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Berlioz and Beecham
Posted by Paul Serotsky on April 9, 2019, 5:43 am
Reading Ralph Moore's review of Pristine's remastering of Beecham's Berlioz Grande Messe (http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Apr/Berlioz_requiem_PACO157.htm) reminded me of my ancient LP of Beecham conducting the Berlioz Te Deum. It was already an "old" recording when I bought it in 1962, but it sounded a damned sight older after a couple of years of intensive playing! Quite simply, I adored it, both the music and the performance - the latter, to my mind, has never been bettered.
Last year, I invested in a digital download, only to find that the transfer (evidently done by an absolute non-interventionist) sounded a lot WORSE than my old LP.
Now, having "done" the Grande Messe, wouldn't it be oh-so-NICE if Pristine could work their magic on the Te Deum? For me, it'd be a dream come true.
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