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Astonishing musical achievement, let down by wholly ineffective box-set CD storage mechanism.
on 1 October 2017
Firstly, can I advise that potential buyers take care if reading any reviews of this product that pre-date September 2017, because these reviews will be about a different box-set of much of the same recordings, but packaged very differently to this new offering, which is the definitive collection of the entire recorded music by Sequentia of the works of Hildegard Von Bingen. I am no expert in the performance practice of Early Music, but as a passionate fan of this genre, wanted to recommend this astonishing achievement by Sequentia; I do this without any reservations about the music, but with some real frustrations concerning the packaging, hence the (sad) omission of an otherwise deserved fifth star. I have long awaited this complete collection and on its arrival, was initially delighted by the packaging; -note, it arrived in perfect condition. However, my problems started as soon as I wished to retrieve the CDs from the complicated plastic holders, with their levers, clips and overlapping storage segments; -what a disaster! The first issue here is; -how on earth is one supposed to work out how this mechanism works without instructions? Well, I proceeded to try and after 3/4 attempts at retrieval and re-storage, I have one damaged CD and four broken levers. Is it just me?! -possibly, but my hunch is that I may not be alone! In summary, I simply cannot believe the record company department responsible for bringing this collection to market, could get virtually everything so right (and at potentially astounding value) but burden it with such a counter-intuitive, not-fit-for-purpose storage set-up; I have had no other choice, but to re-store my nine CDs in separate jewel cases; a shame.