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

  1. Jazzicalit

    Jazzicalit In the Tradition

    Location:
    Italy
    Just bought:

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    (sung in Italian)

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  2. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Scranton, PA
    Currently listening to...

    BACH: The Art of Fugue/Musical Offering - Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

    (Philips Classics CD)

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  3. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    So many great recordings in the Philips DUO series!
     
  4. shnaggletooth

    shnaggletooth Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ
    Columbia MQ 582, 7-1/2 ips, 4-track reel:

    Serkin - Beethoven: Three Favorite Sonatas (Moonlight, Apposionata, Pathetique)

    I know that Beethoven dismissed that famous 1st movement of Piano Sonata no. 14, and claimed he didn't understand why it was so popular -- "Surely I've written better things!", or words to that effect.

    False modesty concerning a work that for most composers would be their lifetime's crowning achievement, or, ho-hum, just another day at the office for Ludwig van?
     
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  5. Jazzicalit

    Jazzicalit In the Tradition

    Location:
    Italy
    Now listening to Antonín Dvořák, Czech Suite, Op. 39
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Libor Pešek

    The first movement is pure poetry, and the entire work has an extraordinary delicacy and musicality. :)

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  6. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    This Rowicki set of the symphonies really helped me grow in appreciation of the composer:

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  7. Jazzicalit

    Jazzicalit In the Tradition

    Location:
    Italy
    I did the same with the Erato box that I have recently bought ;). He is mostly known for his 9th Symphony, and I wanted to know better the other numbers. Among his works, I like very much the Tone Poems, the Piano Concerto in Gm op. 33 (wonderful) and the Cello Concerto in Bm op. 104. There is a lot of his chamber music I still have to listen to...!
     
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  8. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    NYC
    His piano concerto is wonderful. I have the Sviatoslav Richter recording.
     
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  9. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Now there's a surprise! I'm sure you'll be astonished that I have it played by Friedrich Wuhrer. :whistle:

    Dvorak wrote a lot of lovely music besides the chestnuts that always bob up on the radio. That said, I think it took him a while to find his true voice, and in general later tends to be better with this composer. That's especially true of the string quartets; I bought a complete cycle because I'd never heard any other than the "American" and maybe one or two others, and what I found was the first, oh, say, half of them were not all that appealing. Then they started getting better and better from that point forward.
     
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  10. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    Conducted by von Karajan? ;)

    Was it this set? (I think we discussed this before. . .) I have it, but have not listened to it nearly enough. :hide:

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  11. sound chaser

    sound chaser Forum Resident

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    North East UK.
    Just discovered these:

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  12. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    Have not heard their Haydn, but I love their Schubert.
     
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  13. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Yes, it is, and yes, I think we have. If it makes you feel any better, I can say the same thing about how often I've played it. :oops:
     
  14. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    One day I will be retired and have all the time in the world for listening. :waiting:
     
  15. Jazzicalit

    Jazzicalit In the Tradition

    Location:
    Italy
    Great version! ;)
     
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  16. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying a first spin of this CD.
     
  17. MikeF63

    MikeF63 Forum Resident

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    I couldn't agree more. And the later quartets are written generally with more economy - some of those early ones are about the longest quartets I can recall hearing.
     
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  18. Marzz

    Marzz Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    Agreed and and although rarely mentioned I think his Lieder is fine as well. Have you heard any? For example this Bernarda Fink (with Roger Vignoles) CD on harmonia mundi is wonderful!

    https://www.amazon.com/Dvorak-Lieder-Antonin/dp/B0001WECMY
     
  19. Marzz

    Marzz Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    That's an excellent set George! I agree with @drh above in that "later tends to be better", especially with the String Quartets. In fact, the Panocha Quartet began recording these same string quartets again (starting in 2002), this time for the Camerata label but so far have only chosen qts the later quartets, 8 - 14.
    Speaking of the "American" op.96, the Panocha have recorded this at least 4 times, 3 of them with Supraphon! Not a radical difference between them, imo.


    Was going to play something else, but instead now listening to CD6 of this set, with String Quartets 10 ("Slavonic") & 11.
     
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  20. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    ...but no money to buy records. :sigh:

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  21. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    As long as we are on the subject of Dvorak string quartets, here's a little oddity. Edison was late to the electric recording game, just as with the disk game before it. Eventually Edison did issue a few multi-record sets of complete classical works on electrical diamond discs. The first of these was the Schumann Piano Quintet with E. Robert Schmitz and the Philharmonic String Quartet of New York. The second was the Dvorak "American" quartet, again performed by the Philharmonic String Quartet of New York. By its name that sounds like a studio or pickup group, but it actually was a recognized, established quartet in the concert hall.

    The other such sets were the Haydn op. 33-3 quartet (the one known as "The Bird") performed--surprisingly!--by the Roth Qtt. and, most extensive at 4 records, 8 sides, the Schubert first piano trio performed by The New York Trio. If you thought conventional 78 RPM sets were cumbersome, try one made up of four discs, each 1/4 inch thick. A whole inch of shelf space for a single Haydn quartet!
     
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  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Wow I did not know that CD existed. I need to hear those performances. I have grown to really like the Khachaturian VC.
     
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  23. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Ooops--should have said, for a single Schubert trio. The Haydn quartet takes up only half an inch.... :oops:
     
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  24. George P

    George P Lazy Sunbather Thread Starter

    Location:
    NYC
    I recently found out that the Sibelius VC was written for Oistrakh.
     
  25. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Forum Resident

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    London,England

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