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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.

  1. alankin1

    alankin1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philly
    Now playing, CD 41:
    George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Piano Concerto
    — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – André Previn, pianist and conductor (Philips)

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  2. George P

    George P Must Be The Music Thread Starter

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    NYC
    Collard's Faure is tops in my book! I have the budget Brilliant Box set:

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  3. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Forum Resident

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    Very good, that is the box I will be playing next.
     
  4. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Forum Resident

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    London,England
    Get that box it's cheap and wonderful.
     
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  5. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Same here, that is a great performance.

    Now listening to Brahms Piano Sonata 2 played by Arrau. I wish the first two were recorded more :(

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  6. George P

    George P Must Be The Music Thread Starter

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    Thanks. I have it on my wishlist.
     
  7. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Northeast
    Any Sorabji fans here? I am thinking I'll start my bi-annual Sorabji trek :D I have some notes at my parents house how I broke up Opus Clavi (Ogdon's recording) to make it more reasonable to listen to over multiple sessions.

    Interesting, hearing Brahms Piano Sonata 2 reminded me of Sorabji...
     
  8. Mike burgess

    Mike burgess Active Member

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    Norfolk UK
    would love to hear how you do that! Love Sorabji. Waiting on the next transcendental studies release.
     
  9. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Sure, I will be seeing them at Christmas will update the thread then. Is it Jonathan Powell that is doing these?
     
  10. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Forum Resident

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    London,England
    CD2 Op. 13 to 25 that's the one with lots of vocal.
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  11. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

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    tokyo
    I concur. The performance is superb indeed, while the recording is a disappointment. His recordings with EMI from the 1970s are not well regarded. The exceptions are a few such like Wagner’s Die Meistersinger complete recording in Dresden.
    His EMI stereo recordings from the1950s are another story BTW.
     
  12. Wugged

    Wugged Well-Known Member

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    Warsaw, Poland
    Me too. And not just his solo stuff. I still believe you cannot beat Ashkenazy with the Piano Concertos too. Especially accompanied by Previn. He touches the soul of the music.

    I've heard many others. There is some fine competition. But none have that certain something.
     
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  13. Wugged

    Wugged Well-Known Member

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    One little word............... Mravinsky :D
     
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  14. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

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    No Fredrik Ullén on BIS. Count me as a fan of both Sorabji and Ullén.
     
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  15. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

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    shostakovich, symphony no. 14 & 1 simon rattle, berlin harmoniker

    Soloists Karita Mattila and Thomas Quasthoff highlight the dark Symphony No. 14, handled well by Rattle and the Berlin Harmoniker. Dimitri's "graduation symphony" No. 1 is an added treat.
     
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  16. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Forum Resident

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    Playing No 9 from this set again.
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  17. George P

    George P Must Be The Music Thread Starter

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    A helluva set!
     
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  18. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Virginia
    Wow! What a set.

    You've inspired me to continue playing more of Collard's Fauré this afternoon (via LP)... This is a French release with five Impromptus and nine Préludes.
    Recorded in Paris in November 1980 & June 1981. LP released in 1982.

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  19. Mike burgess

    Mike burgess Active Member

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    No it’s Frederick Ullen. He’s doing a fine job!
     
  20. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    Thoroughly enjoying these "HIP" Beethoven cello sonata recordings. The fortepiano takes some time getting used to, but its thin sound is more than made up by Isserlis' incredible warmth and fullness of tone on the cello. Very recommended to those looking for a fresh approach to these pieces.
     
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  21. George P

    George P Must Be The Music Thread Starter

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    Nothing like Schubert in the Fall (or Winter.) This lovely performance is from the big Serkin box.
     
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  22. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    Berlin
    I am listening to these Mozart sonata recordings on the fortepiano, the piano's earler version and the kind of instrument Mozart would have used in his time. I must say, I am absolutely charmed! These interpretations by South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout are so awesome and the sound of the piano so special that they kind of spoil any other versions on the regular (modern) piano. The sound of the fortepiano he is using is really warm and not as grating as I have heard it sound on older attempts. Still, there is still plenty of honky-tonkiness to it that it will make you smile throughout. Can't recommend these enough:

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  23. crispi

    crispi Forum Resident

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    Berlin
    Speaking of the fortepiano, a very interesting video by the artist I mentioned explaining the instrument a little bit:

     
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  24. George P

    George P Must Be The Music Thread Starter

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    NYC
    Thanks for sharing all that,@crispi . Myself, I never warmed to the sound of the fortepiano.
     
  25. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Northeast
    Movie Mars came through on the ~20 GBP the 1955 Goldberg Variations box :eek: So far this is the most intricate, detailed super deluxe I have ever seen, the book could have easily been a stand alone with how well it was researched. Some real minutiae for instance like stamper information that I would think would only be of interest to audiophiles. Cleaned and played the LP and fortunately there were no pressing defects. Looking forward to reading more about these sessions in the coming weeks.

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