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Finally had some time to just sit back and listen........
FRAK: Muzika Electronic on lovely green vinyl...
The Szeryng/Starker/Haitink Brahms Double is a great find,especially as I was unaware it existed!Haitink gets a bit of a kicking around these parts,on this record he keeps the whole thing together to perfection.
Philips engineering at it's best.
That's the one I keep as my stereo standard, but Todd K likes the Stern/Ma digital LP with Abbado, and I listened to it a few months back, also excellent.
How is the Tortelier and Ferras, two artists whom I love?
I also got a used cd of Rostropovich and D Oistrakh recently, the one Szell recorded near the end of his life on EMI/Angel. Rough sound with multimiking, did not care for it that much.
Ferras in particular I am a devoted fan,and his Double Concerto with Tortelier is very fine,but to my surprise I prefer Szeryng/Starker.The recording is not purist as there is some spotlighting going on,with this piece I don't think that is such a bad thing.
You mention Stern,I have a mono US Columbia LP of Stern/Rose/Walter of which I am fond.
I have the Oistrakh/Rostropvich/Szell ASD but never got around to listening to it!After reading your post doubt if I ever will.
You Brits, so privileged.
I would listen, as the brahms VC was supposedly great in that series.
Nowadays, since we moved to a smaller place, my wife doesn't want me to buy too many new ones, unless they're more special.
Aside, My young teen is learning violin, sits in 2 orchestras (2nd violins), and we're now always trying to listen to various concertos. She prefers youtube (ha). They are learning to accompany people, and she recognized the opening part of the Double (that Szell one), but she said, "oh, I know it, but the soloists changed pieces."
She likes concertos, like her Dad. She is now on Saint Saens Intro, Rondo and Scherzo Capriccioso, after going through the 3rd Bach Violin Partita, 1st movement and others prior to that. Amazing the progress young people who are motivated can achieve.
I've got a copy of Transformer last year. Haven't bothered listening to it yet.
I'm not a big fan of Lou but occasionally listen to his stuff. He's way more entertaining live than on record.
Plus, he has an excellent taste in hifi. ( a Naim owner ) :)
If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
I've got a promo copy of Transformer. It doesn't look like it's quite the shape yours is, but it's original and still quite playable.
They were a carnival of American decay on parade, and they had no idea of the atrocity they had inflicted upon themselves.“ Henry Chinaski
I must admit that mine is new, just purchased last week at a local record store. ;-) But I like it !
Great album! I assume that's the Sony Legacy issued recently. I've been tempted to get "Rock 'n Roll Animal" (probably my favorite live album) released at the same time by Sony Legacy, but was unsure of what source they used. I think I may pick it up if Transformer sounds good.
Local record show buys this past Saturday:
(1974 Live Cleveland Concert, Ryko Analogue RALP 0189)
(Columbia CL 851 6-Eyes Mono)
(Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Re-Issue / Verve MFSL 1-508)
Classic Mono, just got it today. Totally awesome album.
"Some Folks Need An Education ... Don't Give Up Or We'll Lose The Nation" C. 1970 MARK FARNER of Grand Funk Railroad from "Sin's A Good Man's Brother"
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