In yesterday’s post, I talked about my long-term admiration of Dmitri Shostakovich, and in passing referenced an earlier post about Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia.
I mentioned that my favorite version was the world premiere recording with the Swingle Singers and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by the epitome of 60s cool, Leonard Bernstein, but that it was out of print.
For at least ten years now I have raged as to why anything goes out of print these days, especially music. It’s all electronic files now anyway, right? Why was RCA or CBS or Melodiya or Deutsche Grammophon not taking advantage of this to re-release every freaking thing in their vaults??
Well, inspired by my recollection of Sinfonia and its unavailability I went looking again, and look what I found:
Finally! I’d like to point out to SONY/CBS Masterworks that I’m available as a consultant, in case they need other ideas on which to capitalize.
(Of course, I’m not so forward thinking that I didn’t at first order the actual physical CD instead of downloading the MP3. I went back and canceled the CD and did the download—cheaper, for one thing—but part of me still wants that CD on hand.)