More of the music of Franz Liszt (1811-1880)
Our Favorite Recording of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies
Sonic Grade: F
The lower strings are wonderful on the original — wall to wall, with that rosiny texture we love. I wrote at the time — this is twenty or so years ago — that the Classic pressing took that rich, dark sound and brightened it up, ruining it in the process.
Cellos and double basses just don’t sound like that. On the best pressings of LSC 2471 their timbre is Right On The Money. Of course, that’s the real thing, not some audiophile rebutchering.
Now if you’re a Classic Records fan, and you like that brighter, more detailed, more aggressive sound, the original is probably not the record for you.
We don’t like that sound and we don’t like most Classic Records. They may be clean and clear but where is the RCA Living Stereo Magic that made people swoon over these recordings in the first place?
Bernie manages to clean that sound right off the record, and that’s just not our idea of hi-fidelity.
If I were in charge of the TAS Super Disc List, I would not have put this record on it. Here are some others that we do not think qualify as Super Discs.
We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record loving friends at Better Records.
Advice – What to Listen For on Classical Records
Classical – “Sleeper” Top Quality Recordings
Classical – Best Performances with Top Quality Sound
Classical – Demo Disc Quality Recordings
Well Recorded Classical Albums – The Core Collection
Well Recorded Classical Albums from The Core Collection available on our site