Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Dec 7, 2013.
Is this the Warner Japan reissue from earlier this year?
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):
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):
Speaking of bad covers and Westminster, it's time to trot out this one again:
The Classic Westminster Gold Cover.
Also fond of:
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.
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.
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!
Westminster legacy box is coming, alas not as extended as these korean boxes
Looks nice! (oh, wait, so the one you are mentioning is an abbreviated version of this?) How much are they leaving out?
Edit: I see you've added more links. Looks like a lot was left out!
... 84 CDs worth.
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.
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?
Yes, I was about to post the same question.
My opera knowledge is nil, so I gotta ask what is she crumbling and why?
I think George bought it from mdt.
The place that was the cheapest when I ordered mine was MDT:
I see it's a few bucks cheaper than JPC (linked above me.)
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.
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:
Got it. Thanks Robin. I've considered jumping into Wagner's pool, but I'm afraid of drowning.
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
Currently listening Mitropoulos conducting the Minneapolis Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 1 from 1940
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
This is a very interesting box ...
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
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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