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by Chung
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BlJskC-TL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Disc 32: Violin Sonatas Nos. 8-10 - Grumiaux, Haskil It's not too often that I take this box for a spin, although it abounds in treasures such as these two for the violin sonatas, and Gulda being the soloist for the piano sonatas a...
by Chung
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven 9 Symphonies w/Boston SO - Leinsdorf
Replies: 14
Views: 2838

Re: Beethoven 9 Symphonies w/Boston SO - Leinsdorf

The only recordings in that set that really have me coming for more are Nos. 1, 8 and 9 (this last one is a favourite which is no doubt helped by the fine soloists). Leinsdorf's work on No. 6 is OK but the rest is basically one-and-done - bland and/or and uninvolving (esp. No. 3).
by Chung
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's "Prague" Symphony
Replies: 12
Views: 1120

Re: Mozart's "Prague" Symphony

1. Is K504 your favourite Mozart symphony? If so, why? Yes but only by a nose over the 25th which would be my next favourite. The 38's first movement's momentum always makes me smile and conjures an image of my sitting in an express train that's speeding to the town where a very good friend of mine...
by Chung
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you enjoy Hungarian folk music?
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Do you enjoy Hungarian folk music?

I often do and have picked up a few albums by Muzsikás and Ökrös együttes. It's also nice to be able to compare some of the adaptations by Bartók or Kodály's with their antecedants. This site has 646 folksongs and their lyrics with many of them also having a .mp3 and/or the sheet music to help you f...
by Chung
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven piano concertos
Replies: 25
Views: 2790

Re: Beethoven piano concertos

There are plenty of classic recordings of these knocking around, about whose merits most people are roughly agreed -- in no particular order, Kempff, Barenboim, Ashkenazy, Fleisher, Serkin, maybe Lupu or Gould. But there have also been plenty of new cycles released in recent years, and I have far l...
by Chung
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

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This turned up for a pittance compared to the set of Nielsen's symphonies that I've been considering. So for now Arnold it is. I'll pick up Nielsen when the price is right
by Chung
Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Conducts 6 Nielsen Symphonies-Sony Best Buy Box
Replies: 21
Views: 2720

Re: Salonen Conducts 6 Nielsen Symphonies-Sony Best Buy Box

I have a chance to get my first set of Nielsen's symphonies for reasonably cheap (i.e. <5 per disc). What I'm considering are: Blomstedt/Danish RSO Järvi & Chung/Gothenburg SO (BIS) Järvi/Gothenburg SO (DG) Kuchar/Janacek PO Salonen/Swedish RSO I've checked out the previous discussions and feel just...
by Chung
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 8407

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

Seán, if I were in the market for another Beethoven 9 set (and I'm not), of those you mention, I would probably go Abbado/BPO or Zinman/Tonhalle. Both are outstanding, of course, but I would give a slight edge to Abbado. I would love to know which Beethoven 9 sets you already have. I am wondering w...
by Chung
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Well, it all depends on how I take to these symphonies in EMI's box. I only mention Bertini because I tend to like consistency in a cycle (not really Neville Marriner's brand, but more Herbert Blomstedt's). The impression of consistency there seems more widespread than as reported in the other cycles.
by Chung
Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

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I have no Mahler in my collection, and it was between the above and Bertini's cycle as my starting point (both at around $40 including shipping). If I warm up to the symphonies enough, I'll probably then spring for Bertini.
by Chung
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you like or dislike about HvK?
Replies: 88
Views: 9128

Re: What do you like or dislike about HvK?

I generally like what I have of Karajan (which is confined to Beethoven's symphonies (1960s and 1980s), and a few compilations of his conducting several composers' works on cassette). I certainly don't dislike him to the degree his harshest critics do but I haven't come round to understanding the ad...
by Chung
Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tdf%2Bn6tML._SL500_AA300_.jpg Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6: This is a thoroughly better effort from Masur than his go-round from the '70s on Brilliant Classics' box of Beethoven's complete works. The woodwinds and timpani here aren't recessed into near-nothingness a...
by Chung
Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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This arrived today, and I'm loving it. It's amazing how well the CSO and Reiner worked together considering how much of an a$$hole with a capital A he could be.
by Chung
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pLibd-ZML._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DXfLIHJzL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uyJoaQIBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I resisted the temptation to get Kocsis' set for a while because I had already picked up about ...
by Chung
Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some great Eroicas
Replies: 55
Views: 6278

Re: Some great Eroicas

I wish to add the Ferencsik Hungarian Philharmonic (aka Hungarian State) Symphony Orchestra Eroica once available on ultra cheap Laserlight discs but now hard to find. "Old school" Beethoven at its best. Not flashy or fast but a solid, deeply felt performance. Does not displace Reiner in my book, b...
by Chung
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some great Eroicas
Replies: 55
Views: 6278

