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Great Recordings Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 7 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 28
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Sony Import
  • ASIN: B0069EOZT8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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EU-only 21 disc (20 CDs + PAL/Region 0 DVD) box set celebrating the work of one of the most important German conductors of the 20th century. Wand was famous for the relentless accuracy and intensity of his rehearsals. This edition includes personally authorized recordings such as the complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Schubert. The bonus DVD is a comprehensive and very personal insight into the life and work of the great conductor.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a47c60) out of 5 stars Solid retrospective! June 1 2012
By Alden 4 - Published on
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I love Gunter Wand. Everything here is solidly "mainstream," and I mean that as a compliment in this case. No bizarre interpretations, or willful treatment; very consistent treatment of all the classics. Wand has complete respect for the composers as well as the scores. The Beethoven here is a model of moderation in tempo. The same can be said for the Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, and everything else here. Collectors will be bemoan the fact that some classic recordings which are hard to find are NOT here (I think mainly of the handful of live NDR Bruckner recordings made in Lubeck Cathedral, or the recent Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner recordings), but this is a great package, done well. The package itself deserves mention. This is done up LP style! Nice big, thick readable book, the size of an LP, filled with notes and interviews. All the CDs are in individual cardboard sleeves, arranged in four "slots" in a big, LP-sized box which is about 1.5 inches thick. Very nicely done, though some may wish for a bit more of a "standard" space-saving CD box format. Wand collectors probably have all this, but for someone new to classical music this could easily be a starter library for standard repertoire. This would make a beautiful gift, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa39c97c8) out of 5 stars masterful recordings by a great conductor Jan. 29 2015
By Col William Russell (ret) - Published on
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Wand's name isn't one of those household names. However, these recordings are among the finest of these works and have been a delight. I'm not happy about the LP-size box as my shelving for LPs has long been gone. You are probably in the same boat. But don't let that stop you. Grab this set while it's available or face grossly inflated prices by greedy sellers later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48469f0) out of 5 stars GREAT AND SLOPPY April 5 2016
By Bartolomé Mesa - Published on
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This is a truly good edition honouring a colossal artist, one of the very few unique conductors in recording history. Nice presentation too, despiste its bulk. Good sound and comprehensive selection. But it is unforgivable the little care that Sony has taken regarding the translation into English of the extensive German notes. It is just atrocious. Rather painful to read and many times you just have to guess what all that really means in the original text. No editorial supervision whatsoever and an inept translator, I'm afraid. Just cannot see how this could happen. English is not my native language, but even I could have done a better job! Also, the DVD have just one chapter, without at least dividing the documentary from the very long and very moving last interview. And they messed up the aspect ratio in the documentary, while it is correct in he interview. Go figure! You need to adjust the monitor to see the documentary properly. This is so sloppy... At least the content is serious and illuminating stuff. Despite all that, because of the recordings, it has to be 5 stars.

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