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post #121 of 944
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Originally Posted by Bill Ward
I've satisfied my curiosity about this. Anybody else want it? PM me with a shipping address and I'll send it along.
BW
Wow............BW must really be disappointed with this to not keep a $6 Beethoven set.
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post #123 of 944
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Wow............BW must really be disappointed with this to not keep a $6 Beethoven set.
Now what does he prefer, that's what I'd like to know.
post #124 of 944
The Zinman's are a curiousity. They are a very eccentric interpretation, but the conducting is very tight. He is in good control of the orchestra which sounds good. I have to listen to them some more before I pass judgement on the whole set. If I find one symphony that gives me pleasure, then it is worth the $6+s&h.

Meanwhile, Tower just emailed me that the Szell symphonies are still on backorder. what a riot, I wonder why they are so hard to obtain?

Meanwhile, I have been consoling myself with the Bach and Albinoni (he is my guilty pleasure, like DA's Vivaldi). Personally, I can't get over the quality of T.A.'s music.
post #125 of 944
Just began listening to Gardiner's cycle (first HIP I've tried). Recording quality is much better than the 1963 Karajan Cycle that I love, especially its 7th and 9th.

Only symphony I've listened to so far is the 7th, the sound is very different from what I'm used to. Gardiner's orchestra has great clarity and plays very light-footed. Woodwinds and brass sound really strange. So far, my only qualm with the Gardiner's interpretation is that the final movement feels dragged...
post #126 of 944
I just brought out my dad's cycle (vinyl) Josef Krips and the LPO. I don't think I've heard it in years, and I don't even know if it was done in mono or stereo! Just looking at it, it appears practically in mint condition, so it doesn't look as if he played it more than once. Probably not to his taste!
post #127 of 944
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Originally Posted by scottder
Wondering what everyone's picks are for Beethoven Symphonies (both seperate and in sets). I currently own the János Ferencsik set and were just looking around at other options in this area. I just noted DG has a set of Hybrid SACDs of Karajan.

Scott
I've been seeing that Ferenscik set going for 9 bucks around town....I should probably try it at that price....
post #128 of 944

Kleiber 5th

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Originally Posted by Tyson

As for single rec's, I'll limit myself to one, but it's an essential item - Carlos Kleiber doing the 5th & 7th symphonies. Abso-friggin-lutely amazing. If you don't already have it, run (don't walk) to the store and pick it up. I swear they play the opening of the 5th with such intensity you think their instruments are gonna burst into flame at any moment. Great stuff.
Just picked this up on your recommendation. WOW!
post #129 of 944
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Originally Posted by Doc Sarvis
Just picked this up on your recommendation. WOW!
I may just pick up the SACD version, wish I had done that in the first place.
post #130 of 944

Agreed

I bought the CD before I even realized there was an SACD. If I'm not mistaken, this is available in newly-pressed vinyl as well.
post #131 of 944
does anyone have information on Carlos Kleiber's recording of the Beethoven Symphony No. 4 with the Bavarian State Orchestra?

Btw, I've had the Kleiber cd since 95 or 96 and now I have to decide whether I'm getting it as a DVD-A or SACD. If anyone has any information as to which gives better sound, please post!
post #132 of 944
Just scored the Harnoncourt cycle a few days ago ($57 from DDCD!). I needed a good reference quality set, so that's why I chose it over Zinman. I'm far too casual a listener to pass really detailed judgement, but the sound quality is very likable. I can totally understand how some people think the balance is totally off, because all of the violins are on the left side of the stage and almost everything else is on the right side. This leads to a lot of passages being biased towards the left channel, but the imaging is so good (and the other instruments counterbalance so well, particularly the trumpets) that this really more of a pro than a con in my book. Very, very good use of soundstage.
post #133 of 944
I just got the Kleiber on SACD hybrid. I was told that there is no way to rip the dvd-a for ipod or even to put it on a hard drive. Maybe someone will figure that out in the future, but right now only cd is can be ripped.
post #134 of 944
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
I just got the Kleiber on SACD hybrid. I was told that there is no way to rip the dvd-a for ipod or even to put it on a hard drive. Maybe someone will figure that out in the future, but right now only cd is can be ripped.
You can rip DVD-Audio or DTScd for sure. Now you can't rip SACD. But you can plug SACD analog output to your digital recorder, and you have it.
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Originally Posted by juneamour
You can rip DVD-Audio or DTScd for sure. Now you can't rip SACD. But you can plug SACD analog output to your digital recorder, and you have it.
Though it relation to this thread there seems to be a lot more SACD than DVD-A available for Classical Titles.

Scott
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