Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, May 29, 2015.
This is free on YouTube?
Indeed, that's a set I was thinking of although I'm nowhere near as familiar with it.
Though it lacks the final two quartets,
I'm partial to their earlier set on Chandos.
This is a wonderful Rachmaninoff CD. Highly recommended!!
I enjoyed this SACD/CD.
Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 3
Scriabin: Piano Concerto
Spinning one of my favorite Rach works...Isle of the Dead.
Petrenko and the RLO has become my number one performance. Anyone else have this version? The opening rowing sections are fantastic.
I have been on the fence about buying that since I have other versions. I do like almost everything Sudbin has released though.
Tonight's adventure falls under the heading "not all experiments are a success." I don't generally associate Tchaikowsky with chamber music, but after not too long back making the acquaintance of his piano trio and greatly enjoying it, I decided to give his second string quartet (op. 22 in F) a spin with the hopeful expectation that it would prove another pleasure. The recording was by the Budapest Quartet, from 1929 spread over nine sides, in a quite crackly issue on HMV. Alas, the piece didn't do much for me, at least on this first hearing. I'll come back to it again in due course and give it another chance, but only the scherzo caught my fancy at all, and that only modestly.
Well, you can't win 'em all, I guess.
 To be fair, the quartet is an early work, the trio one of the composer's maturity--probably not a fair comparison.
Kaleidoscope: an Orchestral Extravaganza
London Symphony Orchestra
London Proms Symphony Orchestra
Decca Eloquence, 2021
An assemblage of some wonderful Mackerras shorter pieces that have appeared on Mercury, RCA, Philips, and Decca over the years. With sound associated with Wilma Cozart & Robert Fine, Victorio Negri, and Kenneth Wilkinson.
Those Eloquence releases are a godsend!!
I don't have that version, but THE ISLE OF THE DEAD is a favorite, going back to the mid-fifties mono from Markevitch. I will have to hear Vasily Petrenko!
Now that I have heard more of both of the Markevitch Eloquence boxes, I can say that the sound is overall excellent on the Philips Legacy box and is marginally more listenable on the DGG Legacy box.
I compared the sound of a couple of DGG mono works from a 2003 DGG small box, Igor Markevitch, un Veritable Artiste to the new Eloquence DGG Legacy box. To me, the sound of these works was slightly more agreeable from Eloquence.
Thanks for your tip(s), based on your enthusiasm I realized I didn’t have any Paavali in my collection, so I’ve added this set to the library. We’ve been enjoying the first listen through these sonatas.
Glad you are enjoying it!
Now enjoying this tremendous three CD set.
Now enjoying the Nocturnes from this CD.
Let us know what you think of it.
You may enjoy reading this article from Music Web. It is an interesting test regarding IOTD. The participants really know the piece. Petrenko gets high praise from some of the participants.
comparing 10 unidentified performances of The Isle of the Dead
I like that set as well. I have the original sleeve set of the three CDs.
Something just occurred to me. This concert...
...really should have included this work:
I think it's one of his most impressive releases. And even more impressive considering DG refused to fund it, so he funded it himself!
I did not know that. Why did DG refuse to fund it? To be honest, not sure what that means. DG just agree to release it and that was it? Nothing paid for the recording, performers, etc?
I don't know all the details, just that he proposed to DG to record the music and they rejected him. So he paid for it be recorded/released himself.
I was reminded of this recently when I read this review: Berg, Schoenberg, Webern/Karajan - Classics Today
Listening to this Tchaikovsky 4th symphony this morning. Good sound and a spirited performance. 1967. Svetlanov conducting USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra.
Now enjoying the shorter (non-concerto) works from this set for piano and orchestra.
Now listening to another Tchaikovsky 4th symphony. A 1987 recording of Rozhdestvensky conducting the LSO. This reading is among the best available on CD in my opinion. Oh-and this is a live performance.
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