Post by weary flake
On Friday, September 1, 2017 at 6:35:05 PM UTC-5, Wolfgang Sebastian
Post by Wolfgang Sebastian Beethoven
Jascha Heifetz Complete
Karajan Complete Recordings
could there be an Ormandy box in the works (hopefully presented like
the Gould, Rubinstein, Yo Yo Ma boxes). How many discs would it
contain if in the original jacket format? What percentage would be
I don't know if we really need it.
There is so much duplication because he recorded everything in stereo
and mono, and then plenty of triplication because there are stereo
remakes for RCA. And, there's even quadruplication because he recorded
a piece twice in mono. Heck, there are even some pieces he did five
times between RCA and Columbia!
A complete Ormandy box has to be over 300 discs (Karajan's DG
recordings are 330, Bernstein's Sony and DG come out to 317); at a
modest $1.5 per disc the box is at least $450.
I don't see many people paying that much so they can have all five
versions of Ormandy's Finlandia.
Obviously the Karajan DG box has the same issues and costs much more,
but Karajan has a lot more fans.
I think a curated box where someone makes an executive decision if we
really need all four versions of Prokofiev's Symphony No.1, for
example, or if just two are enough.
Grateful Dead fans are more generous. High demand items like the '72
become quickly out of print at $450 for 77 or so CDs, including 22
versions of one song,
like "Mr Charlie". So what's so special about having 5 versions of
Finlandia, as to
be undesirable? When there are different recordings of the same piece
by the same artist
in a completist box, I like it. A box that included all 12 versions of
Eroica would be desirable, and not as it is, parcelled out to different
of them terrible, like Membran. So why should a selection of Omandy's
78s and early monos
be restricted to such companies like Membran (Artone, Documents, etc.)
with their noise
reduction, fake stereo and other remastering techniques. If the
expense of full
remastering is too high then remaster it less. Most of us don't have a
mono collection of 78s and LPs sitting around in the basement, so the
desire to have a
complete set on CD is not simply a case of being too lazy to play our
I don't know how one could remaster something less. Go back to 20-bit? Analogue tape? I think as an aspect of pride, it would have to be done to current standards. I don't think Ormandy is still sufficiently
famous to entice them to do anything on such a massive scale.