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Subject: Re: Noteworthy Opera/Vocal Reissues
From: "ls111553 ." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:ls111553 .
Date:Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:24:12 +0000

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I will dust off my SOTA for some A-B testing as soon as the Walküre SACD
arrives from Japan. I also have the Solti Act III London blueback (I used
to browse for hours at the Princeton Record Exchange, long before eBay),
which I find to have been very nicely remastered as part of the Decca
Legends series, but of course, it would be a treat to have it on SACD or
Blu-ray. I'll take a mature Flagstad over ten teenaged Deborah Voigts any

Your listing of coming attractions is very exciting, specially the Beecham
- VDLA Carmen and the Kna Parsifal.

If I had any pull with Universal, I would suggest a Blu-ray set of the
complete Ataúlfo Argenta stereo recordings, not just the España (available
on SACD from both Universal and AP), but also the excellent material
recorded by Decca in Madrid, not released on CD outside Spain (pretty
decent remasterings, by the way). This includes the Concierto de Aranjuez
with Narciso Yepes, the complete Goyescas and Master Peter's Puppet Show,
among others. Not too likely, but one can dream!

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:08 PM Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> > On Apr 25, 2017, at 8:38 AM, ls111553 . <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >
> > By the way, a very promising new release from Universal Records Japan is
> > the Knapperstbusch - Flagstad Act I of Die Walküre. This is an eternal
> > favorite of mine, as it pretty much got me interested in the Ring, many,
> > many moons ago. My London "blue back" LP, bought second hand in the
> 1980s,
> > was joined by the Decca Classic Sound CD remastering in the early 1990s.
> > This edition has always seemed OK to me, but I could not resist pulling
> the
> > trigger on the pricey ($57) Universal single-layer SACD. Maybe this will
> be
> > released domestically as a hybrid SACD by Analogue Productions, but
> > Universal SACDs are published in very limited releases and I did not want
> > to risk missing this very special recording in what I hope will be its
> best
> > sounding version.
> >
> The “Walküre” Act 1 on SACD sounds quite fine, but somehow doesn’t have
> the sheer impact of the LP. That one, with the sheer forcefulness of gut
> hitting string on that opening, is still very powerful. I know some people
> found Flagstad’s Sieglinde in her early 60’s too matronly, but I think
> she’s wonderful - the voice flooding the speakers. She also, bless her
> soul, manages to keep the words on the right order in her “Der Männer
> Sippe” narrative “O fänd ich ihn heut und hier den Freund” not being afraid
> of the the “eee” sound on the high A, as she also maintains it exclaiming
> him to be “Siegmund” on that same note, rather than that all too frequently
> heard “Saagmund.”
> I do hope they’ll also issue Act 3 under Solti, although my LPs still
> sound mighty find on that too.
> I wouldn’t hold my breath for Analog Productions to release any opera.
> Other new issues coming out on SACD but not yet released include, from
> Warner in Japan, the Giulini “Don Giovanni,” Beecham “Carmen” and Klemperer
> “Magic Flute.” Also, Universal in Japan is releasing the Knappertsbusch
> stereo (1962) Bayreuth “Parsifal” on SACD.
> Max Paley

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