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

  1. TonyACT

    TonyACT Boxed-in!

    If I'm reading a cryptic email from Australia Post correctly my Orpheus box from the UK should arrive tomorrow - looking forward to it.
     
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  2. Daedalus

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

    I am playing this CD from the Decca box set devoted to mono recordings. Violinist is Alfredo Campoli, Eric Gritton, piano. Edward von Beinum conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 1954 recordings.[​IMG]
     
  3. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying this set. I adore Chopin's Nocturnes.
     
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  4. TonyACT

    TonyACT Boxed-in!

    Nice. More music I have yet to listen to, but will get there. I have a 2-CD Pollini set recorded in 2005.
     
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  5. Mild Mavis

    Mild Mavis Forum Resident

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    A lady who really could play a bit. I assume she's retired now.
     
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  6. Daedalus

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

    Her performances are among my favorite ones. My Yamaha A-S3000 revealed the shortcomings of the recorded quality a few years ago, but they are still very good sound.
     
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  7. TonyACT

    TonyACT Boxed-in!

    From the newly-arrived 55 CD Orpheus Chamber Orchestra set; my 18th version, so a good comparison CD for me:

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    I like the playing and sound on this one.
     
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  8. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Speaking of the Orpheus Orchestra, now enjoying this great CD set.

    Due to having a lot of the CDs contained within already, I opted out of the recent big box. This happened with recent big Arrau, Walter and Barbirolli sets as well.
     
  9. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    At first I found the sound to be too reverberant and her interpretations to be too big and bold for me, but over time they have grown on me. Now, I like having her set as one of my alternates, along with Weissenberg, Smeterlin and Freire. My favorites in the Chopin Nocturnes are Arrau, Moravec, Ciccolini and Wasowski.
     
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  10. Daedalus

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

    I have been listening to and enjoying a 2 CD set of Beethoven’s opera, “Fidelio”. I am playing it in the CD player in my vehicle. This version is a 1957 recording of performance at the Bolshoi Theatre. Vishnevskaya, Ivanov, Nelepp and Shchegolkov. Conducted by the incomparable Alexander Melik-Pasheyev. I would love to add an Lp box of this performance to my collection but the only one I have seen so far is prohibitive in cost and only available in Russia-so it will take forever to get to the USA.
     
  11. Wes H

    Wes H Forum Resident

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    After a recommendation from @George P, I managed to find a seller on Discogs who had a mint/sealed copy of this Rachmaninoff LP of piano works performed by Andrei Gavrilov.

    I've played it three times this afternoon and it is nothing short of fabulous -- the performance and recording!

    Recorded by EMI in the Moscow Conservatoire, in association with Melodiya / DMM mastered & pressed by Teldec (Germany) / Gold-stamped "Promotional" copy.

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    Gavrilov's performance of familiar Prelude in G minor (Op. 23, No. 5) is absolutely explosive and had me sitting up in awe. There are other powerful moments among the many dynamic pieces here, but that one really stood out. I thought his take on the Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 23 No. 1, was a little short on poetry, but still an effective reading. On repeated hearings I like it even better. There is certainly no shortage of poetry in his playing of the Élégie in E flat minor, Op. 3 No. 1, where Gavrilov brings out all of the beauty, as well as the dark intensity that I feel Rachmaninoff intended for it.

    And to find this for a mere $5, sealed since manufacturing in 1984... well, it was most gratifying to be the first to drop a stylus into the vinyl grooves that have laid silent for 37 years. :love:

    Thanks, George! :wave:
     
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  12. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    My pleasure, Wes! :wave:

    Glad you enjoyed it and coukd find a cheap copy.
     
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  13. Daedalus

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

    I attended a concert featuring Gavrilov as a soloist performed in Worcester a few years ago. Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto.
     
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  14. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Now enjoying more Nocturnes, this time from Cortot. Sure wish he'd recorded more than 6 of them.
     
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  15. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Listening to English String Music-Barbirolli. A fine compilation.
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  16. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    His Elgar is excellent!
     
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  17. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    I've been enjoying this 6-LP set. Great playing and sound.

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  18. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Speaking of Jochum, after listening for a week or so to many versions, I have finally settled on my favorite Enigma Variations.
    Jochum-LSO
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  19. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    Awesome find. The CD I have contains the album and a "filler" Gaspard by Ravel which is fine as well but not my favorite of the piece.
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  20. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

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    Great CD. I have it and the original CD of the Rachmaninov material. It has the same cover as Wes's LP.

    A shame Gavrilov hasn't recorded more. Some of what he did record, like the Rachmaninoff solo stuff and the Chopin Etudes on the same label is spectacular.
     
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  21. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    This is a wonderful LP, too. As I've mentioned either here or in the "other forum," his playing has taken a shocking downturn in the last decade or so, but he was in his prime here:

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    and here:

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  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    I can't say I love everything I have by him but his Prokofiev First Piano Concerto is my favorite by anyone.
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  23. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    I am fairly certain that Rach 3 has not been issued on CD. I am always on the lookout for it.
     
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  24. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

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    No turntable?
     
  25. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Senior Member

    I made the decision to sell off all of my vinyl and equipment about 6 years ago. Mostly due to having to move often. When I finally get grounded, I may consider getting a moderately priced turntable and some LPs that I miss.
     
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