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In Praise of the Boxed Set

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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 11:40:26 AM PDT
MacDoom says:
Any complicated problem has an astoundingly simple solution. Two box sets. One with all recorded music, one with all unrecorded music. Problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:05:27 PM PDT
carnola says:
But then you need a box set for all of the music that's never been in a box set...
(apologies to Bertrand Russell)

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:10:14 PM PDT
carnola says:
R. Kopp,

You may be interested in the forthcoming "Karajan 60s" coming soon from DG.

(Click on the video tab when you get to the site)

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:27:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 1:29:37 PM PDT
I'm still trying to follow Jacky's example and get that Delius 150th Anniversary Edition and the 30-CD Vaughan Williams box, both EMI reissues. It's not so much the overlap in CDs I already have that bothers me---as it is finding the shelf space and time to hear all this stuff, enticing as it may be.

Edit: OH, and the Elgar set William mentions (EMI). I have more than 50% of these recordings and I wonder...Can you ever have too many copies of, say, Barbirolli's Elgar?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:41:14 PM PDT
MacDoom says:
And the only way to find out if the recordings are live is by actually opening the box... (apologies to Schrödinger)

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:41:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 9:46:51 PM PDT
Like William, I have the Toscanini reissue set (about 85 CDs) on order. I guess we'll receive it when we receive it. I have a few of the Sony/BMG Classical Masters reissue boxes, all of which I think are a fantastic bargain, e.g:
Jascha Heifetz Plays Great Violin Concertos
Greatest Piano Concertos (Cliburn)
Beethoven: String Quartets (stereo Budapest)
Reiner Conducts Richard Strauss (Chicago)
Bruno Walter Conducts Mahler (stereo LA plus mono NYP)
Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 1 - 9 (Gunther Wand)
Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos (Perahia's self-conducted set with the ECO)
Isaac Stern Plays Beethoven (violin sonatas with Istomin; piano trios with Istomin and Rose; vn con, triple con, romances, piano quartet Op 16)
Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart (mostly stereo LA, some mono NYC, and the great 1956 mono NYP Requiem)

Listening to all this while retaining one's sanity is another story...

The EMI reissue boxes are just as good: Fischer, Gobbi, Kreisler et al

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:45:24 PM PDT
KenOC says:
MacDoom: ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 3:14:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 3:15:27 PM PDT
carnola says:
Like you and William, I've got the Toscanini on order, too. Regarding the Vaughan Williams box, for 30 CDs, it really doesn't take up all that much room since they're in paper sleeves. I've actually saved space through all these dirt cheap box sets by giving away the jewel-case duplicated material to family and friends.

In addition to the Cliburn, Wand-Bruckner, and Perahia-Mozart sets you have (already have most of the Reiner-Strauss, Heifetz, and Walter-Mozart), I've picked up the following RCA sets:
Charles Munch Conducts Romantic Masterworks
Late Romantic Masterpieces
Leopold Stokowski: The Stereo Collection 1954-1975
Rafael Kubelik Conducts Great Symphonies
James Levine Conducts Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10

Other pickups:

Milestones: 30 Years Of Chandos (30 Landmark Recordings)
Bruno Walter Conducts Famous Mahler and Bruckner Symphonies (The Original Jacket Collection) (bought through the now defunct BMG music club)
Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection
Chopin Complete Edition
An Anniversary Tribute [Box Set

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 4:01:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 10:02:39 PM PDT
Carnola, I feel guilty about not having both of the Charles Munch boxes and also the Levine Mahler box---because since 1953 the BSO has been "my" orchestra and I saw Munch and Levine many times. The first-ever live Beethoven Five I heard (I was 13) was by the BSO/Munch in one of their concerts in Providence. It was also my first experience with the BSO. I can still remember---or I fancy that I remember---that concert. It was years later that I realized that what I had heard on that 1953 evening was still Koussevitzky's orchestra (he had retired in 1950). That's as close as I got.

I think I need to reconsider these boxes with a view to buying them...

