Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
I have it and will give it a spin today and give my thoughts.
I heard Noseda conduct for the first time recently on this CD of the Verdi Requiem with the LSO:
It's great! Sounds more like opera to my ears than other versions I have heard - he keeps the vocal line moving and doesn't dwell too much. Very dramatic.
Awesome thanks! In a strange, unexpected stroke of luck and coincidence, I was browsing the CD rack in a small Goodwill store this morning and found a pristine, original Made in Germany full silver CD of the Jansons Tchaikovsky 6th! I couldn't believe it as we just discussed this very disc last night and I almost even ordered a copy. So I now have the Jansons, and also ordered the Karajan EMI recording, so I will listen to both and give my thoughts as well.
Wow what a find. I never find CDs like that at goodwill. Do you have the Manfred Symphony in the series?
I left my old Polk Audio Monitor speakers at a Goodwill today. They still look great and they have 12 years of Classical Music break in. I trust someone will put them to good use.
Yes I have the Manfred but have only listened to it 2 or 3 times. That Symphony didn't grab me right away like a few of the others, especially the 5th and 6th. I am listening to the Jansons 6th right now and you were right, it is excellent. Nice warm yet detailed sound. I usually don't find anything this good at Goodwill either. This was a true stroke of luck and coincidence! I'm still curious to hear your thoughts on the '71 EMI Karajan Tchaikovsky 6th.
Agreed on Manfred.
And if you become a fan of Jansons, I strongly suggest getting his recording of the Rachmaninoff concertos with Rudy on EMI. The Tchaikovsky 1st concerto is included as a bonus. I guess they figured people didn't already have enough recordings of that one.
I listened to the Karajan Tchaikovsky 6th on EMI today. It is a fine performance but the sound is not as good as later recordings by him. Just my opinion about the sound. Like I said I think the performance is as good as any of his others.
IMO the Jansons Manfred is one of the best on record. It is stunning.
Wow. The holidays may come early for someone who needs speakers!
Now on Dutch classical radio 4, partly in English, Barbara Hannigan (10:30 AM until noon Eastern, Sunday 12/3/17):
Listened to this last night and though I enjoyed it, it is not among my favorite performances of this work. I was a bit surprised, as it comes highly recommended.
BWV903 Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, played this by Edwin Fischer and Andras Schiff. One of my favorite works from JS Bach, never fails to astound me that it was written in the early 18th century.
Gulp... The scandals are hitting the Classical Music world and one of its most prominent conductors.. I hope that the allegations are false....
N.Y.’s Metropolitan Opera to investigate conductor Levine after sex abuse claim
well done, good sound
Complete Harpsichord Music
I just listened to the Karajan Tchaikovsky 6th on EMI CD. I found the performance quite powerful and excellent but you are right the sound is a little rough at times. Still the performance might be my favorite I've heard so far.
That work was a specialty of his. He recorded it seven times over a 50 year period!
My favorite Classical Guidebook reports that the 1948 EMI recording is "stoic but exquisite performance, particularly notable for the sweetness of the playing. Movements II and IV are the slowest of all his 7 recordings, with a bittersweet poignancy..."
They also say that his 1958 EMI recording is his "most spontaneous and compassionate of his performances" of the work.
And of the 1976 DG recording (the one that I have) they say "the effect is like a painter who draws a master canvas from a landscape he has visited and revisited over the decades...the sound is the most enveloping of all seven recordings. And what a sound Karajan could produce! The passage toward the end of the first movement development sounds as if all the molten lava of Hell has risen up to surround you and singe the flesh of your mortal bones."
OK, so a bit over the top there, but you get the idea. I have this 1976 DG recording in the big, now OOP, 38CD Karajan Symphony edition but it can be had in this two-fer:
I'm a big Anton Nanut fan. Nanut's recording of Gorecki's Symphony #3 is outstanding. As good as Zinman's performance is, I think Nanut's is even better. All of the Slovenian conductor's recordings are dirt cheap, but most of excellent.
I bought the Serkin box in the Amazon.de 3 for 2 sale. It ended up being cheaper than just looking for the individual CDs I didn't have that I was interested in hearing, plus the unreleased early mono recordings. This might not have been the case if Amazon hadn't started kicking off smaller sellers.
Nice grab! I am still working through the set. I am up to disc 47 of 75. Now enjoying this one:
I have yet to figure out what to do with my old, original Serkin CDs, which are now doubled by the set. I can say that I am happy to get all that shelf space back!
What do you think of Serkin's Diabelli Variations? I streamed them last night and enjoyed the performances but felt I still liked Pollini more.
Serkin's Diabelli's are as good as it gets, IMO. The crickets at the end are a nice surprise.
Now enjoying some Bach and Mozart concertos from the big Rudolf Serkin box.
Have not heard that one, but Arrau's performance of this work with Haitink and the Concertgebouw (on Philips) is a favorite of mine.
Now listening to 13 Barcarolles, by French composer Gabriel Fauré, played by French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard.
Although I'm not really familiar with this music, I like Collard's expressive touch and the recorded sound is very satisfying. Connoisseur Society, 1975.
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