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Cassette Culture #26: Factory Records Classical Cassettes [TFRP No. 227)

Here's my latest haul - an absolute scoop and I was very, very lucky to have found this (particularly the price I paid).

It's every release on Factory's short-lived Classical subsidiary - on cassette! Fourteen titles in all, most of them still sealed. The Walter Hus one is SO rare, nobody (including me) knew it existed!

As follows:

1. FACT 226C - Kreisler String Orchestra/Kreisler String Orchestra

2. FACT 236C - Robin Williams/Oboe & Piano

3. FACT 246C - Duke String Quartet/Duke String Quartet

4. FACT 256C - Rolf Hind/Rolf Hind

5. FACT 266C - Steve Martland/Babi Yar

6. FACT 316C - I Fagiolini/The Art of Monteverdi

7. FACT 326C - Rolf Hind/Country Music

8. FACT 336C - Red Byrd/Songs of Love & Death

9. FACT 346C - Graham Fitkin/Flak

10. FACT 356C - Erik Satie/Socrate

11. FACT 366C - Steve Martland/Crossing The Border

12. FACT 376C - Piers Adams/Handel Recorder Sonatas

13. FACT 386C - Walter Hus/Muurwerk

14. FACT 406C - Steve Martland/Wolfgang

 

 

 

 

Nick Lees posted:

Interestingly, I see that Drag City are returning to cassette releases, starting with the Joanna Newsom catalogue. They're now convinced that it won't be just robbing sales from vinyl, CD and download. Who'd have thought?

Very nice price at just $10.00! Pity I can stand her childish whining voice otherwise I would have ordered all 4 of them.

Hope they do the same with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Will Oldham.

Drikus posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Another shot of the 14-strong tape bonanza:

Nice and shiny! Is the music/performance any good?

I am familiar with all the series, @Drikus - it's a bit hit and miss. The Martlands are all brilliant, as is the Fitkin. Some of the others are a bit meh. Factory always made interesting choices from the repertoire, but the performers were sometimes not up to the job. Some of the performances and recordings are a bit dry for my taste. I'll be listening to all the cassettes in the coming weeks...

Kevin-W posted:
Drikus posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Another shot of the 14-strong tape bonanza:

Nice and shiny! Is the music/performance any good?

I am familiar with all the series, @Drikus - it's a bit hit and miss. The Martlands are all brilliant, as is the Fitkin. Some of the others are a bit meh. Factory always made interesting choices from the repertoire, but the performers were sometimes not up to the job. Some of the performances and recordings are a bit dry for my taste. I'll be listening to all the cassettes in the coming weeks...

I love the Satie - Socrate. Certainly not what Gymnopedies fans will expect, but the music just draws you in. Plus it's just about the only recording. I played tennis with one of the sopranos on the album - Eileen Hulse. A modest girl and a belting player as well as a coloratura.

Buying prerecorded cassettes will be a hit and miss it seems. Played 10 of them that I recently bought and 4 have a very distorted sound, not playable at all. Seller claims she tested them all but it doesn't look like it. Not buying from her again.

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