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What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today

Post by RebLem » Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:56 am

I usually don't contribute to threads like this, preferring to wait until I have listened to CDs to report on them. But I got 5 packages in the mail today, one from BRO ordered 26 FEB, one from Buywell (ordered 10 MAR, posted per email from Richard Eddy, the proprietor, in Willagee, Australia, a burbie of Perth, 12 MAR, and arriving today, 21 MAR--not a bad response time--and 3 from ArkivMusic, so I'm excited enough to want to ballyhoo the info. :D

First, from Berkshire:

1. The Gulda set of the Beethoven piano sonatas.
2. The Kurt Sanderling set of the Sibelius symphonies.
3. The Michael Rudy/Mariss Jansons/St. Petersburg Phil set of the Rachmoninoff piano concerti and Paganini Rhapsody.
4. A Van Beinum/London Phil Elgar CD--Cockaigne Overture |Cello Concerto with Anthony Pini, cellist |Wand of Youth Suites 1 & 2 |Elegy for String Orch with harp.

The rest from BRO is all Schumann--

5. The Brilliant 4 CD box of the complete secular choral works.

And then, a whole slough of Schumann solo piano CDs--

6. Geza Anda--Carnaval |Etudes symphoniques |Kreisleriana.
7. Nikolai Demidenko--Piano Sonatas 1 & 3.
8. Kotaru Fukuma, 1st prize winner at the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition--ABEGG Variations |Novelletten |3 Fantasiestucke.
9. Michelangeli--Carnaval |Faschingsschwank aus Wien.
10. Sviatoslav Richter--Etudes symphoniques |Bunte Blatter |Fantasiestucke 5 & 7, from Op. 12.
11. Earl Wild: Papillons |Piano Sonata 1 |Waldszenen.
12. Earl Wild: Toccata in C Major, Op. 7 |Etudes symphoniques |Fantasie in C Major.

Then, from Buywell--

1. Australian Piano Concerti by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, & Malcolm Williamson--Melbourne Sym, Myer Fredman, cond, Anthony Fogg, piano--Eloquence label.

2. Sculthorpe: 6 works for chamber orchestra, none more than 13:56--Richard Tognetti, dir., Australian Chamber Orch--ABC Classics.

3. Vine, Carl: Piano Concerto (1997) |Sym. 4.2 (1993, rev 1998) |Choral Sym (1996)--Edo de Waart, cond Sydney Sym & Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Michael Kiernan Harvey, piano--ABC Classics.

4. Grieg: Holberg Suite | 2 Elegiac Melodies |2 Nordic Melocies |The death of Asse, from Peer Gynt (3:30) |Ceremonial March from Sigurd Jorsalfar (8:53) |Lyric Pieces |Wedding Day at Troldhaugen--Willi Boskovsky, cond National Phil in first 5 works, Stanley Black cond LSO in penultimate piece, and Sir Charles Mackerras cond London Proms Sym in Wedding Day--Eloquence. My basic list of essential CDs was justly criticized for having too little Grieg, so I am trying to prepare to rectify this by buying and listening to likely candidates for the list.

5. Brahms: 21 Hungarian Rhapsodies--Masur, cond. Gewandhaus Orch--Eloquence.

6. Franck : String Quartet--Fitzwilliam Quartet |Violin Sonata--Amoyal, Roge--Eloquence.

7. Haydn: 24 Minuets--Dorati, cond Phil Hung--Eloquence.

8. Buxtehude--12 works for solo harpsichord--Jacqueline Ogeil, hpsi--Move CD

And, finally, from ArkivMusic--

1. Ataulfo Argenta, cond.--Complete Decca Recordings 1953-57--5 CD Decca Original Masters compilation. Lots of reportedly good stuff here, most of which I have never heard. I bought it mostly on the strength of one I have heard and loved, that I bought on LP on the London Stereo Treasury label 30 or more years ago, of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique with the Paris Conservatory Orch. The string tone was a little hard, I thought, but the energy and enthusiasm of players and conductor was palpable and made up for it.

2. A Borodin Trio Chandos CD--Arensky: Piano Trio 1 |Glinka: Trio Pathetique.

3. Onslow (1784-1853): Nonet |String Quintet # 19--Ma'alot Quintet, both works, Manderling Quartet added in Nonet, and Wolfgang Guttler, double bass--cpo CD.

