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by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What about pianist Annie Fischer?
Replies: 18
Views: 4300

Re: What about pianist Annie Fischer?

Dirk, in researching Annie Fischer , the Beethoven PC #3 w/Fricsay and the Mozart Rondos ... my question: the commercial Beethoven #3 made it to CD only in Volume 20, a six CD set in the "Complete Beethoven Edition" on DGG, called "The Historical Recordings." Do you know if it was ever issued as a ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mozart: Piano Concertos 20-23 Philharmonia Orchestra Wolfgang Sawallisch (21, 22); Adrian Boult (20, 23) Annie Fischer, piano EMI http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kP7B7hmyL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 27 New Philharmonia & Efrem Kurtz Annie Fischer, piano EMI http://g-ecx.i...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565733

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

Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 25

Mozart: Piano Concertos 12 & 26

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra & Christian Zacharias
MD&G

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by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Barber: Essays for Orchestra; Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance DSO & Neeme Jarvi Chandos http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51cNFCFtoDL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Brass & Strings; Symphonie Mathis der Maler, Der Schwanendreher BSO & Steinberg, Orch de Paris & Barenboim...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony: Paray/Detroit my all-time favorite recording of the Organ Symphony. Yes, it's very well done, with good, clean articulation (the woodwind parts are particularly tricky) and solid tempi. If you don't have it yet, I highly recommend Eschenbach's Philadelphia recording: th...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote:Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony: Paray/Detroit
my all-time favorite recording of the Organ Symphony.
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bach: Frech Overture; Italian Concerto; Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue
Evgeni Koroliov

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by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 22 & 23 Salzburg Mozarteum & Geza Anda DGG http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51y90sZx4KL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Munich Philharmonic & Rudolf Kempe Royal Classics http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ErWz32R7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg Schoenberg: Verkl...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

That Debussy/Ravel is one of my favorite quartet recordings, with a particularly woody, warm sound to the strings. 8) agreed, they sound so different from every other quartet I've heard play these works and it's all for the better IMO. For a modern recording, with infinite finesse and detail withou...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote: That Debussy/Ravel is one of my favorite quartet recordings, with a particularly woody, warm sound to the strings. 8)
agreed, they sound so different from every other quartet I've heard play these works and it's all for the better IMO.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Clifford Curzon, piano
Szell/LSO

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Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets
Quartetto Italiano

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by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: July 31-Bronfman plays Brahms - LAPO at the Hollywood Bowl
Replies: 0
Views: 2508

July 31-Bronfman plays Brahms - LAPO at the Hollywood Bowl

what a great concert this was. I've only heard a few Bronfman recordings, but his performance of the Brahms' second concerto was a real eye-opener for me. I have some additional thoughts I need to gather, but I plan to expand on that when I have a bit more time. Suffice to say that this was a brisk ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kajanus Conducts Sibelius
Replies: 19
Views: 2118

Re: Kajanus Conducts Sibelius

Thanks bigshot! I'll be sure to have a listen to these tonight, in particular the Sibelius 5th.
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

Interesting POV Chalkie. Why do you think compression helps Pink Floyd's music? At least as far as Dark Side is concerned, I've never heard any digital version, remaster, SACD or otherwise, which even approaches the MFSL vinyl (IMHO). What I was referring to was that Chris Thomas introduced Compres...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

I say the earliest CD version for each. The later issues all have some degree of dynamic compression. The Mobile Fidelity discs are better than the original CD's and sound the most like Vinyl. The SACD for Dark Side and Wish You Were Here are the definitive mixes. I prefer the 2011 Mixes to the Jap...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

Alright Chalkie, the suspense is killing me. Favorite versions - let's have it!
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

Chalkperson wrote:Roger Lip Syncs on his Tour, just like Britney Spears...LOL
haha! Hilarious! My brother saw them outside of San Francisco a month or so ago, I'll have to drop this little gem next time we speak.
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

what else have you got Chalkie?

