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In Reply to: RE: Cluyten's Ravel Cycle available in high resolution. Lps pretty valuable, but... posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 16, 2017 at 09:04:07
And I had Cluytens' Daphnis et Chloé very early on in my LP days. At that time, I was somewhat disappointed that the performance seemed so laid back compared to Munch and (in the second suite) Paray, but over time, I grew to appreciate the Cluytens performance more and more. I still like these performances - they're slower, and, as you say, more evocative than some of the higher-powered recordings of this repertoire. They also feature those piquant tones of the old style of French wind and brass playing which was shortly to disappear. (There was already much less of this individual tone quality in the Martinon set recorded a few years later - nevertheless, I still have Martinon's Daphnis too (on a quad DVD-Audio). I'd say that if you like the woodwinds and brass on the old Suisse Romande recordings, you'd like the Cluytens set too.
BTW, I just got that Praga re-master of the Monteux/LSO performance (originally on Decca/London) and I'm really pleasantly surprised by what a great job that Czech guy did in the re-mastering. I wonder if Praga licensed a copy of the master from Decca or if they used a commercial reel-to-reel tape as the basis for their own reissue (à la HDTT). Whatever they did, it sure turned out well!
My own experience is as above (vinyl BTW).
" They also feature those piquant tones of the old style of French wind and brass playing which was shortly to disappear." Unless, of course, you hear the HIP version of Daphnis from Roth & Les Siecles :-)
I'll definitely download everything else, like the Couperin, Alborada, and especially Mother Goose. I sampled the final, Fairy Garden and the strings sound gorgeous.
My set is the Testament reissue. I've not noticed the distortion and dynamic limiting reported by Kuma but is is a number of years since I listened to the set so I will try to find time in the next couple of days to play it .
I have seen the Cluytens/Erato issue in the new releases list on Qobuz so I will try that too. I'm not yet a subscriber to Qobuz Sublime+ so 16/44.1 for me ( or more precisely 17/44.1 :-)) for the time being.
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