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Re: David Harbin's Review of EMI Furtwangler RAI Ring
Well, "worse"is a relative term. I have listened to Pristine's online excerpt from the end of Act 1 of Siegfried and felt disappointed; though the voice and orchestra possessed a greater resonance than the LP (in my recollection) at the lower end of the spectrum, it seemed to lack bite and "Schwung" - I put the LP on and was again thrilled by exactly those qualities, though I concede a greater warmth and harmonisation of the orchestral sound of the Pristine remastering. When Siegfried begins his forging song the violins have an almost vicious slashing accompaniment that sets your teeth on edge; this has become a faint and decorous part of the underbrush in Pristine's restoration. Suthaus sounds younger and less baritonal on LP. I have heard similar things done to older recordings in the interest of improved noise/music ratio before, and cannot hear any vast difference here. While I will keep an open mind on this issue, as the sound coming over on my loudspeakers may not adequately reflect the actual quality of the Pristine remastering, reviews of the Gebhardt version online suggest for instance that it is far superior to the EMI CD remastering ("splendid details of the score emerge that I have not heard before"), which is heavily filtered - as indeed the Pristine version sounds to me.
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