This week I’ve been on a Let’s Play These Old Classical Cassettes binge, and one tape that got pulled from the shelf contained two piano suites by Edward MacDowell, played by Charles Fierro: Woodland Sketches (whence comes the famed “To a Wild Rose”) and Sea Pieces. I bought this way back in hmmm, when did I buy this?
I flipped over the box, and there was the answer. This tape evidently came from the Sound Warehouse Classical Shop: there’s a sticker with its logo, the notation “60 DAY GUARANTEE,” and a stamped date. Twenty-second of February, 1984. (Nonesuch’s P-date is 1983, so I got this when it was fairly fresh.) Still sounds pretty good after 28 years, though I doubt it’s been played more than twenty times. Not everyone is crazy about Bose audio “No highs, no lows? Must be Bose” but it works pretty well in my car. What’s more, the system’s Dolby B tracking seems to be fairly accurate, which was never a common occurrence on playback machines.
The recording seems to be out of print, but it’s not so hard to find.