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Discussion: Debussy: Images, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune, La Boite A Joujoux - Rosenthal, Ansermet

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Post by Iain June 10, 2013 (1 of 4)
What are Praga up to these days?

My conclusion, based upon the conductor, is that this title was originally released 40-50 years ago. Funnily, I've always thought of Praga as exclusively releasing recent material. Am I wrong?

Post by Dennis June 10, 2013 (2 of 4)
I would be interested in comments on this also -- Greatrecordings from the golden age come from Praga over the last year -- but are they from the original master tapes?

Post by Ubertrout June 10, 2013 (3 of 4)
Copyright in most of the EU for recordings made up to 1963 is 50 years (it is set to jump to 70 years for subsequent records per EU directive). Praga, like many others (EG Membran) has taken advantage of this to release old copyrighted recordings which have fallen into the public domain - but unlike other companies, they're doing it on SACD. The source for these releases seems to be commercially released open-reel tapes from what I've been able to discern, but others may know better.

I'd note that while these discs are legal in most of the EU, they are not in the US. Kind of a shock that Harmonia Mundi distributes them here anyway.

Post by Claude June 11, 2013 (4 of 4)
lain, if you check their recent releases on this site, you will see that their reissues of public domain recordings have already started almost a year ago:

/alltitles/41 (scroll down to the bottom)

The big question here is, what is the quality of the source material?

Public domain CDs are usually copied from the official CDs (which is legit), but in case of a hi-rez format, without access to the master tapes (for lack of licensing contract with the original label), it could be commercial open reel tapes, LP production tapes or vinyl rips. If they didn't simply use a CD anyway and convert it to DSD ... . The booklets are vague about this, mentioning "original sources"

I've bought the Shostakovich concerto discs and wasn't convinced by the sound, compared to official CD reissues. Since that purchase, I've stayed away from those Praga reissues, although the repertoire is attractive.