Tell Roger that I'll never consider the Wall on par with the albums Meddle - Animals, since the Wall wasn't a group effort so much as it was Waters' vanity project.
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

I started photographing and working for them in 1972, from that moment on they aways played live in Quadrophonic, always used ambient music of birds and bees before and during the show, had Chris Thomas come on Tour for the first few weeks to nail down the Live Sound...they also put the Flags/Banne...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

I'm guessing a fan who knew the band personally as you did can comment on their preferences with some authority. I'd be interested to know your opinions... I can tell you the following, for starters... David wants to know why you left out Obscured by Clouds? Nick agrees, I like Obscured by Clouds a...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie - Pink Floyd question
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Chalkie - Pink Floyd question

Lance, hope this is OK as Chalkie asked me to repost this here rather than the Pub: What are your favorite formats for the following Pink Floyd albums: Meddle Dark Side Wish You Were Here Animals Here's what I have format-wise of each release: (the vinyl are 24-96 FLAC rips, as I no longer have a tu...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Question for Chalkie, AKA the Resident Pink Floyd expert
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Question for Chalkie, AKA the Resident Pink Floyd expert

What are your favorite formats for the following Pink Floyd albums: Meddle Dark Side Wish You Were Here Animals Here's what I have format-wise of each release: (the vinyl are 24-96 FLAC rips, as I no longer have a turntable) Meddle MFSL CD MFSL Vinyl UK Harvest Vinyl 1994 Remaster CD Dark Side MFSL ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s

bigshot wrote:I'll post that next as soon as I complete the Handel set.
fantastic! Thanks in advance.
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Assessing Richter's Bartok
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

Re: Assessing Richter's Bartok

The 2nd is a great work, although I've come to prefer the subtlety of the 3rd over time. I've heard Richter in the 2nd, as usual he is technically brilliant. My favorite Bartok (complete)traversals: Fischer/Kocsis (Philips) Anda/Fricsay (DGG) Sandor/A.Fischer (Sony) Bavouzet/Noseda (Chandos) I've he...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

Re: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach

Chalkperson wrote:I can heartily recommend his reading of Bach's Partitas on Orfeo...
Ah, Chalkie beat me to it I see :roll:
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

Re: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach

I have a great disc of Seemann playing the Bach Partitas. If you enjoyed the DG release you should absolutely give this disc a look: http://www.amazon.com/Bach-Partitas-BWV825-830-Johann-Sebastian/dp/B00005ALIA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1338663355&sr=8-3 http://blog.chosun.com/web_file/blog/365/365/3/B...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s

bigshot wrote:Kajanus Sibelius
I will snatch this up if you post it! I have a pretty lousy transfer of Kajanus doing the 3rd and 5th, I'd love to hear what your transfer sounds like. Based on your other work I'm sure it's better than what's commercially available.
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Adolph Busch Handel Concerti Grossi Op 6- Very rare 78s

this is great work you're doing, bigshot. Kudos. Do you have plans to do any other transfers in the near future, and if so are you comfortable disclosing what they might be?
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu May 03, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .....
Replies: 17
Views: 2135

Re: The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .

The slow fugato introduction to Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste. Starts softly and slowly and works its way up to a deafening crescendo.
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue May 01, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recordings of Sibelius Violin Concerto?
Replies: 17
Views: 4555

Re: Favorite recordings of Sibelius Violin Concerto?

Heifetz/Hendl for the reasons mentioned above. Also love the Oistrakh/Ormandy, spotty sound and all. Kavakos is also excellent as mentioned by others. Some other less well-known performances I enjoy are Szeryng/Rozhdestvensky/LSO (Philips), Haendel/Berglund/Bournemouth SO (EMI), and Shaham/Sinopoli/...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Les Noces Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Ernest Ansermet Decca http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41T4Y-d7mVL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Bartok: MFSP&C, CFO Bavarian RSO & Rafael Kubelik Orfeo http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2001/Sept01/Bartok_Kubelik_orfeo...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jorg Demus : Any thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 1569

Re: Pianist Jorg Demus : Any thoughts?

A friend of mine attended his recital in Hong Kong (?) last month, age 84. Big programme, still in good shape, full rich tone, clear texture and beautiful piano sound, said my friend. Bach Chromatic Fantasy, Mozart C minor Fantasy, Beethoven Op.111, Debussy Images II, Schumann Fantasy. I wish I wer...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Bartok

...and frankly I find it ironic that Ansermet's Bartok should be thus slammed on this thread. Ansermet especially espoused Bartok's last works, considering them "among the most beautiful tokens of hope the music of our time has produced." I listened to Ansermet's CFO again after this comment, just ...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A visit to a harpsichord builder's workshop.
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: A visit to a harpsichord builder's workshop.

you may or may not find this useful, as I don't have a lot of solo harpsichord in my collection, outside of some odd Bach and Handel discs. However you might be interested to hear the "completion" of the final fugue in Bach's Art of Fugue by Davitt Moroney, who both wrote the completion and plays it...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 5267

