Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
Lossless or MP3?
I burned a few hundred CD's in the FLAC format to my desktop using the Windows 10 WMP that can rip CD in that format. I downloaded EAC a while back but never used it. Unfortunately, my vintage portable digital player cannot handle FLAC files ...
My CDP may also be too old to handle FLAC files though my Yamaha universal player may be able to play FLAC.
Enjoying this classic 1956 recording of Idomeneo. (Richard Lewis, Siomoneau, Jurinac, etc. -What a cast!)
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I am a huge fan of Mozart's instrumental compositions, but not such a big fan of vocal works in general.
Playing now is Richard Strauss "Ein Heldenleben" - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1959)
(coupled with Wagner "Siegfried Idyll (1977))
First time I've heard this record (1961). Excellent performance in very good sound.
Havent heard that album either, but I adore the Shostakovich Symphonies (and the Quartets.)
This morning on my Turntable. Enjoying this 'Brandenburg' conducted by Karl Ristenpart.
I'm also enjoying some Bach:
Haven't heard this in awhile. The sound is worse than I recalled. Bass light but thankfully, no noise reduction, as can often be the case with Melodiya recordings.
I try to grab live Gilels recordings when I can, for he was much more extroverted in front of an audience than in the studio.
One can't go wrong with the Kapellmeister at the Court in Cothen
While preparing dinner tonight, listening to Murray Perahia play Chopin Sonatas 2 & 3. Very enjoyable!
Columbia Masterworks LP, 1974.
I found this in the cheapie bins and it’s great. I know Richter has a titanic reputation here but this is one of my first discs by him.
Russian Piano School, vol. 6: Sviatoslav Richter. Melodiya.
I’m also making my way through Bernstein’s DG Mahler cycle, no. 4 today. I am a Mahler fan but this is just not one of my favorite symphonies. I liked no. 1 with the Concertgebouw a lot more.
Mahler: Symphony no. 4 in G. Leonard Bernstein, Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Helmut Wittek (soprano). Interestingly Jaap van Zweden is credited with the violin solo in mvmt 2.
A shame about the no-noise used on that, but some great performances and a great cross section of Richter's artistry.
There are one or two of us that don't mind Richter
Any Richter fans guess which album cover I cropped my avatar from?
Olympia CD - Rachmaninoff - Richter
I just came her looking for something like this. Any other good options for Bach Cello Suites? Is there an SACD of any performances?
There are a number of great options for the Cello Suites:
Pablo Casals on Opus Kura (It's on many labels, but Opus Kura has the best sound) - The first recording and still one of the best, 1939.
Pierre Fournier on DG - One of the classic, enduring recordings of these works, 1961.
Anner Bylsma on SONY - Lovely digital recording, wonderful playing, 1991.
Pieter Wispelwey on Channel Classics - Student of Bylsma. Lovely, intimate, introspective reading, 1998.
Thanks. I should have made clear I'm looking for digital only (SACD or CD). It looks like the Pablo Casal is only on vinyl that I could find, but the Fournier seems easily available on CD.
The Casals on Opus Kura is a CD realease: https://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Casals...pID=51PhMJSiHwL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
I have an LP with the first two sonatas--sounds good to me! Can't imagine what he didn't like.
I highly recommend the 1961 Fournier on DG. However I suggest you seek out the original CD release if possible and avoid any remastered versions. I have the original mastering and the sound is incredibly warm and natural. A couple of reviews I read before buying suggested the remaster did not sound as good.
Thanks, I didn't see that. A bit pricey, so I'll probably go with another option for now.
By original, do you mean the 1997 one here?
And the 2007 is the one that doesn't sound as good?
Okay, I see there is a 1986 CD release. That's probably the one you mean.
I haven't heard the original CD mastering, but I can say that the Originals mastering sounds full and natural. I have the 1999 reissue:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Pierre Fournier - 6 Suiten Für Violoncello Solo
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