4. Tchaikovsky: Complete (4) Suites for Orch--Dorati, cond. New Philharmonia Orch--Philips DUO 2 CD set.

5. Victor Bendix (1851-1926): Complete Syms (4)--Evgenyi Shestakov, cond. Omsk Philharmonic--2 CD Danacord set.

6. Schoenberg: Chamber Sym, Op. 9, and 7 choral works--ensemble intercontemporain, accentus choir. Jonathan Nott cond Op. 9, Laurence Equilbey, the others--naive CD.

7. Eisler, Hanns: Deutsche Sinfonie--Eliahu Inbal, cond OPRF & choir, r solo singers, 2 recitants--on poems by Bertolt Brecht--naive CD rec by French Radio for broadcast concert 11/2004.

8. Reich: Different trains (2000) |Triple quartet (1999) |Four Seasons (1986)--David Robertson, cond. Orch National de Lyon--naive CD.
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Post by Jack Kelso » Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:49 am

Gosh, RebLem---no wonder you're so thrilled! I have some of them myself:

The Sanderling/Sibelius on "Brilliant Classics" is excellent; only the Seventh wasn't given a top-notch rating (by some critic)....

I know many of the Schumann recordings, but not all. Yet ALL sound interesting---keep us abreast on those performances. Geza Anda was great with Schumann, his "Fantasie in C", op. 17 is STILL the best I've heard. How's Wild's Schumann?

Those Bendix symphonies----aren't they fascinating? So far, I like No. 2 the best---but I'm still learning them.

I've never heard Goulda play Beethoven (that I can remember).....but why not?!

ENJOY!!!

Tschüß,
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Post by RebLem » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:34 am

Jack Kelso wrote:Gosh, RebLem---no wonder you're so thrilled! I have some of them myself:
The Sanderling/Sibelius on "Brilliant Classics" is excellent; only the Seventh wasn't given a top-notch rating (by some critic)....

I know many of the Schumann recordings, but not all. Yet ALL sound interesting---keep us abreast on those performances. Geza Anda was great with Schumann, his "Fantasie in C", op. 17 is STILL the best I've heard. How's Wild's Schumann?

Those Bendix symphonies----aren't they fascinating? So far, I like No. 2 the best---but I'm still learning them.
I've never heard Goulda play Beethoven (that I can remember).....but why not?!
Tschüß,
Jack
I will, of course, be reporting on these purchases in due course in the "What I listened to..." thread, where I report on everything I've heard in the previous week on Saturdays or Sundays. However, reports on these purchases are not imminent. In order to establish some sort of reason to my listening to new CDs, I divide my purchases by quarters, and I am still working on listening to things I bought in the 2nd quarter of 2006 ! I buy things faster than I can listen to them, I am afraid, but after my death, they will be given to the public radio station in Garden City, Kansas, per the terms of my will.

I have been reluctant to get anything by Kurt Sanderling. I remember being seduced by rave reviews in Grammophone into buying his set of the Brahms symphonies back in the LP days. I listened to them, and found that the sound was magnificent and the performances had all the notes right, and many passages were achingly beautiful. But something was missing. I couldn't put my finger on it, so I brought the set over to a friend's apartment, a fellow who was my mentor in classical recordings in my early days of serious collecting in the early 1970's. After listening to a couple of the symphonies, he put his finger on the problem. There was no sense of drama in the performances, no sense that any movement or any work had a coherent beginning, middle, and end. It was all a lovely, lush, continuous wash of sound, but with no real sense of structure anywhere. But, this Sibelius set was offered at so low a price by BRO, that I decided to take a flyer.

And, besides that, I already have both Davis sets (for the moment, I would say the Davis LSO set is the set of the symphonies to get if you are going to get only one), the Barbirolli (still the best 1st, IMO, and wonderful performances of many of the tone poems and other works besides the symphonies), the Vanska set, one by Alexander Gibson which was disappointing--I had heard LPs of his recordings with other orchestras of the 1st & 5th which were magnificent, but the Scottish National--well, they missed their chance to become a great orchestra when they shut down the orchestra for the duration of WWII and wired George Szell, their just appointed new music director, not to return from NY, where he had some guest conducting engagements. Cleveland had the great good fortune to wind up with him instead.

I love both of the Davis sets, but my favorite 1st is still Barbirolli, and my favorite 2nd--my favorite of all the Sibelius symphonies--is the Koussevitzky, despite the poor (1948, I think) sound quality. Szell/Concertgebouw is excellent, too.

