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Classical Corner Classical Music Corner

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

  1. Daedalus

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

    If memory serves-this version is included by DG in their 120 box set in the opera recordings section. It is definitely a keeper, in my opinion. Edit: Cotrubas has quite a few recordings with a variety of conductors, etc.
     
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  2. Daedalus

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

    This morning-a strong Beethoven 5 from Previn.[​IMG]
     
  3. drh

    drh Talking Machine

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    A while back, I heard something from this disc on the radio (Sirius XM, I think), and, being something of a Biber fan, I bought a copy. It lay fallow thereafter until a few days ago, when I heard another outtake, this time definitely on SXM, and was reminded to give the disc some attention. I like it. The performances are very good, as is the music. That said, all but two selections, the Battalia and one of the two short short vocal numbers, should be shown as "(attr.)," as upon perusing the program booklet we learn their association with Biber is "speculative." The pieces aren't any less attractive for that--indeed, I think the "speculative" ciacona, a 17-minute (!) tour-de-force for solo violin, is the high point of the disc--but "truth in advertising" compels me to note the point. I expect the disc's documentation is coy on the issue because so labeling a work is a commercial death sentence.

    [edit] Incidentally, another fine recording of "problematic" Biber music is this one:

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    When I played it for some friends who were cataloguers at the Library of Congress, they clued me in that a lot of debate rages about the attribution of this work to Biber. No matter--it's a glorious piece. Word of warning, though: this recording starts with an imposing short brass fanfare that will tempt you to set the volume up a bit. Don't! It's recorded somewhat distantly by design, and if you do, when the chorus comes in at full hew and cry in the next track, it will blow out your windows.
     
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  4. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying CD 2 from the above 2CD set.
     
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  5. Daedalus

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

    Some more Previn this morning from the Warner box. These pieces are new to me. I am enjoying the Walton symphony.[​IMG]
     
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  6. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I assume the music operations will be included in the spinoff of Warner from AT&T to a joint venture with Discovery. Anybody have any idea what is in the works for continued issues from the classical catalogue? It would be a shame if the new ownership messed with Warner's classical reissue program, which has been very good, notwithstanding the practice of rebranding material from earlier labels as "the Warner recordings."
     
  7. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying some calming music.
     
  8. vinylshadow

    vinylshadow Forum Resident

    Location:
    Florida
    Max Richter Recomposed:
     
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  9. Daedalus

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

    Another delightful disc from the Ormandy mono box.[​IMG]
     
  10. Daedalus

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

    Beautiful piano.[​IMG]
     
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  11. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying Haydn's 11th through 15th symphonies, as conducted by Hogwood, from the above boxset.
     
  12. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Is the whole box mono?
     
  13. JuniorMaineGuide

    JuniorMaineGuide Forum Resident

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    The 12th is one of my favorite Haydn symphonies
     
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  14. dale 88

    dale 88 Errand Boy for Rhythm

    Location:
    west of sun valley
    Today, some Mozart violin sonatas from Arthur Grumiaux and Clara Haskil.
    Arthur Grumiaux
    Clara Haskil
    Arthur Grumiaux: the complete Philips recordings
    Decca, 2021
    74 CDs

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  15. jɑmbo

    jɑmbo Forum Resident

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    I listened to 6, 7 an 8 recently, a great little grouping.

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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying these great recordings of the Mazurkas. Prior to hearing this set, I didn't much like these works. Since then, I have found and enjoy Wasowski and Rubinstein (the two mono sets) as well, though I like Luisada's the most.
     
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  17. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this lovely set of Nocturnes.
     
  18. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying Schumann's Kinderszenen from the above CD.
     
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  19. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    More Schumann, this time from the late, great Natan Brand.
     
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  20. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    And now even more Schumann, as played beautifully by Richter.
     
  21. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying some of Arrau's Schumann.
     
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  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Arrau....good idea.

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  23. Daedalus

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

    Re-listening to the CDs in this box set at the office. His playing demands concentrated listening. I particularly like his Scriabin.[​IMG]
     
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  24. Daedalus

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

    Yes. All mono recordings. I have to think that this box is Part 1 for Ormandy/Sony. If they decide to issue all stereo recordings from, I think, 1958 on they will be looking at an additional 200 recordings. Sony have done a magnificent job on this box-they have remastered for the highest quality sound, made sturdy generous sized disc covers to eliminate scratching and have created several lists outlining the history of all of the releases and re-releases of the recordings in both 78 and 33 ( etc) formats and reproduced much of the old 78 cover art in the book. I look forward to giving them more of my $ in the future.
     
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  25. Daedalus

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

    Has Pires recorded these? I really like her performances of the “Nocturnes”.
     

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