Latest Living Stereo SACDs announced - operas

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  1. Danny Tse

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    Received e-mail regarding pre-orders....

    Puccini - La Boheme - Moffo, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus
    Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Price, RCA Italiana Orchestra and Chorus
    Verdi - La Traviata - Moffo, Rome Orchestra and Chorus
    Puccini - Turandot - Nilsson, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    2 SACD each set. Looks like ship date is September 5.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Thank god! I was wondering when we'd see more of these!

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    If they show up on yourmusic.com, I might actually buy one just to try to understand why titles like those can be released but we can't get popular music released on SACD.

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    Three reasons I can think of off the top of my head:
    One--little to no royalty issues--the performers are dead and the music is not really copyrighted anymore

    Two--None of these is "re-mixed". The master tapes are captured either in their original 3 track (or sometimes 2 track) form in DSD. According to the liner notes, no equalization or other processing is done. So, a simpler task than creating modern pop music releases. (These tapes were going to be archived in DSD anyway--which, as I understand it, was the original purpose of DSD technology).

    Three--Classical music buyers, on average, care more about sound quality than the general public--so the companies are more confident about making sales.
     
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    I understand that although I don't know the performers are dead, but certainly the composers are. I guess I can't see how these releases can be profitable despite some savings in costs. The discs need to sell in some acceptable quantities. Maybe there is a bigger market for opera than I have imagined.

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    I think the point that classical music fans are more into high-end audio than most pop fans (who are happy to listen to low-rez downloaded music through $2 earbuds) shouldn't be overlooked.

    Most pop fans probably don't even know what "SACD" is.
     
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    I guess that pretty well sums it up. SACD can be a significant portion of a tiny market and do better than it does as an insignificant portion of a large market.

    Chris
     
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    Any idea if these will follow suit with pricing? I know I've paid like $11 for each of the Living Stereo's I own, but they're all one disc, hope these don't get bumped up to $22.

    However, they are solid selections.
     
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    That's a good way to put it, Chris.

    It's also worth noting that these releases seem to sell particularly well - they're a nice way to build a classical collection with well regarded players and well regarded performances on the cheap. An added bonus for the gearhead/audiophile is of course how great these recordings generally sound 50+ years later. Sometimes they sound like they were recorded yesterday.

    I have that Madame Butterfly recording on vinyl that I picked up in great condition for like $4 (those of you who live in Washington and like vinyl, never, EVER underestimate the value of checking out the classical vinyl section at Half Price Books). Anyway, I guess I can have a preview before I buy...

    J
     

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