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  1. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Acc. to Diapason of January 2019, the best recordings of Schumann's Manfred overture are:

    1. Furtwaengler - BPO - 1949 - DG
    2. Bernstein - NYPO - 1958 - Sony
    3. Giulini - PO - 1958 - EMI/Warner
    4. Sinopoli - VPO - 1983 - DG
     
  2. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    and the best recordings of Mahler's 9th symphony (Diapason, 12/2018):

    1. Bernstein - RCO - 1985 - DG
    2. Karajan - BPO - 1982 - DG (live)
    3. Abbado - LFO - 2010 - DVD/BD Accentus
    4. Giulini - LAPO - 1976 - DG
     
  3. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    and Schubert's Symphony no 8 (9) - The Great (Diapason, 6/2018):

    1. Muti - BPO - 2009 - DVD EuroArts
    2. Sawallisch - SD - 1966 - Philips
    3. Bernstein - RCO - 1987 - DG
    4. Harnoncourt - VPO - 2009 - DVD/BD
     
  4. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    No Frederick Stock? No Furtwangler? Toscanini? Walter? Indeed, nothing at all from the pre-stereo era? Hmmm.........
     
  5. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    And no Kubelik? :shake:
     
  6. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Cool, I have the Karajan 82 Live DG.
     
  7. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    I've been enjoying this new 7CD box set from Marston records. What a shame that this great pianist is so greatly underappreciated. Hopefully this set will gain him some more recognition. The recordings were made from 1941-1974, so the sound is more modern than one usually finds from this label.
     
  8. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    I've also been enjoying the recordings of the 2nd and 3rd symphonies from the above box. Nice sound and performance!
     
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  9. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Insane indeed. A wonderful set! (Though I do prefer the earlier performances of 1-13 on the Chandos set.)
     
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  10. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Blazing intensity nails it. I love that set.
     
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  11. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Recently decided to take another trip through Sibelius's symphonies, this time with Ashkenazy as my guide. I've always loved his way with these works. His set was my first Sibelius set. My second was Bernstein on SONY, followed by Blomstedt on Decca.
     
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  12. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Hi, George, speaking of little-remembered pianists, are you familiar with (Henri) Gil-Marchex? (On the record labels, he goes just by "Gil Marchex," a la Solomon Cuttner going by just "Solomon.") Some years ago a 78 RPM record more or less fell into my lap of this gentleman playing Golliwog's Cakewalk on one side and Le Bavolet Flottant ("The Flowing Ribbon") by Couperin on the other. Now, as you'll recall, when it comes to the French harpsichordists, I generally don't like their music on piano--their work is much less transportable from its intended instrument than, say, Bach's, at least to my ear. Gil-Marchex, however, pulled off the neat accomplishment of making Couperin not just work but be actually enjoyable on piano, and ever since I've been on the lookout for more of his records. Apparently he must not have made many, or at least they didn't sell very well; only today, all these years later, did I manage to add a second to my collection, courtesy of Larry Holdridge's annual auction of 78s, and that was the first I'd seen since the one I already had. How's this for an odd coupling? On one side, a rather delicate minuet in G by Rameau. On the other--Bartok's "Allegro Barbaro"! And he does both of them up proud, I must say. Too bad he's not better known, and I'll confess I would like to know him better than I do; four 10" 78 RPM sides is pretty slim acquaintance, I'm afraid, even if the repertory is pretty varied.
     
  13. Arby Fatbuckle

    Arby Fatbuckle Active Member

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    Munch, BSO, RCA Victor. My favourite stereo recording.
     
  14. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Hi David, No, I have not heard of Gil-Marchex. There's so many pianists out there to hear. Since I only hear them via CD, I tend to get exposed to less of them than 78 collectors like yourself. I do have a cool/interesting recording to share, though. Awhile back, Marston did a superb box set called A Century of Romantic Chopin, featuring many great, often rare performances by a multitude of pianists, among them Solomon. Anyway, at the end of the set they have historic recordings, some as old as 1895 by Paul Pabst. Among these recordings is a lovely, romantic performance of Chopin's Op. 27/1 Nocturne, played by none other than Bela Bartok!
     
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  16. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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  17. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

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    On shuffle in Spotify. :cool:
     
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  18. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    A lovely set, as is their set of Haydn trios.
     
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  19. ubertrout

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    Shuffle must be really confusing given that these are multi-movement works.
     
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  20. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

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    Not when I'm moving about or engaged in other activities other than sitting down and appreciating the logic of their progression. Mozart's approach is a far less strict adherence to form anyway so a movement that comes out of left field is, well... expected. And none of these pieces veer very far away from each other in any case.
     
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  21. Baroque

    Baroque Forum Resident

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    Curious if anyone burns their classical music by combining the tracks/movements into 1 large track? I've been doing this for years either thru software like iTunes or Join Together. At first I didn't much care for it, as I wasn't familiar enough with the composition to know when the movement ended and the next began. But now I find that I like it better as I can now determine those shifts without being told by my Sony player. Plus it allows me to shuffle and it's much easier to keep track of when I store my backups online.
     
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  22. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    I do not do that, but I can certainly see the value in it. I do 99 percent of my classical listening at home.
     
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  23. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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    Freed up some shelf space and upgraded the sound by switching to this from my old double fatboy Testament set. Enjoying a first spin through the set now. Compared to the Testament, this is a bit more balanced tonally, with more bass and more treble info.
     
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  24. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I have these in original 78 RPM pressings (surprise!), and in that form the sound is very good--typical of HMV "society" recordings from that era. The sets started off as a project aimed at covering all the quartets, but what with the scope of the project and the interruption of WW II it didn't get beyond what you have here. The Pro Arte Quartet was chosen because, although not terribly familiar to most modern music lovers, in its day it was one of the world's foremost chamber groups. If memory serves, the first five volumes were "society" issues and the last three were standard commercial ones on Victor. Each had seven records and contained either three or four quartets.

    All that said, I really, really like these performances. The playing may not always be as "clean" as more recent sets (although it's certainly by no means in any way sloppy), but the performances have a "God is in his heaven, all's right with the world" quality about them that often is lost in more modern readings. The ensemble has a winning feel of comfortable give and take that yields dependably musical results.
     
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  25. George P

    George P Still Ill Thread Starter

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