Redman [cl, as] , Coleman Hawkins [cl, ts, bs] , Fletcher Henderson [p] Charlie Dixon [bj] , Ralph Escudero [b] Kaiser Marshall [d].

7. I Miss My Swiss [03:01] Baer, Gilbert, arr; Redman. Rec 07/08/1925
Southern Serenders: Armstrong , Joe smith [cor] , Russel smith [t] , Charlie Green [tb] , Buster Baily , Don Redman [Cl. As] , Coleman Hawkins [cl , ts , bs ], Fletcher Henderson [p] , Charlie Dixon [bj] , Ralph Escudero [b] Kaiser Marshall [d].

8. St Louis Blues [02:55] Handy. Rec 13/12/1929 NYC
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t, voc] , Henry Allen , Otis Johnson [ts] , J C Higginbotham [tb] , Albert Nicholas , Charlie Holmes [cl , as ] , Teddy Hill [ts] , Luis Russell [p] , Will Johnson [g] , `pops Foster [b] , Paul Barbarin [d].

9. Melencholy Blues [03:00] Bloom , Melrose , Schoebel. Rec 11/05/1927 Chicago
Louis armstrong & His Hot Seven : Armstrong [cor] , John Thomas [tb] , Johnny Dodds [cl] , Lil Armstrong [p] Johnny St Cyr [bj] , Pete Broggs [bj] , Baby Dodds [d] .

10. Cornet Chop Suey [03:15] Armstrong. Rec 26/02/1926 Chicago
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Armstrong [cor, voc], Kid Ory [tb] , Johnny Dodds [cl] , Lil Armstrong [p] Johnny St Cyr [bj].

11. Skid-Dat-De-Dat [03:02] Hardin. Rec 16/11/1926 Chicago
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Armstrong [cor, voc], Kid Ory [tb] , Johnny Dodds [cl] , Lil Armstrong [p] Johnny St Cyr [bj].

12. Potato Head Blues [02:55] Armstrong. Rec 10/05/1927
Louis armstrong & His Hot Seven : Armstrong [cor] , John Thomas [tb] , Johnny Dodds [cl] , Lil Armstrong [p] Johnny St Cyr [bj] , Pete Broggs [bj] , Baby Dodds [d] .

13. Blue yodel No.9 (Standin' on The corner) [02:42] Rodgers. Rec 16/07/30 Hollywood
Louis Armstrong [t] Lil Armstrong [p] , Jimmie Rodgers [voc].

14. Hotter Than That [03:01] Armstrong. Rec 13/12/1927
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Armstrong [cor, voc], Kid Ory [tb] , Johnny Dodds [cl] , Lil Armstrong [p] Johnny St Cyr [bj] , Lonnie Johnson [g].

15. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue [03:01] Waller, Razaf, Brooks. Rec 22/07/1929 NYC
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t, voc] , Homer Hobson [t] , Fred Robinson [tb] , Jimmy Strong [cl Crawford Wetherington , Bert Curry [as] , Luis Russell [p] , Carol Dickerson [v] , Gene anderson [p] , Mancy Cara [bj] Pete Briggs [b] , Zuty Singleton [d].

16. Tiger Rag [03:17] La Rocca. Rec 04/05/1930
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t, voc] Ed Anderson [t] Henry Hicks [tb] Bobby Holmes [cl, as] Theo McCord [cl, ts] Joe Turner [p] Bernard Addison [g] Lavert Hutchinson [b] Willie Lynch [d].

17. Body And Soul [03:09] Heyman, Sour, Green. Rec 09/10/1930 Los Angeles
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t,voc] George Orendorff, Harold Scott [ts] Luther Graven [tb] Les Hite [as, bs] Marvin Johnson [as] Charlie Jones [cl,ts] Henry Prince [p] Bill Perkins [bg, g] Joe Bailey [b] Lionel Hampton [d].

18. Basin St Blues [03:29] Spencer Williams. Rec 27/01/1933
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t,voc] Zimmer Randolph, Elmer Whitlock [ts], keg Johnson [tb] Scoville Brown, George Oldham [cl, as] Bud Johnson [cl, ts] Teddy Wilson [p], Mike McKendrick [bj.g] Bill Oldham [b], Yank Porter [d].

19. Jeepers Creepers [02:37] Warren, Mercer. Rec 16/01/1939 NYC
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t, voc] , Henry Allen , Shelton Hemphill, Otis Johnson [ts] , J C Higginbotham, Wilbur De Paris, George Washington [tb] , Charlie Holmes, Rupert Cole [ as ] , Albert Nicholas , Bingie Hadison [ts] , Luis Russell [p] , Lee Blair [g] , `pops Foster [b] , Sid Catlett [d].

20. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket [02:53] Berlin. Rec 04/02/1936
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra: Armstrong [t, voc] , Bunny Berigan, Bob Mayhew, [ts] Al Philburn [tb] Sid Trucker[cl, bs] Phil Waltzer [as] Paul Ricci [ts] Fulton McGrath [p] Dave Burbour [g] Pete Peterson [b] Stan King [d].

