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Classical Corner Classical Music Corner (thread #52)

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

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  1. Beholdentonoone

    Beholdentonoone Forum Resident

    AND???!!!

    Is this the Warner Japan reissue from earlier this year?

    Do tell.
     
  2. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    Yes, this is the one! It was 20 years I haven't played the LP. It is a great record; exactly as I remembered it.

    I got also this one (rec. '75):

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    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=COCO-73318
     
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  3. Campbell Saddler

    Campbell Saddler Used Bin Explorer

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    I am a newcomer in Classical Music Corner with a question: What are some opinions regarding Barylli Quartet and Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet performances on the Westminster label?

    A very tempting 59 CD set of Westminster Chamber Music and some YouTube clips (I like what I have heard) are the reason
    (contents and album sleeve pictures in the below link):

    http://jacketsclassical.blogspot.com/2013/06/westminster-legacy-chamber-music.html
     
  4. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Speaking of bad covers and Westminster, it's time to trot out this one again:

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  5. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    The Classic Westminster Gold Cover.

    Also fond of:


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  6. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

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    Arlington, VA
    That's the first list I've seen of the individual discs. I'd love to know what the performances are like as well. I don't own many string quartets of Schubert and Mozart.
     
  7. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    I have quite a few of the Westminster LPs. Westminsters are very well regarded by classical vinyl collectors but not as esteemed as the Deccas, RCAs, or the Mercurys.

    My favorite as far as sound and performance are with the pianist Egon Petri where he plays some of the Beethoven sonatas (Moonlight, Appassionata, Pathétique and the Hammerklavier). I did not see these in the list that you linked so I presume that they have not being reissued. It's a shame really because Petri is an incredible pianist. Some other gems from the Westminster label are the recordings of pianist Paul Badura Skoda and of the conductor Herman Scherchen.

    Among the ones that I have are also the Mozart and the Beethoven with the Barylli Quartet and I like these too but I would not suggest their Beethoven to a newcomer, especially for the late quartets.
    I think their Mozart is much better BTW.
     
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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Finishing up a first listen to this box this morning, I am compelled to urge you guys to grab a copy. The sound and performance is superb!
     
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  9. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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  10. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
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  11. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    ... 84 CDs worth.
     
  12. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    I've got to see what's on my shelves in the form of original LPs. Recent upgrades have made all but the crunchiest LPs tolerable and the best as good as I'm getting right now from any format. I know that most of my Westminster Classics are licensed from Pye.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
  13. Beholdentonoone

    Beholdentonoone Forum Resident

    Where did you get it George? The only place I've been able to find it is Amazon.fr or FNAC. Is it available locally here in NYC?
     
  14. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    Yes, I was about to post the same question.
     
  15. John S

    John S Forum Resident

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    My opera knowledge is nil, so I gotta ask what is she crumbling and why?
     
  16. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Location:
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  17. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    The place that was the cheapest when I ordered mine was MDT:

    http://www.mdt.co.uk/haydn-quartets-quatuor-mosaiques-naive-10cds.html

    I see it's a few bucks cheaper than JPC (linked above me.)
     
  18. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Location:
    Fresno, California
    It says, in essence "That's the way the cookie crumbles" in the context of Götterdämmerung where the plots of the previous Opera collapse, everything falls apart, everything goes to hell in a bucket, the Gods die and so on.

    Götterdämmerung is where the you-know-what hits the fan, bigtime.

     
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  19. Campbell Saddler

    Campbell Saddler Used Bin Explorer

    Location:
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    Thank you for your reply and suggestion: the Petri Beethoven, a solo Badura Skoda, and some pieces conducted by Scherchen are in the 40 CD set listed by RiRilll:


