Post by MiNe109 Post by Mike Emerson
Apparently the Fou Ts'ong CD is a lost cause. The 1962 Westminster
LP was recorded in stereo (see the original jacket), but the CD in
the new box is mono (CD 20). I contacted Eloquence on Facebook and
received this answer: "Write to us at Eloquence and we will send
you a replacement copy. The tapes available to us for the Fou
Ts’ong were marked as Stereo - apologies but there is nothing we
can do there. The mistake on CD1 was corrected."
You can download the surprisingly good-sounding free stereo LP at
Rediscovery Records < https://rediscovery.us/paperbacks.html >. It's
a tracked and tagged excellent 320kbps/mp3 rip and converts nicely to
US Amazon just posted my review of the Peter Maag Edition on Eloquence.
Not really a review, more of a consumer warning.
Has anyone received a replacement disc of CD 1 from Eloquence? I am still waiting.
Eloquence is probably my favorite classical label (yes, I know it's really Decca), but in the past month they have made an embarrassing number of errors.
Do you have the 20 CD Peter Maag box yet?
It might be a good idea to wait a few months.
CD 1 is supposed to be Mozart Serenades 4 & 5 but it ain't (I'm not sure what it is).
I contacted Eloquence and they promised to send me a replacement.
CDs 8 and 20 have mono versions of stereo recordings from 1959 and 1962 (a relic of the stereo/mono dual LP inventory from the early days of stereo on LP).
In January 1959 Maag and the London Symphony recorded 12 German Dances by Mozart in stereo with the London Symphony (CD 8, tracks 1-12).
A highlight of this box.
Apparently Decca couldn't find the stereo master for the first 6 Dances, so they are mono.
CD 20 is a 1962 recording of Chopin & Schumann Piano Concerti played by Fou Ts'ong with Maag and the London Symphony, recorded in stereo by Westminster.
Decca couldn't find the stereo master tape so they used the mono , but you can download a surprisingly good-sounding stereo MP3 (copied from an LP or an open-reel tape) for free at the ReDiscovery website
Deutsche Grammophon had the same problem when they decided to reissue William Steinberg’s magnificent 1960s Beethoven set with the Pittsburgh Symphony on CD.
DG could not find the stereo master tape (or 35mm film) for the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth in their vault.
Instead of issuing the finale in mono, DG located some well-preserved commercial LPs and created a new master with really phenomenal stereo sound.
Since Eloquence, Decca, and Deutsche Grammophon are today part of the same company, why couldn’t someone have done the same for the missing Maag stereo masters?
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CD 1 IS DEFECTIVE:
--- If track one plays for 5:04, followed by four seconds of silence until track 2 begins, you have a GOOD CD.
--- If track one plays for 2:43, followed by four seconds of silence, then resumes @ 2:47 and plays uninterrupted through the break until 3:48 of track 2, followed by four seconds of silence, then resumes @ 3:52, then continues uninterrupted through the break into track 3 etc., you have a BAD CD.
Contact Eloquence at their website.