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by barney
Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

SSSSSHHHHHH! Cheers, ~Karl If Barney is a columnist worth his salt, and to all appearances he is, that shouldn't be much of an issue. :) Yes. In the finest traditions of my profession, I will grab that bit that supports what I want to say and exaggerate it, while utterly ignoring anything else. If ...
by barney
Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

bricon wrote:Tosca - 18 complete recordings.
Very impressive indeed. Conclusions? Best set? Best Tosca? Best Scarpia?
by barney
Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I have really enjoyed reading this thread. It is amazing how much we can find out about our fellow members and their tastes in music. As I said in my earlier post since starting to collect records I have around a 100 versions of the Beethoven VC. As I started when I was 9 years of age and that was ...
by barney
Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

Hi Henry, I just noticed your long and thoughtful reply. Thanks for sharing that.
by barney
Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Actually, I mislead everyone. I just spent the just hour counting up works in double figures in my catalogue, and Appassionata is top along with the fourth piano concerto, but with 17, not 23. My apologies. Here's my10 or more versions list: I didn't realise how piano-centric it was. Beethoven: Pian...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I use Mega Drives but we as a Studio have about 65 Terrabytes of Images plus the same in BackUp, they are on 500GB Drives, a 500 GB Drive now costs $150 so Five Terrabytes costs only $1,500 to store 15,000 CD's, Ralph has about 5,000 CD's so it would cost him only $500 to store all his music... But...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Favourite Orchestrator & Your Best Orchestrated Work
Replies: 36
Views: 1214

Re: Your Favourite Orchestrator & Your Best Orchestrated Work

When I read the question, I assumed by orchestrator was meant someone who orchestrates a work by someone else, in which case it is hard to go past Ravel or Rimsky-Korsakov. Liszt orchestrated some Schubert songs, as well as solo piano transcriptions, and I like Reger's orchestrations of several lied...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I have currently 41 recordings on CD of Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. A 42nd on cassette from an old 78 never released on CD. I don't think there excist a recording on CD I don't have (but please prove me wrong, as I would love to get another one). Now that is a magnificent passion. I don't have a...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

By the way, Barney --I just reread your OP. I have no problem cataloging discs with works by different composer by composer--just make a different entry for each composer (and I include the others on the disc in each file--that way I can find the Marine Corps Marching Band's Pachelbel if I happened...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I've never thought about that. There's no piece I have that would take more than a screen-full, so I've never tried to eliminate fields. I'm sure you can do it, depending on your program. As I say, I use MS Works 97 - once brand sparkling new and state of the art, now ante-diluvian. Its search func...
by barney
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Corlyss_D wrote:Probably Monteverdi Vespers. But I don't really know and I'm not about to try to find out.
How many recordings of the Vespers can there be? :D
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I've never thought about that. There's no piece I have that would take more than a screen-full, so I've never tried to eliminate fields. I'm sure you can do it, depending on your program. As I say, I use MS Works 97 - once brand sparkling new and state of the art, now ante-diluvian. Its search funct...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

Many thanks, John. You raise some really interesting points. I never thought of the download crowd, for example, or the differences between the main two markets, Europe and the US.
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

Sorry to revive this topic, but I'm planning to write about it next week, and some of my key questions weren't addressed. I'm reminded of the legendary Lunchtime O'Booze in English satirical magazine Private Eye who used to offer a bottle of scotch to anyone who would write his next column for him. ...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

These are the fields in my catalogue: 1, compser. 2, work. 3, opus number. 4, soloist(s), if any. 5, orchestra, if any. 6. conductor, ditto. 7, any other forces, such as a choir. 8. what the work is filed under, if it is not under that work (in the example it is part of Great Pianists). 9, the CD nu...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

So much for my theory about the Appassionata. :oops: On the contrary, I think that theory is pretty well right. And often the Appassionata is the fill-up piece for a concerto. It must be a convenient length. And didn't you have fun going through your catalogue making that list. I bet you thought to...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I'd be happy to,but I need technical advice on how to do it.

Would I copy a page (I use MS Works 97) and save it? How do I then import it into the body of the post here?
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LUMINOUS GESTURES
Replies: 9
Views: 863

Re: LUMINOUS GESTURES

Thanks Kamila A wonderful pair of quotes. And I tend to agree, too. I have thought a lot about this in a desultory sort of way; it's always been on the list of things to follow up. I have to read Kant and Schopenhauer, both of whom had interesting theories on the sublime/art. But, as I get older and...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I have Digitalized and Cataloged nearly 13,000 CD's, I still have about 3,000 to go...I have been cataloguing and ripping non stop for nearly three years, all are lossless so the sound quality is the same as CD's and I can play any one whenever I feel like hearing it, they take up about Five Terrab...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Wierd - I was about to start a topic "How many records do you have and are they catalogued, and if so, in what way" or some such question. I catalogue them by composer (obviously) and then by the Gramophone system: orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal/choral, stage. And I use the catalogue all ...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

