Post by Frank Berger Post by Randy Lane Post by drh8h Post by fomalhaut
The Kleiber Box is most important and deeply awaited.
I am still using my poor 78 transfers of Berlioz's Oveture to the Roman Carnival and Schubert's Unfinished both recorded Polydor circa 1928.
I am hoping for small miracles here. I have those two recordings also, plus the William Tell Overture, and the sound and pressings seem way below other DGs I have heard from the period.
The Maag is due in March
The Peter Maag Eloquence box arrived from Import CDs yesterday.
Very nice 20 CD original jacket collection with 40 page booklet.
The jackets have generalized track listings on the back (more detailed listings in the booklet)
I wish Eloquence would follow Sony's example and print the original jacket notes on the back of the cardboard CD jacket.
Instead, each LP release gets approx. one paragraph in the booklet.
I didn't mind this except for one work: the only recording of Fernando Paer's 1804 Italian opera "Leonora" (Beethoven was familiar with Paer's opera).
This originally occupied 3 LPs and Eloquence issued it on 2 CDs in 2013, when it came with a 60 page booklet containing a synopsis, libretto and translation, and program notes by Maag.
For such an unfamiliar work, you need all the help you can get.
The synopsis is very close to Beethoven's Leonore/Fidelio, so you can probably follow the action, but an Italian libretto with English translation is a Godsend.
The Eloquence 2CD set is the cheapest and most practical way to acquire the libretto/translation if you don't mind the duplication, and there is room in the new box for the old booklet.
You also don't get a libretto/synopsis for Verdi's "Luisa Miller" with Caballe and Pavarotti (Decca 1975) or the 1966 DG Wagner recital by heldentenor-wannabe Ticho Parly, but these are easier to find.