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Re: Decca Eclipse LPs
This is a really interesting post. Recently I have noticed a definite lack of 'BIG' name labels in all my usual haunts for classical records so I have been aiming my sights a little lower and in doing so I have discovered some fabulous recordings on Classics for Pleasure. There was a time I would not give this label a second glance but buoyed with success with the acquisition of Mahler's 4th on CFP 159 conducted by Jasha Horenstein, Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring CFP 40304 Vernon Handley and finally Vaughn Williams symphony no 6 CFP 40334 Vernon Handley. All these recordings are Master Series and to my delight I have found them to be superb recordings. But today I came across two VW recordings on Decca Eclipse. Symphony no’s 3 & 6. Both conducted by Adrian Bolt. Sadly both recordings lack sparkle and dynamics. I can only liken the sound to hearing an orchestra playing from inside a long tunnel. I can only think Decca deliberately downgraded the recording for commercial reasons - why pay full price for a premium label recording when the same recording quality can be had at a budget price? I would really appreciate comments from others regarding Decca Eclipse recordings.
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