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Thread: Which complete Shostakovich symphony cycle would you buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by staxomega View Post
    Which country are your EMI-Melodiya LPs from? My CD box set is the one with the iconic Shostakovich spectacles on the cover, I purchased it in 2005 and the sound is indeed not good.
    Printed on the EMI box and the insert notes -
    "Manufactured in the U.K. by EMI Records Ltd."
    "DMM re-mastering by David Reckless, EMI Studios"

    My understanding is the "spectacles" set was Melodiya's own digital re-mastering made in Russia; while the EMI set was remastered from Melodiya tapes done in the UK.
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    I join the Barshai contingent.

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    I was about to tell you which I've bought...but his name's gone straight out of my head...Dutchman with either the RPO or the ACO...tch!

    Haitink!

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    Barshai for a box set. Also - 7/Bernstein/Chicago, 10/Ancerl/Czech Phil, 5/Ormandy or Bernstein

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    Have got RLPO and V Petrenko which I love. They never let me down!

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    I noticed that the Mark Wigglesworth cycle on BIS is now available as a SACD set. Does anyone who has heard it care to chime in with their opinion? I've not heard any of these. I assume, at least, that the sound quality is very good. It's currently on sale at Presto Classical.

    ETA: I own the Kondrashin (as a digital download), Barshai, most of Haitink (the best ones from the cycle), and numerous sundry others individually.

    Last edited by Knorf; Aug-05-2021 at 17:37. Reason: Tpoys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    I noticed that the Mark Wigglesworth cycle on BIS is now available as a SACD set. Does anyone who has heard it care to chime with their opinion? I've not heard any of these. I assume, at least, that the sound quaity is very good. It's currently on sale at Presto Classical.

    ETA: I own the Kondrashin (as a digital download), Barshai, most of Haitink (the best ones from the cycle), and numerous sundry others individually.
    I've got the 11th only. I think it's excellent, and the sound is very good.
    Last edited by Forster; Aug-05-2021 at 17:34.

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