Editorial for September 2009
Published on September 1, 2009
Our September drawing/giveaway – for three of our readers – is for Audite’s acclaimed 13-disc remastered collection of live recordings by the great Wilhelm Fürtwangler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, from 1947 thru 1954. Violin soloists Yehudi Menuhin and Gerhard Taschner are heard, and the program includes Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth, Brahms’ Third and Fourth, Bruckner’s Eighth, Schubert’s Eighth, the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Fortner’s Violin Concerto, Hindemith’s Harmonie der Welt Symphony, Schumann’s Manfred and instrumental music from Wagner operas. Our reviewer raved about the high quality of these restorations due to the label’s access to the German master tapes – some going back to before tape was used for recording in the U.S. There are details on this at the Audite website, including a podcast about the remastering process. To be eligible all you need to do is register here on the site this month and at the end of the month your name could be one of the three selected! Go Here to Register.
The lucky winner of the new Oppo Universal Blu-ray Disc Player for our August drawing/giveaway is Priece Rich Jr. of Dowagiac, MI. Our Congratulations!
September 09 is our 127th issue, and launches our newly re-designed web site for improved navigation and enhanced appearance. We’re also publishing more and more disc reviews. All of them – over 130 last month! – are added throughout the month as they are written and received, usually on a daily basis. The most recent reviews appear at the top of each Section Index. The Home Page lists the five latest published reviews, the Section Index lists the past two months of reviews, the Archive goes back to June 1, 2005, and for all reviews by month prior to that you need to click on the Old Archive, which goes back to 2001. The Disc Index lists all past reviews.
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