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  1. Not strictly correct. The operas were conceived roughly in reverse order and the libretti were written (mostly) in reverse order, but the music was written in sequence. There was some overlap between the last two, as Wagner started composing the music for Götterdämmerung while he was still working on the final act of Siegfried.
  2. I may be veering off-topic here, but I remember going into Lawsons back in about 1980 when it was on the opposite side of the street, a larger store where they also sold books and magazines. Not long after they moved around the corner into Liverpool St, by which time it was just "vinyls". I don't think they were there for very long before moving into the current premises, sandwiched between Passlows and another second hand book store/rabbit warren. I haven't been into Lawsons for years but it's a pity it's going to Gowings, I bought many pre-loved CDs and DVDs there.
  3. Possibly I did, but I was merely suggesting a few reasons why people might want to make digital copies of LPs.
  4. A few reasons I can think of: a digital copy of an LP won't deteriorate with repeated plays, and can be played in the car/portable digital player etc. There is software that can remove clicks and pops. Plus the digital version that is available for purchase may be an inferior mastering, or there may be no retail digital version available.
  5. The Elmer's School Glue is on special at Big W, $4.20 for the 255ml bottle instead of their usual $6.99.
  6. Thank you, 25% seemed a bit high for just guessing, which is why I phrased it as a question instead of an ill-informed assertion (just to be different). Actually though, if there is a 14.5% chance of getting at least 6 out of 8 correct then I would not describe this as "very difficult". @legend stated that he could hear differences between the audio samples, so it wasn't a truly random test. My point is that one cannot draw reliable conclusions from a small number of tests with a small sample size and that the reported results need to be considered in this light. Note that no criticism of Dr Crawford is intended by stating this.
  7. Isn't the probability of guessing a coin toss correctly 6 times out of 8 25%?
  8. My calcs may be off (I am not a chemist) but I gather the flash point of the fumes from a 5% IPA solution would be between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius. So if the 65 degree cleaning solution didn't melt the vinyl the subsequent fireball would.
  9. My preferred version. I also have Ashkenazy's earlier recording with Kondrashin, plus Richter, Hough, Wild, Janis, Moiseiwitsch, Cliburn and others. And Rachmaninov's own recording. But there's something about this one that sets it apart.
  10. MYTO is one of those boutique European labels that issue out-of-copyright opera recordings. I think they are from the same stable as Gebhardt, Walhall, Andromeda, Archipel etc. Naxos distribute their releases but MYTO is not a subsidiary.
  11. This is getting a bit off the present topic, but the SACDs were issued by Esoteric, not Decca. Esoteric did their own remastering from the original tapes a couple of years before the Decca Blu-ray was released. I read some comments somewhere after the Blu-ray came out from people that had heard both that the BD sounded better than the SACDs. The Esoteric set was about $700 or $800 new so out of my budget and I'm unable to comment on those claims. If the original tapes have degraded then that might explain it.
  12. I have the same Blu-ray, the 1980s CDs, the 2012 CDs that came with the Blu-ray set, and more recently acquired an LP set courtesy of this site. The Blu-ray is in 48/24 so it doesn't have a huge resolution advantage over CD. Decca didn't start remastering in 96/24 until after they had remastered this Ring cycle in 48/24 in 1997. Unfortunately by the time that they produced the 2012 edition the original analogue tapes had allegedly deteriorated. So they used the 1997 48/24 digital mastering for the Blu-ray rather than attempt a higher resolution transfer from the tapes. What you hear on the BD is effectively a 21 year old digital master. Apparently the BD is better than the expensive Japanese SACD set which I have not heard. I don't think that the BD sounds noticeably better than the CDs.
  13. It will by definition. "Blu-ray audio" is just a Blu-ray marketed as an audio disc. It's compatible with all Blu-ray players. It isn't like DVD Audio which not all DVD players can handle.
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