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Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long)

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Posted on June 9, 2021 at 14:14:56
spindoctor
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I just listened to the 1962 recording of Louis Ansermet conducting the Orchestre de la Swisse Romande playing Saint-Saens Symphony No.3 in C Minor Op. 78 on a mint London blueback lp. This is a personal favorite symphony and this is an amazing recording. First, the playback places me in center orchestra seats in the concert hall. Second, I was 11 years old when this was recorded and I'm now 72 years old. Vinyl as a time machine! And I get to hear amazing music and conductors. Third, modern cartridges and stereo playback systems truly are incredible for what they bring to my ears. (I use a high end Grado cartridge and vacuum tube playback systems. I grew up as a rock and roll musician, yet I've always appreciated classical music. And as we age, I believe our brain is adapted for handling the complexity of the music. For example in this piece, the interplay between the piano and organ. I'm truly grateful that vinyl like this exist and was preserved for our ears. I owe a vote of thanks to all the previous owners who took great care of their lips.

Sim

 

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RE: Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long), posted on June 9, 2021 at 14:24:04
ecl876
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I assume you meant "took great care of their LPs." ( Lips are important as well, though!)

 

Got a King test pressing of that one., posted on June 9, 2021 at 14:37:22
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A lot of other versions, too, but the Ansermet only on the test pressing.

The problem is not that there is evil in the world, the problem is that there is good. Because otherwise, who would care?

 

Sound is excellent via my German Decca LP too. nt, posted on June 9, 2021 at 14:50:05
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(Ernest Ansermet), posted on June 9, 2021 at 15:16:58
Chris from Lafayette
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BTW, you nicely convey your enthusiasms in your post!

 

RE: Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long), posted on June 9, 2021 at 17:19:50
spindoctor
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Sorry. I regret not taking typing in high school!

 

Speaking of lips..., posted on June 10, 2021 at 05:09:04
spindoctor
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hGcJA8fXvU

 

VERY nice and appreciated post! nt. , posted on June 10, 2021 at 10:52:54
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Nt.


Mark in NC
"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" -Paul Simon

 

RE: I take better care of my lips than most, posted on June 10, 2021 at 11:07:21
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30 minutes of long tones and legato arpeggios before every practice session.

There's no virtue in being old,
it just takes a long time

 

RE: I guess I need to get the Ansermet..., posted on June 10, 2021 at 11:36:51
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... who otherwise is fairly well represented in my collection.

I have the Martinon at St. Sulpice, a wonderful performance with so-so sonics, the Phila/Murray Telarc, possibly the worst recorded Telarc (the organ is muddy), and the Boston with Munch who gets the all important syncopation (my favorite part) so right with "the noise" being a true sonic blast, re-issued on Classic.

There's no virtue in being old,
it just takes a long time

 

RE: Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long), posted on June 10, 2021 at 13:47:12
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Especially for woodwinds and

Ciao,


"Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once." - John Coltrane.



Cpwill

 

RE: Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long), posted on June 11, 2021 at 12:47:51
py272
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Recently I have been having the same thoughts as you regarding older lps. I was born in 1961 and my lp collections has many records that were pressed before I was born. Once in a while I come across one of these records that is in mint condition and I marvel at how it has survived for so long and is able to remain in mint condition.

I also am amazed when listening to classic jazz music that was recorded in the 1930s thru 1950s (ellington, goodman, etc). Just yesterday I was listening to a lionel hampton record in which johnny hodges and jess stacy were the sidemen. I am very fortunate that I am able to enjoy the music that was recorded over 80 years ago.

As to the hifi aspects of those records, they may not be of audiophile quality but they are very enjoyable once you forget about the hifi aspects of the recording and just concentrate on the music.




 

RE: Not so random thoughts on vinyl... (Long), posted on June 12, 2021 at 14:39:08
John-from Seattle
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Even then, some of those 78's can sound quite good with the right cart for playback purposes, and with surprisingly hi-fi quality sound. Most were not that good, but can come close.

 

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