The 24th Annual Midwest Classical Record Show

Saturday, May 21, 9:30am–4pm: The 24th Annual Midwest Classical Record Show will be held at the North Shore Holiday Inn (5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL). Dealers from across the country will be on hand with their collections of classical LPs and CDs. Admission is $2 and parking is free.
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bpw's picture
It's a show that's

It's a show that's consistently worthwhile attending, year after year.

I'll be there, with records and a nice system to play them on.

MikeMaine's picture
The lady is FINE.   The dude

The lady is FINE.   The dude needs to adjust his codpiece.

John Atkinson's picture
Does Not Compute

I can't get past the incongruity of this image being used to promote a performance by Sir Adrian Boult, one of the staidest of staid English conductors.

 

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

hollowman's picture
Best 'Planets'?

I recall Stereophile had a dedicated article on the best Planets recordings. That was way back in the mid-1990s I think?? 

The best 'Planets', IMO, is London/Decca's 1986 MSO/Dutoit. It has the NASA false-color image of Saturn on the cover. Excellent performance, outstanding DDD recording (esp. dynamics -- wow! Hear that, M. Fremer?!). Wish they'd re-master it as London/Decca has with some others recently. Unfortunately, many modern Red-Book re-masters are no longer released in the USA (for those, gotta go to Japan, and -- to a far lesser extent -- Europe). Dutoit, Mehta, and other box sets, released in the past few years, revitalize older Red Book releases to an important sonics-improving extent.

hollowman's picture
Only DDD & long Foobar playlists for me. No 'tables, no tubes!

I wrote ... "Unfortunately, many modern Red-Book re-masters are no longer released in the USA (for those, gotta go to Japan, and -- to a far lesser extent -- Europe). Dutoit, Mehta, and other box sets, released in the past few years, revitalize older Red Book releases to an important sonics-improving extent."

Below is a shining example of what I mean ... a release not readily avail. in the US. The 2002 re-master of this 1989 DDD recording has the much-sought-after Sym 2 by William Walton [this is the best Walton Sym 2 version I've heard; Szell from 1961 may be better, but the sheer dynamic nature of the work, esp. mvt 1., REQUIRES 'DDD']. BTW ... for Walton Sym 1, THE REFERENCE is Colin Davis LSO (LSO label) live recording from late 2005.

EMI - Classics for Pleasure - 7243 5 75569 2 7

Recorded: Watford Town Hall, I - 1989

volvic's picture
Best Planets?

Have to disagree with you hollowman - Atkinson's description can apty apply to Boult's reading of the Planets: staidest of staid performances.  Not that it is bad mind you but it does not have the bite of the Karajan, Previn, Maazel, Judd or Dutoit performances.  Mind you I do think he recorded it several times so it all depends which recording we are talking about.  Love that record cover!  

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