Yes, I remember those SL recordings were very popular as demo discs back in the 1970s. In particular, Leinsdorf’s Wagner excerpts were a favourite in hi-fi listening rooms of my youth. And yes, the discs I heard sounded very good indeed.
But surely that’s all they were, demonstration discs of short pieces recorded under very strict studio conditions and not designed for wide commercial release? Yet more than 30 years into the digital age the Berlin Phil is reprising the technique with longer works in less-than-ideal live conditions and – one assumes – still hopes to sell a fair number of the resulting LPs.
Given these issues - plus the perceived shortcomings of the Rattle performance in question - I’m just not convinced that audiophiles or the general listener will be well served by this experiment.
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