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Bargain Alert: Fantastic 25 CD 1 DVD Liszt box set for $25 shipped

post #1 of 11
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Amazon UK has a bargain today. Liszt Master Magician. Cream of the crop recordings. A dollar a disk.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Franz-Liszt-Master-Magician-Various/dp/B004TVVZI2

post #2 of 11

Nice. And it's even cheaper when delivered within Europe.

 

I first figured: Nah, I already have this:

 


 I don't need this other box.

 

But for that price...

post #3 of 11
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If you read down at the bottom of what's on it, you'll see that Sony pulled the absolute best from all the labels they own...

 

This 25 CD/1 DVD Sony box set celebrating the bicentennial and career of the great Hungarian pianist/composer features some of the most iconic performances in the catalog. Included in the set are the Rubinstein/Wallenstein Living Stereo recording of the first piano concerto, Van Cliburn's recording of the second piano concerto under Ormandy, Byron Janis playing the Totentanz under Reiner, Philippe Entremont playing the Hungarian Fantasy under Ozawa. Other pianists playing representative solo works by Liszt include Gary Graffman, Yevgeni Kissin, Jorge Bolet, John Ogdon, Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Barry Douglas, Arcadi Volodos, Gerhard Oppitz, Claudio Arrau, Charles Rosen, Murray Perahia, Lazar Berman, Emanuel Ax and many more. The performances are uniformly superb with some of them considered amongst the finest Liszt interpretations ever recorded.

Liszt's orchestral music is well represented as well. Included is Leonard Bernstein's masterful recording of Les Preludes with the New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta's recording of Orpheus, Claudio Abbado's Prometheus, and Bernstein's indispensable Faust Symphony. The set includes many other orchestral pieces. Conductors include Fritz Reiner and Leopold Stokowski just to name two. Because of the wide spectrum of recording dates the sound is variable, but almost all performances sound as if they have been remastered using the latest DSD or 24-bit technology. Most of these recordings have been given a brand new life in this collection. The bonus DVD features Horowitz playing "Soirées de Vienne," "Valse Caprice No. 6 in A Major," "Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 in E Major," and "Consolation No. 3 in D-flat." He is a master of this repertoire and the DVD is a treasure.


Edited by bigshot - 10/9/13 at 11:47pm
post #4 of 11

Yes, I saw that. Surprised so see that Charles Rosen recorded Liszt. And I do wish that Sony would leave Gerhard Oppitz out of these compilations. But otherwise, certainly nothing to complain about. Probably worth the asking price for the organ works alone.

 

Presto Classical has a good overview of the contents. (Arkiv is even better.) It is literally a mixed bag though, with performers changing from each work to the next. Should be interesting listening.


Edited by Drosera - 10/10/13 at 1:36am
post #5 of 11

Was this too good to be true?

 

It turns out that this Franz Liszt box was linked in the seller's system with the "Joe Cocker Live" dvd. They don't even sell the Liszt set.

 

So, even though the seller's name is YouWantIt-WeGotIt, I may have wanted it, but they didn't have it. :regular_smile :

post #6 of 11
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Cancelled the order today. Better luck next time

post #7 of 11
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Here is a consolation prize... 9 CDs of Mozart violin and wind concertos for $14 shipped to the US. Less in EU

http://www.amazon.de/Violin--Bläserkonzerte-Various/dp/B008CYV02I/

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
 

Here is a consolation prize... 9 CDs of Mozart violin and wind concertos for $14 shipped to the US. Less in EU

http://www.amazon.de/Violin--Bläserkonzerte-Various/dp/B008CYV02I/

 

Attractive!. But I think I'm going for this one instead: http://www.amazon.it/dp/B00B1952R0/ref=dra_a_cs_mr_hn_it_P1400_1000?tag=dradisplay06-21 That's quite a lot of Gardiner.

post #9 of 11
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I'm listening to the Gardiner box right now. Got it this week. It's OK, but I'm not as big on baroque operas and oratorios, and there's a lot of it in the box. I'm enjoying the Reiner box a lot more. That's my meat.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
 

I'm listening to the Gardiner box right now. Got it this week. It's OK, but I'm not as big on baroque operas and oratorios, and there's a lot of it in the box. I'm enjoying the Reiner box a lot more. That's my meat.

 

It was already worth it for me for those recordings that were still on my wishlish (Matthaeus Passion, Die Jahreszeiten), the rest is extra.

 

The Reiner box will probably be my next purchase. But first I'll let my credit card cool off a little. :regular_smile :

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I'm working on ripping Decca Sound 2 right now.

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