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

  1. peerless1

    peerless1 Active Member

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    I like this too.
    There are many wonderful recordings that sound...well...wonderful with a quarter-decent system.
    I have a good number of LPs from Columbia, RCA, DGG, Philips, Angel, Mercury, and you name it. Can go on about each label. Of the foreign labels am impressed by Supraphon and some Muza. They used analogue recording equipment into the late 1970s and decent vinyl.
    Of late have had increased interest in earlier Capital and Westminster recordings. Keep an eye out for Capital gold labels with Full Dimensional Sound.
    Generally avoid the Westminster Gold with a few exceptions.
     
  2. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this 2 SACD set.
     
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  3. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Can't beat Jansons. Spinning this.
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  4. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Felt like some live Arrau tonight.
     
  5. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I did not know that SACD was out there. Is it 5.1?
     
  6. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    2.0
     
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  7. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    He's been around, but his name doesn't seem to pop up all that often. I have a couple of his LPs, one a collection of short pieces (or extracts) and the other Liszt's solo piano arrangement of Beethoven's 9th Sym. Liszt couldn't seem to keep his hands off that mighty work; he also arranged it for two pianos, four hands, in which form the Contiguglia brothers recorded it for Connoisseur Society. I'm remembering that as an effective performance but a record with noisy surfaces. But back to Katsaris, as far as I can recall my only other of his recordings is a CD of the two "standard" Mendelssohn piano concerti plus the youthful one for piano and string orchestra in A Minor, all with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus Or. The LPs are on Teldec (Beethoven-Liszt) and Telefunken; the CD is on a label otherwise unknown to me called Apex.
     
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  8. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    I don't think I own a single recording of his. I will have to remedy that.
     
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  10. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    It is no surprise he has recorded Liszt, for his playing and his haircut are very Liszt.
     
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  11. Robert Godridge

    Robert Godridge Forum Resident

    London Symphony Orchestra*, Argenta* - España!
    This is one of my favorite lps, I have the ace of diamonds pressing but would love something a bit nicer, I'm up for lp or cd. Can anyone recommend a nice sounding copy of this? the japanese shm cd is tempting...
     
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  12. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this recent used SACD, found at Princeton Record Exchange.
     
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  13. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying one of my favorite pianists playing one of my favorite composers, Rachmaninov.
     
  14. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Just in

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    New recording.
     
  15. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Katsaris is a tremendous romantic fearless virtuoso.

    He actually recorded all Beethoven symphonies in the Liszt arrangement, as well as in his younger days a Liszt record with Ormandy in Philadelphia.

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    He has since 2001 his own label "Piano 21" with the craziest repertoire. From baroque to Boulez.

    He also reissued the above:

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    Also his own version for solo piano of Beethoven's PC no 5

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  16. bruce2

    bruce2 Forum Resident

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    Easy, Analogue Productions SACD.

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  17. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Interesting! Thanks for posting all that; I hadn't heard of his Piano 21 label. Looking at the website, however, am I right that its issues are available only by streaming? In an admittedly not too thorough search, I couldn't find any links for purchasing physical media.
     
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  18. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    Athens, Greece
    You are welcome. They are sold by the usual retailers.
     
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  19. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

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    The Liszt works with Ormandy on video too from Katsaris channel:

     
  20. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Thanks--I guess I've gotten so used to little labels selling direct that it never occurred to me to look elsewhere. I actually went ahead and bought this set:

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    Glad to see he's a Bechstein artist--that's the storied brand of piano in my home music room. (Would that I could play it--an adjunct of my wife's piano studio.)
     
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  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying the above CD.
     
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  22. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

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    I enjoyed this performance on Shafran's Amati Cello. These discs have better sound than much of the Historical Russian Archives Daniel Shafran Edition in my opinion.
    Daniel Shafran
    Beethoven
    The 5 Sonatas for Cello and Piano.
    with Anton Ginzburg
    Doremi, 2003
    2 CDs
    Remastering and restoration : Jacob Harnoy

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  23. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Spinning this today.
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  24. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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  25. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Presumably, these are the same ex-Melodiya recordings as in Odyssey 34645, a 2-LP set that I bought when I was in college and my first exposure to this music. I remember the excitement of discovering Beethoven wrote music for cello! What a long, long winding road I've followed since....

    Anyhow, I remain fond of the recordings. Shafran's accounts hold up very well, I think, against later recordings that have come my way. And "discovery" or "old friend," the works are jewels, every one. I don't know why Beethoven felt moved to write solo sonatas for cello, but we are all the richer that he did.

    How's the mastering/processing? DoReMi can be spotty in that regard, I find. I'm not sure what "restoration" these recordings would have needed; as I'm remembering things, they sound quite fine in the Odyssey release. Mind you, in part the label is sonically spotty because it fearlessly will release material of original sonic quality that even I, a practiced member in good standing of the Compromised Sound Club, find challenging to audition.
     

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