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If you haven’t done so yet, this is an excellent opportunity to get pretty much every single album Rachel Podger has ever recorded on this label. They are pretty much all very good. Highlights to me are her Four Seasons and the Mozart sonatas. 

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17 hours ago, austinpop said:

Also the Iván Fischer Mahler cycle. Pure gold!

Side note: I'm not sure I fully subscribe to this. I like some of them (particularly 1 and 4) but not all of them will be universally appreciated:

 

https://musicophilesblog.com/2015/07/08/ivan-fischers-mahler-9-or-what-to-make-of-critical-reviews/

 

I guess that's a side effect of Mahler's works, even Walter and Klemperer who both worked directly with Mahler iat some point interpret his symphonies wildly differently. So YMMV as well. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Musicophile said:

Side note: I'm not sure I fully subscribe to this. I like some of them (particularly 1 and 4) but not all of them will be universally appreciated:

 

https://musicophilesblog.com/2015/07/08/ivan-fischers-mahler-9-or-what-to-make-of-critical-reviews/

 

I guess that's a side effect of Mahler's works, even Walter and Klemperer who both worked directly with Mahler iat some point interpret his symphonies wildly differently. So YMMV as well. 

 

 

 

I heard great Mahler before Fisher's, still appreciate: a) good sound; b) the very idea Mahler would be performed acceptable in 21 century.

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13 hours ago, Musicophile said:

Side note: I'm not sure I fully subscribe to this. I like some of them (particularly 1 and 4) but not all of them will be universally appreciated:

 

https://musicophilesblog.com/2015/07/08/ivan-fischers-mahler-9-or-what-to-make-of-critical-reviews/

 

I guess that's a side effect of Mahler's works, even Walter and Klemperer who both worked directly with Mahler iat some point interpret his symphonies wildly differently. So YMMV as well. 

 

 

 

I hope you didn't interpret my comment to mean that the Fischer recordings are the best? Because — that's not what I was saying. That's a very high bar. The only Fischer recording that comes close to best for me is the 3rd. 

 

Anyway — the point I was making was that the FIscher Mahler albums at £8 and change are great value, and I've already bought all of the ones I didn't already own. They join several other worthy versions in my collection, notably the MTT/San Francisco and the Zander/Philharmonia cycles.

 

Your preferences can — and clearly do — vary!

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I am going to go get some in the hopes that I can again listen at some point in the future! Thanks for the heads up.


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16 hours ago, austinpop said:

 

I hope you didn't interpret my comment to mean that the Fischer recordings are the best? Because — that's not what I was saying. That's a very high bar. The only Fischer recording that comes close to best for me is the 3rd. 

 

Anyway — the point I was making was that the FIscher Mahler albums at £8 and change are great value, and I've already bought all of the ones I didn't already own. They join several other worthy versions in my collection, notably the MTT/San Francisco and the Zander/Philharmonia cycles.

 

Your preferences can — and clearly do — vary!

Oh fully agree!!!!

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@ted_b

 

Ted, you may be able to clarify the provenance of the Qobuz 24/192 downloads from Channel Classics. Is my understanding correct that:

  • older releases were recorded in DSD64, newer ones in DSD256
  • Mixing is done in DXD (24/384) and mastered to 24/192?

This isn't a criticism — quite the contrary! I just wish more labels were as transparent.

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Rajiv you are correct. Jared records his Channel stuff at DSD64 and any mixing (very little, mostly just microsecond edits) are of course done in DXD. We then convert those Channel files to 24/192 for PCM customers. 

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