As for the Schumann, mostly I'm filling some gaps in my collection there. I do have the Demus Nuovo Era set of the complete Schumann, but I find most of ther performances uninspiring; I have, until recently, not been very much interested in solo piano music generally, except for Mozart and Beethoven. My core interests have been in classical, romantic, and 20th century orchestral and chamber music. But I also recently bought the 7 CD Ashkenazy set of Schumann, and am looking to expand my Schumann solo piano collection in other ways, too--especially something lacking in these recent purchases, the Kinderszenen, my favorite Schumann solo piano work, at present.
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Post by Lance » Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:34 pm

My, my, my ... you've done exceedingly well! I hope your "other half" (if there is one) doesn't mind all these parcels arriving! Or do you do like many of us, we try to get to the door before the mailman or UPS/FedEx man gets there before anybody else? :oops: :lol: :oops:
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Post by Ralph » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:50 pm

Nice buys!
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Post by Werner » Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:07 pm

What a lot of interesting stuff - how long will it take you to listen to it all? And digest it? And how much did you buy before this lot - you must have some backlog!

Happy and profitable listening!
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Post by RebLem » Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:06 am

Lance, no. Lifelong bachelor. I live with my dog Scout and my computer, ALICE. I call it ALICE for three reasons. First, its an acronym for A Literal Intelligence Computing Environment. Secondly, I get so frustrated with it sometimes that I am reminded of that exasperated exclamation of Ralph Kramden, "One of these days, Alice--to the MOON !" The third is that I had an Aunt Alice--one of my paternal grandmother's sisters--who was, well, an unusually difficult person. Always cried at her kids' weddings, didn't want to sever the apron strings, and was always urging people to sue somebody--though I don't think she ever actually did that herself.

I have gotten CDs from UPS occasionally, but lately, almost all of them have been coming through the US mails. Out here west of the Pecos, we have receiving facilities that are unlike what I had in Chicago, and probably are unknown in most places east of the Pecos. Here in Albuquerque, I live in a condo complex of 100 units & its not all one building. Its 9 residential buildings plus a common building, which includes a meeting room and laundry facilities. All the residential buildings are two stories high; my building has 8 units, 4 at each of two entrances. There are lots of problems here--we have what I consider an unprincipled and problematic management company with a vested interest in making people unhappy so they can get sales commissions when people want to move as a result of their mismanagement, but the buildings are laid out in a thoughtful way, like a campus. I look out my back window, from my home office, and I see a playground, and beyond that, the pool. It makes me feel like I'm living in a city park, a relaxing perception to me, and my building, at least, is set back quite a distance from the street, so I don't have auto traffic whizzing past my front door all the time.

Anyway, the letter carrier goes to one location--all the mailboxes for the complex are located in one place--a long row of big boxes subdivided into about 12-16 boxes apiece. Each unit has a small box that is about 4" X 6" at the mouth, and extends back about two feet. There is a mail drop for outgoing mail in a box like all the others, except for a thin slot for pushing the letter in. Then there are four large boxes all on one stand--these are about a foot wide, maybe 18" tall, and about 2 feet deep. If you have a package too big for your small box, the carrier puts your parcel in one of the big boxes, and a key to it in your smaller box. If there are more than 4 parcels for the complex (which occurs only very occasionally), or if you have a bigger package than can be accommodated even in the big box, then you get a pickup notice and you have to go to the postal substation for your area, just like you do for all parcels in Chicago, and, I presume, most other Midwest and Eastern cities. Anyway, yesterday, 1 package was in my small box along with some other mail, and 4 packages were in the large box. I have had multiple packages before, but 5 in one day is really unprecendented.

As for other recent purchases, well, I have a lot of other stuff I bought this quarter, too. Big boxes include the Pettersson symphonies box from cpo, another set of the Beethoven piano sonatas by Craig Sheppard, a faculty member at the Univ of Washington school of music, which I got because someone over at GMG, whom I think is a colleague of Mr. Sheppard's, was touting it. Then, there's the Ries symphonies box, that 5 CD Janacek chamber music box, two sets of the Prokofiev PCs, by Toradze/Gergiev and El Bacha/Oso, 4 cpo Antheil CDs, two cpo CDs of Atterberg concerti, the Moravec and Kuerti sets of the Brahms piano concerti, that Wunderlich Schumann Dicterliebe that everyone recommended I get, all five CDs offered by KASP records, the Rattle Porgy & Bess, and a 4 CD set of Furtwangler's wartime Beethoven recordings. A few other single CDs, too.

