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Discussion: Bernstein: West Side Story - Tilson Thomas

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Post by terence May 25, 2014 (1 of 16)

Post by rammiepie May 25, 2014 (2 of 16)
For a thrilling 9 minute 720p video clip visit San Francisco Symphony.com and click onto SFS store (this is a vendor site).

Looks to be a keeper!

Post by TerraEpon May 25, 2014 (3 of 16)
2CDs? How long is it?
(Ooh I see, almost 83 minutes)

Also I assume the current Amazon price will be less....


MTT conducted by far the best Symphonic Dances I've ever heard and with 2 glowing reviews, this is clearly the one to get (the previous best version being the Barry Wordsworth version with even so has a lot of issues...and I'm sure many here will add "and isn't SACD")

Post by rammiepie May 25, 2014 (4 of 16)
TerraEpon said:

2CDs? How long is it?
(Ooh I see, almost 83 minutes)

Also I assume the current Amazon price will be less....


MTT conducted by far the best Symphonic Dances I've ever heard and with 2 glowing reviews, this is clearly the one to get (the previous best version being the Barry Wordsworth version with even so has a lot of issues...and I'm sure many here will add "and isn't SACD")

Current list price of the 2~disc set is $30.

Post by Luukas June 2, 2014 (5 of 16)
At last, complete West Side Story on multi-channel SACD!

Post by Disbeliever June 2, 2014 (6 of 16)
rammiepie said:

Current list price of the 2~disc set is $30.

Rip-off £30 in the UK compared to US price £17.75

Post by lennyw June 3, 2014 (7 of 16)
To avoid vendor site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGz0PkBXJxw#t=267

It's an interesting video, though some of the parts which try to convince one of the greatness of the music are a little strange (does anyone not think it's a masterpiece?).

Pity it's so pricey. I wouldn't mind 1.5x pricing, but 2x is a lot to ask for 82mins (reminds me of the 1980s Mahler and Bruckner issues).

Post by rammiepie June 3, 2014 (8 of 16)
lennyw said:

To avoid vendor site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGz0PkBXJxw#t=267

It's an interesting video, though some of the parts which try to convince one of the greatness of the music are a little strange (does anyone not think it's a masterpiece?).

Pity it's so pricey. I wouldn't mind 1.5x pricing, but 2x is a lot to ask for 82mins (reminds me of the 1980s Mahler and Bruckner issues).

Some of the MoFi, AP and AF SACDS are 40 minutes long and list for $30 EACH! And they're neither in mch nor are accompanied by such a lavish booklet (100 page hardbound color) nor packaging!

Post by BrunoS June 4, 2014 (9 of 16)
The SACDs are sourced from PCM. Qobuz sells the 24-bit 96kHz master files for download. I have not seen them on the other high-res download sites. I must say that I am tempted.

Post by srl1 June 5, 2014 (10 of 16)
Just got this today. Initial reaction: Sound is excellent (I listen in stereo). I really like the two lead singers. They actually sound young. Most vocal numbers are very good. Exception is America. Very bland. Perfect world would be Bernstein's conducting and players (much more exciting than MTT) with MTT's singers. MTT makes everything too nice. Still, quite enjoyable.

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