Re: Some great Eroicas

Cluytens, BPO
Szell, CO
Bernstein, NYPO
von Karajan, BPO (1962)
Wand, NDRSO
by Chung
Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One offs
Replies: 30
Views: 2644

Re: One offs

The complete singspiel of Hary Janos by Kodaly should fit the bill. To my knowledge it has appeared in its entirety in audio only on Hungaroton's set of 3 LPs (SLPX 12187-9) and later on 3 cassettes, which I had the good fortune to snag. What's available now on CD omits the Hungarian libretto and ev...
by Chung
Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CGcuutTgL._SL500_AA300_.jpg ...the long-awaited replacement for my recording of it on cassette. It's a shame that Schmidt-Isserstedt's set is so hard to find these days. I could never understand why Masur's middling-to-mediocre first cycle with the Gewandhaus...
by Chung
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
Replies: 45
Views: 6072

Re: Taking Stock: Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra

My stock in this piece is quite low with this piece Ádám Fischer, Hungarian State Orchesta Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra Doráti, London Symphony Orchestra Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra All of the recordings that I have of it are good enough. No clear favourite here and I'm just as ...
by Chung
Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony
Replies: 37
Views: 3315

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony

I hesitate to call it my favourite symphony since it competes with a handful of others for my first choice (Beethoven Sym. Nos. 3, 5, 9; Mozart Sym. No. 38; Schubert No. 4; Schumann No. 4). Still I give a lot of playing time to No. 7, especially that last movement. My collection is: (bold are those ...
by Chung
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kleiber VPO Beethoven 5th revisited
Replies: 27
Views: 3092

Re: Kleiber VSO Beethoven 5th revisited

Is it really that good? Sure, the sound the VSO makes on this recording is magisterial and glorious; I'm thinking especially of the fourth movement. The movement seems to propel along like a tremendous steam locomotive, and it is weighty, but does it also lumber a little too much? By contrast, the ...
by Chung
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven piano concerti recommendation
Replies: 52
Views: 3249

Re: Beethoven piano concerti recommendation

Now that we're on the subject, could someone here explain why the set by Fleischer with Szell is so highly regarded? I just listened to it this evening, and while I like it, I don't quite get what the fuss is about. Should I be listening for something special? I also have the sets with Bronfman & Zi...
by Chung
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are there any complete discs of Gayane and Spartacus?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Are there any complete discs of Gayane and Spartacus?

In case you're wondering, here's the set by Kakhidze that JohnF mentioned: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JhgoVjqsL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I have this version and Tjeknavorian's on RCA, and prefer the latter. I don't think that either version is complete but if I remember correctly Kakhidze's re...
by Chung
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xFuERSfnL._SL500_AA300_.jpg A fun cycle for under $25 from Amazon Marketplace. It reminds me of Konwitschny's cycle with Berlin Classics but with better sound and higher tempi in a few spots (esp. in No. 8 as Konwitschny takes it rather slowly here for the mo...
by Chung
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir Charles Mackerras has died.
Replies: 34
Views: 2642

Re: Sir Charles Mackerras has died.

That's a shame but fortunately he made good use of his time and left an admirable legacy. I can only praise him for his willingness to be a champion of Leoš Janáček even though I often prefer performances of Janáček's work led by Czech or Moravian conductors. Mackerras' set of Beethoven with the Roy...
by Chung
Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

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...from the bargain bin of my local CD shop.
by Chung
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

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I got this because it was cheap ($4) and has the first version of the 4th symphony.

I'm listening to the first version now and it's definitely interesting but I prefer the second (and more frequently-played) version.
by Chung
Wed May 19, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: opinions on Grieg solicited
Replies: 13
Views: 1537

Re: opinions on Grieg solicited

I'm a Grieg completist, but I have some catching up to do on the Christian-Ruud set on BIS. I've only heard his Symphonic Dances and perhaps its discmates; but not the entire set. Ruud's only barely above so-so in the Dances --Russians like Rozhdestvensky seem to sound more "Norwegian" than him. (I...
by Chung
Wed May 19, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: opinions on Grieg solicited
Replies: 13
Views: 1537

opinions on Grieg solicited

I've just bought BIS' set of Grieg's orchestral music and look forward to receiving it (when I was very young I was impressed by the suites from Peer Gynt but never got around to listening to more of Grieg - not even his piano concerto). http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510vKTIdwVL._SL160_AA115...
by Chung
Thu May 13, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Fy1q1ltkL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I see this is a fairly low-risk way (and cheap way - under $30) to find out what Haydn's symphonies are about. If I get suitably impressed, I'll probably look for the cycle with Dorati (the price for Haydn's cycle on regular CDs is...
by Chung
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kodaly Orchestral Works
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Kodaly Orchestral Works

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Nsi4JPjXL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Out of the new slew of box set releases from Decca the one that caught my eye was that of Kodaly. I know next to nothing of the guy other than he was good friends with Bartok. The only work of his that I have heard is the Galanta D...
by Chung
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have You Ever Changed Your Mind About Certain Recordings?
Replies: 6
Views: 854

Re: Have You Ever Changed Your Mind About Certain Recordings?

