Here is the next installment, volume 3 in the ongoing Bach Geistliche Leider with Hugues Cuenod and Hilde Roessel-Majdan.
I changed preamps between this post and the last, volume 2. There is some improvement, I think, although I hope it is not so drastic as to spoil the four renovations as a "set". I will compare the discs I have burned, and if I think it is a problem, I will redo the first two, though I do not promise that any time soon. They all sound pretty good, though, even if they end up not being an exact match.
To all the visitors to Vinyl Fatigue who found your way here through a web search for the Schneider Quartet Haydn recordings: Thank you. Thank you, too, to all who have supported my Haydn project and have left such encouraging comments. I owe you all an explanation of why I have removed the links to my restorations.
Very recently, after a couple of months of preliminaries, I have begun a project that will see the Haydn Society/Schneider Quartet recordings issued complete, by the current owner of the original tapes, in a commercial CD edition. The result should be superior to what I have been able to achieve here, and it has long been my desire to see such an edition brought forth. I never in my life imagined I would be involved in such a venture, and I feel privileged to be so.
I was not asked to remove the links to my previous work. I felt, however, that leaving them up would be a serious conflict of interest, not to mention a breach of simple etiquette. My primary goal in starting the series on Vinyl Fatigue was to make these fine performances digitally available. It was my hope from the start that a show of interest would encourage making a CD edition. I am deeply gratified that hope will shortly be realized. For me it is a dream come true.
I thank you for your understanding and for your many kindnesses.
I grew up listening to records -- shellac and vinyl -- and the sound of a needle tracking the grooves of an old LP is still deeply comforting to me -- a sound from childhood, like the fan of the hot air furnace coming on. However turntables are now relatively scarce, and we are becoming less tolerant of noise from the medium the music is stored on, so putting up renovated files of what I consider choice, but neglected performances, seemed a good way to spend some time. There are several thousand LPs in the house, a lot of them not re-issued on CD, some of them performances of real importance. If you like something, post a comment. I'd love to hear from you.
Everything posted here is in my personal collection on LPs or 78rpm records, and any restoration to the file is done by me. I do not post anything from CDs.