Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
I sent a PM.
This just arrived today. No image available online yet, so I had to make my own. The booklet is upside down because I store it that way to eliminate the dents and dings incurred by the case from keeping it the other way. This is the 9th and final volume in Marston's complete traversal of all the available recordings. It includes some improvements on previous transfers, like the four 1895-1896 performances previously issued in the 3CD set, The Dawn of Recording The Julius Block Cylinders and Hofmann's performances for the Cadillac Hour from 1936 (his performance of the Moonlight Sonata is what initially made me a fan of the pianist.) The rest of CD 1 an all of CD 2 are devoted to interviews with other people about the pianist. Interviewees include Glenn Gould, Charles Rosen, Witold Lutoslawski and Jorge Bolet. The interviews were compiled and edited by Gregor Benko, who reportedly spent hundreds of hours on the task. Transfers were by Ward Marston, of course, who made even the 1895-1896 recordings listenable. I imagine this will be up for sale soon on the Marston site. I was able to get it early because I am a subsciber (to the piano releases) at Marston Records.
Afraid I can't say that I have. My copies of the '39 cycle are mostly on Naxos, and I've been happy enough with those transfers that I haven't felt the need to explore further. As with you, a matter of how to deploy scarce resources, in my case time as much as $$$.
Bamberg Symphony box , disc 4
01 - (12:24) R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Opus 59 (Complete) - Clemens Krauss & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
02 - (4:36) Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 1. Morning Mood - Otmar Suitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
03 - (5:32) Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 2. The Death of Aase - Otmar Suitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
04 - (3:11) Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 3. Anitra's Dance - Otmar Suitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
05 - (2:47) Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King - Otmar Suitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
06 - (18:34) Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture - Th.42 - Fritz Lehmann & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
07 - (8:51) Strauss II: Künstlerleben, Artist's Life, Op.316 - Ferdinand Leitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
08 - (6:45) Strauss II: Frühlingsstimmen, Voices of Springl Op. 410 - Bamberger Symphoniker & Ferdinand Leitner, Ferdinand Leitner & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Ha! Probably many of us here could top that buying spree.
You ain't kidding. Back in the early 80's, I once spent $2000 over 2 LP shopping trips to NYC from Poughkeepsie NY in a single month ...
Thanks for posting the whole thing. I've seen the first panel any number of times, but I don't think I've ever seen the rest of it.
Yeah, but at age 5? When you had to raise money by selling lemonade at 3 cents a cup?
How did your wife like them on Christmas morning?
Absolutely brilliant. When I can get myself down from the ceiling, I am gonna invert ALL of my CD booklets! Really!
disc 4 of Jean-Pierre Rampal The Complete Erato Recordings Volume I
Mozart Concerto For flute, Harp and Orchestra/ with Lily Laskine, harp, and Jean-Francois Paillard, conductor
Francaix: Wind Quintet No. 1
Original LPs issued in 1958 and 1960
I just posted this in the more recent "classical music and conversation" thread, but I'll add it here too:
I was wondering if some people in this thread have the capability to identify a piece of classical music if I provided a written description (actually I have two pieces in mind). Anyone up for a challenge?
Would the written description include any mathematical theory? Use of colors? German language?
Maybe a CD megabox set to the winner?
No. Just the music as I heard it, as well as I could describe it, which would include some chords, general feeling, and perhaps some instrumentation.
Listening to Mahler Symphony No. 5 conducted by James Levine with the Philadelphia Orchestra. 1978 on RCA. Excellent sonics and powerful performance on the old original CD release!
Is anyone familiar with this Haitink recording of Brahms and Dvorak? I like what I have heard from both composers but have never listened to the Hungarian Dances or Slavonic Dances so I ordered this CD pretty cheap to try them out. Hopefully the performances and sound quality are good as I expect they will be from the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips.
It an amazing set of recordings of the dances, especially the Brahms' ones. Limited release on LP.
Both sets of works were originally for piano, four hands and then orchestrated later--unless I'm much mistaken, not always by the composer himself. No time to consult resources like Wikipedia at the moment, but if I'm not much mistaken Dvorak had a hand in doing some of the Brahms ones and maybe vice versa. In all events, I'd strongly recommend hearing them in their keyboard form as well. There's no shortage of recordings out there (albeit not nearly as many as of the orchestrations), but in CD format for the Dvorak I can commend the Labeque sisters for predictably lively, spirited performances. In the Brahms, I also have the Labeques on LP (haven't played it in a long time, but dimly recall it may not have been quite up to their Dvorak) and also Brendel and Klein; by contrast, my two or three accounts on CDs are perfectly enjoyable but in no way "distinguished" enough to go far out of your way to get. Veri and Jamanis on the old PriceLes$ cheapie label is as good as any of them, I guess. I'd be astonished if the Labeques and Brendel & Klien hadn't made it onto a CD at some point. I can give a "negative" recommendation: stay away from any recording that puts "four hands" (two players, one piano) music on two pianos, four hands. You might not think so, but four hands music does not sound at all the same when so transferred.
Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 1 & 5
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Massanet: Orchestral Suites
Scenes de feerie
excellent natural sound
I pulled this to listen to the Stravinsky: 3 movements from Petrouchka, as I read an article by Jed Distler & Patrick Rucker in Gramophone revisiting this 1972 DGG recording.
Listened to this on LP from the reprint :
Orchestral Suite No. 2 is the best here with Hans-Martin Linde on flute.
Bach: Orchestral Suites
My first set of the Brandenburg Concerti was by these forces, released on the BASF label. Back in those days I had the silly idea that one should own one "best" version of any work and no more, so when I received the Smithsonian Chamber Players set as a gift, I disposed of the Collegium Aureum one. Since then, I've reassembled the series on a mix of Time Life and Victrola pressings.
Now playing the following CD from my Mussorgsky collection ...
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