Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
So Rattle is not even on your list ...
Fortuitous timing: I had the afternoon off and a newly arrived package of dirt cheap CDs off eBay in the mailbox.
The real stunner is the Vanguard CD of Schubert's Trout Quintet from their "Alexander Schneider Series." This was recommended to me some years ago and it's already one of my best-sounding discs. I'll definitely look to add the other titles. Recorded in 1964/65? Wow.
Nice list. Abbado has made quite a few recordings of various Mahler Symphonies; the ones you mentioned are his earlier recordings, 3 with Jessye Norman, 4 with Frederica von Stade, both with the Vienna Philharmonic, and 7 with the Chicago SO. In 5 I prefer Karajan to Barbirolli, who is way too emotional for my taste. 10 with Kubelík has only the Andante-Adagio.
I have 4 Complete Mahler cycles and another cycle equivalent with different conductors. Perhaps it is the craziness of wanting to be a completist in classical music since I generally do not even like Mahler ...
The only Rattle in my collection is his Mahler 10, the full Symphony as reconstructed by Deryck Cooke in his third version, with the Berlin PO. Rattle recorded Cooke's second version earlier with the City of Birmingham SO.
Right! You are no big fan of Simon Rattle ...
Rattle, Barenboim, Mehta are all unwelcome in my collection ...
I had a closer listen to the final movement, I think her playing can be slightly mechanical in some places and lacks the fluidity of some of the better performances.
Both Barenboim and Mehta have made some terrific recordings. If you don't own Mehta's Turandot you are missing something extraordinary. The early one of course.
Lunch time listening: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, fabulous performance.
Love the Mendelssohn concerto. The "Great Performances" disc with Francescatti playing the Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky concertos is one of my favorite performances.
I love the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto as well and enjoy Francescatti's playing, is this CD with Szell? If so I plan to pick up the big Szell box.
I believe Szell is conducting the Mednelssohn (Cleveland Orchestra), but not the Tchaikovsky (NY Phil with Thomas Schippers)
While my wife took the kids to Disneyworld this week, I drove to New York (yes, from Chicago) and looked around the Big Apple for a few days. Between here and there, I visited every record store I could locate including Academy in Manhattan and the Princeton Exchange in NJ. I came back with a trunk full of classical LPs. Tonight I've been listening to Kurt Weill's two symphonies.
Tonight's listening for me was the last of a group of records I won about three weeks ago on eBay: the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique recorded by the LSO under Felix Weingartner ca. 1925. Good performance well, if a bit dryly, recorded; the signal point of interest is that, like Oskar Fried, Weingartner includes piano doubling the orchestral chimes in the witches' sabbath mvt. It's a tremendously effective option, and I'm surprised so few recordings adopt it, although I suppose it's a matter of economics (not wanting to pay a pianist just to play a few chords).
In recent days, I've auditioned the others, a group of overtures--Mendelssohn's Hebrides and Ruy Blas, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied, and Flotow's Alessandro Stradella--in ca. 1928 performances by the BPO under Julius Pruwer. I've remarked before on how I admire this associate of Brahms and how I'm perplexed at how little attention he receives today; he didn't let me down in any of these. I've heard any number of vocal excerpts from the Huguenots, but until now never the overture, and it proved to be a real winner, at least as Pruwer does it, built largely on the old hymn tune "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" that also occupied Bach's attention now and again. Good times.
Last weekend, I visited a Goodwill store and for the first time in ages encountered classical 78s "in the wild," as they say, together with a large assortment of mostly mono LPs. My pickings from those will be next; more about them in due course.
It was OOP for a long time, but you can download the CD quality flac at 7digital for only $3.49 !!
Love the way Stephan Schmidt plays guitar... his Bach Lute Pieces are my favorite - also available at 7digital, but better pricing is available at eclassical
Man, best part of being a classical lover is that you can get classical vinyl for dirt cheap. I found a sealed copy of Mozart Requiem for $4 the other day that I've been stuck on lately.
Now enjoying D810 from the above CD.
How does Academy Records compare with record shops in the Windy City?
Academy had a good selection of classical vinyl, but with the revival of the medium, I was hoping it would be more expanded than it was (compared to when I was there 10 years ago or so). CDs still seem to be king at Academy where they've always had a great selection. Same thing with Princeton Exchange in NJ.
There are two good stores in Chicago for classical vinyl that I know of: Reckless on the north side and Wonderland records out in Roselle. These two stores compare favorable to Academy in terms of vinyl. I suppose selection varies for all of these stores to a large degree, depending on when they buy a big collection from a deceased listener, how often a collector like me comes along and cleans out the good stuff, etc, etc.
I also still like checking out the various Half-Price Book locations here in the area. I think there are five of them. Not a big selection by any means, but I still always seem to walk out with three or four good lps whenever I'm there.
I don't shop for CDs anymore because I'm content with my collection (+6K), plus it seems that any interesting CD issue you might stumble across can be had within a big box somewhere, so what's the point?
Tonight, first of those records from the Goodwill: Tchaikowsky's 1st Sym., Indianapolis SO under Fabien Sevitzky (nephew of Serge Koussevitzky), 1948. This copy is a on conventional shellac pressings; I already had a copy in a contemporary RCA Victor "de luxe" vinyl issue. The sym. is spread across 9 sides of 5 12" records.
Why I bought the dupe: my vinyl copy, although looking very nice, was difficult to play cleanly, distorting on peaks, and I wanted to see if a regular shellac set would do better. In fact, it does; with a 2.8 mil truncated elliptical stylus, it offers sound that is clean, firm, and vivid, and although I haven't yet compared directly I think the surfaces are about as quiet as the vinyl ones. As to the performance, I can't imagine anyone conveying more commitment or enthusiasm, and the orchestra acquits itself with distinction, even if it was at the time no more than 20 years old and hardly of the same reputation as, say, the CSO or PSONY. To the extent things are "weak," it's the composer's fault; not, I think, one of Tchaikowsky's more successful efforts, although pleasant enough in places.
Interesting tidbit: if I remember correctly, not even in Russia had anyone recorded this work before this RCA Victor issue.
Indulge me @Matt Richardson and tell us more discoveries in your 'treasure'!
The 'house clearance' trend after old people die or move to retirement homes in Germany where I live, is still releasing huge numbers of very well-preserved second-hand vinyl. Demographically, this might have peaked already, but the chances younger relatives are interested in the records has also decreased. Ergo, pristine 5LP box sets for €5 .
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