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A Box Of Karl Böhm’s Late Recordings

Jeremy Lee writes

The circumstances for the reissue of these “late recordings” in a box set is rather curious.  Usually when a box set documenting the artistry of a legendary artist (in whole or in part) surfaces, its release date coincides with the anniversary year of that artist’s birth or death or other meaningful anniversaries.  Released in 2015, the present set seems Continue reading


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DG’s Big Bernstein Box, Vol. 1

Jeremy Lee writes

I will start this review with a bold statement:  of all the oft-recorded conductors that have ever lived, no-one has had such a high proportion of great musicianship, great playing and great sonics in their discography than Leonard Bernstein on Deutsche Grammophon.  This is particularly remarkable given Continue reading


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Giulini in Vienna

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Jeremy Lee writes

This 15CD box contains all of Giulini’s DG recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, including his concerto recordings.  A substantial proportion of the recordings featuring the Vienna Philharmonic would be considered “Late Giulini” (around mid-1980s), a style that was Continue reading


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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

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Jeremy Lee writes

Hard to believe, but Bernard Haitink has already been conducting for almost 60 years, and his time as the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (possibly the orchestra that he is most associated with) spanned a good 25 years.  To commemorate the Dutch maestro’s 85th birthday, Decca has Continue reading


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Klemperer Legacy boxes to be released soon!

Remember the Klemperer Legacy series long time ago?  The attractions of that series were mainly the appealing repertoire and price, including releases of Klemperer’s own compositions, as well as cheaper reissues of recordings (such as Mahler’s 9th symphony) previously issued in the form of Great Recordings of the Century sets that were never cheaper than $200 (regardless of what Presto Classical claims the selling price to be).  During recent years, however, Continue reading