Furtwangler RIA Ring
This new edition appeared a few months ago:
I've looked around to find out whether or not it's been remastered or it's just a straight repackaging of the (awful-sounding, imo) version from 1990.
Any know anything?
Ah, yes: thanks for that. I've now had a look at the Musicweb review mentioned there. What a wasted opportunity (and ironic that the improved art work probably cost more than a remastering would have done). Pristine Audio would seem to be the way to go with this one, then...., though I can't think why it hasn't appeared on Classic Music Mobile.
Originally Posted by amateur51
Originally Posted by Eine Alpensinfonie
Oh, I don't know about that. You would be astonished at the poor sense of priorities some record organisations have toward their catalogues. To put classical/opera to one side for a moment, the Sony Corporation went to great lengths to locate the original 'in focus' pictures for the artwork to Bob Dylan's seminal 1966 Blonde On Blonde album, in preparation for its CD release in the mid-80s. They spent a great deal of time and money on this fruitless international quest, only to realise that the photos had been deliberately taken out of focus, anyway (something that any Dylan fan could have told them for nothing).
My understanding is that remastering is usually quite a labour intensive job and it's not unknown for an engineer to be working on several projects at once, turning them around in a matter of weeks, or even days.
I don't think EMI has bothered with any sonic upgrades on its back catalogue since the excellent (and now, it seems, sadly discontinued) Great Recordings Of The Century series.
Some of the contents of the newish Furtwängler box are new remasterings (Beethoven and Brahms symphonies), part all EMI's Furtwängler recordings remastered for SACD release in Japan.
Originally Posted by Mandryka