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

  1. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    I see Presto says the 22nd. Personally, I don’t mind delay-I have way too much to listen to. I am still going through other box sets, such as Szell, RCO, Pavarotti, Karajan,etc. And I weakened with regard to DG 120-it is processing at US customs now( ordered from jpc). Ha.
     
  2. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    I do not have a copy of the Chopin Nocturnes in my collection, so after reading this I ordered a copy of the 60s Rubinstein set you have pictured. I also considered Arrau and Moravec, but the Rubinstein was the most affordable and readily available. It seemed like a good set to start with.
     
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  3. Klavier

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    I listened to No.3 and 4 today. They play these very well, no surprise there, and the audio quality is great: very close and present.

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  4. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

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    I've had a number of recordings of those quartets over the years, but that group's recordings of them is my favorite.
     
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  5. Klavier

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    I rounded off the day with some charming and well recorded Vivaldi.

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  6. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Good choice, IMO. I would not want to be without it.
     
  7. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    A nice disc of Rossini overtures conducted by Karajan starts off the day.
     
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  8. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

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    As promised, giving this one a fresh spin. This is gorgeous, peaceful, ethereal music. And the recording is spectacular.
     
  9. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    I've always liked Karajan and Segerstam for Sibelius, but this is very good...and hopefully the beginning of a cycle.

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  10. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    I downloaded these 24 bit/96k FLAC files from Hyperion today. His playing is fantastic--very urgent and intense (he relaxes as necessary)--but I was shocked at the difference in sound between the two. Op.90-106 sounds very rich and full, but Op.109-111 is very bright and metallic... it's almost hard to believe that he's playing a Steinway. The rooms are different, but I can't imagine that would affect the sound so much. The mics seem closer in the first set, too. It's not unlistenable, and indeed, very clear, but it takes some getting used to after the first recording. Does anyone else here have these recordings? What are your thoughts?

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  11. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Can't say that I'm familiar with these, but I did recently review a complete cycle by Stewart Goodyear that you might find interesting to compare, particularly his ferocious take on the Hammerklavier. Link here if you're interested: [Music review] Tireless Beethoven from Goodyear
     
  12. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    Thanks. I added Goodyear's complete set to my Qobuz playlists. I just listened to some of the outer movements of the Hammklavier. Goodyear is impressively fast but also a bit breathless. I think Osborne brings out voices and differentiates lines better for me.
     
  13. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    This morning I went back into the Radio Legacy Box set, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. I am playing CD44 which features Eduard van Beinum conducting a Bach concerto and Brahms Symphony 1. The Bach features Dian Lipatti on piano. It states that it is a private recording 10/2/47, and the Brahms is from 10/25/51.
     
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  14. hvbias

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    Someone on another classical forum left a very positive review of I believe the second disc you have pictured. I have not heard either one, I will see about hearing them, particularly the one with Hammerklavier next time I am in the mood to hear it. I still have to listen Lucchesini's first studio recording which someone reminded me to.

    Speaking of Hammerklavier, Hank Drake said Murray Perahia's DG recording is his desert island disc for it, but I found the fugue ordinary and lacking in that late Beethoven transcendence that great performances have. He does take the opening movement at a good brisk pace, but that was all I enjoyed about it.
     
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  15. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    I have the Lucchesini set--it's one of my favorites. Osborne is a little more intense--hits a little harder but doesn't fall into the category of banging. I agree that Perahia's isn't all that great. Sure, if it were the only one available it would be fine, but there are many others that are more gripping. The audio isn't as clear and present as a typical DG recording, so that might lessen the impact.
     
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  16. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

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    0ne if mine too!
     
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  17. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    This LP arrived today. I've heard several other works by both composers that I liked, but these string quartets didn't do much for me. Even Schoenberg's are more expressive! The super-dry sound doesn't help, but in a way I guess it suits the dry, academic style of the music. Maybe I'll give it a second listen some day.

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  18. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    I think that makes all four of us :D But yes that cycle is amazing and one of my reference level cycles, I love what he does in the fugue of the Hammerklavier. I was referring to the earlier recording he made for EMI, this is one I can't remember anything about that I have been meaning to revisit.

    Before Perahia, this was the last one I listened to which I need to play some more to make up mind on (he is a student of Maria Tipo):

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  19. Klavier

    Klavier Forum Resident

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    That Goerner is available on Qobuz. It has received very good reviews. I'll listen to it tomorrow.
     
  20. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    This morning I am listening to the Symphony Hall station on Sirius/XM. Playing Vaughn Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Talis, Sir John Barbirolli conducting the New Philharmonia. I wish classical music was appreciated more than it is-I enjoy their station( along with Met Opera station) but so much more could be done. Oh well, when I travel in the car, it is a constant companion. This morning I am listening at home-I have a portable Sirius Radio with base which can broadcast the signal into any radio tuned to a certain FM frequency-in my case my vintage Telefunken Opus 6 tubed monstrous “table” radio.
     
  21. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

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    Speaking of Barbirolli, I listened to this today:

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  22. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile Thread Starter

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    Since it's been awhile, I've decided to listen through this great set over the next week or so. Now enjoying the three Op. 9 sonatas.

    Originally, I was going to listen through Gilels incomplete set on DG, but his slowish tempos in the outer movements didn't work for me tonight.
     
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  23. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Excellent choice. I also went through this set (LP version) this past summer and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    As for Gilels, the only Beethoven sonata recordings I have (of his) that I can recall are the Pathetique and Moonlight. I may have more stashed in the "Beethoven" shelves, but they must not have impressed me beyond a single playing.
    That said, I very much like his performances of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with George Szell (on Angel/EMI).
     
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  24. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    Listening to cd2 from the Early Orchestral Recordings section of DG120 box set. This CD features recordings of music excerpts conducted by Bruno Walter, Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, Erich Kleiber, Pietro Mascagni, Max Von Schillings with Berliner Philharmoniker or Staatskapelle Berlin. All from 1920-1928.
     
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  25. Edwin Hawley

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    Got the Celibidache/MPO recording of Dvorak's 9th. My crappy bootleg can now be put out to pasture thanks to this quality official release. Celi is a wonderful interpreter of Dvorak's music. I hope they give us the 7th one day.

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