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Classical Corner Classical Music Corner (thread #49)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Aug 7, 2013.

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  1. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    I was listening to this the other day:

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    Maybe being "middle of the road" isn't bad all the time...
     
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  2. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

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    Fresno, California
    Have that copy and the original LP. It's a toss-up soundwise. The CD has that vague softening you get from an early-ish 16 bit transfer, the Vinyl isn't exactly pristine and never really was. But as regards paying attention to really quiet playing, this is one of the best performances. Ormandy is predictably lush and the sound's pretty good, assuming you don't mind the inherent modulation noise from Columbia's funky tape stock. The sound for Stokowski is probably the best of the three though the orchestra isn't. But no matter. One of Stokowski's last recordings and a deeply emotional rendition of the score.
     
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  3. Jonno

    Jonno Forum Resident

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    This is a favourite collection of mine:

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  4. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

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    NYC
  5. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    Oh yes, that one as well. Like I said, many wonderful recordings of the Tallis Fantasia. Barbirolli's Pye recording of Vaughan William's "London" Symphony is extra-foggy, about as atmospheric as it gets.
     
  6. alankin1

    alankin1 Forum Resident

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    Philly
    Joseph Haydn – Symphonies Nos. 85 "La Reine", No.86 & No.87
    — New York Philharmonic — Leonard Bernstein (Sony Classics)


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  7. autodidact

    autodidact Forum Resident

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    I only have the MP3 of this, but listening on headphones through the Dragonfly DAC, this sounds lovely.
     
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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    NYC
    Barbirolli was great!!
     
  9. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    Location:
    NYC
    He's great with Haydn.
     
  10. sgb

    sgb Senior Member

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    Baton Rouge
    I may have to break down and buy that box.
     
  11. mkolesa

    mkolesa Forum Resident

    to me, that performance is incomparable!
     
  12. Scott Wheeler

    Scott Wheeler Forum Resident

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    When it comes to Elgar and Vaughan Williams you really can't go wrong with Barbirolli or Boult
     
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  13. sgb

    sgb Senior Member

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  14. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    If I may demur—Boult's last recording of the Tallis fantasia is rather chilly. I prefer his earlier recording. Issued on Westminster in the US. Think it was originally from Pye. Also should mention my first LP of the work, Dimitri Mitropoulous/NYPO, reissued on Odyssey. Very lush and romantic, not to mention sloppy.
     
  15. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

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    NYC
    I think it's become rather expensive.
     
  16. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

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    NYC
    I've been listening to the Biss' lectures and doing some close listening to the sonatas he discusses. Yesterday I listened to No. 12 - Goode and Brendel . I didn't care for Brendel, but I liked Goode. However this morning, I listened to Kempff (stereo) on Spotify and was impressed. So I ordered the box.

    Annie Fischer's performance was not available - currently only one disc from the cycle seems to be up on MOG and Spotify. However, several weeks ago, when there were several discs available, I listened to a number of sonatas, and I decided she wasn't to my taste.
     
  17. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Given that Kempff is to your taste, it is not surprising that Annie isn't.
     
  18. sgb

    sgb Senior Member

    Location:
    Baton Rouge
    Is this it? I guess I'll not be buying it, then.

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  19. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    They're both to my taste—True Classical = Dionysian balanced by the Apollonian. Kempff slides towards the calmer, more reposed view, Annie Fischer is wilder. But they are both beautiful in their respective ways.
     
  20. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

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    NYC
    Actually at $125, it's less than I thought.
     
  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    NYC
    I have learned to appreciate Kempff, but most days I'll reach for Annie, Gulda, Serkin, Schnabel or Richter for Beethoven.
     
  22. coopmv

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

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    CT, USA
    Too bad Richter's Beethoven Piano Sonatas do not come in a big box, even if they are not complete.
     
  23. john greenwood

    john greenwood Senior Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Been listening to Russell Sherman (on Spotify) performing Chopin's Mazurkas. This is in anticipation of watching Dances at a Gathering, generally considered Jerome Robbins' greatest ballet. Robbins seemed drawn to choreographing works set to solo piano music - four ballets set to Chopin alone. And then there's his 75 minute ballet set to the Goldberg Variations.
     
  24. Jonno

    Jonno Forum Resident

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    UK
    Time for something autumnal.

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  25. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

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    Berlin, Germany
    I was glad to get it for about 70 Euros when it came out. It was well worth it.
     
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