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    Qobuz as part of their summer sale have a selection of Orfeo releases at 50% off.

    https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/search?q...obuz-fest-2021

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    The price has changed since yesterday evening -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    The price has changed since yesterday evening -
    There are so many amazing deals in this offer.

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    Given the enthusiasm recently expressed here for Presto's bargain Complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Brilliant), I wanted to point out that I've found one seriously faulty FLAC track, #93 "Sweelinck: Fantasia Ut re mi fa sol la a 4, SwWV 263," which should run 8:24 but stops abruptly about 5:45. Changing players didn't solve the problem, nor did downloading the track again, so a week ago I reported it to Presto, who reported it to Brilliant, whose response I await. If you bought Belder's Fitzwilliam, you may want to check your copy; and if you find other issues in any of these big boxes, please let the rest of us know!
    Last edited by Axiomatic; Aug-16-2021 at 20:27. Reason: typo

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    Thanks for pointing it out, just checked and my copy is the same. It starts the next track (Praeludium Toccata) at 5:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiomatic View Post
    Given the enthusiasm recently expressed here for Presto's bargain Complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Brilliant), I wanted to point out that I've found one seriously faulty FLAC track, #93 "Sweelinck: Fantasia Ut re mi fa sol la a 4, SwWV 263," which should run 8:24 but stops abruptly about 5:45. Changing players didn't solve the problem, nor did downloading the track again, so a week ago I reported it to Presto, who reported it to Brilliant, whose response I await. If you bought Belder's Fitzwilliam, you may want to check your copy; and if you find other issues in any of these big boxes, please let the rest of us know!
    Maybe not quite a big box, but the Decca Radu Lupu solo recordings download is scrambled. Names of tracks don’t match the actual music. After some effort I confirmed to my satisfaction that all the music is there, but some tag editing is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Maybe not quite a big box, but the Decca Radu Lupu solo recordings download is scrambled. Names of tracks don’t match the actual music. After some effort I confirmed to my satisfaction that all the music is there, but some tag editing is needed.
    Hello!
    I checked my download and it appears fine however I downloaded as MP3. I haven’t had a problem with downloads from Presto (thankfully) to now but coincidentally I am in currently in communication with SUPRAPHON on multiple issues. Over the years I have become accustomed to finding “time” errors on their box downloads. Presently they have passed me on to “Sony Music” and I am awaiting a response. Hopefully they can solve my issues, in fairness they have corrected in the past but only after a lot of palaver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Maybe not quite a big box, but the Decca Radu Lupu solo recordings download is scrambled. Names of tracks don’t match the actual music. After some effort I confirmed to my satisfaction that all the music is there, but some tag editing is needed.
    Correction - it’s the Sony Freire box, which I bought at the same time.

    Thanks for making me double check.

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    Naxos has sent out its August free download selections a second time, this time as a free download for anyone, even those not signed up to the email list.

    You can choose one of:
    Adolphe Adam - Giselle (Highlights)
    Beethoven - Piano Trios Nos. 5 'Ghost' and 6
    Mozart - Don Giovanni (Highlights)

    https://benefits.naxos.com/Gift/Rede...7b8fe63f1f7681

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    Not a new release bargain but a secondhand bargain, I picked up the 23cd Buchberger Haydn SQ cycle for £15, in excellent condition. Well happy.

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    Quite possibly a pricing error (since the corresponding digital albums on Amazon and Qobuz are priced much higher), but DG's upcoming Chopin Masters box set is currently available as a FLAC download from Presto for just $13.00, at least here in the US. Over 28 hours of music by excellent musicians including Martha Argerich, Rafal Blechacz, Maria Joao Pires, etc. There's even a digital booklet. I already have some of these recordings but this seemed too good a deal to pass up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopin Suey View Post
    Quite possibly a pricing error (since the corresponding digital albums on Amazon and Qobuz are priced much higher), but DG's upcoming Chopin Masters box set is currently available as a FLAC download from Presto for just $13.00, at least here in the US. Over 28 hours of music by excellent musicians including Martha Argerich, Rafael Blechacz, Maria Joao Pires, etc. There's even a digital booklet. I already have some of these recordings but this seemed too good a deal to pass up.
    The download is not available via Presto Europe but the 28-disc physical CD set is, for €80. Which is also inexpensive I would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopin Suey View Post
    Quite possibly a pricing error (since the corresponding digital albums on Amazon and Qobuz are priced much higher), but DG's upcoming Chopin Masters box set is currently available as a FLAC download from Presto for just $13.00,
    Thanks for the info. I just pulled the trigger. I don't really like Chopin, but I'm hoping this will make me a convert.

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    https://www.audite.de/en/product/CD/..._quartets.html

    I never thought of Audite as a mid-price label... While this Ravel/La Tombelle CD from the Mandelring Quartett is definitely full price, the 24/48 flac costs only EUR 5.87 and, even cheaper, 16/44.1 wav at EUR 5.03.

    Did a quick check at both Highresaudio and Qobuz, the prices of this download are more "normal", at around the 10 EUR range.

    Did another check for other CDs on the Audite site. Downloads are usually priced at the 5 to 7 EUR range. This is nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiki View Post
    https://www.audite.de/en/product/CD/..._quartets.html

    I never thought of Audite as a mid-price label... While this Ravel/La Tombelle CD from the Mandelring Quartett is definitely full price, the 24/48 flac costs only EUR 5.87 and, even cheaper, 16/44.1 wav at EUR 5.03.

    Did a quick check at both Highresaudio and Qobuz, the prices of this download are more "normal", at around the 10 EUR range.

    Did another check for other CDs on the Audite site. Downloads are usually priced at the 5 to 7 EUR range. This is nice!
    And buying the quartets separately is cheaper (EUR 4.60)!
    Last edited by frankreedy; Sep-21-2021 at 11:22.

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