Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
It is coming:
Deutsche Grammophon on Instagram: “Coming soon #bach333 #happybirthday #johannsebastianbach”
Where did you find these for sale?
Had a decent trip to the thrift store yesterday...scored some LPs that were from a university library and in mint condition, hardly ever played, if ever. I'm having issues getting photos to post here, so here's the list:
Berlioz, Harold in Italy, NY Philharmonic/Bernstein Columbia ML 5758, 2-eye mono
Elgar & Walton Marches, London Philharmonic/Boult, Angel S37436 (this pressing is from the 1970's)
Domenico Scarlatti, Concerti Grossi Op. 4, 5, 8, 11, Orchestre de Chambre/Paillard, Erato STU 71510
Alessandro Scarlatti, Il Giardino di Amore, Munich Chamber Orchestra/Stadlmair, Archive ARC 73244
Rameau, Ballet Suites from Les Indes Galantes, Collegium Aureum, RCA Victrola VICS 1456, light plum label pressing
They came from Tower Japan though there are some copies on ebay from Japanese sellers. They cost around $52 direct from Tower which is kind of OK as they are doubles. Though being in the UK we get charged 20% tax, import duties and an additional rip off fee of £11 for the pleasure of having it sit in customs for two weeks whilst they process an invoice.
I imported them using Tenso. Forwarding service connecting overseas customers and Japanese online stores [tenso.com] You just set up an account and then use Tenso as the forwarding address from Tower.
It's pretty easy and quick....if you overlook the 2-3 weeks it spends crawling through UK customs.
Anyone here familiar with Moura Lympany? She came in second at some major European piano competition, second to Emil Gilels IIRC ...
Just heard that the OOP (and superb!) Lucchesini set is available at a very good price (new €70.00 + shipping) on the amazon.it marketplace.
An online friend/reviewer that I respect has written a useful review, comparing the two sets above:
Review: Debussy vs. Debussy - Complete Works By Warner Classics And Deutsche Grammophon Compared
I’m pleasantly surprised that the DG box doesn’t have much overlap with the previous box. Unfortunately that’ll mean I’ll probably end up buying both.
Current reading companion.
Bach - Cello Suites.
My default Cello Suites performance.
Cluytens really knew what he was doing...
Where is that thrift store?
Listening this afternoon:
Verdi: La Traviata. Carlos Kleiber and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra with Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes, etc. My copy is actually a DGG "Centenary" re-issue with OIB processing.
I love Kleiber's Tristan and Wozzeck recordings so I figured I couldn't go wrong with this one.
Tonight's transfer project: the famous mad scene aria from Lucia di Lammermoor as recorded for Victor by Amelita Galli-Curci. Very lovely, and for the time unusual in being spread across one 12" and one 10" record, yielding a more complete rendition. Funny thing: the 12" record, containing the segment "everybody recorded," dates to 1917, but the 10" record, billed as "part 2," was done in 1922. You'd never guess at the lapse of years when playing them back to back (or spliced together, as I did on my "server" computer).
Sorry, don't know much about her. I considered her Rachmaninoff preludes a few times, but for different reasons, didn't pull the trigger.
I own only ten operas and that is one of them. Should give that another spin soon.
Out of curiosity, what are some of your other favorites?
Right now I am listening to a lot of Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande, and I just received this in the mail from Japan. It is awesome:
Sorry for the bad image, but it is Berg - Wozzeck - C. Kleiber - Baeryisches Staatsoper - Theo Adam as Wozzeck - 1970.
Music For Easter: Joseph Haydn's Seven Last Words
The Different Versions & Recommended Recordings
I mentioned this earlier in the thread, but it appears to be getting a release very soon. My copy shipped on Wednesday, as I am a subscriber. Looks to an interesting and exciting set!
Landmarks of Recorded Pianism
52073-2 (2 CDs) | $36
This release features a collection of what might be called piano orphans: commercial and non-commercial recordings of great pianists that simply have never found their way onto compact disc. Among these treasures are fifteen minutes of Dinu Lipatti playing Scarlatti and Brahms that have only recently surfaced; an unpublished disc of Alfred Cortot playing the “Russian Dance” from Petroushka; and previously unpublished excerpts of the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto played by Vladimir Horowitz with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded during a 1932 concert conducted by Fritz Reiner and recorded as an experiment by the Bell Telephone Laboratory. This is Horowitz's earliest known concert performance and is in amazing sound for that time. It is unfortunate that the entire concerto was not recorded, but hearing these excerpts will be a revelation for Horowitz fans. Also included are live concerto performances by Lev Puishnov and Guiomar Novaes. We feel certain that piano enthusiasts worldwide will treasure this 2-CD set as nothing like it has been heard since Gregor Benko produced his acclaimed Landmarks of Recorded Pianism LP forty years ago.
Marston Records | Future Releases
I actually have that work as well, but conducted by Boehm.
I don't have any favorites, so I guess I will just list my other operas:
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas - Lewis, Janet Baker
Mozart - Figaro - Boehm
Beethoven - Fidelio - Klemperer
Verdi - Rigoletto - Bonynge
Verdi - Aida - Karajan
Debussy - Pelleas - Karajan
Korngold - Die Todt Stadt - Leinsdorf
Wagner - Lohengrin - Kempe
Wagner - Das Reingold - Solit
Continuing on my journey through the Beethoven symphonies via the above box set. Now enjoying the third symphony.
Wonderfully played and recorded. (24bit/96k FLAC)
I can’t see that there's been any discussion here of After Bach, the new album from Brad Mehldau. Although Mehldau is best known as a Jazz pianist this album has five excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier interleaved with some interesting modern contrapuntal pieces by Mehldau occasioned by them. The final piece - “A Prayer For Healing” - sounds to me very like Keith Jarrett but, other than that, the connection with Bach is well sustained and I'd recommend the album to those who normally skirt anything that threatens to “jazz up” the Baroque.
This is a great resource for those like myself new to classical music but its perhaps too long a thread to get through easily but I can use the search function! Im listening to Dvorak No.9 today on Naxos which sounds great to me but I hope to buy that Decca boxset (Rowicki) advised somewhere above. thanks for keeping such a vast information resource going and keep up the good work.
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