I'm not the most qualified person to judge audio mastering work, but still, I would like to add one or two examples of orchestral works the ignorant in me admires from a technical point of view, and musical of course.
I happened to be looking for some well recorded and performed Beethoven music and this is what I got....
They're actually the same orchestral pieces but different interpretations:
Beethoven: The Symphonies; Osmo Vanska conducts Minnesota Orchestra through all Beethoven symphonies
Recording of these cycle started in 2004.
Beethoven: Symphonies / Overtures; Jos Van Immerseel conducts his (period instrument!) Anima Eterna Ensemble through all Beethoven symphonies and some Overtures
Not sure of the recording start date, but this box set was released in 2008, so pretty sure still in the 2000s... or at least not before 1999... could this still count?
Would like to hear a word from someone who owns or is willing to hear these recordings (LFF?).
It's funny how period instruments timbre differ from contemporary and the way these two cycles sound seem to emphasize the differences...
Vanska cycle has a much warmer sound than Immerseel's.
EDIT: It's possible to get a single CD containing one or two symphonies for a cheaper price instead of the whole box sets in these two cases...
Edited by kkl10 - 9/4/12 at 12:32pm