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Wagner Parsifal Transformation Scene
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By Tom Jardine  |  Created on 2016-02-11 18:28:56

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  • Tom Jardine
    Tom Jardine Bill, thanks for the kind comments and rating! I could post the rest of the album, 22 sides total, but it might be a bit much. The sound of those early Columbia's was quite good. I wonder if the Europeans (Germans)were using Western Electric equipment....  more
    February 17, 2016 - 1 likes this
  • Bill Anderson
    Bill Anderson Hi Tom. Yes the English Columbia label was licensed to use the Western Electric technology from 1926 onwards. The recordings were made by the recording team from England, who shipped the recording equipment to the Festspielhaus the year before (test...  more
    February 17, 2016 - 2 like this
  • Tom Jardine
    Tom Jardine Thanks, Bill. I also see the little circled "W" impressed in the wax ot the discs. The European Columbia's have a sound all their own, to my ears anyway. They often seem to capture some of the reverberant sounds of the recording location....  more
    February 17, 2016
  • Tom Jardine
    Tom Jardine Bill, are you familiar with the old Columbia Franck Psyche set 164 with the Orchestra of the Concerts Colonne, Paris (Gabriel Pierne, cond)? I have a clean blue shellac set, but the sound is not good at all. There is very noticeable distortion on loud...  more
    February 24, 2016