George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Lance » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:48 am

Good price! Mine is supposed to arrive today or Monday, $150, including post. Did you see on Amazon last price when I looked was I think almost $900. But I understand Sony has manufactured many more sets. It sold much better than they expected due to all the hype and the love of the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell. No question, that orchestra was the best under Szell.
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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by maestrob » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:22 am

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:20 am
$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/al ... l-Columbia
Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't had the chance to listen to it yet. I'm particularly interested in the mono recordings from the 1940's: I don't believe those have been issued on CD before.

I'm approaching sets like this as an investment, btw, considering how the prices have jumped when they go OOP.

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

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maestrob wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:22 am
jserraglio wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:20 am
$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/al ... l-Columbia
Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't had the chance to listen to it yet. I'm particularly interested in the mono recordings from the 1940's: I don't believe those have been issued on CD before.

I'm approaching sets like this as an investment, btw, considering how the prices have jumped when they go OOP.
Nice idea, but you'll never sell them!

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Lance » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:37 am

Well observe, Barney. Many of us have learned the hard way and missed something we should have gotten when the gettin' was good. I seriously doubt, now, that the Szell said would sell for much over the retail price because they are in abundance across the world. Time will tell. Given that the royalties would not amount to much on that set, most of the production costs would be through the packaging and book, and of course, the remastering costs which, I'm sure, Sony Classical recovered already.
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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Lance » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:24 pm

Hooray! My Szell set came in yesterday (Tuesday, 10-16-2018) in perfect condition. (I understand some deliveries were not so lucky to recipients.) It is QUITE a package. Sony has done a marathon job in assembling this set. I am anxious to dig in to it, especially, the early stuff, like maestrob! It was worth waiting for especially for the price paid!
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Post by maestrob » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:27 am

Good for you, Lance! ;)

Believe it or not, I haven't opened my box yet! Can't wait to sink my teeth into it. Spent some time last night watching Horowitz in Moscow from 1986 on DVD. Now THAT was a seriously historic occasion. Not a dry eye in the house. Horowitz, who had become a miniaturist by then, showed such a variety of colors that Teresa and I were awestruck, and he only banged in one passage from Scryabin. An awesome recital, it's been issued on DVD now both in European and North American formats, with excellent documentary footage from CBS News at the introduction and intermission.

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Post by Lance » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:32 pm

Brian, I can't believe you haven't opened your set as yet! I am in awe of what is one of the finest collections of the great George Szell in one box, conducting three orchestra, first and foremost, the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, and the Columbia Symphony. When we stop to think of the time period of legendary conductors without our own lifetimes, it's staggering: Toscanini, Furtwangler, Monteux, Szell, Stokowski, Bruno Walter, Mitropoulos, Kempe, Beecham, Reiner, Munch (though some disagree with me), Boult, Levine, Dutoit, Klemperer, Krauss, the Kleibers (father and son), Solti, Martinon, Claudio Abbado, Schuricht, Beinum, Ansermet (in his sheer scope of music), Karajan, Fricsay, Jochum, Markevitch, Karl Bohm, Kubelik, Mravinsky, Fritz Lehmann, Scherchen, Giulini, Fritz Busch, Cluytens, and Bernstein. Not everyone will agree, and not all those mentioned would be in the top tier, but all have contributed greatly, and even more names can be added. [I can't believe I took time to type all those names! But you get the idea how we have been exposed to the very best in one way or another.] When it comes to CLEVELAND, however, so far, for most orchestral enthusiasts, Szell is incomparable. Yes? No? And if you figure in Szell[s other recordings for EMI, Decca, Philips, (one for RCA), and a number on Orfeo and other labels of live concerts ... we have an incredible study of one man's work in music.
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Good for you, Lance! ;)

Believe it or not, I haven't opened my box yet! Can't wait to sink my teeth into it. Spent some time last night watching Horowitz in Moscow from 1986 on DVD. Now THAT was a seriously historic occasion. Not a dry eye in the house. Horowitz, who had become a miniaturist by then, showed such a variety of colors that Teresa and I were awestruck, and he only banged in one passage from Scryabin. An awesome recital, it's been issued on DVD now both in European and North American formats, with excellent documentary footage from CBS News at the introduction and intermission.
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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by slofstra » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:36 pm

Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN.
I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength of Szell's Mahler Symphony No.6, which was one of my first classical CD purchases ever, and remains one of my favourite Mahler recordings.
Now that my summer recreational and travel period is over, I have time again for other pursuits. I have a post in the works.

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Lance » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:32 pm

Henry, still an excellent price. You will find much to love and enjoy in this set! Congrats!
slofstra wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:36 pm
Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN.
I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength of Szell's Mahler Symphony No.6, which was one of my first classical CD purchases ever, and remains one of my favourite Mahler recordings.
Now that my summer recreational and travel period is over, I have time again for other pursuits. I have a post in the works.
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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by barney » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:24 pm

I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK!

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Belle » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:41 pm

barney wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:24 pm
I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK!
Don't expect to do better with Amazon Australia. I ordered a Jonas Kaufmann two weeks ago and haven't seen any sign of it. It took less time to get them here when I bought them from Amazon USA. In future I might try Gramola in Vienna.

https://www.gramola.at/

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by maestrob » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:45 am

barney wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:24 pm
I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK!
Frustrating!

I wonder, does that policy apply to just the Szell set, or is it a general rule now?

One might try calling customer service and complaining, while offering to pay a bit more for shipping........ :wink:

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by barney » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:38 am

It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory.

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Belle » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:23 am

barney wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:38 am
It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory.
Correct, and I'm furious about the disruption to my buying of books and CDs from Amazon in the USA.

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by maestrob » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:59 am

Belle wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:23 am
barney wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:38 am
It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory.
Correct, and I'm furious about the disruption to my buying of books and CDs from Amazon in the USA.
I don't blame you! :evil:

Another very good source I've found is MDT in England, which has the Szell box for 166.00 pounds (ex VAT):

https://www.mdt.co.uk/szell-george-the- ... 06cds.html

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Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Post by Lance » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 pm

England sells merchandise (as does MDT) to the USA without the VAT. Very discourteous to Australians in my opinion. Everything is about $$$.
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