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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Like Barbebleu, I stick to downloads from Opera Depot. Their material isn't hi-res or even hi-fi, and are recordings that I'm not likely to listen to very often, so MP3's are good enough.
    Listening to the Rings samples I was surprised at how poorly some of the 60s era stuff sounded. I'd probably be better off with some of the other labels for the 50s Kna recordings.
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    To be fair these are usually off-air recordings that Andy has accumulated from various sources. He makes no claims for their fidelity but a lot of his stuff is at worst tolerable and a lot of it is more than adequate. I have built up quite a collection of things that are unavailable commercially and have a few absolute gems and there are always sales!

    This for instance

    https://operadepot.com/collections/s...undheber-sotin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    To be fair these are usually off-air recordings that Andy has accumulated from various sources. He makes no claims for their fidelity but a lot of his stuff is at worst tolerable and a lot of it is more than adequate. I have built up quite a collection of things that are unavailable commercially and have a few absolute gems and there are always sales!

    This for instance

    https://operadepot.com/collections/s...undheber-sotin
    Yeah, they sound like radio broadcasts. The vocals usually sound pretty good but the orchestra sound really suffers. Still, I enjoy listening to the great conductors and singers from the 50s and 60s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    What it says on the website is made on demand CDs in vinyl sleeves. So I don't know if they provide a case for a big set like The Ring? But it's obvious why he has the "50 off" sales. Who would spend over 90 dollars for low fi historical recordings?
    I don;t think the CD option is any better than if you download the tracks and burn your own CDs. I would go with the download as it is a lot cheaper and faster.

    Hey, they also have a free Ring at OD right now. I downloaded that. Not buying anything.
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    I'll just do the YouTube thing. I can listen to Knappertsbusch, Keilberth, Krause, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
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    Recommended certainly for the incredible orchestral playing of almost supernatural quality. Actually invites me to want to listen to this music.
    "Supernatural quality" - I LOVE that description. I have never heard this recording described more perfectly in two words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rw181383 View Post
    Thanks to all for the guidance. I will be ordering the Kna 57-58, Karajan Salzburg, Solti '83, and Boulez '77 in the next 7-10 days.
    Regarding the Karajan and Boulez, how is the sound? I have never ordered from Opera Depot.

    I bought the Petrenko and Suitner from premiereopera.net and the sound is very good. They have the Karajan, Solti, and Boulez.

    I have ordered a few cds from Pristine Classical before so I will look into the Krauss and Furtwängler transfers as well.
    Both the '76 and '77 Boulez recordings on Opera Depot have fantastic sound. I think the sound is better on both than the Philips commercial release. The singing is certainly better, and it's interesting to hear the crazy audience on the '76 cycle.
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    The Karajan Salzburg Ring is mostly in mono. I think only Rheingold is stereo.
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    Der Ring is such a gargantuan work it is impossible to find one where everything meets that level which makes it perfect. Often it is casting for one or two crucial roles, other times it is some aspect of the production (watching). But it seems to me there is always some kind of compromise and it ends up being which cycle has the least flaws.

    For me right now it is the Met's 2010-2012 "Machine" staging.

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