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Andante Stokowski setJuly 21 2013
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Format: Audio CD
Andante reference library set in a nice hardcover bound book style package holding 4 CDs with trilingual notes and essays on the material in the set and Matrix numbers of the disks transferred. They feature a fine digital transfer from the original Victor 78 rpm disks, with minimal digital processing to remove the surface noise and hiss of the originals.
Hard to believe the quailty of the recording technology of the time and these transfers capture the depth of the original recordings most reissue labels lose due to over use of digital processing to try to remove the surface noise and hiss inherent in the original recordings.
These sound like what people heard at the time they were new. The 1920's recordings are a little hissy, the mid 1930's have more surface noise due to material scarcity and attempts to conserve the raw materials, the 1940's recordings sound like early lp recordings, not 78's. The Raven is particularly noisy as the original source was an early novelty picture disk.
Contents and year of recording. Schoenberg - Gurrelieder 1932 Dubensky - The Raven 1932 Hindemith - Kammermusik 2 Op36 1932 Rimsky Korsakov - The Maid of Pskov Hunt and Storm Music 1939 Mussorgsky - Chovanchtchina Entracte from Act IV 1927 Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov Symphonic Synthesis 1936 Gliere - Symphony 3 Ilia Murometz 1940 Gliere - Russian Sailors Dance from The Red Poppy 1934 Debussy - Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun 1927 Debussy - Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun 1940 Debussy - Nocturnes 1937 Debussy - Dances Sacred and Profane 1931 Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole 1934
If you like historic recordings, Andante did a great job and worth the premium price, now they are no longer in print, compared with the "remastered" discount compilations by other labels.
This set goes well with Stokowski & the Philadelphia Orchestra - CD Premieres of Their Rarest 78 RPM Recordings - Recorded 1927-1940 for more minimally processed early Stokowski Victor releases.