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  1. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    What a great work! My favorite recording is by the Hollywood Quartet and Victor Aller, which I have on an old Capitol LP. I think it has emerged on CD in more recent years. Another fine performance is by Myra Hess and the Griller Quartet, recorded in concert at one of those courageous wartime London National Gallery concerts on 8/25/1942; it's been released on APR 5646. The work is also terrific, albeit not as often heard, as a sonata for two pianos, four hands, op. 34b. Eschenbach and Frantz put in a good performance in that guise; I would advise avoiding the icy-cold Kontarsky brothers on DG.

    [Edit: I should note that I agree with some critical opinion I've seen, Hess was not at her best in the recording studio, and the "real" Myra Hess can be heard only in her recital/concert performances.]

    [Further edit: OOPS! I misread the piece--I'm speaking of the piano quintet. Sorry! :oops:]
     
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  2. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    With all the enthusiasm for the G minor Brahms Quartet, I decided to dust off my complete Rubinstein Collection box set and enjoy his 1967 recording, which was made at Webster Hall in NYC.
     
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  4. Wes H

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    Hey, David, no problem! I love the Op. 34 Quintet as well... maybe even more than the Quartet I played today. There are a lot to choose from, but my favorite is the 1969 DG recording by Christoph Eschenbach and the Amadeus-Quartett. These guys hit all the right marks for me, easily capturing Brahms' shifting moods from passionate to heroic with aplomb, and every movement is paced at just the right tempo. The sonics are superb, too; one of the best chamber music recordings I've ever heard from DG. It is close-miked, yet the piano is kept in perfect balance with the strings.

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    Interesting that you mention Eschenbach for the two-piano version! I've not heard that; however, given his performance in the Quintet, I can imagine he nails the duo-piano edition along with Frantz. I guess that's on CD? I'll have to look it up. I agree with your assessment of the Kontarsky brothers's take. I acquired that DG album in an estate sale lot, played it once, and it has been collecting dust on the shelf ever since.

    My favorite two-piano recording is on this London (Decca) LP with pianists Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir. I bought it in 1975 after hearing it played on the radio (by your favorite Washington station ;)).
    The recording is from 1967. A really stunning, dynamic performance.

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  5. Wes H

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    George, I don't have that sumptuous Rubinstein CD mega-box, but I happen to have the original 3-LP box set of the Guarneri Quartet w/Rubinstein performing Brahms and Schumann. Great performance!

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    Not sure if your CD includes the original liner notes by New York Magazine music critic, Alan Rich, but he gives a splendid personal account of attending one of the actual recording sessions for a day.
    I'm reproducing that part of it below:

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  6. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    No, it doesnt, so thanks for that, Wes!
     
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  7. fluffskul

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    Thanks for sharing. I miss Webster Hall and all those other hideous old Northeast music venues with more history to share then I've even scratched the surface of.

    Not to go off-subject, but if I've learned one thing recently, it is to not put off hitting up all the venues on my musical bucket list.
     
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  8. Bubbamike

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    I'm not at all familiar with the pianist but I am enjoying this album on Qobuz right now.
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  9. mBen989

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    So the opera book I'm reading convinced me to buy used copies of four of Mozart's from Amazon, my first purchase from them since everything went to ****.

    Which ones? The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; the recordings included in Philips' Complete Mozart Edition.
     
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  10. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    Wondering where to go after all that Faure, I thought a logical move would be to listen to the Saint Saens concertos, as played by Collard/Previn and as wisely recommended in this very thread by @Rose River Bear. Thanks again, my friend!
     
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  11. JuniorMaineGuide

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    Great choices (the operas, I'm not familiar with those specific recordings). To me, nobody before or since wrote operas like Mozart did. I don't know if you speak German, but if you're a native English speaker I recommend Charles Mackerras' english-language recording of the Magic Flute on Chandos. Musically it's top-notch, and it brings out the humor and drama to hear it in one's native language.

    Becoming familiar with the operas also made me appreciate his other works more, especially the piano concertos.
     
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  12. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    I had a music professor in college who said that he could hear Opera in many of Mozart's non-opera works.
     
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  13. Wes H

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    On the turntable: Brahms Hungarian Dances, performed by Jean-Philippe Collard and Michel Béroff (one piano, four hands). Lively performance--these two really tear into these works, sometimes with breathtaking speed. I would love to have watched them perform together!

    Liner notes by Martin Bookspan, author and radio host. I well recall his syndicated classical music show that aired every afternoon as I listened to my portable radio at the office. (Back in the '70s. :sigh:)
    Bookspan also wrote a monthly column in Stereo Review called the The Basic Repertoire (IIRC)-- his recommendations on recordings of essential classical works. About this recording he says, "These performances... exude the special joy and spontaneity that mark ensemble performance at its very best."

    The sonics on this Pathé Marconi EMI recording are first rate, as is the 1975 Connoisseur Society pressing.

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  14. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    An incredible story.
     
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  15. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    Beroff's Prokofoev concertos on the same label are excellent. Have you heard them?
     
  16. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Wow! Victor Borge couldn't have done it half so well--and this wasn't planned. Thanks for posting that!
     
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  17. Wes H

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    Regrettably, no... I don't have a lot of his recordings.

    One recording by Michel Béroff that stands out in my mind is this DG album of Ravel he shares with Martha Argerich.
    He does a great job as soloist in the Concerto For The Left Hand. Recorded in 1987 at Abbey Road Studios.

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  18. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Further reaction: curious to hear how she plays when the piano isn't sinking out from under her, I just ordered a couple of her CDs. In one, she plays Chopin nocturnes and ballades; in the other, Bach preludes and fugues and the Beethoven 5th Sym. (no word about the transcribers/arrangers). Again, thanks for posting the video.
     
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  19. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I have them on EMI/Pathe Marconi and Angel LPs. I like the 1st cto.; don't think I've played the others. I also have the same Brahms record pictured above and Beroff and Collard with Ivaldi and Lee in Paris, a suite for four pianos (!) by Milhaud, also on Connoisseur Society. To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever played that one; I think maybe I'll dig it out later tonight and give it a spin.

    [edit] Beroff's presence there is incidental; the focus of the record is Ivaldi and Lee in Scaramouche and some other, more unusual Milhaud works (one solo for each of them and another duet).

    [further edit] Much as I like Beroff's cto. 1 recording, my favorite is Sviatoslav Richter with the Moscow Youth SO under Kondrashin (Musical Masterpiece Society LP), despite the rather dubious recording quality.
     
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  20. Rose River Bear

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    Thanks! We think alike. I was thinking to pull that disc as well a couple of days ago but I got derailed by Poulenc. :D
    They are my go to SS Piano Concertos. I have the Hough and a couple others but the Collard's are my favorites. Hough is too fast IMO.
     
  21. Rose River Bear

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  22. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I'm no fan of Hough in general. My co-favorite for the concertos is Roge/Dutoit.
     
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  23. MikaelaArsenault

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  24. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    Speaking of Poluenc . . . now enjoying this CD from this box set:

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  25. George P

    George P Gonna Wait It Out Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this CD from this box set:

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