Originally Posted by Rolo 46
Culshaws Ring Cycle on Decca was very popular in its day
More popular than the 39,681 people who have viewed that UTube clip
(And Birgit is distorting in it)
I like modern day solid state kit and the ability to tinker at home with more precision than the Decca Boys ever had
But I really admire those 50s pioneers in studio and location,we live on Giants Shoulders imho.
I think this sums it up really well. Good to see a thread where we are not getting the usual "silly" quotes about how the recordings in those days were so much better than they are now.
Of course the performances contained some legendary artists, most who are unfortunatley long gone. I love the different approach from a performance aspect and it is truly remarkable that they got results as good as they did, a lot of that is down to (I suspect) a lot of hard work from the likes of Bob fine, et al.
With the remastering that they have done, you can now hear as close to what they originally had with the recording, unfortunately it also show's up the odd bits of distortion, poor edits and the slightly "peaky" nature of some of the old valve microphones they used.
All that being said, if the performance is there, I don't mind the slight lack of fidelity compared with the best today.