    WESTMINSTER 40-CD BOX REPERTOIRE

    CD 1 Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 6 Scherchen
    CD 2 Beethoven: Symphonies 2, 4 & 8 Scherchen
    CD 3 Beethoven: Symphony 9 Monteux
    CD 4 Haydn: Symphonies 45 &100 Scherchen
    CD 5 Mozart: Symphonies 39–41 Leinsdorf
    CD 6 Holst: The Planets Boult
    CDs 7–8 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker • Symphony 4 Rodziński
    CDs 9–10 Bruckner: Symphony 8 • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Knappertsbusch
    CDs 11–12 Mahler: Symphonies 1 & 2 Scherchen
    CD 13 Glière: Symphony 3 “Ilya Murometz” Scherchen
    CD 14 Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory Scherchen
    CD 15 Mozart: Piano Concerto K 466 • Scarlatti: Sonatas Haskil
    CD 16 Mozart: Piano Concerto K 482 • Sonatas K 570 & 310 Barenboim
    CD 17 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 2 • Paganini Variations Lewenthal
    CD 18 Brahms & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos Morini
    CD 19 Mozart: String Quintet K 516 & Quartet K 590 Amadeus Quartett
    CD 20 Beethoven: String Quartets opp. 18/4 & 59/3 Smetana Quartet
    CD 21 Schubert: String Quintet D 956 Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet
    CD 22 Schubert: Octet Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet
    CD 23 Mendelssohn: Octet Janáček Quartet
    CD 24 Dvořák: String Sextet op. 48 • String Quintet op. 97 European String Quartet
    CD 25 Beethoven: Pathétique, Appassionata,
    Hammerklavier Sonatas Petri
    CD 26 Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy • Moments musicaux Badura-Skoda
    CD 27 Franck & Fauré : Piano Works Demus
    CD 28 Spanish Guitar Music Bream
    CD 29 Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben
    Liederkreis op. 39 • Respighi: Il tramonto Jurinac
    CD 30 Duparc: Mélodies Simoneau
    CD 31 Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge • Mozart: Lieder Scherchen • Stader
    CDs 32–33 Bach: Mass in B minor Scherchen
    CD 34 Mozart: Requiem Scherchen
    CDs 35–37 Handel: Rodelinda Stich-Randall • Forrester
    CDs 38–39 Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette • Symphonie fantastique Monteux • Leibowitz
    CD 40 Operatic Arias Sills

    This set looks like a better overview of the label, but I'm enjoying the YouTube clips of the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet and Barylli Quartet enough to purchase the chamber music box.

    Presto Classical has both the chamber music and orchestral boxes for very reasonable prices until the end of the month:

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Westminster/DG40020

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Westminster/DG40030
     
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  20. John S

    John S Forum Resident

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    Got it. Thanks Robin. I've considered jumping into Wagner's pool, but I'm afraid of drowning. ;)
     
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  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
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    Now enjoying CD 3 from this set, which I bought a few weeks ago. Works on CD3 - Pieces Froides, 3 Melodies de 1886, 3 Autres Melodies, Hymne, 3 Poemes d'amour, 4 Petites Melodies, 3 Melodies 1916, Ludions
     
  22. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    Currently listening Mitropoulos conducting the Minneapolis Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 1 from 1940

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    This is one of two recordings from the box that I already own and it's a great transfer and great performance. The transfer was done by Charles Martin whom I've never heard of . He only transferred this symphony, but he did the restoration and noise processing on the entire box. The rest of the box is transferred by Ward Marston and Mark Obert-Thorn. Martin must have had a remarkable set of 78s.

    So far I've listened to the following

    Oscar Fried, Berlin Statsoper, Symphony No. 2, 1924, acoustic recording - interesting, but mainly a novelty
    Eugene Ormandy, Minneapolis, Symphony No. 2, 1935 - OK performance, decent sound
    Hidemaro Konoye, Tokyo New Symphony, Symphony No. 4, 1930 - decent sound, the performance didn't do much for me
     
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  23. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    This is a very interesting box ... :righton:
     
  24. Graphyfotoz

    Graphyfotoz Forum Classaholic

    Location:
    South-Central NY
    I got this a few years back.....it's "OK" I'd list it as average.
    I notice many don't care for the Emerson String Quartet

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  25. Graphyfotoz

    Graphyfotoz Forum Classaholic

    Location:
    South-Central NY
    When it comes to Satie I have a VERY hard time liking anything other than the recording below.
    I love the speed at which it's done and it's just a pleasure to listen to......least is for me!
    Rank it as one of my top 5 CD's in my collection!

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