The two other reviews here are both right in praising the music, orchestra, and conductor. However, the RCA Dynagroove recording process instituted in the 1960s is a real letdown. A music critic at the time sarcastically
assessed Dynagroove as an aural assault from which he hoped the supreme being would save us. Well, it's not
quite that bad, but what it does is produce homogenized sound. The treble instruments come off okay but middle and bass voices suffer. My subwoofer picked up some bass on this CD but it was very general and indistinct.
If you want to hear the Chicago Symphony sounding just as well in the Bartok Miraculous Mandarin, buy
the Boulez recording on DG or Solti on Decca.
For the Hindemith Nobilissima Visione get Tortelier with the BBC Philharmonic. No, the BBC is not as good
an orchestra as Chicago, but they're still up to doing a fine rendition of this work.
Arcana is too much a muffled roar on the Martinon recording, again, NOT his fault. For a more satisfactory
Arcana, try Lyndon-Gee with the Polish Radio Orchestra or either of the Boulez performances.
It's a shame that such a great orchestra as Chicago was done in by a misguided recording process.
I will say if you're less particular than I am and love this orchestra and conductor, take the plunge.
But, you may be in for a disappointment. I certainly was.
High Performance - Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin; Hindemith; Varese / Martinon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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- 製品サイズ : 14.27 x 12.5 x 0.84 cm; 108.86 g
- メーカー : RCA
- EAN : 0090266331529
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : RCA
- ASIN : B00000IYOX
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