I'll probably get around to listening to this quarter's purchases sometime very late this year or early next year.
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Post by ch1525 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:29 pm

Well, I figure this would be a good ongoing post in the style of the ever-popular "What are you listening to.." thread.

I'll keep it going with what I ordered yesterday on eBay..

I'd post some thumbnails, but I don't want to slow the site down, so I'll just post links...

First, I got the original Scott Ross Erato release of all Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas. It's 34 CDs of harpsichord glory!
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... ">Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Works - Scott Ross</a>

Next, I got all 3 Volumes of the original DG releases of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing the Schubert Lieder with Gerald Moore on piano. I'm pretty excited to get these in their original release and not the recently released repackaging...
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... GHD">Franz Schubert: Lieder, Volume I</a>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... ">Schubert: Lieder, Vol. 2</a>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... GHF">Franz Schubert: Lieder, Vol. 3</a>

Also, I picked up the 4CD set of orchestral works by William Walton as conducted by Andrew Litton
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005 ... 5YW0X">The British Music Collection: William Walton</a>

Finally, I got the 4 CD set of Orchestral Works by Ravel as conducted by Charles Dutoit.
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... G">Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works</a>

I'm looking forward to their arrival!

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Post by RebLem » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:22 am

ch1525 wrote:Well, I figure this would be a good ongoing post in the style of the ever-popular "What are you listening to.." thread.

I'll keep it going with what I ordered yesterday on eBay..

Next, I got all 3 Volumes of the original DG releases of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing the Schubert Lieder with Gerald Moore on piano. I'm pretty excited to get these in their original release and not the recently released repackaging...
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... GHD">Franz Schubert: Lieder, Volume I</a>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... ">Schubert: Lieder, Vol. 2</a>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000 ... GHF">Franz Schubert: Lieder, Vol. 3</a>
Is that LPs? I still have the original LP boxes and am looking to get rid of them. You should have talked to me first if that's what you wanted.

I'm afraid I'm not much interested in Scarlatti or any other solo instrumental music from the 17th century or the baroque, except for Charpentier, Buxtehude, Bach, and Padre Antonio Soler.

I hope you will review the Walton/Litton box after you have listened to it. I like Walton, but the few Litton CDs I have gotten I have frankly found uninspiring, so I'm not sure whether I want to get that box or not.

And today, I got one (count them, 1) more CD in the mail from Arkiv--3 bassoon quintets (bassoon, violin, cello, and 2 violas) by Johann Evangelist Brandl (1760-1837) on the MDG label.
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Post by ch1525 » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:25 pm

No, it's not the LPs. It is the CD box sets released in 1993 in 3 volumes as opposed to the 21 CD box released in 2005.

Heck, if I would have seen the original LP set at an estate sale or something, I wouldn't have hesitated to grab it. I still pickup LPs for cheap (or sometimes free) whenever I can!!! :D

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Post by Gregg » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:12 pm

Gulda set of the Beethoven piano sonatas.

Really great music. But I don't have a favorite for complete (BTW)

One thing I like about the Gulda recordings, is that he brings out a "dance" feeling in many of the movements, and (pace HIP) I think that gives aspects of the pieces a feeling of "original intention." It's an illusion - like Kempff's hushed mysticism - but very invigorating in the right pieces.

Please tell us what you think after you have had time to digest the huge haul.


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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:27 am

ch1525 wrote:First, I got the original Scott Ross Erato release of all Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas. It's 34 CDs of harpsichord glory!
I found this one of the most rewarding boxes I ever bought, I played one per day for a month and loved every minute of it, for harpsichord fans this is a must and I think the only other box I ever found so rewarding was the Haydn Piano trios on Phillips by The Beaux Arts Trio

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Post by MaestroDJS » Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:22 pm

Earlier this month Penguin Putnam in New York published my wife's ninth book, Murder of a Botoxed Blonde by Denise Swanson. Now we are swamped with book tours, and we spent last weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a supportive husband -- actually I was promoted to Personal Assistant :) -- I help with navigation and logistics, and then I get the heck out of the way for a few hours. In Ann Arbor, my hideout of choice is Encore Recordings, one of the finest 2nd-hand record shops in the United States. As usual I dropped a big chunk of change there.

My haul included:

LPs:

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988)
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* Opus Clavicembalisticum. Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Piano. Royal Conservatory Series 4-800 (4 LPs) (Netherlands).

