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【 前言 】

音乐欣赏是生活中令人陶醉的一项享受,从个的人喜好、经验的主观认知开始,加上每人对音乐、文学、历史、哲学的美学观点,以及多彩多姿的心灵感受,这种感性与理性的交融,可以有我,可以无我,意境无穷,应该就是你我等爱好音乐的朋友共同追逐的目标!

在音乐会上短短的几个小时,却是音乐家与指挥家穷一生之力的艺术表现,同样地,每张唱片上的几首曲目,也都是演奏者、录音工程师与许多音响专家的艺术结晶。一般人很难依己之见,去评价这些演出的好坏;去铨释这些演奏的优劣,这些属于专业的层面,我们只有从被认定的乐评或专书中去了解,本书第四章,就是国外有名的《英国留声机杂志新旧百大榜单》,它类似此书中未列入的《企鹅唱片指南评鉴三星带花的榜单》,都是注重演出与铨释的评价,其中有许多名盘都是单声道时期的录音,但张张却是经典之作,因此,与第二章第二节TAS杂志的《一百张二十世纪最佳古典音乐榜单》一样,除了CD榜单之外,我特别附上了早期的黑胶唱片编号与封面图片作为参照(这两个百大榜单,就有680多张相关唱片图片),当然,我们可以依个人好恶去选择收藏。至于录制音效的好坏,一般来说比较容易区别,因为只要透过适当的音响器材来播放,我们都能明显地分辨出来,然而众多的唱片,何优何劣,在茫茫片海中,也只有参考有名音响杂志,或专家的推荐来选购,同样地,当我们听多了也能青出于蓝,自已评鉴而自成一家。我们应该感谢录音技术的发展,保留了上一世纪许多大师的经典演奏;也庆兴音响科技的突飞猛进,能重现出更多当时录音的原貌,让我们在家中,也能聆听到优美的音乐!

这本收藏图鉴的编着,综合了多家之言及笔者个人之见,不仅是替众多资深发烧乐友们收集整理了2470多张精典图鉴,也是为了诸多入门乐友们提供许多所需的信息,为了避免混淆以及便于网络搜寻,清楚地编列了唱片公司名、编号、曲目、作曲家、演奏家、指挥与乐团名称,为了收藏的比较与乐趣,必要时也附上了录音地点、年份、制作人、录音师名号及出版年份,因为许多优秀的唱片,皆录自于这些出色的录音大师之手,是音响迷的最爱。又因为版本的先后与购买价格的高低,有着绝对的关连,在本书第一章开始,依唱片公司名称的排序中,介绍了几家重要的唱片公司以及它主要的版本商标,全书共130多张相关图片,包括:ARCHIV RECORDS、ARGO RECORDS、CAPITOL RECORDS、CBS-COLUMBIA RECORDS、CHESKY RECORD、EMI RECORDS、DECCA RECORDS、DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE、LONDON RECORDS、LYRITA RECORDS、MERCURY RECORDS、REFERENCE RECORDINGS、SHEFFIELD LAB RECORDS、RCA RECORDS 等,所有重要的唱片也都附注版本与参考价格,同时也在此章的唱片介绍中,将重要的作曲家、指挥家以及一些早期的乐团,加上补注与重点说明。这些都是唱片收藏与欣赏者,应该具有的音乐知识,一来加强自己评鉴唱片的力度与广度,二来则是增进音乐欣赏的深度与感度!对於诸多喜爱音乐,唱片搜寻无门的乐友们,本书绝对能引导大家,进入另一美丽的音乐新世界!

至于资深的发烧乐友们,一定也会与我分享本书图鉴中的经典名盘,因为它包括了音乐与音响权威杂志”TAS” 推荐的许多最佳录音以及主编哈利皮尔逊推荐的所有CD、SACD与黑胶唱片,包含了古典、流行、收藏及电影原声带的全部新旧榜单(相关封面图片900多张);而且除了前面提过的几家重要唱片公司的名盘之外,特别整理了黄金年代传奇的MERCURY与EVEREST唱片的精华;此外又另辟第三章,详细介绍”RCA唱片的黄金时代”,依出版序号,逐一编列了所有最佳评点的唱片图片共330多张及简介,读者可以依图序与自己的收藏来作对照!

本书所有珍贵的图鉴,特别采用精装封面及铜版纸印刷,包含了七百页原版CD与黑胶唱片的彩色照片,这些人见人爱的彩色封面设计,有利于收藏者在搜购时的辨识与记忆,而且本身也是一种美术收藏,最后另附详细名字索引以便查阅,读者朋友对于所希望收藏的,或者已拥有的唱片,将一目了然!

