Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by -Alan, May 10, 2011.
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Just listened to this LP.
Like most of the London ffrr LPs this is an amazingly lifelike recording and a great performance too!
Beethoven: String Trios E Flat Op.3 & D Op.8 (Serenade)
Symphony No. 1 in D, Opus [size=+3]25[/size] "Classical Symphony"
Herbert von Karajan
As with Shostakovich's First Symphony, most conductors drive this bus too slow, Maestro Karajan included.
Yes, I like it fast too.
Who do you feel gets it right?
Got his old NYPO recording on one of those newspaper headline vinyl reissues of Columbia's. Very forward moving performance, tonnes of energy.
Looks like that one's smoking.
Morning Robin, thanks.
Out, out brief candle
At both ends. There's something about the dynamism of Maestro Bernstein in the sixties. His second studio recording of Beethoven's Seventh with the NYPO is still in regular rotation here. I can well imagine Broadway tunes and Beatle singles ringing in Bernstein's head when he recorded that performance, it's so full of energy.
Huge haul today. First this arrived, purchased due to the recommendation and article in the previous thread:
Played the first disc on the big rig as no one else was home. The sound and performance are quite incredible really... the claims made about the quality of the recording are not understated in the least. The low bass was so powerful it shook the house, which is sort of disconcerting after two major earthquakes since September, but there you go.
I also got a pile of used discs after work, a smattering of this and that. After Puccini I played this:
I couldn't pass it up for just a couple of dollars, even if Wit is not known for his Mahler. The SQ was quite good and the performance seemed very fine indeed... I haven't anything to compare it to, but it did make for a satisfying listen.
On Monday I found a copy of this:
I've much enjoyed Dvorak's 9th (I have Reiner and Giulini) so I thought I would give this a try, and it was indeed excellent, easily my favorite disc of the ones I've heard recently. The first movement of the 8th was quite magnificent, incredible dynamics and impeccable recording. In any case I decided I needed a lot more Dvorak (who like Berlioz is quickly becoming a favorite) and so after reading Penguin and some online reviews I ordered this:
Having said that, though, Jansons impressed me so much that I am going to go back and get the rest of his Dvorak works.
Great choice! He's my go to for Dvorak.
Unfortunately, this is my only version right now. I used to like Ormandy on vinyl, but I haven't heard it in years....
BTW, Karajan does better with the Prokofiev 5 on the above disc, but my imprint will always be Szell/Cleveland.
The Wit M5 gets a from me. You can do worse.
Szell was an incredible conductor! Haven't heard his Prokofiev, but must remedy that.
István Kertész's recording of Dvorak's Sixth symphony in his complete set of Dvorák symphonies is my favorite single performance of a Dvorák symphony.
Try to find this issue—fantastic performances of the Seventh and Eighth symphonies in excellent sound:
I agree about Bernstein if you're going with recordings from the stereo era. Toscanini also recorded this work on mono LP (undoubtedly reissued on CD seven ways come Sunday), and as you can imagine he does not linger over it in any way. If you're willing to go back a ways further yet, though, Koussevitzky is your man, preferably his earlier go at the score. As far as I know, like most of Koussevitzky's recordings, it has not seen light of day in a more currently accessible format.
I mentioned once that I was in the audience whent that was recorded.
I take it you don't feature in the coughs then
Now gonna spin the second disc in the set.
Would that be his 1929 recording?
[quote[As far as I know, like most of Koussevitzky's recordings, it has not seen light of day in a more currently accessible format.[/QUOTE]
I happen to have two CDs featuring him, including this one:
Try some of his chamber music. This is a favorite of mine.
I'm sure that's the one, issued on 78s as Victor records 7196 and 7197. He rerecorded it in the mid-to-late '40s, issued as Victor set 1241. Absent capability to play 78s, you're lucky to have some Koussevitzky on CD; as I understand things, the Boston SO, or perhaps its chapter of the musician's union, has generally taken a very hardnosed negotiating position that has largely prevented his recordings from entering the reissue mill.
Yes, that's the 78s Pearl cites as it's source.
Unfortunately, the CD is bronzed and the final track (Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Richard Hale) won't rip.
Now listening to symphony #1 in C from:
In spite of the monumentalism of these interpretations, it's the 1, 2, 4, & 8 in this set that are really winning me over.
Those mid-Forties recordings are still available. Koussevitzky and the BSO recorded the Prok 5 shortly after their American premiere of it in 1944. Apparently, this was their second recording of the "Classical Symphony" (this time in Carnegie Hall) around that time.
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