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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Thanks for any help with these questions. Just looking for perspective. The discs I grabbed are Nielsen's 2nd and 4th symphonies, and then Beethoven's 1st and 3rd. Very excited to hear both.
    Grab the Nielsen 3 & 5 for a few bucks. Bernstein's No. 5 is one of the best! And No.3 is a beautiful symphony.
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    ^I'm new to Nielsen, the Bernstein disc with 2 and 4 is the only music of his in my whole collection. And frankly I can't say I'm much a fan of his yet. I'm hoping Lenny will be the one to convert me. I understand he is a composer who is highly regarded by fans of some of my other favorites (Sibelius, for example) but his music doesn't make much sense to me as of yet.

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    It can take a while to grow on you. Nielsen is just different that anybody else. But I think he was a great symphonist. Nos. 3, 5 & 6 are my favorites.

    Some analysis of Nielsen's symphonies.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTDQUifgFRo
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    I bought quite of those when they came out. They were competitively priced. The Brahms is terrific and the Nielsen benchmark in my opinion. Sound is decent. I don't know if they were ever remastered, perhaps in his orchestral collection that came out a few years ago?

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    I'm not sure how the deal was originally struck between Sony and Prince Charles. I just remember reading they wanted to give Lenny the "Royal" treatment after his passing and so they teamed up with Prince Charles to show off his artwork.

    I had the entire collection on CD at one point. I still have several of them but they are in my "to get rid of box" just because I now have all of Lenny's recordings in box sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    I'm not sure how the deal was originally struck between Sony and Prince Charles. I just remember reading they wanted to give Lenny the "Royal" treatment after his passing and so they teamed up with Prince Charles to show off his artwork.

    I had the entire collection on CD at one point. I still have several of them but they are in my "to get rid of box" just because I now have all of Lenny's recordings in box sets.
    Lenny is one of the only conductors of whom I would consider buying a big box set. He brings so much insight to so many disparate composers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Lenny is one of the only conductors of whom I would consider buying a big box set. He brings so much insight to so many disparate composers.
    If I didn't already have so many Bernstein CDs, I would've bought the symphony box last year. I'm mad that I missed out on the Sibelius set. I hope they issue it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    .... I still have several of them but they are in my "to get rid of box" just because I now have all of Lenny's recordings in box sets.
    Like you, RDB, I've jettisoned a lot of the single discs from this set as I often have sets of the other recordings in boxes. I've only got about 2 left and one I keep because it gets more play than the Mahler cycle it comes from and I can't be bothered fishing through the box for it.

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    Other than having all of the recordings in one box, what is the advantage to ditching the older CDs and buying the symphony edition? From what I've read, the only remastered CDs in the set with improved sound are the Mahler symphonies which are available separately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Other than having all of the recordings in one box, what is the advantage to ditching the older CDs and buying the symphony edition? From what I've read, the only remastered CDs in the set with improved sound are the Mahler symphonies which are available separately.
    For me it was about having "everything". The Royal Edition didn't have everything. The Bernstein Century didn't have everything. I love Lenny, always have since I was a kid. I wanted every recording I could get from Lenny because I love his passion, and even if a particular recording might not be one of the best of a particular work, it still holds value for me because Lenny's love of music still comes across to me.
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    It is tempting to go for the box. Presto is selling it for 77 dollars. I'm lacking a couple of the Mahler symphonies and I missed out on the Sibelius bargain box. I'm also interested in listening to his Schumann, and Brahms cycles. And the other Nielsen's.
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    I have his Brahms, Schumann and Sibelius on the Royal Edition issues,
    They are all excellent.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    It is tempting to go for the box. Presto is selling it for 77 dollars. I'm lacking a couple of the Mahler symphonies and I missed out on the Sibelius bargain box. I'm also interested in listening to his Schumann, and Brahms cycles. And the other Nielsen's.
    You need the Mahler cycle at least man... the Bernstein/NYPO Mahler changed my life I like the 12CD on Sony, but if I had money I'd go for the big Bernstein Symphony Edition or whatever it's called.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    You need the Mahler cycle at least man... the Bernstein/NYPO Mahler changed my life I like the 12CD on Sony, but if I had money I'd go for the big Bernstein Symphony Edition or whatever it's called.
    I have all but nos. 2 & 8 on the Bernstein Century CDs. I probably won't get the big box even though it's a great deal. Sony will be milking the Bernstein cow forever so I'll wait and see if anymore smaller boxes get issued. I doubt I would spend much time listening to all of the Haydn, Mozart or Tchaikovsky symphonies. And I already have the Beethoven, William Schuman, and Bernstein discs.
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