Listenin' to Classical Music and Conversation

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bluemooze, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    One of the biggest problems with cassette is the cassette itself. So much can go wrong--over time--with those little plastic cases and ruin the tape.
     
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  2. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    A wonderful recording.

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  3. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    I may have your machine! Did it look anything like this?

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    That's a Tandberg Series 6x; one of two Tandbergs in my collection. I restored it to working condition, but still need to clean it up better.

    The other Tandberg I have is a solid state deck from about 1971 -- the model 6000x:

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    The Norwegians made some great, well-built machines back in the day.
     
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  4. julesd68

    julesd68 Forum Resident

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    I'm not sure how, but today I came across this YouTube video of a guitarist taking on Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor ... Normally I run I mile from these kind of things (anyone remember Dave Mustaine murdering The Four Seasons? :eek:) but this guy does a really good job IMO ...



    I felt inspired enough to buy a copy of the real thing ...
    I reckon Mr Richter will give my Tannoys a good work-out! :laugh:

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  5. julesd68

    julesd68 Forum Resident

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    What a beautiful cover, looks like an El Greco painting ...
    I already have this work on Archiv or else I'd be buying this!
     
  6. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Columbia apparently realized that when planned the second (rematered) Glenn Gould Original Jacket Collection. The CD jackets still have the original LP content, front & back, but a large (10"x 10") book is included which reproduces the cover art and complete liner notes for each album.
    Of course, this makes the box large and heavy, but it makes everything far easier to read (especially for this geezer)! ;)
     
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  7. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    I have that Bach/Richter album! Super performance and recording. :righton:
    Yes, it will definitely give your system a workout!
     
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  8. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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    I was listening to a cassette tape made from a library CD in the 90s. I had to do some detective work to determine the CD it was made from. I have a 1996 Sony Essential Classics CD with music from the two LPs worth of recordings made at those sessions. The contents of the 1989 CD & the one from 1996 overlap; how much I have yet to figure out. I didn't know they had to bring the organ in. Engineer Kolbe was based in Switzerland. The Wikipedia article on him is interesting.
     
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  9. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Ha! I think you are correct about it being an El Greco painting... at least, if I'm reading the German text correctly:
    "Titelseite: 'Maria Verkündigung' Gemälde von El Greco (1541-1613)"

    You know, when I bought this album in 1976, I felt like I was the only person on the planet listening to Monteverdi. I never could have imagined that 42 years later (assuming I would still be living), I'd be communicating with people from San Jose, California, and London, UK, about it as I have today.
    When I bought my first home computer, my father (rest his soul) said: "What in the world would anyone want a computer at home for?" Of course, that was before the internet. I wish he could have lived to see the communication exchange that is possible today.
     
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  10. bigstar87

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    From the Bernstein Remastered box set:
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    Not my favorite performance of this piece but unique and in very good remastered sound (from the original master tapes)
     
  11. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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    Wilhelm Backhaus, 1907. Reminds me of Barry Melton, lead guitarist of Country Joe & The Fish.
     
  12. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    If I'm not mistaken, there were three LPs issued from that San Marco recording project. In addition to the one I posted earlier, I also bought this album in 1977:

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    And in 1978, I bought the one below:

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    Regarding the organ, the liner notes provide this info:
    "The organ used in this recording was lent by the Rieger Company of Austria. It consists of ten stops, voiced in the Italian manner, distributed over two manuals and pedals.
    It was transported by land and water to Venice especially for the recording, and hauled up, piece by piece, to the gallery where the organ stood in Gabrieli's day."

    They have my sincere admiration. Who today would go to all that trouble??
     
  13. vanhooserd

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    Big snow here early this morning.
     
  14. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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    It's the kind of thing people like Bill Gates should finance. I'm a big Biggs fan. They should issue a big box. Bill Gates could underwrite it so it could be sold very cheaply.
     
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  15. Bachtoven

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    He only plays a fragment of the fugue. Here's a complete performance played on a classical guitar. I'm learning this guy's transcription:



    No tapping or other gimmicks...just flat-out virtuosity! ;)
     
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  16. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    :righton: I'll sign the petition if you start it!

    It's a shame that Biggs does not get the recognition today for the great work he did. The liner notes for those Gabrieli albums firmly credit Biggs for their existence, as he was very insistent on recording music in the locations where it was originally performed.
     
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  17. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    I have this recording on CD ...

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  18. vanhooserd

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    Listened to 100-102 from this 1992 reissue. Recorded 10/31/62 (102), 2/12/70 (101) & 10/20/70, all in Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center. Produced by John McClure (102) & Richard Killough (100, 101). Bernstein was a fine Haydn conductor.
     
  19. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Maybe Jeff Bezos, the Amazon's founder and boss, who is now wealthier than Bill Gates, should underwrite this project ...
     
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  20. scompton

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    While wandering around old town Zurich, I thought I heard an organ playing Bach as we were walking up to what looked like a church. Instead, it was an old guild hall with a patio under the building between the narrow street and the river. A guy was playing Bach on an accordion. The patio was so resonant that it sounded like an organ as we were walking up.
     
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  21. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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    Bezos should underwrite US, all of us on this thread. Subsidize us, Jeff. It's your duty.
     
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  22. vanhooserd

    vanhooserd Forum Resident

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    So someone posted a Naxos Historical CD with this cover picture on the Classical Corner thread & I made the same observation about Melton. I added the remark that "maybe I shouldn't say that on this thread." Apparently this was taken as a taunt & my post was removed as a Thread Crap. Makes me even more glad we have this thread.
     
  23. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Goldberg Variations performed on violin? anyone? It is transcription that has gone too far. I listened to this CD a number of years ago when I first got the CD out of curiosity but that was too much for me to tolerate beyond the first listen ... :thumbsdow

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    Dmitry Sitkovetsky - Wikipedia

    Well, it turns out Dmitry Sitkovetsky is the son of Bella Davidovich, my favorite Russian pianist from the 80's ...
     
  24. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    CT, USA
    I have that Naxos Historical CD by Backhaus ...
     
  25. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    @Wes H, Looks like you have more open-reel decks than anyone else on this thread. I only have three.
     

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