Henle then and now

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Schonbergian
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Re: Henle then and now

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While I agree that the modem Henle output is decidedly inferior to their previous work, it is also miles ahead of almost every other publisher with the possible exception of Wiener Urtext. Choosing between this or something from even a major esteemed publisher like Bärenreiter's new Beethoven edition, I would take the Henle every time.

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Re: Henle then and now

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Something that I've noticed (as someone who's very sensitive to engraving styles and house styles) is that I get very tired of reading the modern Henle editions compare to the old. Spacing is strict and mathematical, and for some paradoxical reason it makes it harder to read. There's flow and charm (those that last bit doesn't make much sense without the right context) in the first example while the second, to echo benwiggy's comments, is decidedly "clinical," or (dare I say) "uncommitted."

The little bobs and bloopy errors in the first version are like the variations you might find in a beautifully handwritten letter: Perfectly legible, charming, and natural.

I do like benwiggy's version a lot as well.
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