21. I'm Confessin' That I Love You [03:14] Neiburg, Dougherty, Reynolds. Rec 07/12/44 NYC
Louis Armstrong & the v-disk All Stars: Armstrong [t, voc] , Bobby Hackett [cor] Jack Teargarden [tb] Ernie Caceres [cl] Nick Caiazza [ts] Johnny Guarnieri [b] Herb Ellis [g] Al Hall [b] Cozy Coll [d].

PLUS:

22. Snake Rag [02:58] Oliver. Rec 06/04/1923 Richmond, Indiana
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band: Joe Oliver, Louis Armstrong [cor] Honore Dutrey [tb] Johnny Dodds [cl] Lil Hardin [p] Bill Johnson [bj] Baby Dodds [d].

23. High Fever by Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra [02:51] Sanders
Elwood Graham, Freddie Keppard [cor] Fred Garland [tb] Jimmie Noone [cl] Joe Poston, Clifford King [cl, as] Jerome Pasquall [cl,ts] Kenneth Anderson [p] Johnny St Cyr, Robbert Shelly [bj] Sudie Reynaud [b] Andrew Hilaire [d].


Muddy Waters Greatest Hits
Muddy Waters Greatest Hits
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Price: £4.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be called The McKinley Morganfield Years, 24 July 2011
This is a budget release that tries hard to hide it's vintage. These tracks are not from the "Greatest Hits Era". Thus the cover is misleading. But so what!. It includes well remastered vintage recordings from 1941-50.Pure magic.


Gustav Mahler: Complete Works [150th Anniversary]
Gustav Mahler: Complete Works [150th Anniversary]
Price: £25.76

142 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For any one new to Mahler this set is fantastic value, 28 Aug. 2010
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There is not a dud in this collection and most of these performances rank among the finest available. The booklet included in this set has information which at the time of writing was not readily available at EMI and retailing sites. The Booklet indicates the recording and production date of each recording (I assume an (*) followed by a more recent date indicates the remastered edition. I indicate the recording dates in brackets so that Seasoned Mahlerians may avoid duplication):

Disk 1

1-3 Das Klagende; Rattle, CBSO(1984)
4 Piano Quartet in A minor; Domus-Tomes[P],Osostowicz[v],Boulton[Vla],Lester[C](1988)

Disk 2

1-4 Lieder eines fahrenden..; Fisher-Dieskau,Philharmonia,Furtwangler (1952)*2001
5-8 Sym no.1 CSO,Giulini (1971)*2004

Disk 3

1-11 Sym No.2 Schwarzkopf,Rossl-Majdan,Philharmonic,Klemperer(1961-2)*2000

Disk 4

1-3 lieder: Im Lenz,Winterlied,Maitanz.;Bostridge[T]Pappino[P] (2010)
4-17 Lieder und Gesange; Ludwig,Karneus,Fassbaender,Coote,Fischer-Dieskau. Various piano (various*)
18 Sym No.3 Kraftig

Disk 5 {No.3 cont}
1-5 Remmert,CBSO,Rattle(1997)
6 Blumine; FRSO, Jarvi (2009)

Disk 6
1-4 Sym no.4 Price,LPO,Horenstein (1970)*1983

Disk 7
1-5 Sym no.5 LPO,Tennstendt (Live Royal Festival Hall London,1988)

Disk 8
1-5 Kindertenlieder; Ferrier,Walter (1949)*1998
6-10 Ruckert-Lieder; Baker,NPO,Barbirolli
11 Sym No.6 Allegro

Disk 9 {No.6 cont}
NPO,Barbirolli(1967)*1996

Disk 10
1-5 Sym No.7 CBSO,Rattle (1991)

Disk 11

1-12 "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" Schwarzkopf,Fisher-Dieskau,LSO,Szell(1968)2000*
13-18 Sym no.8

Disk 12 {Sym No.8 Cont}
1-12 Connell,Wiens,Schmidt etal LPO, Tennstedt(1986)

Disk 13
1-4 Sym No.9 BP, Barbirolli (1964)*2002

Disk 15

1-5 Sym No.10 BP,Rattle (1999)

Disk 16
1-5 Ruckert-lieder; Hampson[b],Rieger[p](1996)
6-12 Various versions of Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.
13 Urlicht; Coote[m-s],Drake[p]

Shrewd and thrifty Mahlerites who possess many or all of these performances might well pass this by on the basis that the booklet suggests more recent remasters are available. For example Klemperer's Das Lie von der Erde is *1988 and subsequent EMI master's have been reviewed as superior. But I wonder? I have the latest master of Klemperer's Das Lie von der Erde and the CD from this set sounds identical - perfect to my ears! I rather fancy that EMI has thrown in the latest masters and not fully advertised this fact.
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Women And Captains First
Women And Captains First
Price: £10.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Das Kapitan, 16 April 2010
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This album is badly mauled by an insipid sounding drum machine on most tracks. But all is redeemed with a rendition "No body's sweetheart now". This track is backed by a terrific trad Jazz band led by the late Mike Thomas. The Captains marauding vocal gives this Jazz standard an energetic edge hitherto absent since the 1920s. Credit due for giving the genre a new lease of life.


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