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

  1. ToddBD

    ToddBD Forum Resident

    On the turntable tonight, Columbia 6-eye LP, Haydn Quartets Op. 76, No. 5 in D major, and No. 6 in E-flat Major, Budapest String Quartet on Stradivarius instruments at the Library of Congress. I thought this might be an Andy Warhol cover but I haven't found confirmation of that yet.
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  2. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Lord of the strings

    Location:
    CA
    A great collection of sonatas transcribed for guitar, many of which are not normally played on the guitar due to their extreme difficulty, but Schmidt plays them effortlessly.

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  3. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I have the CD incarnation of this set. I played lots of it when I bought it some time ago and not much since, so my memory is not fresh, but I'd say it's worth having, although it does contain some duplications (e.g., Beethoven's 5th Sym. from 1947 and 1954), and the circumstances were a bit odd: the recordings are from broadcasts of Furtwangler made under the auspices of the American occupation forces after his "de-Nazification" following WW II. (RIAS = "Radio in the American Sector.") The Philharmonie having been destroyed by bombing, they originated from a big former movie theater called the Titania-Palast, the sole suitably large hall remaining undamaged in Berlin. Whether it's worth spending the kind of $$$ required for premium LP pressings of non-state-of-the-art recordings when they presumably can be had much more cheaply on CD is up to you.
     
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  4. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

    Location:
    Berlin
    To add to what @drh said earlier, I’m not too fond of Audite’s remastering style. They try too much to make it sound “modern” and in the process they stray too much away from the original sound of the tapes. Plus, they use audible digital noise reduction in spots. Some of these recordings have been issued by Deutsche Grammophon as well, and they sound much more natural and fuller in their mastering. Of course, if you want the whole shebang, you can only get it from Audite, as DG only issued selected symphonies throughout the years.
     
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  5. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Like crispi I am not fond of Audite's masterings.
     
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  6. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    Location:
    Northeast
    I listened to it last night (before reading this reply) I did like Annie Fischer's performance, it had her usual passion and it was a nice romantic performance. Where I was let down was by the orchestra/conducting, a bit flat and an obvious studio recording (if you know what I mean by this); contrast this to the Ormandy/Serkin where it sounds like he has the orchestra playing for their lives. I noticed I kept turning up the volume to try and get some more dynamics out of the orchestra.

    Yes indeed, I have been trying to branch out into discovering much lesser known composers, particularly from the baroque. But it's easy to keep falling for my real loves :love:
     
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  7. Thomas R

    Thomas R Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sweden
    What a beautiful cover.
     
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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Yeah, they don't make 'em like that anymore.
     
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  9. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    Location:
    Northeast
    What do you think of the mastering on the FIM/LIM CDs? I heard Albeniz's Iberia, the famous Decca recording, reissued by them and besides being slightly bright (with some boosting to the high treble air frequencies) it sounded good.

    I believe Winston Ma was working on a big Decca book before he passed away.
     
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  10. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    I haven't heard any others, though this one [Lupu/Previn - Schuman/Grieg] has nice warm sound. Would not call it bright at all, if anything a bit bottom heavy.
     
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  11. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Now playing the following CD, an early baroque recording by S. Richter which just arrived yesterday for a first listen ...

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  12. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Lord of the strings

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    CA
    I think it's going to take more than one listening session to absorb this 98 minute Piano Sonata by Chris Dench! (It's available as a hi-res FLAC from Piano Sonata | Chris Dench )


     
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  13. Pericles

    Pericles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Edmonton
    Apart from the two piano concertos, I have an amazing lack of Chopin in my classical music collection. I can get Rubinstein's "The Chopin Collection" (which I believe has everything excerpt for the Etudes) quite cheaply. But at 11 CDs, I am quite certain I will only ever listen to a fraction of it (I'm on a quest to downsize my music collection to essentials only). There's a 2-CD Rubinstein set of Nocturnes Nos. 9, 15, 27, 32, 37, 48, 55, and 62, but then that leaves out much of Chopin's other work (which I am admittedly not familiar with). Is there a somewhat generally agreed upon list of essential Chopin works which can be assembled in under 4-5 CDs?
     
  14. coopmv

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

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Try the following box. I bought it a few years ago even though I already had a pretty extensive Chopin collection ...

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  15. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Lord of the strings

    Location:
    CA
    The Etudes, Ballades, Scherzos, Preludes, and Sonatas should fill the bill at 4 CDs! (Rubenstein has a CD/SACD of the Ballades and Scherzos on one generously filled CD.)
     
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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    I personally don't feel that Rubinstein is best represented by his stereo recordings that are in that box you mentioned. I think by then his playing had become too objective. And his preludes are poor.

    Essential Chopin works in under 4-5 CDs? Unfortunately no, my list below leaves out the Mazurkas, the Waltzes, the Scherzi, the 3 Piano Sonatas and the Polonaises and it adds up to 5CDs:

    Nocturnes/Impromptus - Arrau - 2CDs
    Ballades - Moravec or Tipo (live, Ermitage) - 1CD
    Preludes - Moravec or Sokolov- 1CD
    Etudes - Gavrilov - 1CD
     
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  17. Pericles

    Pericles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Edmonton
    Thank you for the recommendations. I have ordered the 2-disc Arrau complete Nocturnes set on Philips as a starting point.
     
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  18. JuniorMaineGuide

    JuniorMaineGuide Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
    I have been playing this set of Shostakovich quartets on Spotify this week:

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    Shostakovich: the complete string quartets. Quatuor Danel, on Alpha. The playing is crystal clear and I am loving the interpretations. They are not afraid to make these works sound modern, but still very beautiful.
     
  19. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it. That Arrau set was one of my earliest classical purchases and is still one of the gems of my collection.
     
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  20. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Location:
    tokyo
    Scherzi - Earl Wild (Chesky)
    Etudes - Pollini (Testament) or Kempf (BIS)
    Nocturnes - Mertanen 2CDs (Alba)
    Preludes - Argerich (DG)
     
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  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Agreed on Argerich (though I like Moravec and Sokolov a bit more), the Wild I need to hear again, but I love Pogorelich in the Scherzi.
     
  22. Pericles

    Pericles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Edmonton
    I have dipped my toes into the Mahler water for the first time with this:

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    I like it. A lot. Especially the last two movements (darker). Suggestions as to where to go next with Mahler?
     
  23. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    Mahler 2, of course. I suggest Klemperer or Rattle.
     
  24. Bubbamike

    Bubbamike Forum Resident

    A very good place to begin.
     
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  25. Pericles

    Pericles Forum Resident

    Location:
    Edmonton
    For Klemperer, do you recommend the Concertgebouw (live, 1951, Decca) or the Philharmonia (1963, EMI)?
     

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