Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Jul 23, 2014.
Is it worth it and how's the sound?
May I ask for some feedback about the transfer btw sound quality of subject Giulini CSO compilation ? Thnx in advance !!
Now: Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Op.104 - Jean-Guihen Queyras with Jiří Bélohlávek/Prague Philharmonia; Piano Trio 4, Op.90 - Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras - Harmonia Mundi France
The performances are impeccable and the sound via vinyl is excellent, still I would like have it as CD too - see my request before, because the alternative to the DG Compilation Box would be two (as they split Schubert 4 and 8 on two CD`s) pricey SHM-CD`s....
The above can stand for all the Boccherini cello posts, as I'm under some time pressure here. Suffice it to say, "The Boccherini Cello Concerto" is no such thing--it's a pastiche of mvts. assembled from various Boccherini cti. and modified by a 19th c. cellist named Grutzmacher. That's not to say that it isn't a lovely and delightful work--it is--but it would probably more accurately be known as "Grutzmacher: Cello Concerto after Boccherini." Gotta run!
[edited to fix a neuron misfire regarding the arranger's name]
This is excellent. Queyras is one of my favorite contemporary cellists, along with Wispelwey and Vogler.
It is. I got this CD today and just listened to it. Great performances by all. Of all the "modern" violinists Isabelle Faust is my favourite. She has made some amazing recordings.
I love Wispelwey's second recording of the Bach Cello Suites!
I don't have a point of comparison with vinyl, but they certainly sound good and I'd hate to miss out on some performances that you might not be able to find elsewhere. Until this box, for example, the Schubert 9 was extremely scarce.
If you're interested in an even deeper dive into his work on DG, you might forgo this and get the Art of Giulini box that has a lot of the performances in both Giulini in America boxes along with his Brahms cycle with the VPO, Bruckner 8 and 9 with the VPO and a Beethoven 9 with the BPO.
The one from the late '90s? That's one of my favorites as well.
Yes, the one from 1998. http://www.amazon.com/Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Suites-Violoncello/dp/B00000C2B4
Wispelwey recorded the Bach cello suites 3 times, in 1989 and 1998, both for Channel Classics, and in 2012 for Evil Penguin (!) That one includes a DVD with Wispelwey talking about his choice of instruments:
I remember reading that. Thought it was in the Du Pre liner notes but could not find it.
Thnx for pointing out also the "Art of Giulini" Box - I do own and treasure the recordings with the VPO als individual releases.....
My actual interest is the Giulini Chicago compilation - as I`m not that fond of "CD Boxes" in general the input reg transfer/sound quality is helpfull to me....
I have the Japanese Hi-Fi Stereo label box set,pressed by Japanese Victor.
The sound is quite good for a 1962 analog recording ...
His "Gaspard de la nuit" doesn't quite eclipse Ivo Pogorelich's (it's very good, though), but it's very interesting to hear the excerpts from Daphnis et Chloe on the piano. Excellent sound.
There are some box sets of music by Delius, each of which has its own merit.
And I would like to recommend the one on Heritage for the sound (recorded by Tony Faulkner, Bob Auger and others) and the authenticity of the performances.
Looks very promising!
This set arrived today. Some criticize Arrau for a lack of "sparkle" in Mozart, but I think his weighty tone and slower tempos add some needed gravitas. They were recorded from 1974-1990, so undoubtedly there will be some variation in sound (I haven't listened to all 6 discs yet, but I did compare a 1990 to a 1974 recording: the newer one had slightly more body in the lower registers, but a bit more "glassiness" in the upper registers.) Overall, though excellent sound.
Interesting box ...
Indeed. The main downside is the extremely spartan packaging: 6 cardboard slipcovers crammed into a small sleeve and no notes. The price was right, though: US $23.87!
Isn't that kind of like saying that a person is quite fast for being an Olympic gold medalist sprinter?
I knew Gerry when he conducted the New York Chamber Symphony.
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