"Shootout" is in quotes because that term isn't really used in comparing classical recordings, but I thought I'd add a bit of drama. Last Saturday's "Building a Library" segment of the BBC Radio 3 CD Review program had a rather fascinating comparative listen to recordings of the beautiful Dvorak Cello Concerto which I've suggested here several times as a must. This is available on-demand for five more days at the BBC iPlayer site here . Of course I won't reveal the "winner" now; you'll enjoy listening to the 45 minutes or so of comparison samples(beginning about 30 minutes into the program with a fast-forward)from as much as 80 years ago.
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Enjoy the music, not the equipment.