- This wonderful 3 LP Box Set boasts rich and Tubey Magical Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on FOUR of the SIX sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner, and Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two
- All six sides play about as quiet as any UK pressings from this era ever do (and with no audible marks), making this is a very special copy indeed
- There are only two complete Brandenburgs that we like for music and sound, this Munchinger on Decca/London from 1959 and the Britten from 1969
- When you have enough of each for a shootout, and can play them side by side, you hear the differences between 1959 and 1969, but choosing one over the other when they can both be so good is a lot harder than it sounds
We were impressed with the Speakers Corner pressing of this album when it came out back in 1994. We wrote at the time:
Probably the best sound and performance of the Eine Kleine available — highly recommended!
We haven’t played a copy in years, so let’s call it a “B” with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds.
Our Hot Stamper Classical Pressings will be dramatically more transparent, open, clear and just plain REAL sounding, because these are all the areas in which heavy vinyl pressings tend to fall short in in our experience.
- A superb Decca stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
- This recording is from 1976, more than a decade later than the one we recently offered on London from this conductor — the sound holds up though
- Engineered by the brilliant James Lock at Schloss Ludwigsburg palace in Germany, you can feel the cool air of the recording venue
- Karl Münchinger understands this music and makes it come alive – the Decca engineers are of course a big help too
- A spectacular Demo Disc recording that is big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic
- Engineered by the brilliant Roy Wallace at one of our favorite recording venues, Victoria Hall, this is the glorious sound that has not been heard on vinyl (or any other medium) for more than fifty years
- The Tubey Magical richness is off the charts on this copy – if you want to know what kind of sound wins shootouts around these parts, this pressing will show you
- It knocked us out and it is guaranteed to do the same for you
We used to sell the Speakers Corner Decca pressing back in the late ’90s. It was one of the better offerings from that reissue label, and today would probably earn a sonic grade of B or so.
There is a world of difference between a reissue — even a good one such as the Speakers Corner — and the real thing, on either Decca or London press.
- Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage London Blueback
- Clarity, space and transparency that lets you really hear into the music on this copy
- Karl Munchinger is of course an expert on Mozart and here he does not disappoint – it’s a top performance with sound to match
- You will have a very hard time finding a better Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on record, sonically or musically
This vintage London pressing had some of the best sound we heard in our shootout. It’s guaranteed to beat the pants off of the Speakers Corner pressing of the Decca that came out in 1994. (more…)
This British London Blueback original pressing has better than A+ Hot Stamper sound on both sides. The music is lively and well-played, as one would expect from the venerable Karl Munchinger leading the Vienna Phil.
The sound is quite good but very different for each of the two sides. For more on the sound please see our notes below. (more…)