Are there some recordings of certain works people here initially disliked but heard sometime later and changed their minds about? Or vice versa? I got to know Bruckner 3 about 40 years ago as a teenager from the Columbia LP with Szell and Cleveland, when I was becoming a Bruckner fan. I hadn't yet ...
by Chung
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?
Replies: 23
Views: 5431

Re: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?

Thanks, I'll think about it, Randall. To be honest I don't like all of Leibowitz's interpretations as much as others, but there are no real weaklings either. I know that Randall would agree with you (over to you Randall). However, there are some top class performances in this cycle. The Eroica is v...
by Chung
Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?
Replies: 23
Views: 5431

Re: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?

Thanks, I'll think about it, Randall. To be honest I don't like all of Leibowitz's interpretations as much as others, but there are no real weaklings either. Given that I now have 10 complete symphonic cycles of Beethoven (with several singles from other performers), I admit that it'd take quite a l...
by Chung
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?
Replies: 23
Views: 5431

Re: Leibowitz's Beethoven - Chesky or Scribendum?

Thanks dirkronk. I got a used copy of the set "Beethoven Treasury" by Reader's Digest from Amazon Marketplace for about $10. It's definitely cheaper than the versions from Scribendum or Chesky. RD's recording quality is fairly good but not demonstration-quality.
by Chung
Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I feel like Schumann today (that should be music to Jack Kelso's ears) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51b5PWdKRVL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WHG2NDvsL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51o4yPBrhTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon....
by Chung
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen)

No. 8 is in mono but who cares? This disc is a joy to hear with Scherchen on the podium.
by Chung
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51i7HvMzuhL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Symphony No. 1 (I'm pleasantly surprised by what Herr Krips does here with the LSO after having heard his set of Mozart's symphonies with the Concertgebouw. The lyrical approach on No. 1 works very well.) Chung, how is the sound? I...
by Chung
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Symphony No. 1 (I'm pleasantly surprised by what Herr Krips does here with the LSO after having heard his set of Mozart's symphonies with the Concertgebouw. The lyrical approach on No. 1 works very well.)
by Chung
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1881

Re: Where to start with Beethoven's Piano Sonatas ?

I've always liked No. 17 (Tempest) and No. 26 (Les Adieux) in addition to the popular Nos. 8 (Pathétique), 14 (Moonlight) and 23 (Appassionata)
by Chung
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Mozart: Complete Symphonies Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra & Hans Graf - Capriccio http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413956GJNKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Chung I think you will be jealous. :mrgreen: You punk. :x I'm slightly jealous already. I'll be even more jealous if this set is a real winner (the re...
by Chung
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

The more I hear about this Cluytens Beethoven set the more appealing it sounds Fergus :D if you can deal with less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) sound, it's both a bargain and a wonderful cycle. I absolutely agree that it is a wonderful cycle and I would easily recommend it to anyone who want...
by Chung
Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 464331

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Mozart: Complete Symphonies Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra & Hans Graf - Capriccio http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413956GJNKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Chung I think you will be jealous. :mrgreen: You punk. :x I'm slightly jealous already. I'll be even more jealous if this set is a real winner (the re...
by Chung
Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2330593

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Double Concerto
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by Chung
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?
Replies: 40
Views: 5157

Re: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?

I'd like to thank everyone for all of the comments. I've decided to get Mackerras' set, and barring any disasters with the vendor on Amazon Marketplace, I should get it by the middle of February. I'll be curious to hear your assessment, Chung. I think you'll be very happy with it. It's still a set ...
by Chung
Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?
Replies: 40
Views: 5157

Re: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?

I'd like to thank everyone for all of the comments. I've decided to get Mackerras' set, and barring any disasters with the vendor on Amazon Marketplace, I should get it by the middle of February. I'll be curious to hear your assessment, Chung. I think you'll be very happy with it. It's still a set ...
by Chung
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?
Replies: 40
Views: 5157

Re: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?

I'd like to thank everyone for all of the comments. I've decided to get Mackerras' set, and barring any disasters with the vendor on Amazon Marketplace, I should get it by the middle of February. I'll be curious to hear your assessment, Chung. I think you'll be very happy with it. It's still a set ...