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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Does anybody have the Bareboim Wagner 34 CD box? I've seen this listed for dirt cheap. About a dollar a CD. Are there enough good performances to make this worth picking up?
    Barenboim's Parsifal is my personal favorite, it's brilliantly sung, conducted, played and recorded. I'd say it's on par with Kna, but a tad more dynamic and less ceremonious.
    The Barenboim/Kupfer Ring is a classic and one of the better modern ones, and the other operas are never less than good.
    So yes, I'd say he's a great Wagner conductor and a complete box at that price is a must have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Does anybody have the Bareboim Wagner 34 CD box? I've seen this listed for dirt cheap. About a dollar a CD. Are there enough good performances to make this worth picking up?
    I have it. I’d say buy it at once!

    BBC Radio 3 Building a library first choice Tristan

    One of the best performed modern Parsifals out there, and in amazing sound quality

    A modern Bayreuth Ring cycle that must be considered alongside the seminal 1950s performances, again in great sound quality

    The Tannhauser that I bought 20 year’s ago and never felt the need to add to

    Must I continue?

    Just buy it!!!!!

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    Thanks for the feedback, everybody!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJTh View Post
    Barenboim's Parsifal is my personal favorite, it's brilliantly sung, conducted, played and recorded.
    It's also among my favorites, but what keeps it from the top of the heap is Hölle's Gurnemanz. After listening to the truly great singers in this very long and important role - Hotter, Weber, Lloyd, Moll, and even Pape - Hölle is little more than mediocre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Does anybody have the Bareboim Wagner 34 CD box? I've seen this listed for dirt cheap. About a dollar a CD. Are there enough good performances to make this worth picking up?
    A dollar a cd? No brainer! Get it!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    A dollar a cd? No brainer! Get it!
    I'm about to pull the trigger! Funny that Amazon and Presto have this listed at well over a hundred dollars but a couple of other sites are selling it for under 40 dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I see the Oistrakh set for $39. Am I missing something?
    Download is half of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogdan View Post
    Download is half of that.
    I don't see a download option. I wonder if it's something not available in America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I don't see a download option. I wonder if it's something not available in America.
    Could be... I'm in Canada.

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    Europadisc has V. Petrenko's Shostakovich cycle at 49% off: https://www.europadisc.co.uk/classic...Symphonies.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    Europadisc has V. Petrenko's Shostakovich cycle at 49% off: https://www.europadisc.co.uk/classic...Symphonies.htm
    Also on offer at Presto. Don't hesitate!
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    I don't if this is "ridiculous," but ClassicSelect World has bundled the Membran 10-CD sets of Beecham, Ormandy, Mitropoulos, and Barbirolli together for $25. I have the Beecham and Ormandy sets, and I've gotten good out of them, though I admit, they are all older recordings, and some people don't like the remastering.

    https://www.classicselectworld.com/c...-28-cds-for-20
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    Hi, sorry if this is a repeat, but the Naxos newsletter is offering Ančerl conducting Suk as a free download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magilla81 View Post
    Hi,Guys I'm venturing into the World of classical music coming from Rock/Pop
    I’d like to tell you what you think about High-Resolution files (24/32-48-96-192 hz) and DSD
    I'll explain better:Talking about Digital Recordings,would say that most of the labels like Decca,Philips, DG, sample the majority of CD in 44/16 redbook audio, or instead there are exceptions with excellent recordings sampled at 24/96?
    I'm asking this because I would like to try to figure out if I need a DAC with DSD encodings to fully enjoy the classical Cds
    Thanks
    Did you ever get an answer? (I am interested, too.) This probably was not the best thread in which to post this question. I guess if I gave you any advice, it would be to start listening to as much classical music as attentively as possible. The quality of the recording will have to get pretty bad before it gets in the way of learning and appreciating the music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magilla81 View Post
    Hi,Guys I'm venturing into the World of classical music coming from Rock/Pop
    I’d like to tell you what you think about High-Resolution files (24/32-48-96-192 hz) and DSD
    I'll explain better:Talking about Digital Recordings,would say that most of the labels like Decca,Philips, DG, sample the majority of CD in 44/16 redbook audio, or instead there are exceptions with excellent recordings sampled at 24/96?
    I'm asking this because I would like to try to figure out if I need a DAC with DSD encodings to fully enjoy the classical Cds
    Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by Sondersdorf View Post
    Did you ever get an answer? (I am interested, too.) This probably was not the best thread in which to post this question. I guess if I gave you any advice, it would be to start listening to as much classical music as attentively as possible. The quality of the recording will have to get pretty bad before it gets in the way of learning and appreciating the music.
    I saw the question previously, but didn’t have time to answer. I was also unsure of my facts. But I’ll take a shot now. I have about 450 SACDs and a number of Hi-Rez downloads (all but one pcm). You can still find a reasonable selection of classical SACDs and there are several online sites that sell DSD downloads. But unless you have an SACD player, I think your choices will be limited.

    On the other hand, there are quite a few Hi-Rez pcm files. Check Presto Music to get a sense. You will also discover that pricing varies widely.

    My sense is that there you can divide HiRez classical recordings into three categories:

    (1) Those made from digitizing analogue recordings. This would include a number of highly regarded performances, such as Herbert von Karajan conducting the Beethoven symphonies. As you can see this is available at 96/24. I think these analog recordings are most often digitized at 96/24, although there are exceptions such as the Solti Ring, which is 44.1/24.

    (2). Early digital recordings recorded at 44.1/16. From what I’ve read, there is no advantage to upsampling them to 96/24.

    (3) More recent digital recordings, going as far back as the 1990s [?] I think most of these were recorded at 96/24 (and then downsampled to 44.1/16 for CDs). As I recall, some of the record labels have had 96/24 on their covers from at least early this century.

    Having said that, I find that good mastering trumps Hi-Rez in the vast majority of cases. The clearest example in my collection is the deluxe 96/24 release of the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls. It sounds terrible compared to my CD released around 1990. But maybe you are aware of this. (And the bonus tracks made it a worthwhile purchase.)

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