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Classical Corner Classical Music Corner (thread #16)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bronth, Sep 24, 2010.

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  1. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I think you can still get them relatively easily. The bigger problem is RCA has not made any new releases in a number of years ...
     
  2. Mogul

    Mogul Forum Resident

    Hmm, I think you're correct. I quick browse of the usual online stores shows healthy stock. Not sure why I thought these were getting scarce.
     
  3. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    You should grab the Mercs, too. They are already harder to get.
     
  4. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Last night, hit the jackpot--listened to a record that instantly jumped to "my favorite account" status for the work in question. Rudolph Ganz, alas, did not record much electrically; I gather that he did one 10" 78 at the same time as this 12" job and then nothing commercially except a set of MacDowell pieces a decade or so later. I do have him in a number of Pathe acoustics, but piano recording was not one of that label's technical strong suits. Anyhow, nobody plays Chopin this way anymore; I can hear the purist critical establishment flipping its collective wig, but, my, how the music springs to vivid life!

    The coupling is a very attractive account of Liszt's Liebestraum #3--not my favorite work, to put it mildly, so "very attractive" is high praise coming from me.
     

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  5. Graphyfotoz

    Graphyfotoz Forum Classaholic

    Location:
    South-Central NY
    Great Choice....My fav Scheherazade!
    Yeah I have been doing the same.....dunno how much longer they will be plentiful.
    Most of the LS SACD's are still cheap.
     
  6. Baron Von Talbot

    Baron Von Talbot Well-Known Member

    Everybody got that Sheherazade i guess (me incuded). The strangest Goldberb Variations I know, but seemed to me as one of the best from what I just heard playing it the first time..

    Jaques Loussier Trio.. Bach's Goldberg Variations

    Haven't found the time to hear more than a snippet from this Testament CD. Sounded promising...Germain Thyssen-Valentyne lay Faurè.

    Picked up because of respect for the label and it's great work !
     

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  7. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    Boulez' 6th is as expected an expressionistic run to hell and back. Think of Mitropoulos in great sound. Highly recommended.
     
  8. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    +1
     
  9. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    Day On The Beach

    I'm in.
     
  10. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Not my favorite but still a must have.:cheers:
     
  11. Mogul

    Mogul Forum Resident

    I woke up early this morning and decided to spin another LS disc.

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    Also spent some time browsing Presto. It's going to be touch to whittle down what I added to my cart. Decisions, decisions!
     
  12. Graphyfotoz

    Graphyfotoz Forum Classaholic

    Location:
    South-Central NY
    Earl Wild.....now there is a name I haven't seen in YEARS!! :laugh:
     
  13. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    Severely underestimated, Earl Wild made a monster recording of Beethoven's Hammerklavier on his own label.
     
  14. George P

    George P Down With The King

    Location:
    NYC
    His contribution (a Ballade) to the recent 4Cd Chopin set on Marston was sublime.
     
  15. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    Wild and Fiedler made another great Gershwin disc for the label, Piano Concerto in F.

    And most notably Wild made one of the greatest audiophile recordings all the time - "Romantic Rachmaninoff" with Horenstein conducting, recorded by great Kenneth Wilkinson, which, I believe, is still available on the Chesky CD reincarnation.
     
  16. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    And, of course, Wild lived to age 90 +/-, dying last January. He was recording up almost until the end. Check out his Ivory Classics label here:

    http://www.ivoryclassics.com/

    It has a lot of interesting material by both Wild and others.

    [Edit] Just checked Wikipedia: age 95 (1915-2010)
     
  17. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    He was a wonderful performer. I saw him perform with a symphony orchestra and in recital. Those are still fond memories. I have a few Ivory Classics discs, some of the reissues.
     
  18. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    It is a pity that his 'The art of the piano transcriptions' is now oop.
     
  19. George P

    George P Down With The King

    Location:
    NYC
    I was very lucky to find a sealed copy for cheap recently. :cool:
     
  20. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Can't say I agree with you that Earl Wild is "severely underestimated". He has always been held in high regard with fans and critics alike. :cheers:
     
  21. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    I mean that Earl Wild is not spoken in the same company as Richter or Artur Rubinstein and that he should. I suspect that there will be a bit of revision of critical evaluation now that he's gone and so many of his recordings are waiting to be rediscovered or heard for the first time.
     
  22. George P

    George P Down With The King

    Location:
    NYC
    Really? You think Wild was of the same caliber as Rubinstein and Richter? I must have missed all of his great recordings then. Can you suggest some? What I have heard has been enjoyable and at times inspired (like that live Ballade from the Marston set), but overall, he's not nearly impressed me to the extent that Richter has. Rubinstein I am still warming to, so I can't speak to the comparison of him and Wild.

    This might make a nice thread - "Who are the Great Pianists?" Or perhaps we can discuss it here?

    I guess we need some general criteria, like for me the pianist could not just be a specialist of one (or perhaps two) composers. They'd need to be adept at different composers, from different periods in classical music history. Not just a technical wizard, but also a pianist who can play with deep feeling and convey that in their performances.

    Using the above criteria, I will submit my list:

    Sviatoslav Richter
    Rudolf Serkin
    Ivan Moravec
    Claudio Arrau
    Emil Gilels
     
  23. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Mine- Gilels, Arrau, Perahia, Curzon and Rubenstein...of course that could change after a few listening sessions.:laugh:
     
  24. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    Horowitz ? ;)
     
  25. George P

    George P Down With The King

    Location:
    NYC
    He would have been there (along with Argerich) a few years ago, but my taste has changed.
     
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