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  1. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Enjoying a first listen to another recent find in the used bins of Princeton, NJ.
     
  2. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    Pletnev
    Russian National Orchestra
    DGG, 1994

    Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; The Tempest.
    I enjoyed this, but wasn't fully convinced of Pletnev's final movement in the Manfred symphony.

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  3. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    Earl Wild in concert 1983 & 1987
    Schumann: Papillons; Sonata No. 1; Waldszenen.
    Ivory Classics, 2003
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  4. coopmv

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

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    Here is a twofer in my Chopin collection that almost has a comical CD cover ...

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  5. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    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.
     
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  6. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    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)
    Smeterlin
    Askenase
    Ciccolini
    Godowsky
    Francois
    Ciani
    Weissenberg
    Moravec
    Tipo
     
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  7. Daedalus

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

    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.
     
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  8. Daedalus

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

    Just got this set in. Excellent![​IMG]
     
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  9. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Enjoying a first listen to this CD, which arrived from Music Direct last week (and now appears to be OOP.)
     
  10. coopmv

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

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    CT, USA
    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 ...
     
  11. coopmv

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

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  12. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Enjoying a first listen to this SACD.
     
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  13. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    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
    2 CDs
    Frederick Chopin Institute, 2018
    piano: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX

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  14. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Nothing like Mozart in the morning, especially coming from this set.
     
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  15. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    First spin and really enjoying this.
     
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  16. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    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.

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  17. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    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.
     
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  18. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying an old favorite!
     
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  19. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    I have this on Esoteric SACD and it is one of my favorite discs of piano music.
     
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  20. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    For some reason, the SACD does not include everything that is on the 2 CD set. It only has the D899 and D935 Impromptus.

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  21. coopmv

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

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    This is very unusual ...
     
  22. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    So this came for me from Amazon today.

    VARÈSE: The Complete Works - Royal Concertgebow Orchestra and ASKO Ensemble conducted by Riccardo Chailly

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  23. notesofachord

    notesofachord Get Ya Hands Outta Your Pockets

    Late night spin.

    Walter (Wendy) Carlos
    Switched-On Bach II
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  24. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    How is it?
     
  25. Bubbamike

    Bubbamike Forum Resident

    Enjoying this recording from the Amadeus box set this afternoon. Excellent playing and well recorded by DG.

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