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    Default Performers on old DG Walkman Classics series

    I learned to love classical music back in the 80s and had quite a few of the DG Walkman Classics series on tape. Unfortunately all my old tapes got thrown out during a house move years ago.

    After scouring the internet all I can find on this series is a single image of some of the tapes:



    I can't find a official catalogue anywhere even on the DG site. Does/did anyone own any of these tapes - if so you wouldn't happen to know the performers on the Orff/Stravinsky tape and the Mahler Resurrection tape would you? I'd like to find the same performances on CD (if still available re-packaged).

    A long shot I know!
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    Hi Basclef,

    I am unable to answer your question but I have also been trying to find if these are still published in the UK in CD format. I have The Rossini, Mussorgsky/Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Dvorak titles from this series all on Chromium Dioxide Audio cassete.

    These were purchased in the mid 80's and I am trying to obtain the CD versions but am unable to find them. ( May be able to copy them to CD - although I'm not sure of the legality of this ? )

    If you e-mail me your postal address I will forward these tapes to you if you're interested ?

    Regards

    BarryC ( New Member )

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    Searching various library sites is probably useful. For instance
    "www.bibliotek.dk" - English - Search - Free title "walkman classics" (5 titles).
    (This site covers all libraries in Denmark).

    Didn´t check various amazon.com-sites or the like myself;
    might be a good idea as well.

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    It's kind of funny ... these are the tapes I was listening to when I studied music in college lol.

    I was so glad to get rid of them though! Something about large scale orchestral forms forcing themselves on little impressionable minds at the time

    Got to love the walkman. I found mine and it still works beautifully. Will need to re-record some of my adult music tastes onto tape and relive the experience

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    I'm just guessing from my memory of the DG catalogue at the time.
    The Orff was almost certainly a performance by Jochum. I forget the orchestra. Famous recording - it was in their catalogue for ages. I still have the LP at home. Stravinsky might have been Karajan performances (or maybe Maazel?)
    DG had very few recordings of the Resurrection. Probably from Kubelik's cycle in the late 60s/70s.
    cheers,
    Graeme

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    Hello Bassclef,
    I by pure chance came upon this site today. I was browsing looking for information on Walkman Classics when your post was part of the search engine list. I, like you, collected these tapes in the 1980s and early 90s. I actually have at least a hundred and I can supply you with the information you require. As the collection grew I decided to try to collect all of them but I had no catalogue. I asked in every record shop I could did they have catalogues. I was given a few some more complete and full than others. I am more than willing to photocopy them and send copies to you. I am living in Ìreland. JVGHANLON
    PS Perhaps this is 3 years too late.
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    I too have been collecting these tapes. I bought a handful of them back in the 80's when I was in my teens - the first was Ravel and Debussy, one of my favourites Later I started picking up second-hand ones at car boot sales and used record shops, then I started trying to plug the gaps by ordering off eBay.

    I got to around 60 titles, with 'new' ones getting increasingly hard to come by, and assumed that I'd got most of them.

    Until...

    The other week I found a Walkman Classics sampler tape on the Canadian eBay site. It had a bit of an eclectic mix of composers and styles, but more interestingly the inlay card contained a complete list of tapes in the series. If my counting is correct, there were 91 tapes released!

    The bad news, I suspect, is that some of these were only released in certain countries, if at all. For instance 4156214 is The Best of Ravi Shankar. I can't even find a cover scan on Google, let alone ever having seen the tape in the flesh!

    I will keep scouring eBay, Discogs, flea markets etc. as this has turned into something of an obsession now. I've even bought a new cassette deck so I can keep listening to the damn things

    Peace x

    A.

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    Anyone know what the chromium dioxide did for the cassettes? Something special?

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