thanks again for the heads up with Hi-Q Records Re-issues. Have you tried any of the 45rpm the original pressed recordings?
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I'm was surprised to find virtually no discussion of this series. I picked up three initially (Holst Planets, Vaughn Williams String Music, and Sibelius No 5. There is currently a sale of many titles for 9.95 at Elusive Disc. I picked up Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Music of Spain. They just arrived today and I'll give them a listen tonight. Certainly the recordings themselves have a good pedigree. Will report back.
Listening to Music of Spain - Paris Conservatoire Orchestra with De Burgos. I have cleaned it on the VPI but was a little disappointed with the constant surface noise. I'm going to try another deeper cleaning but if it remains, it might explain why they are blowing these out at $10. At the retail of $35, it would be an immediate return. This is a nice recording but it doesn't wow me. It sounds like what it is - an early stereo recording. The SACDs May be the way to go on this series. Unfortunately they are close to $40 retail.
I just listened to The Nutcracker and Swan Lake LPs, and here the vinyl is mostly quiet, very acceptable. The recordings are also excellent, both made in Kingsway Hall. I had an original Capitol pressing of the Swan Lake and the Hi-Q is preferable. So it is hit or miss with this series, but I'd pick up what interests me while the $10 sale is on.