Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
After reading about his Debussy for years, I am finally enjoying it for myself.
The new Marston Records 2CD arrived! I plan to dig in later today.
Just enjoyed a first listen to this unique 2CD set. Lots of great unpublished gems from great pianists like Cortot, Lipatti, Rosenthal, Horowitz, Nyiregyházi and Pouishnoff. And lots more from lesser known pianists. They really left no stone unturned, even including incomplete recordings and finishing with an argument in the Vox studios between Novaes and the staff, all while she practices/plays the Chopin Berceuse. The liner notes are, as always, fascinating and educational.
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It's very good but I can only listen to a single disc per session.
Now enjoying this lovely CD set.
I occasionally visit the Good Music Guide forum, but it seems to have disappeared - I keep getting an error message. Does anybody have any info?
I have been digging into this recent arrival this past week:
Debussy: L'Oeuvre pour piano. Alain Planes. Harmonia Mundi.
Does anyone have any favorite recommendations for Debussy and Ravel's chamber works?
I have the Melos disc and really enjoy it.
Schubert D959 was in my heavy rotation this week (Kempff and R. Serkin). I got one of my very close friends hooked on both classical and hifi I convinced him to buy the Sennheiser HD6XX from Massdrop.
The D959 is a superb work! I only wish Richter had recorded it.
Hi drh, perhaps I missed it but you didn't get an answer to this?
I don't have that Tartini box that coop posted but I believe the piece you're looking for is the Violin Concerto in E minor, D.53.
It's up on Spotify to sample and I think well played by Guglielmo, not that there's a lot of competition! Plus I prefer the original Violin Concerto over the later Trumpet arrangement.
This single CD has the same recording included in the 29 cd set,
or if you download, it's about 3 bucks for the piece or $12 for the entire set!
Good value but be warned that these files are labelled by movement only!! Scroll down to Disc 26, Track 15, simply labelled as Allegro. That's the E minor, D.53.
Tartini: Violin Concertos Box Se... | Federico Guglielmo | MP3 Downloads | 7digital United States
Your post reminded me that I had planned to do a shootout using some of my recordings of this great work. I compared Serkin, Schnabel, Lupu and Brendel (live.) Serkin won! Brendel (live) came in second. I imprinted on that one.
My prior favorite, a live performance by Sokolov given to me by a friend, has gone missing!
Yes agreed with wishing Richter recorded it, I dearly love this piece as well. I have been enjoying Rudolf Serkin's very much but still prefer Kempff.
I imagine Sokolov is excellent with Schubert, I will have to pick up some of his CDs where he recorded other Schubert. He remains the prominent classical musician that I want to see live.
I forgot about Kempff. I'll check him out tomorrow.
Many, many thanks! No, yours is the first response my post elicited, and I'm much obliged. I'll do some exploration, or even some expenditure, in short order.
[Edit] Couldn't help myself, just took a listen to the samples you pointed out. Yes! That's it! Again, thank you for clearing up a long-running mystery. Interesting, too, that Tartini joins Schubert in having "D" numbers. I'll need to read up on that when it isn't the wee hours of the morning, long past my bedtime.
I did like it more than Brendel's early Philips recording (I decided not to keep the big Brendel Philips box, as good as that price was I just won't play it much, so I won't be hearing his live performance) and it has been a very long time since I have heard Lupu play it but I will listen to it again tonight. Rudolf Serkin's was exceptional. I feel like Kempff really nailed it but YMMV as this was my first CD for this sonata, hard to shake that first love feeling
I'll give it a full listen later today, but I sampled Kempff's last night, playing the first minute or so of each movement. I think he does well with all but the third movement which to me sounds a bit slow and loses its playfulness.
And I think you were wise to not keep the Brendel set.
Again, a dissenting opinion: I'm very glad I got the big Brendel box; no way I'm going to sell it, it has lots of recordings I keep returning to - varying mileages and all that. Whether it's wise or not to get rid of it is not for me to say.
Yeah I can see that, I think it does pick up when the tone of the piece shifts in the third movement. For me what I really love about D959 is the second movement; that is the type of movement where I could really see Richter or Sokolov digging deep. Would love to hear that live Sokolov if you do come across it!
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