Classical SACDs to start 2004 with a bang!

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  1. Lee Scoggins

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    There was a really interesting post from Stephen at Audio Asylum where he mentioned some of the positive developments on the classical front for 2004. Good year for classical hirez. It is also mentioned that there are 555 classical SACDs currently. [​IMG]

    1. Mercury Living Presence - first 5 titles out in February/March
    2. Naxos just added an SACD section on their main site - first title out next week
    3. PentaTone - a full schedule for the year, both new and RQR reissues
    4. DG have announced 4 titles thus far, including the Argerich/Pletnev below
    5. Mahler 2 and 4 from SFS/MTT
    6. More from Telarc (24 in story on HFR)
    7. More to come from ECM - reportedly six reissues then DSD recordings
    8. More of the same (presumably) from Chandos, Decca/Philips, Harmonia Mundi et. al.
    9. Dorian hopefully on-stream
    10. More new labels (just recently Ars, Audite, Bayer, Brilliant, Col Legno, Farao etc.)

    I am especially anxious to get the Mercury Living Presence SACDs. [​IMG]
     
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    I ordered the Herbey set of Beethoven symphonies, due out by DG on the 24th of January. This is the early 1960's set which to my mind is the better of his several versions. Although one reviewer said " for my taste Karajan treats Beethoven’s music as a brass band spectacular with added strings."
     
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    I wouldn't call that a "bang!" Labels are pushing core repertoire too much. For instance, Harmonia Mundi, currently one of the top 3 most exciting classical labels, finally released an Andrew Manze SACD, but it's Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Collectors like me are not looking to add another recording of this, or a Beethoven symphony, Symphonie Fantastique, the Mozart Requiem or The Rite of Spring to our collections just because it's in SACD.

    Dennis,

    FYI: The set has been available in Europe for quite sometime, so you don't have to wait until 1/24.
     
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    Do we know what the first five Mercury Living Presence titles are?

    That could be interesting.

    555 classical SACDs, and jazz probably accounts for at least another 100. I like classical and jazz, but they really need to get more current mainstream stuff released.
     
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    Marc,

    Bach: Six Suites For Solo Cello -- Starker
    Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances for Lute -- Dorati
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos.2 and 3 -- Janis/Dorati
    Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete);Tango; Scherzo à la Russe -- Dorati
    Suppé: Overtures -- Paray
     
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    The Starker Bach and the Byron Janis Rachmaninov are sure buys for me.
     
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    Thanks for the info Seth.

    The Bach and Rachmaninov look tempting.
     
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    Ditto. I also am interested in the Respighi.

    Some of the Faulkner Naxos works are quite good as well and can be far from the core collections.
     
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    The most interesting aspect will be hearing the recordings in their original 3-track format, which Fine said she prefered over the current 2 channel down-mixes on CD. I imagine this will help the Janis/Rachmaninov recording where (IM0) the piano is too close and the balanced is tipped too much in its favor.
     
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    Well it's already February and the Mercury Living Presence Sack-Dees are AWOL. They aren't even listed for pre-order on Amazon yet. Has anyone heard any news on these items? Or do we have to send Rachael over to rough them guys up somewhat?
     
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    Dennis,

    I heard that the Mercurys were pushed back to March/April. Don't worry they will be worth the wait. [​IMG]
     
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    I emailed Decca/Philips about this. They said July at the earliest.
     
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    I'm calling Rachael.....we'll see what the police department of the Republica de Polezannia can do... [​IMG]
     
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    Seeing that this came from Universal Music International, May is probably the international release date. US releases typically follow one to two months later. Though of course CDs and SACDs can easily be purchased from Europe.
     
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    So how come they don't region-code SACDs? :p)
     
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    This is actually an interesting question. US stores and US divisions of music labels lose a good number of sales due to people buying CDs from Europe and Japan because new releases come out there first (often a number of months before they hit shelves here in the states) and because a lot of CDs (both new recordings and reissues) are not released at all in the states. Labels seem to care little that consumers are spending their money in Europe and Japan instead of here.
     
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    I betcha that's a very small percentage of overall sales, maybe even on the order of inventory shrinkage.

    Plus, the opposite happens here when albums come out in the US.
     
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    It's rare that something comes out in the States but not Europe or Japan. Recently Tower Records has become more aggressive at offering "import" items, so they most think that there is real demand in the US for these Japan/Europe only items.
     

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