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by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 525
Views: 173901

Re: What I listened to today

Beethoven: Late Quartets
Juilliard Quartet (60’s recording)
Sony

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by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 525
Views: 173901

Re: What I listened to today

Shostakovich: string quartets Borodin Quartet (stereo set, 1-15) Not as well-recorded as the Decca Fitzwilliam set, but better musically. Working my way through the set in chronological order. If you can get it, the original Borodin Quartet (with Rostislav Dubinsky, 1st violin) is best of all, I'd ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 525
Views: 173901

Re: What I listened to today

Shostakovich: string quartets
Borodin Quartet (stereo set, 1-15)

Not as well-recorded as the Decca Fitzwilliam set, but better musically. Working my way through the set in chronological order.
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

While you're in the Lincoln Center neighborhood, why not drop in at the Library for the Performing Arts? We always have some interesting exhibitions there, and musical and other events in the auditorium - for free! I work there at the Welcome desk on Mondays from 4:30 to 8 and Fridays from 3:30 to ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

Sure John, I may stop by on some Monday. 9/12 is out as I'll be attending an event in the meatpacking district, but if I'm free 9/26 I'll try to stop in and say hello.
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

Thanks maestro and John, I'll be sure to hit Juilliard when I'm back in two weeks. I usually stay just south of the park on Sixth so it's certainly more convenient for me to get to than Academy Records.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

Did you notice the prices on the vinyl records? The new ones are selling for $35 or so. Unbelievable! And yes, it's a great store. 8) To be honest, I barely even skimmed the vinyl, I was busy examining their excellent collection of hard to find, out of print, and in many cases rare imported CDs and...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

I stopped in at the amazing Academy Records on 18th St in New York, and picked this up: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51II0enlcfL._SX425_.jpg what an amazing store, I was shocked to find that places like that (thankfully) still exist. A small remaining piece of the "Old" New York,...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The highest price you've paid for a CD?
Replies: 13
Views: 2004

Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

Yes, I follow, because Amazon's shipping prices are part of doing business with Amazon-dot-com. Now, I would love to know what disc you paid north of $100 for! Are you willing to share? I have paid just north of $100 dollars for a single CD before, and you guessed it, I ordered it from a Japanese v...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The highest price you've paid for a CD?
Replies: 13
Views: 2004

Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

I have paid just north of $100 dollars for a single CD before, and you guessed it, I ordered it from a Japanese vendor through amazon.co.jp. If you are halfway proficient with google translate, you will find that Amazon Japan has recordings that have either been a) long out of print domestically or ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?

I really like his 1970s recording of the Late Sonatas on DGG, but find most of his other Beethoven recordings to be very uninvolving. There's something characterless about much of the playing. That works well in some repertoire, but not here. I would count myself an admirer of Pollini, but his appro...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Absolutely gorgeous Goldberg Variations w/Eickhorst, piano
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: An absolutely GORGEOUS Goldberg Variations on Piano

For those wishing to hear this performance first, here are Eickhorst's Goldbergs in their entirety:

by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: String Quartets
Alexander Quartet
Foghorn Classics

A nice newish set, what gorgeous sounding instruments and sound quality!

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by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Beethoven: Quartets Opp. 130-132
Juilliard Quartet
Sony

An amazing set that belongs in every chamber music lover's collection.
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Symps. 1-15 (your favorite cycle collection)
Replies: 64
Views: 6248

Re: Shostakovich: Symps. 1-15 (your favorite cycle collectio

I have a number of assorted one offs from all sorts of conductors, but only three complete cycles:

Jansons
Haitink
Barshai

Of the three, I'm partial to the Barshai, though all three cycles have commendable qualities.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
Replies: 26
Views: 3504

Re: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?

Sandor Vegh/Camerata Salzburg
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The RARE Wolfgang Schneiderhan recordings ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1503

Re: The RARE Wolfgang Schneiderhan recordings ...

