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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Fjeldstad

Not Sounding So Good This Time Around

  (Item #: griegpeer_6049_2016) 



Sonic Grade: F

The originals we played in our recent shootout were bad enough to go right into our Hall of Shame.

We've loved the Blueback pressings in the past. This time, not so much -- too crude and opaque with jello for bass.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Fjeldstad / LSO

Our Shootout Winner from 2005

  (Item #: griegpeerg_sts_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is overall the best sounding pressing of the Fjeldstad / LSO we have ever played, with BETTER than Super Hot Stamper sound on both sides. For those of you who know your Londons, when you see the label on this LP you will no doubt be shocked: This is the last pressing in the world that one would expect to sound good.

Of course we here at Better Records don't give a sh*t about any such conventional wisdom / collector bias. We like audiophile quality sound and we don't give a damn where we find it. Up against the competition this copy was superb in practically every way, excelling with orchestral size, weight and energy like virtually no other.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Fjeldstad / LSO

Speakers Corner Reviewed / VTA Advice

  (Item #: griegpeerg_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: C+

The Fjeldstad has long been one of our favorite performances of Peer Gynt here at Better Records.

This record is handy for VTA set-up as well, a subject discussed below in our listing from 2010.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Gruner-Hegge / Oslo Phil.

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: griegpeerg_rca_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

As much as I like Fjeldstad's Peer Gynt on Decca/London with the LSO, I have to say that Odd Gruner-Hegge (love that first name!) and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra turn in the better of the two performances. To these ears theirs is more lyrical; it flows more naturally both within and between the individual movements.

The Oslo Phil also gives me more of a sense that they are feeling the joy in the playing of these works; I do not get quite the same feeling from the LSO.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt Suite / Barbirolli (SR 90164)

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: griegpeerg_90164_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an original Mercury LP with an AMAZING sound and EXTREMELY quiet vinyl! This has got that Mercury LIFE to it! The sound may be slightly on the dry side, but all the instruments have wonderful texture and tonality.

And of course, this is music that belongs in any collection. It's some of the greatest and most accessible classic music ever written.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Fjeldstad

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: griegpeer_6049_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

One of the greatest records in the London catalog. As you may have read elsewhere on the site, the Londons to me have the best overall sound of any Golden Age label. As good as RCA and Mercury were, the Londons are more consistently sweet, tonally correct, dynamic and natural sounding. This is a perfect example.

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Grieg / Peer Gynt Suites / Fiedler (LSC 2125)

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: griegpeerg_2125_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

Red Seal pressing with EXCELLENT SOUND!

Fiedler is wonderful here, which is to be expected. What's unusual about this Red Seal is how good the sound is. It's extremely transparent and tonally correct. It sounds to me like a flat transfer. Some tubey colorations would be nice, especially in the louder passages. The sound also lacks a bit of weight in the bottom end. But these faults are mostly made up for by the tremendous clarity and freedom from distortion that this pressing has. I doubt if the Shaded Dog has those qualities.

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Grieg / Music From Peer Gynt / Fiedler

Cisco Debunked

  (Item #: griegpeerg_cisco) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing from Cisco / Impex.

Pretty bad, on a par with the shrill crap Classic Records has been dishing out for years but in the opposite tonal direction: dull and deadsville.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers as we see them.

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