有了这本图鉴,能让我们更清楚地去收藏那些看不见的音乐文化精灵,也同时拥有了这些传世名盘诱人的身影!

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 【 前言 】

音樂欣賞是生活中令人陶醉的一項享受,從個的人喜好、經驗的主觀認知開始,加上每人對音樂、文學、歷史、哲學的美學觀點,以及多彩多姿的心靈感受,這種感性與理性的交融,可以有我,可以無我,意境無窮,應該就是你我等愛好音樂的朋友共同追逐的目標!

在音樂會上短短的幾個小時,卻是音樂家與指揮家窮一生之力的藝術表現,同樣地,每張唱片上的幾首曲目,也都是演奏者、錄音工程師與許多音響專家的藝術結晶。一般人很難依己之見,去評價這些演出的好壞;去銓釋這些演奏的優劣,這些屬於專業的層面,我們只有從被認定的樂評或專書中去瞭解,本書第四章,就是國外有名的《英國留聲機雜誌新舊百大榜單》,它類似此書中未列入的《企鵝唱片指南評鑒三星帶花的榜單》,都是注重演出與銓釋的評價,其中有許多名盤都是單聲道時期的錄音,但張張卻是經典之作,因此,與第二章第二節TAS雜誌的《一百張二十世紀最佳古典音樂榜單》一樣,除了CD榜單之外,我特別附上了早期的黑膠唱片編號與封面圖片作為參照(這兩個百大榜單,就有680多張相關唱片圖片),當然,我們可以依個人好惡去選擇收藏。至於錄製音效的好壞,一般來說則比較容易去區別,因為只要透過適當的音響器材來播放,我們都能明顯地分辨出來,然而眾多的唱片,何優何劣,在茫茫片海中,也只有參考有名音響雜誌,或專家的推薦來選購,同樣地,當我們聽多了也能青出於藍,由自已來評鑒而自成一家。我們應該感謝錄音技術的發展,保留了上一世紀許多大師的經典演奏;也慶興音響科技的突飛猛進,能重現出更多當時錄音的原貌,讓我們在家中,也能聆聽到優美的音樂!

這本收藏圖鑒的編著,綜合了多家之言及筆者個人之見,不僅是替眾多資深發燒樂友們收集整理了2470多張經典圖鑒,也是為了諸多入門樂友們提供許多所需的資訊,為了避免混淆以及便於網路搜尋,清楚地編列了唱片公司名、編號、曲目、作曲家、演奏家、指揮與樂團名稱,為了收藏的比較與樂趣,必要時也附上了錄音地點、年份、製作人、錄音師名號及出版年份,因為許多優秀的唱片,皆錄自於這些出色的錄音大師之手,是音響迷的最愛。又因為版本的先後與購買價格的高低,有著絕對的關連,在本書第一章開始,依唱片公司名稱的排序中,介紹了幾家重要的唱片公司以及它主要的版本商標,全書共130多張相關圖片,包括:ARCHIV RECORDS、ARGO RECORDS、CAPITOL RECORDS、CBS-COLUMBIA RECORDS、CHESKY RECORDS、EMI RECORDS、DECCA RECORDS、DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE、LONDON RECORDS、LYRITA RECORDS、MERCURY RECORDS、REFERENCE RECORDINGS、SHEFFIELD LAB RECORDS、RCA RECORDS 等,所有重要的唱片也都附注版本與參考價格,同時也在此章的唱片介紹中,將重要的作曲家、指揮家以及一些早期的樂團,加上補注與重點說明。這些都是唱片收藏與欣賞者,應該具有的音樂知識,一來加強自己評鑒唱片的力度與廣度,二來則是增進音樂欣賞的深度與感度!對於諸多喜愛音樂,唱片搜尋無門的樂友們,本書絕對能引導大家,進入另一美麗的音樂新世界!

至於資深的發燒樂友們,一定也會與我分享本書圖鑒中的經典名盤,因為它包括了音樂與音響權威雜誌”TAS” 推薦的許多最佳錄音以及主編哈利皮爾遜推薦的所有CD、SACD與黑膠唱片,包含了古典、流行、收藏及電影原聲帶的全部新舊榜單(相關封面圖片900多張);而且除了前面提過的幾家重要唱片公司的名盤之外,特別整理了黃金年代傳奇的MERCURY與EVREST唱片的精華;此外又另辟第三章,詳細介紹”RCA唱片的黃金時代”,依出版序號,逐一編列了所有最佳評點的唱片圖片共330多張及簡介,讀者可以依圖序與自己的收藏來作對照!

