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In Reply to: RE: I love his Daphnis et Chloe... posted by kuma on June 17, 2017 at 00:45:22
In which case it's only the second suite (same with Karajan and Cantelli AFAIR). I just re-listened to the Leinsdorf/LAPO suite 2 a few months ago, and I was surprised at how good the SQ was - better than the SQ on a lot of the other recordings in the Capitol classical catalogue from that time.
BTW, what did you find corny about it? ;-)
The Leinsdorf recording was issued on 2-track tape. The sound is excellent on the tape, but not the very best that Capitol did during the early stereo period. Yes, sound quality was all over the place. Big Band and other popular recordings consistently got very good recordings. With classical recordings Stokowski usually received excellent sound. His Planets recording with LA Phil is outstanding and, I suppose, a little "Hollywoodish" with his additions to the scoring. However, it has a large dynamic range, deep bass, and a big open sound, unlike other early Capitol recordings.
I suspect the variable sound quality is due to the use of different engineers and even to different recording philosophies. Capitol had been bought by English EMI, and some of the classical recordings sound like early English stereo recordings using a Blumlein miking and a more distant pickup. Early recordings by Felix Slatkin and Carmen Dragon ended up as very good or simply mediocre. The only way to know is to listen to the recordings.
Most of those Steinberg/Pittsburgh recordings on Capitol are really dullsville IMHO (in terms of SQ). I recently listened to one of his Wagner excerpts albums which, according to the booklet notes, was recorded in a purist, minimally microphoned way. The notes to the Leinsdorf Debussy/Ravel album suggest that this LAPO recording was not nearly as minimalist (just judging from the number of microphones listed). But to my ears, it sounds way better than the Steinberg album. Fortunately, Steinberg and the PSO were liberated from the confines of Capitol's engineering when they signed their contract with Command Classics (although those Command recordings may not qualify as completely purist, since Robert Fine's team employed seven microphones for them - unlike their earlier celebrated three-microphone efforts for Mercury). And now I'm going off on a tangent, but I'd also like to mention that there's a modern company which uses seven microphones for their symphonic recordings with great results (two-channel only): the German company, Acousence, which records second and third level German orchestras and makes them sound excellent indeed - I have almost their whole symphonic catalog in 24/96 downloads, and I really enjoy them.
I agree with you that the most frustrating aspect of many of the Capitol classical recordings was the lack of openness in the sound.
I've only got a Pickwick 33 budget reissue but recall how surprised I was in terms of fidelity. ( .50 cent find at a thrift store! ) And yes I agree most classical Capitol offerings have been poor from other records I have. I have to wonder what they did to them cuz, their popular titles are much nicer. Sinatra, Cole et all...
Very "Hollywood bound" ( Franz Waxman Rebecca-esque :) ) but certainly colourful and entertaining.
Tempo is slower than Canteli's but it's expressive and dreamy, keeping luxurious feel and touch of mystery throughout. I know you do not like this type of meaningless adjectives but sorry I don't know how else to articulate it!
It just reminds of a review I read from Tully Potter, accusing Reiner and the CSO of having a "Hollywood Sound" on one of their recordings! ;-)
Nah.. maybe expressive but not as corny as some others from the same era. There seems to be a fine line. ( I know this stuff is subjective! )
Listening to Reiner's work, styling isn't that dated to my ears. There's some human quality to them that missing from many of today's ultra polished orchestration style. Certain technique or dynamic shading that makes a large score to an interesting story telling rather than turning into a sea of pretty wallpaper.
P.S. Who's Tully Potter?And which recording is he referring to?
I can't remember the specific recording unfortunately. Tully Potter is well known reviewer in the UK, who (I think) specializes in older recordings - especially (from what I can tell) having to do with string players and ensembles. Maybe one of our UK inmates here can elaborate and/or correct what I said.
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