The Kubelik arrived in the newer packaging with the paper sleeves (I hate them!). I can't see how this can be good for the plastic, so I'll have to get nice lined sleeves for them. Also, the sleeves are so tight that I have problems pulling the cds out without putting fingerprints all over the surface.
The sound quality is DG, and that means clear but not fancy. No SACD or HDCD for them. Just high ordinary cd quality. But, they are miked very well and sound excellent on my sony D25 with headphones. Unfortunately, my speaker system is being upgraded along with living room bookcases (new ones coming as soon as cabinet maker finishes, but he is very sssllloooowwwww.)
this morning I finally got the email from tower that they were finally shipping the Sony-Bernstein symphonies. The Kubelik and Bernstein are actually my first complete sets by one conductor and orchestra (or will be when the Bernstein arrives). Up till now, I only had individual symphonies. I had always picked and chosen, but I think it's also important to get complete sets so that you get a really good idea of the conductor's vision. It's almost as important to see where he fails as where he succeeds. Sometimes hearing the failures really sheds more light on the music, and I really don't understand that, but it does. For instance, the Boulez Bartok piano concertos (which I am growing to detest) actually have let me enjoy and appreciate the Anda/Fricsay and the Bronfman/Salonen much more. And please, I'm not saying that Boulez has failed, because the work is really brilliant, just that his interpretation has become extremely repellent to me on a visceral level.