Post by Oscar
I welcome the change, too. Wish it could have been that way from the beginning. I like a standalone booklet. Randy, we need to come up with a list of all the CD/BD releases since the first one, which I believe was Ashkenazy's Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos with Previn and LSO, issued in July 2014. I have many (most?) but not all. And some are OOP.
I did a preliminary cont,and I have over 50 of these with 3 more coming by the end of June. I include BRA only releases, like the two Ring cycles and the Richter Bach Cantatas, all three being too large to warrant including the CDs also. Compiling a worthwhile list would take me a while, but it is a good idea - time permitting, which is not the case right now.
I am glad UMG is revisiting some of these and releasing higher definition versions. The Kleiber Die Fledermaus was the first - and the results warrant the new 192k remastering. I expect the Karajan Die Walküre and especially the Kleiber Der Freischütz to have similar improvements - all of the digital versions of that outstanding recording have been disappointing IMHO - but that could be because it was recorded by the East Germany owned Deutsche Schallplatten, given it was made in Dresden before the iron curtain collapse.
Two large-scale series I would like to see UMG do just like they did the Richter Bach Cantatas (BRA only, forget the CDs) are the Colin Davis Berlioz Cycle on Philips, and Dorati's Haydn Symphonies.