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Classical Corner Classical Music Corner (thread #38)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Jul 4, 2012.

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  1. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    No, he's great and so is the whole disc. I just can't stomach a lot of harpsichord. Maybe this will change and I will "mature" into this instrument as well with time.
     
  2. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Harpsichord is an excellent embellishment to baroque music and nobody did it better than the great JS Bach ...
     
  3. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Absolutely. And I can very well enjoy it as part of a baroque orchestra. But for solo performances I prefer the piano (even if this isn't as authentic). But that's just my taste.
     
  4. WHitese

    WHitese Forum Resident

    lol..your not alone brother!:D
     
  5. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    One other thing I should mention is that I was only speaking of performance, not sound quality. Those Walter Edition CDs turn up in the used bins quite often, so I will be able to grab them for cheap. So please let me know if you have any more to add, just based on performance alone.
     
  6. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Looks like you are ready to make another trip to PRX ... :righton::D
     
  7. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    While I obviously enjoy piano, I also enjoy solo harpsichord and have quite a number of versions of WTC performed on harpsichord.
     
  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Yep, I go on vacation week after next and I plan to go at least once. :agree:
     
  9. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing SACD1 from the following twofer, a recent arrival for a first listen ...

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  10. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    So PRX really has more to offer than the Academy these days?
     
  11. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    I'll find out. :cool:
     
  12. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    Robin, no worries, certainly playback differences and personal preferences bring about different opinions. But I think that we agree more than we disagree. Stravinsky's rite is certainly and amazing performance, very well recorded and nicely transferred to SACD.
    Walter's 5th with CSO is, how to put it mildly.....boring...there I said it. I was very disappointed by it.

    But there are other recordings out there. The online Bruno Walter discography (http://bwdiscography.net) lists 5 different recordings the first is from 1926 the last is the CSO from 1958.
    The 1941 with NYP is freely available on the internet archive, albeit only on mp3:

    http://archive.org/details/BeethovenSymphonyNo.5_331

    Among my records, I have also a mono recording with NYP from 1950 but I don't remember having listened to it yet, definitely I 'll do it sometime soon.

    I was not impressed with the sound of Kleiber's 5th.
    First, it is a DG recording and I never particularly like the "signature" DG sound.
    Secondly, according to the booklet the SACD both the Stereo and the Multichannel are remixed. I don't have the vinyl of this so I cannot tell how radical or not the remix is.
    Finally it is not a direct transfer to DSD but to hi-rez PCM first and thne to DSD.
    What's the point of this, I don't know but with this under consideration it can be very disputable whether the SACD is truly high Resolution.
     
  13. kevinsinnott

    kevinsinnott Forum Coffeeologist

    Location:
    Chicago, IL USA
    My current favorite Beethoven's 5th is Cluytens on EMI recorded in Berlin the late 50s or early 60s.
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    A little later, but still in excellent sound (and performance) is Kempe's
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  14. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing the following SACD, another recent arrival for a first listen ...

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  15. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Currently spinning this. Get this if you do not have it. One of the best piano albums I have heard in a while. This guy is really one of those at the top of the list IMO. Not quite with Horowitz or Richter but he leads the pack of the younger players IMO.


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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC

    Have you heard Gekic's Liszt? :bigeek:
     
  17. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I have the Transcendental Etudes played by him. Some great ones there. :righton:
     
  18. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    :agree:
     
  19. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    Great sound on these but I never managed to complete the series, I have 1,3, and 4
     
  20. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I just completed getting the entire series a few weeks ago but have not quite finished listening to them yet ...
     
  21. Collector Man

    Collector Man Well-Known Member

    For anyone interested, I see there is going to be a new complete set of the Sciarbin Piano Sonatas, played by Dimitri Alexeev, coming from Brilliant Classics soon. . It is already on my "must buy" list It is not often, complete sets of these sonatas ever come along.
     
  22. Bronth

    Bronth Active Member

    Location:
    Riga, Latvia
    Thanks buddy! :wave:

    Now playing the DVD-A portion of this Prokofiev DualDisc (the same performance had been available before on Vanguard CD).
     

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  23. Bronth

    Bronth Active Member

    Location:
    Riga, Latvia
    Have you heard this complete set of Scriabin's solo piano works? It's terrific. Here's a review.
     
  24. Collector Man

    Collector Man Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with your opinion. I will gladly buy any one of Lugansky's recordings.:)
     
  25. Collector Man

    Collector Man Well-Known Member

    The Alexeev (3 CD) Sonata 1-10 box appeals, since I have less of the sonatas and more of the Preludes and Etudes etc.:)
     
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