本書所有珍貴的圖鑒,特別採用精裝封面及銅版紙印刷,包含了七百頁原版CD與黑膠唱片的彩色照片,這些人見人愛的彩色封面設計,有利於收藏者在搜購時的辨識與記憶,而且本身也是一種美術收藏,最後另附詳細名字索引以便查閱,讀者朋友對於所希望收藏的,或者已擁有的唱片,將一目了然!

有了這本圖鑒,能讓我們更清楚地去收藏那些看不見的音樂文化精靈,也同時擁有了這些傳世名盤誘人的身影!

【 INTRODUCTION 】

Admiring music is a great pleasure in life. It starts with objective cognition of personal taste and experiences, then infuses different aesthetics in music, literature, history, and philosophy, as well as our spiritual mind. Such fusion of sense and sensibility can be “self” or “not-self”, a prospect without limitation. This must be what all music lovers pursue!

The short few hours on the stage in a concert is a lifetime effort of musicians and conductors. The recording of every record is also the joint achievement of performers, recording producers, engineers, and acoustic experts. One cannot easily evaluate them by one’s own opinion. We can only rely on expert critics and books. In Chapter IV of this book, there is the famous Gramophone Top 100 Old & New List. It is similar to the Penguin Guide 3 Star Rosette List (not listed in this book), which focuses on the value of music performance and interpretation. There are many mono recordings in the list, but every one of them is a classic. Therefore, same as the 100 Best-of-Century Classical Compositions from TAS in Chapter II, section 2.2, I have included the earlier vinyl numbering and cover images for reference (there are more than 680 relevant record images for these two lists).

Certainly, we may collect records according to personal taste. Acoustic quality of recordings is usually easy to distinguish with the right equipment; however, to start a collection in a ocean of record discs, we have to refer to famous record magazines as a guideline. As our collection grows, we will become a better critic ourselves. Thanks to new developed recording technology, many great performances were preserved from the last century. Due to the advancing technology in sound equipment, we are able to listen to these great and original music at home!
The book summarizes different expert opinions and my personal point of view. It not only puts together more than 2470 classic illustrations for advanced record collectors, also offers lots of information for new collectors, such as clearly listing names of record companies, numbering, titles, composers, performers, conductors, and names of the music groups. For collectors’ comparison and interest, recording locations, years, producers, recording engineers, and release years are also listed when necessary. Since many outstanding records are recorded by these great masters, they are important to audiophiles. Furthermore, release years and pressings are absolutely major factors in purchase prices. Hence, from the beginning of Chapter I, several important record companies and their labelography are introduced in alphabetical order, with more than 130 images in total, including: ARCHIV RECORDS, ARGO RECORDS, CAPITOL RECORDS, CBS-COLUMBIA RECORDS, CHESKY RECORDS, DECCA RECORDS, DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE, EMI RECORDS, LONDON RECORDS, LYRITA RECORDS, MERCURY RECORDS, RCA RECORDS, REFERENCE RECORDINGS, and SHEFFIELD LAB RECORDS. All important records are noted with pressings and reference prices. At the meantime, important composers, conductors, and earlier music groups are also introduced in this chapter. These are all the necessary knowledge that a record collector and admirer should possess to strengthen and widen one’s ability to evaluate records, as well as deepen one’s sensibility to appreciate music. This book will definitely lead music lovers and collectors to another new world of beautiful music!

Advanced record collectors will also share the joy of classic records in this book, because it includes many best records recommended by the authoritative magazine TAS and all the CDs, SACDs, and vinyl recommended by TAS’s editor Harry Pearson, with all the classical, popular, collectible records, and sound tracks (more than 900 cover images). Apart from the famous records from previous-mentioned important record companies, the legendary golden era essence from MERCURY and EVEREST is also summarized in the book. In addition, listed in chapter III are all the best rated records of “Golden Era of RCA”, with images and detailed introductions of more than 330 records. Collectors can compare the illustrations with their own collections.

All the precious illustrations in this book are printed on copperplate paper with hardcover. The book includes 700 pages of color images of original CD and vinyl records. These beloved color cover designs help collector recognize and memorize better when purchasing; it is also an art of its own kind. In the end of the book, detailed index with names is attached for reference. I hope readers will have an even clearer view of their own collections!
With this illustrated guide, we will be able to capture the unseen music spirit and embrace the charm of these legendary vintage records!

 

 

 

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