CDs:

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), Italy / Germany
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* Orchesterwerke I. Turandot: Verzweiflung und Ergebund; Nocturne Symphonique; Arlecchino: Rondo Arlecchinesco, Processione e Danza, Finale; Divertimento for Flute and Orchestra (Jean-Claude Gérard, Flute); Zwei Studien zu "Doktor Faust": Sarabande und Cortège; Concertino for Clarinet and Small Orchestra (Ulf Rodenhäuser, clarinet); Tanz-Walzer. Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Gerd Albrecht. Capriccio 10 479 (Germany).
* Orchesterwerke II. Lustspiel-Ouvertüre; Symphonische Suite; Berceuse Élégiaque; Gesang vom Reigen der Geister. Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Arturo Tamayo. Capriccio 10 480 (Germany).

Henry Charles Litolff (1818-1891), United Kingdom / France:
* Concerto symphonique No. 2 in B Minor; Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D Minor. Peter Donohoe, Piano. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton. Hyperion CDA66889 (United Kingdom).
* Concerto symphonique No. 3 in E-Flat Major; Concerto symphonique No. 5 in C Minor. Peter Donohoe, Piano. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton. Hyperion CDA67210 (United Kingdom).

Richard Nanes (1941- ), United States:
* Rhapsody Pathétique for Violin and Orchestra*; Symphony for Strings; Concerto Grosso for Brass Trio and Orchestra. *Eugene Fodor, Violin; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Keith Clark. Delfon CDR 2422 (United States).

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), Italy / France:
* Péchés de Vieillesse (Sins of Old Age): excerpts. Helge Antoni, Piano. Etcetera KTC 1107. (Germany).
* Petite messe solennelle. Grace de la Cruz, Soprano; Marie Louis Gilles, Alto; Hans Dieter Saretzki, Tenor; Hans Günter Grimm, Bass; Städtischer Musikverein Paderborn / Chor und Orchester der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie / Werner Andreas Albert. Koch Schwann 3-1345-2 (Austria).

Comments:

It will take a good long time for me to fully absorb Opus Clavicembalisticum by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988). A performance of this massive work for solo piano lasts about 4 hours. It is in 12 sections, including 4 fugues, 2 sets of variations. Incredible stuff, and well worth exploring. By the way, I asked Sorabji for his autograph in 1983, and it's nicely tucked away in my collection.

Henry Charles Litolff (1818-1891) was sometimes known as "the English Liszt", and Franz Liszt indeed admired him and his techniques. Among his works are 12 operas and operettas, tone poems, chamber music and vocal works. Litolff was at his finest in his 5 Concertos symphoniques for piano and orchestra. They are true symphonies in which piano and orchestra are equal partners; the scherzi contain some of his most brilliant music. Best known is his Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D Minor, and its scherzo is often heard as a separate piece. Liszt thought so highly of the concerto symphonique concept that he dedicated his own Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major to Litolff and incorporated many of his ideas.

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) retired as a composer in 1830 when he was 38, and for the rest of his life he wrote only short piano pieces for his musical soirées in Paris. However 2 impressive exceptions were his Stabat Mater (1842) for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra and his Petite messe solennelle (1864) for vocal soloists, chorus, 2 pianos and harmonium. Rossini later orchestrated his Petite messe solennelle because he felt that someone else would do so after his death, but he preferred his original version.

It is also wonderful to find more of his Péchés de Vieillesse (Sins of Old Age). In all, these are 200 short pieces for piano, for voices and for chamber ensembles, collected into 14 albums. In his Péchés de vieillesse, Rossini's personal style is intact: keen sense of rhythm, bouyancy, dramatic and comedic gestures, and finely-tuned control of musical tension. These pieces show influences of composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Meyerbeer. He also paid homage to much younger contemporaries, such as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Offenbach (e.g. Petite Caprice: Style Offenbach) -- sadly, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Schumann were already dead by then.

Rossini also seemed far ahead of his time, because the whimsical titles and seemingly frivolous nature of many pieces anticipate Erik Satie by half a century. Compare titles such Rossini's Prélude soi-disant dramatique [So-Called Dramatic Prélude] and Étude asthmatique [Asthmatic Étude] with Satie's Sonatine bureaucratique [Bureaucratic Sonatina] and Trois Morceaux en forme de poire [Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear]. Likewise both composers showed sound musical gifts beneath their jokey surfaces. However Rossini's collection was not published until 1918, so Satie would not have known of them until late in his career. That year the ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev and composer Ottorino Respighi produced a ballet entitled La Boutique Fantasque [The Fantastic Toyshop], based on orchestral arrangements of many pieces from Rossini's collection.