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

The Poco Allegretto from Brahms Sym#3. Heartbreaking and melancholic, but extremely beautiful.
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Eroica Symphony
Vienna Philharmonic & Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Decca

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Glad I bought this set when I did...Amazon currently lists it at $650 (!) used.
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Bartok

Perhaps fell victim of the new regime, where Philips and Decca have been merged. They seem to regard Solti as their Bartok guy, and have little incentive to give him competition. Interesting choice. I like Solti well enough in Bartok, but there are better interpreters out there. He tends to railroa...
by ContrapunctusIX
Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Bartok

I made the mistake of trying to listen to Ansermet's recording of this piece, which is a dreary mess. TAlso listened to the famous Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta by Ansermet. He had trouble entirely ruining it, but make a Herculean effort. Although by-and-large a big fan of Ansermet's, I...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok
Replies: 23
Views: 2901

Re: Bartok

I agree with THEHORN. I've never liked Columbia's sound, which is unfortunate considering the stable of conductors they had in their heyday. If you are looking for some recording recommendations, you should seek out Ivan Fischer's recordings on Philips. You can find a very reasonably priced 3-disc s...
by ContrapunctusIX
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique
Replies: 18
Views: 5166

Re: Taking Stock: Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique

Boulez/CO DGG Monteux/VPO Decca Monteux/Orch Paris Pearl Monteux/SFSO RCA Chung/Bastille O.O. DGG Beinum/RCO Decca Cluytens/PO EMI Cluytens/Orch Conservatoire - Great Conductors of the 20th Cent. Muti/Phila Seraphim Ormandy/Phila Sony Argenta/Paris CO Decca Plasson/Toulouse CO EMI Markevitch/Lamoreu...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven violin sonatas
Replies: 13
Views: 8984

Re: Beethoven violin sonatas

I would agree with my fellow CMGers that the Grumiaux/Haskil is an excellent set. The Oistrakh/Oborin cycle on Philips is also quite good - I'm surprised you left him out of your "great violinists" list. I worship Szeryng, but I must disagree with other CMGers, that set is not ideal. It's not his to...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 6 Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Paavo Berglund Finlandia Long out of the catalog. I wish it were available, I'd snatch it up in a minute. you should check Amazon.com, the last time I looked there were some reasonably priced used copies available from third-party vendors. ht...
by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 6
Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Paavo Berglund
Finlandia

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In spite of the smaller-than-usual ensemble utilized by Berglund in his third complete Sibelius cycle, this set has grown on me.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra & Josef Krips
Alfredo Campoli, violin
Beulah

from the Art of Campoli II

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by ContrapunctusIX
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel swings by Sesame Street to visit Elmo
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Dudamel swings by Sesame Street to visit Elmo

I'm not a great fan of Dudamel's conducting, but this is still a great clip. At least the youth is getting some culture, even if it's only in 90 second spots...
by ContrapunctusIX
Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a LEAST favorite ensemble in classical music?
Replies: 16
Views: 1617

Re: Do you have a LEAST favorite ensemble in classical music

Brass Sonatas of any kind. Also not an enormous fan of flute and harp music. Other than that I am willing to give most other instrumental combinations a chance.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Villa-Lobos: String Quartets 1 & 6 Cuarteto Latinoamericano Brilliant http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61N6GM3DP5L._SL500_AA300_.jpg This music is about as far removed from the Bachianas Brasileiras as anyone could imagine. Still for those interested it's excellent 20th century neo-classical st...
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favourite climaxes?
Replies: 35
Views: 3495

Re: Your favourite climaxes?

I'm not sure if it's technically a climax per se, but the end of the 1st movement of Sibelius' 5th is one of the most exhilarating musical experiences I'm familiar with.
by ContrapunctusIX
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460265

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Holmboe: Symphony No. 1 from Complete Symphonies Aarhus Symphony Orchestra & Owain Arwel Hughes BIS http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51h7t9CiZzL._SL500_AA280_.jpg This is some really fantastic 20th century neoclassical! I'll be methodically working through the rest of this set, while also looki...
by ContrapunctusIX
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Headphone recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 3017

Re: Headphone recommendations

How much do you plan to use these earphones? For home, I have a pair of Sennheiser HD595s I like quite a bit, although I use them somewhat rarely. Natural and full sound. As mentioned by others, being over-ear headphones, they are somewhat cumbersome, but they are relatively comfortable on the head....