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

  1. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    I did not know he was even still alive. :hide: Great commentator.
     
  2. coopmv

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

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    The same here. I heard him in the mid 70's through much of the 80's but that was a long time ago ...
     
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  3. coopmv

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

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    @Rose River Bear, The latest version of Elgar Enigma Variations that is on its way is by JEG ...

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    I think this will be the last one as I do not see myself getting a version by Bernstein ... :hide:
     
  4. NickySee

    NickySee NickyBoo

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    :laugh:

    Ran into this Dave Hurwitz post today on the value of good classical music criticism. Thought peeps here would appreciate it as I did. (Found a Value of Music Criticism thread which was, unfortunately, but not surprisingly, closed.)

     
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  5. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying a first spin of this SACD, which I was lucky to find in a local used store yesterday for a very reasonable price.
     
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  6. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Very sorry to hear of his passing. I, too, frequently heard him on the radio back in the '70s hosting various programs.
    Martin Bookspan was also a regular contributor to Stereo Review magazine, writing a column called "The Basic Repertoire" --where he covered the essential classics in depth, including recommendations on recordings. That project actually began in 1958 (at the time, the magazine was Hi Fi & Music Review). In 1973, he compiled his articles in a book titled, 101 Masterpieces of Music and Their Composers --which I bought and still refer to. As with any music critic, he had is biases... most notably, he was not enamored with the bulk of Karajan's recordings. ;)
     
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  7. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this lovely, 2CD set. I am not usually a big fan of vocal classical music, but for Janet Baker, I am happy to make an exception.
     
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  9. NickySee

    NickySee NickyBoo

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    Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466
    André Previn, Radu Lupu, The London Symphony Orchestra (1977, Angel Records)
     
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  10. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Hmmm...are you trying to get me to rise to some bait here? :whistle:

    Spurred by stumbling across a broadcast recording that included commentary by William Pierce (BSO/Munch, 10/10/1958), I just recently wrote an article reflecting on how much I miss the older, more reserved school of broadcast announcing of which Mr. Bookspan was another exponent. Time moves on, I suppose, but I'm sorry to hear of his passing--even though, like a couple of others who have commented, I was not aware he was still with us. Going back a LONG time, I think he was involved in the classical music bulletin board on the old Prodigy online service and that I had an exchange or two with him in that context. But it's been so many years, I could be fantasizing; certainly I remember no details of any such conversations beyond that I think they happened. Haven't thought about that outlet in at least a decade.

    Shifting gears, anybody here have opinions about a pianist named Jeremy Denk? I heard him in a recording of Bach's 6th keyboard partita tonight as I was driving, and maybe I was just in the wrong mood, but it did absolutely nothing for me.
     
  11. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    I may have heard of him, but I don't recall hearing him.

    Now enjoying another recent used SACD find from my local shop:

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  12. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    Absolutely...and it worked! :D
     
  13. coopmv

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

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    CT, USA
    Now playing the following SACD, a recent arrival for a first listen ...

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    @Rose River Bear, Here is another recent arrival and may be the ONLY SACD among the versions in my collection.
     
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  14. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    That has become my go to recording of the Enigma Variations.
     
  15. jwoverho

    jwoverho Senior Member

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    I’ve been dipping into the box in my closet of the RCA Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence SACDs. I bought all of them back in the early 2000’s as they were being released but haven’t even broken the seals on many of them.

    Today’s listening pleasure was the Mercury Bach Suites/Starker SACD.

    I’ve been eyeballing the Analogue Productions and Speakers Corner vinyl sets of the Starker but just haven’t pulled the trigger on either.

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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    I only bought one AP Living Stereo SACD, Reiner Sound. I actually prefer the sound of the original cheap CD by a decent margin. The AP sounded cold and analytical to me.
     
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  17. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

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    MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time - Luben Yordanoff, Albert Tétard, Claude Desurmont, Daniel Barenboim (Deutsche Grammophon "20th Century Classics" CD "MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO")

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  18. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    One of the gems in my small modern classical collection.
     
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  19. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying some gorgeously played, and recorded, Debussy by Ivan Moravec.
     
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  20. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying Rudolf Serkin playing Schubert's D959, from his big SONY Classical box set.
     
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  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying a little night music.
     
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  22. Paul Dray

    Paul Dray Forum Resident

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    Really enjoying listening online to the Complete solo piano works of Ravel by Larissa Dedova at the moment. Great playing with the tempo and feeling I like to this music. Nice recording sound too..

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    Anyone else listened to it?
    On cd of this work I already have Vlado Perlemuter which I love
     

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