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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.

  1. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    I have not (and will not) heard them.
     
  2. JuniorMaineGuide

    JuniorMaineGuide Forum Resident

    I am spinning Disc 1 from each of these sets tonight, rented from the library:

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    Debussy: complete piano music. Gordon Fergus-Thompson, ASV. I enjoyed this quite a bit. His playing is subdued and he leaves a lot of silence between the notes. He lets the harmonies bleed into everything which is important for me in Debussy.

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    Wagner: Siegfried. Joseph Keilberth conducting, recorded in 1955 at Bayreuth. Windgassen, Varnay, Hotter, and others singing. I thought this was going to be a "historical" recording but it sounds great. The voices are forward and achieve a really good balance with the orchestra.
     
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  3. coopmv

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

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    Here is my Debussy box ...

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  4. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    This is the Brilliant re-issue of the previous DG recording issued around 2005. Although the interpretation has some interesting elements, the sound of the orchestra is thin and rough in too many places for me. Also, it sounds like the number of players has been reduced from the usual symphony orchestra.
    Marc Minkowski
    Les Musiciens du Louvre/Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Brilliant, 2009.
     
  5. coopmv

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

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    I have a few Marc Minkowski's recordings. He does not do much for me ...
     
  6. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    I also have that Demidenko Tchaikovsky and Scriabin concertos disc in the original Hyperion CD release from 94. I really like this version of the Tchaikovsky. The Scriabin is also good but for that work I definitely prefer the Ashkenazy recording from 1979 on Decca. I find the performance more moving and the sound quality superior. Are you familiar with the Ashkenazy Scriabin Concerto recording George?
     
  7. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    I am not. I love his solo Scriabin on Decca though. Have you heard that?
     
  8. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    No but I will check it out!
     
  9. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    I have this London (Decca) recording of Ashkenazy playing the Scriabin Piano Concerto on LP -- issued in 1972. A brilliant performance!

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    This London (Decca) LP gets frequent play at my house. I believe that the LP and CD were originally released simultaneously in 1987.

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  10. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    The CD set I have includes all 10 of the Scriabin piano sonatas:

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  11. coopmv

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

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    This twofer has been on my wish list for years but should be ordered soon ...
     
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  12. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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  13. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    I just ordered that same 1987 CD of Scriabin sonatas today! And yes I was mistaken about the date, the Ashkenazy Scriabin concerto was recorded in 1971 with the Prometheus that you have shown. What a great recording I think I will listen to it again tonight. I can't wait to hear the sonatas disc I'm glad you like that one too.
     
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  14. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    This afternoon on the turntable, Brahms 10 Intermezzi for Piano. Glenn Gould.
    Recorded in the fall of 1960 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, NYC. Released April 17, 1961.
    Some of my favorite Brahms... I never tire of hearing these Intermezzi or Gould's impassioned performance.

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  15. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Enjoying piano works by Gabriel Fauré on the turntable this afternoon. Jean-Philippe Collard performing:
    -Four Valses-Caprices
    -Ballade (in five movements), Op. 19
    -Three Romances, Op.17
    -Mazurka, Op.32
    A wonderfully varied recital and beautifully played on this handsome recording by EMI/Pathé Marconi, 1985, in la Salle Wagram, Paris.

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  16. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Anyone have any thoughts on AMSI (ambient sound imaging) on those Eloquence budget CD boxes? I've avoided them up to now, but there is a damn cheap Eloquence box of the Schiff Bach at a local record store. I also grabbed Kempff's Solo Repertoire box for quite a bargain even if it isn't truly complete :p
     
  17. JuniorMaineGuide

    JuniorMaineGuide Forum Resident

    Sunday listening:

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    Bartok: Piano concertos.Peter Donohoe and Simon Rattle / CBSO. Rattle and Donohoe do a great job keeping the melodic line of these pieces, making sure they are not simply technically daunting exercises in rhythm.


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    Haydn: String Quartets op. 76 nos. 3, 4, and 5. Kodaly Quartet. I liked these performances, but I will probably still stick with the Quatuor Mosaiques as my go-to.

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    Beethoven: the Symphonies. Charles Mackerras / Scottish CO. Mackerras' conducting is warm and does not push the expressive drama to its limits. But what he achieves is even better, with the personality of these symphonies shining through in a rare and brilliant way.

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    Shostakovich: String quartets. Borodin Quartet. I already had the Shostakovich quartets by the Pacifica Quartet but I could not pass these up when I found them for cheap in a used shop. I am glad I did!

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    Franz Schubert played by Andras Schiff. Just lovely in every way.
     
  18. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    Nice find! That set is one of the jewels of my collection.
     
  19. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    As I continue my journey through Mahler's Symphonies, I am now enjoying this CD. The other day I listened to this great recording:

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  20. coopmv

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

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    I have heard the "Art" series of EMI Great Recordings of the Century often suffers from too much compression and NR. Is this particular Mahler recording free from such problems?
     
  21. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    No compression or NR. It may have been equalized a bit to reduce the hiss on top, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment.

    As I am sure you know, EMI classical is certainly not known for its sound. But it has some great performances (Barbirolli, Richter, Gilels, Arrau, Cortot, etc.), so I put up with the less than stellar sound.
     
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  22. George P

    George P Smellin' Like A Rose Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying my favorite recording of Rachmaninoff's fourth piano concerto.
     
  23. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

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    Not at all. First of all, the use of compression on this series is a myth. Secondly, NR is only used on “historical”, mono material from the 78-rpm era and some of the early tape recordings. In general, stereo recordings in this series sound excellent.
     
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  24. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

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    Hi guys, is there any George Szell box that contains a more recently remastered version of his Mahler 4 recording? I have two versions, one from the 80s and the 90s one mentioned by @George P , but I find them both a bit too dull-sounding, unlike the original vinyl.
     
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  25. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Not that I know of. The Korean Szell box doesn't even have his Mahler 4, a big omission.
     
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