More than 100 versions of the Beethoven violin concerto! That is incredible. I have 15, my favourites: Grumiaux (3 different versions), Schneiderhan, Perlman, Repin. That would be close to my desert island work, if allowed only one. Schumann: now, what an interesting choice for your favourite work, ...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

I couldn't face the daunting task of cataloging a collection that is in every room of my house, my office AND the trunk of my car. :) I have many sets of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies as well as single performances of all the symphonies. Yes, with a catalogue, you have to start early, or forget i...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Book News 2009 Gramophone & Penguin Guides Coming Soon
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: Book News 2009 Gramophone & Penguin Guides Coming Soon

I wish I'd the forethought or the funds. It is a slight source of marital tension - I use the headphones more than I would in an ideal world. But an ideal world certainly includes a wife!
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

Re: What work have you most versions of?

Looking at that, it reads as though I'm boasting about having lots of Appassionatas. It wasn't meant like that; the point was what you accumulate by accident. I reckon we only ever listen to our top half dozen version 97% of the time.
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 17378

What work have you most versions of?

Long ago, I started cataloguing my collection, for which I am grateful because - as you all know - so many works can't be filed under their composer when they are part of a multi-composer LP or CD. That catalogue is now at some 13,000 works, contained on about 1000 LPs and 2800 CDs, which sounds a l...
by barney
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Book News 2009 Gramophone & Penguin Guides Coming Soon
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: Book News 2009 Gramophone & Penguin Guides Coming Soon

Here is some very exciting breaking news. I am the proud owner of every edition of both guides and that means I started in 1960. Well, if this is your first chance to buy one or both, I cannot recommend these two books highly enough. You can save about $12.00 on each book by preordering from Amazon...
by barney
Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pieces for Enormous Orchestras
Replies: 95
Views: 6134

Re: Pieces for Enormous Orchestras

sfbugala wrote:Berlioz's Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale might fit the bill.
For a long time, whenever I moved house and set up my hifi again, this piece was the first I played, a sort of welcome and test at the same time. It is very exciting.
by barney
Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould plays Mozart - trashes Mozart
Replies: 64
Views: 3148

Re: Gould plays Mozart - trashes Mozart

Being an agreeable chap, I agree with nearly everyone. Gould did have a massive ego, and often gave performances I find wilfully idiosyncratic, and there's not a lot of music for which he would be my first choice. On the other hand, almost any Gould interpretation reveals something different, and hi...
by barney
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

On Lance's recommendation, I checked and it is available in Melbourne, the far side of the globe. So it is surely available where you are.
by barney
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

You have to be extra keen to buy a mega-set of a single performer. Grumiaux is probably my all-time violin hero because of his beauty, purity, seamless sound and consistent musical sensitivity in everything he approached, but if you had bought his collection of 75-odd CDs in the 11 seconds it was on...
by barney
Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Re: Mega-sets

Absinthe makes a good point. Like the good shepherd, you abandon the 99 to search for the missing (damaged) one. (Of course, the one is probably the one you most wanted to hear and helped you make up your mind to buy the set.) Another virtue of big sets is that they take up comparatively little shel...
by barney
Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New and/or lesser known violinists.
Replies: 24
Views: 3624

Re: New and/or lesser known violinists.

A quick count of that list, Lance, gives 53 favourites! Doesn't that defeat the (admittedly arbitrary and meaningless) purpose of naming favourites. Go on, stick your neck out. List your top 50! :)
by barney
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Oistrakh, 10-CD "Chamber" Set /Brilliant
Replies: 6
Views: 2357

Re: David Oistrakh, 10-CD "Chamber" Set /Brilliant

I can see that joining this forum is going to prove really expensive. Thanks Lance, this is obviously a "must-buy", and not too daunting at 10CDs. Only 10 hours or so of music!
by barney
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New and/or lesser known violinists.
Replies: 24
Views: 3624

Re: New and/or lesser known violinists.

and Tetzlaff is in Melbourne (where I live) next month. A thoughtful, sometimes provocative player. Reminds me of Gidon Kremer, but I think Tetzlaff is a stronger player and has a better tone. How do people rate Sarah Chang? I feel she is one of the greatest in the world. Stunning technique and ton...
by barney
Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mega-sets
Replies: 31
Views: 2140

Mega-sets

Forgive my temerity, as a brand new member for opening a new topic. It's related to some comments I saw a couple of weeks ago when reading but haven't been able to find again. I found them very interesting. I have just come across a 100-CD set of 50 great operas (no libretti, of course) put out by U...
by barney
Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New and/or lesser known violinists.
Replies: 24
Views: 3624

Re: New and/or lesser known violinists.

I just heard Ehnes last week in a superb account of the Bernstein Serenade, and Tetzlaff is in Melbourne (where I live) next month. How do people rate Sarah Chang? She did a marvellous Shostakovich with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on their European tour last year, but what I will remember most ...