I greatly enjoyed Schneiderhan's recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms violin sonatas with the also excellent and criminally underrated pianist Carl Seemann. Both surveys rank among my favorites. Schneiderhan's thin yet singing tone worked especially well in the core Germanic repertoire, although h...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Goldbergs
Replies: 63
Views: 6170

Re: Comparing Goldbergs

regardless of what grumblings purists might have, Bach loved to transcribe his works for other instruments. I highly doubt that he would have had any objections to hearing his keyboard works played on a piano. The keys are, after all, laid out in just the same fashion. Furthermore, Bach probably wou...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Goldbergs
Replies: 63
Views: 6170

Re: Comparing Goldbergs

Tiger wrote:I prefer each of the 4 Gould versions. Perahia's account is a good one, but I don't find anything special in it.
Incidentally, I feel this way about just about every Perahia recording I've ever heard.
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Goldbergs
Replies: 63
Views: 6170

Re: Comparing Goldbergs

Odd that no one has mentioned Evgeni Koroliov's fine version on modern piano recorded for Haenssler, which has received excellent critical reviews. I wouldn't call it totally free of idiosyncrasies - some variations are awfully slow when compared to the norm (the 25th variation clocks in at over 11 ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert: Piano Sonatas; Impromptus; Moments Musicaux
Ingrid Haebler, piano
Decca

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by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

I'm hoping to reap Chailly's and the Gewandhausorchester's recording of the Brahms Symphonies this Christmas. I gave my wife a really, really obvious hint when we were in Leipzig a couple of weeks ago. Anyone already have a listen to this set? Hi Ken, Whether or not you like this set will depend on...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3945
Views: 553595

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

Bruckner: Symphonies 5, 7, 8 & 9 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Eduard van Beinum http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VQBBsQfvL.jpg Looking forward to this. I've wanted to hear this 5th for a while (I've heard the 8th and 9th in previous iterations), but until this new Aussie Eloquence release, i...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

The Claude Frank cycle does sound very intriguing. One amazon reviewer indicates that his style is similar to Schnabel's but "without the excessive rubato and missed notes". At around $60 it's not a bargain price, but does represent good value. I take it Music & Arts does a good job at resurrecting...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

I should have made it more apparent in my comments that while I prefer the second of his three Beethoven cycles, there at least a dozen other cycles I would recommend ahead of it. So, which dozen are better? Gulda x 2 (Decca, Amadeo) Backhaus x 2 (Decca, mono & stereo) Kempff x 2 (DG, mono & stereo...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

I should have made it more apparent in my comments that while I prefer the second of his three Beethoven cycles, there at least a dozen other cycles I would recommend ahead of it. So, which dozen are better? Gulda x 2 (Decca, Amadeo) Backhaus x 2 (Decca, mono & stereo) Kempff x 2 (DG, mono & stereo...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO
Replies: 68
Views: 6602

Re: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO

I agree in mourning Abbado's death, but disagree with what I think is an overestimation of the nature of his importance and achievement. If you don't see the objective difference between excellence and significance, so be it. Can anyone ever do so many things in an excellent manner that it becomes ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Fugue
Replies: 47
Views: 3893

Re: The Fugue

Tarantella wrote:(and, some would say, that Beethoven never really 'mastered' the fugue).
I could see how one would think that. Then I listen to the Finales of the Hammerklavier, op.59 no.3 and Sonata No.28 again and think better of the notion! :lol:
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Fugue
Replies: 47
Views: 3893

Re: The Fugue

I would venture to guess that Haydn was old enough to have heard for himself the tail end of the late Baroque era, and would have been familiar with the Baroque fugue with or without the help of Baron van Swieten. He would have been 18 at the time of JSB's death, and a ripe old 35 by the time Telema...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Fugue
Replies: 47
Views: 3893

Re: The Fugue

I thought about making a new thread for my question, but I'll use this one instead. Is it just me, or does it seem that the "other two" of the "big three" use counterpoint more extensively late in their creative lives? Perhaps it's only my perception. But, I notice in the late compositions of Beetho...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO
Replies: 68
Views: 6602

Re: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO

Another day, another thread in which John F feels obliged to split hairs...at this point I'm assuming the strands have been shaved down to the atomic level...

:roll:
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Op.120; Trio Op.114 Martin Frost, clarinet; Roland Pontinen, piano; Torlief Thedeen, cello BIS http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/415YA4ENXCL.jpg Beautiful, idiomatic performances, somewhat classicist interpretations; plus the recorded sound is simply outstanding. A fine ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

I should have made it more apparent in my comments that while I prefer the second of his three Beethoven cycles, there at least a dozen other cycles I would recommend ahead of it.
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

The three Brendel Beethoven sets are as follows: Vox - 1960s Philips - 1970s Philips - 1990s The Vox set is the least fussy and mannered of the three, but is also poorly recorded (or perhaps the transfer to CD is bad; regardless, the sound is harsh and metallic and fatiguing to listen to.) Some of h...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO
Replies: 68
Views: 6602