Posted on May 28, 2012 10:00:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 10:07:17 PM PDT
I'd like to see Sony/BMG reissue the Isaac Stern Collection, or at least parts of it. "The Early Concerto Recordings, vol 1" contains the 1951 Brahms Violin Concerto with Beecham and, perhaps more significantly, the 1954 NYP Brahms Double Concerto with Leonard Rose and Bruno Walter. Stern and Rose remade the Double with Ormandy in stereo a few years later, but there is something about that prior recording with Dr Walter. It's a very different approach from the more famous Heifetz/Feuermann/Ormandy/PO Double from 1939.

The Isaac Stern Collection - The Early Concerto Recordings, Vol. I (3 CDs)
Early Concerto Recordings, Volume 2 (The Isaac Stern Collection) (3 CDs

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 10:10:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 10:41:08 PM PDT
R. Kopp says:

I appreciate the heads up. The "Karajan 60s" box set looks very sexy, even though there aren't a lot of boxes in this box set (see my previous post). Once upon a time I could afford--or imagined I could afford--large box sets like this. In these hard times, unfortunately, I am reduced to buying individual notes.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 10:45:35 PM PDT
Scarecrow, I recall that the banks used to do that with dishes. Well, almost. You could buy a set of dishes from the bank at a giveaway price if you opened an account at the bank. We did that. Turns out the giveaway price wasn't so giveaway after all. Good dishes, though. Too good, actually, because they didn't break even after we got bored of them.

The moral of the story, if any, is murky at best but may have to do with not expecting banks to give you anything.

I'd really like to buy the Brendel set and get Schiff for free. Or, even better, get them both for free. From a bank. In return for depositing, say, $10K in a certificate of deposit at the current interest rate of 0.000003%.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 3:41:28 AM PDT
carnola says:
R. Kopp,

Sure understand that--I'm not considering the set at all at its current Amazon price point of over $400 (well, it's other sellers). If the price comes down below $150, I may consider it. However, the CDs mimic the LP contents. Some are under 40 minutes. When they do that, I don't want to pay over $2 per CD. I think I'm getting spoiled by some of the super cheap boxes coming out.

Posted on May 29, 2012 4:16:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2012 4:53:46 AM PDT
R. Kopp says:

I've had my eyes on a particularly lovely A flat for a couple of months now. Been saving up. . . .

Posted on May 29, 2012 6:29:04 AM PDT
After reading all of these missives, I am from now on going to mistrust everybody on this forum except, of course, me. At least we will have a joyous summer.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 6:47:53 AM PDT
James -

I just read a pretty reliable confirmation that the set is indeed delayed because BMG is correcting their Eroica error.


Posted on May 30, 2012 12:59:54 AM PDT
Jim Ginn says:
good to know about the Eroica errotica. the 49 Eroica will be the second of the Toscanini set I'll listen to....First I have to make John Ruggeri happy by listening to the Strauss Don Quixote 1939 with Feurmann.

Posted on May 30, 2012 2:37:38 AM PDT
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Posted on May 30, 2012 8:59:33 AM PDT
John Spinks says:
I began my library career in the days of the "card catalog." Shortly after I started as an audio-visual librarian, I was thumbing through the catalog one day only to find on a title card..."Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55, "Erotica". Well, goodness knows how many years it had been there, the ultimate joke of some disgruntled, long gone librarian.

My library director was about as sharp as a bowling ball.

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:18:52 AM PDT
R. Kopp says:
A little candlelight, a bottle of red wine, some Beethoven from your local library. Why not? Except that I've found that the problem with using library LPs as erotica is that they often have scratches. Skips aren't so bad, but scratches are very annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 9:25:23 AM PDT
Eutychus says:
Same as during the activities which you hope ensue, eh?

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:26:46 AM PDT
Dichterliebe says:
Be sure to check your needle.

I always found the labels and the card-holder a little cheapening, what with all the stamped dates. Made me feel like I was just another customer.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 9:34:03 AM PDT
carnola says:
R. Kopp,

You can also run into problem with a CD if your CD player ejects it prematurely.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 9:45:22 AM PDT
KenOC says:
Premature ejectulation?

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:51:46 AM PDT
Dichterliebe says:
I'm glad the floppy is a thing of the past.
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