I want to draw your attention to some great reissue-series. Australian Eloquence of Universal music have started a grand reissue programme in order to get good recordings back into the catalogue. They draw the recordings from the back catalogues of Philips, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and ABC Classics. A while ago they were not so widely distributed but now they’ve started to spread. You can find them at Amazon and other major sites, and so far there are 419 releases listed on Presto Classical. The releases come as single CDs, twofers and box sets. The prices are in the budget- to super-budget range but original liner notes are thankfully included.

Another budget reissue-serie is Decca’s Ultimate [insert composer, country or instrument here] – the Essential Masterpieces. They are budget box sets of 5CD which offer a good overview of what’s inside the brackets. The content of each disc is usually an identical replica of an album from their back catalogue, that is often out-of-print. The drawback of these sets is the total lack of liner notes.

I also have to mention ArkivMusic‘s reissue programme. They produce duplicates of out-of-print recordings that they think should be made available again. The artwork and liner notes are the same as in the original releases. Prices are in the higher range but that’s okay if it’s the only way to find the recording you’re seeking. At the moment of writing ArkivMusic are listing the gigantic number of 8942 releases in their reissue programme.

I’ve turned to all three sources of reissues to find out-of-print recordings of the distinguished Sir Neville Marriner and Academy of St. Martin in the Field. Quality artists like them deserves to be brought back from the vaults and presented to a new generation of record buying public.

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