Re: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO

Why "significant," José, and why single Abbado out? Abbado was certainly an important conductor, but his generation includes quite a few others with reputations the equal of his, though of course their careers took different shapes, and "our time" (at least my time) includes such others as Leonard ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Minnesota Orchestra - the latest
Replies: 46
Views: 4313

Re: Minnesota Orchestra - the latest

Personally I'm thrilled to hear this news. I moved out to the Twin Cities two years ago and I was looking forward to hearing this orchestra, but the lockout put that notion on hold. I've had to wait a couple of years, but I will be getting in line for seats once they go on sale. It won't be quite th...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Sonatas 28 - 32 Claudio Arrau, piano Decca http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516nbJdhLsL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Yes, it's slow (particularly the Hammerklavier's opening Allegro ), but this is magisterial Beethoven seemingly carved from stone. Arrau makes the tempi sound right. The remaster...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

More Budapest Quartet, this time from the 1940's:

Beethoven: Quartets 12, 14, 15 & 16
Budapest Quartet
Columbia

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The Budapest at their apex. Even better than their 1950s set, but the sound (predictably) isn't great.
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's Fantasy in C, D 934 - Recommended Recordings
Replies: 21
Views: 2580

Re: Schubert's Fantasy in C, D 934 - Recommended Recordings

I have several recordings of this work: Goldberg-Lupu on Decca Fischer-Helmschen on Pentatone Koh-Uchida on Cedille Of the three, I prefer the Goldberg-Lupu performance (the twofer CD it's on also includes Gendron-Francaix performing the Arpeggione Sonata, which is also lovely.) I don't listen to it...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: String Quartets No. 12 & 13 Budapest Quartet - United Archives http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416VnQMLWiL._SY300_.jpg The United Archives label (now defunct) turned out some true gems in their short existence, and this set is no different. This set catches the Budapest in the earl...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Is This Strange Music That Is Called Baroque?
Replies: 14
Views: 1944

Re: What Is This Strange Music That Is Called Baroque?

Some of my earliest memories are of my father playing the Brandenburg Concertos in our living room hi fi on Sunday mornings. So, for me, there was no such shock - the shock came when hearing Wagner for the first time!
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: String Quartets No. 12 & 13 Budapest Quartet - United Archives http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416VnQMLWiL._SY300_.jpg The United Archives label (now defunct) turned out some true gems in their short existence, and this set is no different. This set catches the Budapest in the early...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...
Replies: 37
Views: 2232

Re: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...

personally I think the entire "MBE/CBE/OBE" concept is yet another manifestation of the overblown and unmistakably British obsession with pomp & circumstance, and I don't much care one way or the other about it. That being said, if they are going to start handing these honors out to the likes of hac...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441440

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Sonatas 28-32 Claude Frank Music & Arts http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51k5ESPJ1GL._SY300_.jpg Beethoven: Late Quartets Fine Arts Quartet Everest http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/218T15MK8SL.jpg a note on the FAQ set - for a 1965 recording, the sound on these discs is absolute...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite recordings of 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2752

Re: My favorite recordings of 2013

I bought it, and it´s of course very good. I especially enjoyed the First, the Third not so much, but as usual the playing of the Gewandhaus bursts with personality. Funny how personal tastes work, eh? I loved that 3rd, it reminded me of the old Reiner/CSO 3rd on RCA. Overall I liked the cycle, in ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132
Replies: 17
Views: 2450

Re: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132

I'm not sure why jbuck cares how someone other than himself replies to someone else on a message board, but I admired your since deleted response. this is the one place on the net where I thought I could gush about a work I had rediscovered after a few years and was enjoying anew. Apparently, per jb...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132
Replies: 17
Views: 2450

Re: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132

The movement is entitled Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart, which literally translates to A Convalescent's Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode. If you've a bone to pick jbuck, take it up with LvB!

:D
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132
Replies: 17
Views: 2450

Re: Heiliger Dankgesang from Beethoven's Op. 132

"Slowly, slowly, the melody unfolded itself. The archaic Lydian harmonies hung on the air. It was an unimpassioned music, transparent, pure and crystalline, like a tropical sea, an Alpine lake. Water on water, calm sliding over calm; the according of level horizons and waveless expanses, a counterp...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Fugue
Replies: 47
Views: 3893

Re: The Fugue

Not to pimp my other thread, but technically speaking the third and final Molto adagio section of Beethoven's Heiliger Dankgesang movement from Op. 132 is technically a set of fugal variations, starting with a double fugue based on an abbreviated version of the 1st subject hymn and progressing from ...