Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
Enjoying a first listen to another recent find in the used bins of Princeton, NJ.
Russian National Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; The Tempest.
I enjoyed this, but wasn't fully convinced of Pletnev's final movement in the Manfred symphony.
Earl Wild in concert 1983 & 1987
Schumann: Papillons; Sonata No. 1; Waldszenen.
Ivory Classics, 2003
Here is a twofer in my Chopin collection that almost has a comical CD cover ...
Found this XRCD (sealed, new) in a used store last week but haven't had the time to play it until today. I have heard these performances before (I find his Chopin to be inconsistent, but the RCA performances tend to be a safe bet) and have always enjoyed them. Mono sound, with very clean transfers, enough tape hiss to confirm that no noise reduction was used. Much like my Richter XRCDs, the tonality favors the treble a bit over the other frequencies. This produces nice clarity, but I miss the weight on the bottom found in most good masterings of piano recordings. Horowitz extremely dynamic playing in the Scherzo 2 that opens the disc comes through splendidly. I know that Horowitz's Chopin isn't for everyone, but I enjoy his odd, energetic playing. It's certainly never boring.
In order to gain some shelf space, I let go of some Chopin Nocturne sets earlier this year and his (along with the late Abbey Simon, who died a few weeks ago), didn't make the cut. I still own these sets:
Arrau (still my favorite)
Rubinstein (all three sets, though I prefer the first one)
Up now: On the turntable. Brahms Violin Concerto in D major. Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux. Leonid Kogan, Violin. Recorded January 11, 1958. New issue Melodiya LP as part of their Leonid Kogan series. It states that it is not for sale in the USA-probably due to copyright/licensing etc. I bought from internet seller in EU. Their new vinyl pressing is excellent by the way-flat and quiet.
Just got this set in. Excellent!
Enjoying a first listen to this CD, which arrived from Music Direct last week (and now appears to be OOP.)
J&R - Wikipedia
Not sure if you have seen this J&R wikipage. Much nostalgia here as I had been a customer since the mid 70's to the mid 2000's ...
The Death of New York's Radio Row, very close to Park Row, where J&R used to be located ...
Enjoying a first listen to this SACD.
I enjoyed this Bach set. I think it was Jed Distler who said in his review that it "encompasses some of the greatest and most fulfilling Bach pianism on record."
Ewa Poblocka, piano
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1
Frederick Chopin Institute, 2018
piano: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
Nothing like Mozart in the morning, especially coming from this set.
First spin and really enjoying this.
At long last! This was recorded several years ago, but funding problems prevented its release. All I can say is it's a must-have if you like his music.
Disc 1, D537 & D568
I decided today to begin a second listen of this set and so far, I am enjoying this more than before. Maybe I am in a more relaxed mood, I don't know. What I do know is that I am glad I learned early on in my collecting to not judge something on just one listen. Heck, I didn't even like Richter (my favorite pianist) very much the first time I heard him.
I also read in a review that the superb sound in this set is because it was recorded in the former Teldec Studios.
Now enjoying an old favorite!
I have this on Esoteric SACD and it is one of my favorite discs of piano music.
For some reason, the SACD does not include everything that is on the 2 CD set. It only has the D899 and D935 Impromptus.
This is very unusual ...
So this came for me from Amazon today.
VARÈSE: The Complete Works - Royal Concertgebow Orchestra and ASKO Ensemble conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Late night spin.
Walter (Wendy) Carlos
Switched-On Bach II
How is it?
Enjoying this recording from the Amadeus box set this afternoon. Excellent playing and well recorded by DG.
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