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  • Please recommend Mono classical LPs

    Please recommend your favorite Mono classical LPs - thanks

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    RCA Shostakovich 1st symphony. LSO/Martinon
    LM-2322

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    • bonzo75
      bonzo75 commented
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      Thanks. Can you please state the LP label/number?

    • astrotoy
      astrotoy commented
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      This is also available in stereo. I have it that way. LSC-2322. Recorded in 1957, by Decca for RCA, in Kingsway Hall. The producer for the album was Jimmy Walker. Mono engineer was James Timms, and stereo engineer was Alan Reeve. They well could be different recordings, at least the takes and edits probably were different to some degree, although taken from the same session.

      Larry

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    Beethoven violin sonatas by Arthur Grumiaux and Clara Haskil.

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    • dcc
      dcc commented
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      AFAIK, the original recording was in mono (Philips Minigroove). I used to have both versions but as I don’t have a mono cartridge, I gave it away and I am happy with the Philips “stereo” reissue.

    • astrotoy
      astrotoy commented
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      Ked, even though it says Stereo, it sure sounds like mono. I just played parts of the four records - all sound mono to me. My copy is Philips 6733001. All the records say stereo. Haskil died in 1960, IIRC, right at the beginning of the stereo era, particularly for Philips which was a little late to the party. Most all of my Haskil recordings are in mono. Larry

    • dcc
      dcc commented
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      All my Clara Haskil records are mono.

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    Soundwise I recommend the mercury monos
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    • #5
      I found Oistrakh Beethoven violin concerto on Columbia 33cx better than a stereo version of his on am SLPX. Also liked Milstein mono on capitol

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      • astrotoy
        astrotoy commented
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        Good finds. The Columbia 33cxs can often be found pretty cheap, like the Decca LXTs. Of course the Columbia is a original and the EMI SXLP is a reissue from maybe a decade later.

    • #6
      Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
      Soundwise I recommend the mercury monos
      Yes there are some good mono Merc’s never recorded in stereo.

      Three that come to mind are

      British Band Classics v.1
      Fiesta Mexicana 50166
      Bravo HiFi 50084

      If you consider Flameco under classical, check out Sabiccas on Elektra. He sadly only did one stereo recording for Elecktra; the rest were mono.

      Word of warning. If you are getting into monos, not only is a mono cartridge a prereq but a phono stage with adjustable EQ. Most of these were pre-RIAA and one really needs the flexibility to get the best sound you can out of these albums.
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      • #7
        Yes, Miyajima zero. And yes on EQ

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        • #8
          A while ago, I bought a batch of classical records, and they ended up being mostly mono... I was kinda bummed, because they were good titles, and in stereo, would've been quite valuable, so I didn't even bother playing them much, even though they were (visually) like new.

          Now, with these mono threads, I picked some up to listen, and this one jumped right to the top of the heap. Amazing performance, and the sonics are quite good too!

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            • #10
              EMI Jaqueline DuPre Elgar Cello Concerto. Bonus on side B is Dame Janet Baker and Elgar's Sea Pictures. The mono version is among my favorite, period.
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