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post #61 of 233
Danaa
I recently opened an Amazon vendor account to sell my used classical which has been piling up over the years. Sold many used rock CDs at half.com but that will no longer exist in a couple month's since E-Bay bought them plus they never had any classical CD section.

I always try to buy used CDs at Amazon whenever possible, and have had no problems.

The CD shipping charge seems excessive as a buyer, but the seller doesn't get $2.50, he only gets $1.84 shipping allowance, Amazon keeps the rest. When you figure all the commission and fees Amazon gets @25% of your sale price, but still much more than you can get selling them at local store used.
post #62 of 233
Gibson/Chandos Sibelius set has arrived today.......more soon.

Also got some really cheap sets from Berkshire Records today:

Weller/Chandos Beethoven 1-9
(CD complete set not in stock currently)

Szell/Brahms 1-4
post #63 of 233
I just received that Szell/Brahms today. Too bad I have no time to listen to it....

I also got Maazel/Sibelius 2&3 and 5,6,7.
post #64 of 233
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Originally Posted by GanChan
I just received that Szell/Brahms today. Too bad I have no time to listen to it....
I also got Maazel/Sibelius 2&3 and 5,6,7.
Make sure you get the Maazel versions we have been discussing here, Maazel/London/VPO from 1960's not the later recordings he did for Sony with Pittsburgh SO.....they are very dissappointing compared to London versions.

I see besides the complete London set they have released a Decca Legends CD with symphonies 4,7:

Decca Legends
post #65 of 233
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Make sure you get the Maazel versions we have been discussing here, Maazel/London/VPO from 1960's not the later recordings he did for Sony with Pittsburgh SO.....they are very dissappointing compared to London versions.

I see besides the complete London set they have released a Decca Legends CD with symphonies 4,7:

Decca Legends
These were both Decca...or to be accurate, 5/6/7 is on the Decca Eloquence label, and 2/3 is on Karussell/Belart, but lists "All tracks courtesy of Decca." Both orchestras are VPO.
post #66 of 233
Hey, DA, thanks for the heads up.

I got
Sibelius 5-7 with Maazel.

Bruckner No. 5 with Celibidache. I did this because some think he's one of the finest of the Bruckner conducters, so out of curiosity...

Sibelius Kullervo Symphony. This one is BIG to me as I've been searching for the particular version all day, only to be disappointed to not find it anywhere. I'm assuming that it is out of print and perhaps that's why it's available at Berkshire. Talk about dumb luck.
post #67 of 233
Gibson/Chandos 1-7
Let's get right down to it, a superb set in all respects and comes in very close second place to the mighty Maazel/London set, mid price 3CD set:

Gibson

The sound quality is the best I have heard on any Sibelius set, 1991 Chandos sound is fabulous. Dynamic range off the charts, from the faintest plucked string on jet black background to thunderous tympany strikes and brass that blazes boldly and triumphantly. Rich textured soundscape that bloom effortlessly with all the fine detail uncovered......the sound quality is reason enough to purchase, but there is much more.

Style wise somewhere between Jarvi and Maazel, smooth soaring romantic waves and rugged power as called for, more than Jarvi displays. More vigor and passion than Davis or Ashkenazy for instance making them sound restrained in comparison. Quick check of timings confirms that Gibson is slightly faster than average tempo wise. The only reason that Maazel still reigns supreme for me is a bold swagger he displays throughout his VPO set that other conductors cannot quite pull off as well.

For now I rate the complete sets as follows:
1)Maazel/London/VPO
2)Gibson/Chandos
3)Bernstein/Sony/NYPO

I will now have to thin out my Sibelius collection and will sell Davis/Phillips and am debating what to do with Ashkenazy/London.
post #68 of 233
DA,

Any of the Gibson that particularly impress you, for those of us who might want to test the waters by buying one of his smaller packages?
post #69 of 233
Quote:
Originally Posted by danaa
DA,

Any of the Gibson that particularly impress you, for those of us who might want to test the waters by buying one of his smaller packages?
I like the Gibson/Chandos 1,4 CD best of the three CD set, excellent performances of both.

Gibson/Chandos 3,6,7 CD has very impressive 1st movement of sym 3, and the final movement of sym 6 is exhillerating. Sym 7 I don't usually listen to.

Gibson/Chandos 2,5 CD has very good sym 2 but competition is very tough for this work, sym 5 is weakest of the set for me plus I don't like sym 5 in general.
post #70 of 233
Thanks Dark Angel.
post #71 of 233
If anyone's interested, I thought I might post my impressions of the different interpretations of each Sibelius symphony as the ones I order arrive...obviously after giving each a few good listenings.

That said, I've come to the conclussion that taste in Sibelius is more varied than most.

I'll start with No. 4 as I only own two versions and they're both in hand:

No. 4
Vanska/Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Maazel/Vienna

Both are excellent, but with obvious differences, the size and nature of the Vienna compared to the Lahti for one. Another is the tempo: Vanska's clocks in at 39.27, whereas Maazel at 32.43.

The slower pace of the Vanska dictates its nature: introspective, brooding, mysterious. It feels more sullun and despondent, whereas the Maazel carries a stronger tone of intimidation and sense of foreboding.

Both are, imo, excellent. My favorite remains the Maazel, but that doesn't mean I can't love both. They're two entirely different animals.
post #72 of 233
Danaa
Thanks for you impressions.......I am finished with my recent Sibelius expansion/search. The more I hear all the other versions out there I become more convinced that for me Maazel/London/VPO will not be surpassed as my reference for these works. Although there are always individual Sibelius CDs by other conductors that can be revalations and keep me always vigilent.

Keep us posted on any other purchases.
post #73 of 233

I surrender!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Danaa
Thanks for you impressions.......I am finished with my recent Sibelius expansion/search. The more I hear all the other versions out there I become more convinced that for me Maazel/London/VPO will not be surpassed as my reference for these works. Although there are always individual Sibelius CDs by other conductors that can be revalations and keep me always vigilent.

Keep us posted on any other purchases.
Ordered the Maazel/London/VPO. I can't stand the sleepless nights wondering if I'm really missing something good.

But it stops here!

BW
post #74 of 233
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Ward
Ordered the Maazel/London/VPO. I can't stand the sleepless nights wondering if I'm really missing something good.

But it stops here!

BW
Oh yes, just this one last time and I'm done.....Ha ha

Let us know what you think when Maazel arrives.
post #75 of 233
Hee, Hee, Hee.
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