One example of Rossini's wit is his Un petit train de plaisir comico-imitatif [A Petite Comico-Imitative Excursion Train]. Rossini detested machines, and especially the new-fangled locomotive. This piece depicts a train which derails and kills some passengers; one ascends to heaven and another descends to hell. This was decades before The Great Crush Collision March by Scott Joplin.

After Denise & I returned home, we were delighted to find that her book received a glowing review in the Book section of the Chicago Tribune on Sunday: "With its endearing hero, terrific cast of realistically quirky secondary characters, and generous soupçon of humor, Murder of a Botoxed Blonde, the ninth in Denise Swanson's charming series set in the small Illinois town of Scumble River, is a delight."

That's wonderful, especially if I continue to buy mass quantities of CDs and LPs during my down time on these book tours.

Harmoniously,

Dave
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MaestroDJS wrote:Opus Clavicembalisticum. Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Piano
Good Luck with this, I often thought about giving it a try, picked it up many times but never made it to the checkout counter...it always seemed just a bit too daunting...

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Post by Haydnseek » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:40 pm

MaestroDJS wrote:In Ann Arbor, my hideout of choice is Encore Recordings, one of the finest 2nd-hand record shops in the United States. As usual I dropped a big chunk of change there.
Ann Arbor is my hometown and I try to visit Encore whenever I get back. The only store I know of that's comparable is Everyday Music in Portland, Oregon.

I've got some Vaughan Williams operas on the way from Overstock.com. The Chandos releases of The Pilgrim's Progress, The Poisoned Kiss, and Sir John in Love. I've been listening to the EMI version of Sir John for years but I'm curious to hear another take on that wonderful opera.
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Post by Wallingford » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:55 pm

Well, I just came back with my usual haul of 20-30 LPs at Seattle Public Library's semiannual sale. It could be that the salad days for finding good used vinyl are finally--after so many years of raking thru someone else's recent discards--pretty much overwith :( ......a DREADFUL thought, to be sure, though I won't complain about what I came out with, half-a-buck-a-throw:

1. Suk's Asreal Symphony (Talich/CPO.....Urania ALP-107)
2. Volumes 1 & 2 of RCA's '73 Complete Rachmaninov Recordings series (Rachmaninov.....RCA ARM3-0260/1): I KNOW I already have one of these duped & burned to CD, but at a buck-fifty per set I didn't want to chance it.....IMO, it's not an insult to observe Rachmaninov was a greater pianist than composer;
3. Beethoven's Second & Ruins Of Athens excerpts (Beecham/RPO.....Angel S-53309): I;ve had umpteen many opportunities to pick this one up & finally accomplished so;
4. Benjamin's Concerto para un Fantaisie & his Concertino (Benjamin/LSO.....Everest SBDR-3020): Another addition for my LSO collection;
5. Volumes 31 & 32 of "The 100 Greatest Recordings Of All Time" (Franklin Mint Society): Yep, the luscious heavy-red-vinyl goodies themselves--this one with Monteux's complete Daphnis & Chloe and his BSO recordings of Sylvia & Debussy's Nocturnes;
6. Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring (Lombard/Strasbourg Phil......MHS-4650);
7. Glenn Gould plays Byrd & Gibbons (Columbia M-30825): another I've put off buying for the longest time;
8. Larry Adler Plays Harmonica Concertos Of Arnold & Benjamin (Adler/Gould/LSO.....RCA LSC-3078): SO glad I located this one--also has Milhaud's Suite & Vaughan Williams' Romance;
9. Brahms' Second(Horenstein/DRSO......Unicorn 72001);
10. "Pas de Deux": Ballet Music Of Drigo, Minkus, Auber & Helsted (Bonynge/LSO.....London CS-6418);
11. "Russian Jewels": including Gliere's Harp Concerto & his Concerto For Coloratura & Orchestra (Ellis/Sutherland/Bonynge/LSO....London OS-26110);
12. Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe (Ozawa/BSO.....DGG-2530563)....I've been taking the long route & buying Seiji's Ravel set in pieces--have just one more to go;
13. Brahms' Fourth (Krips/LSO....London LLP-208);
14. Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet; Fest OVerture On The Danish Nat'l Anthem (Op.15); Hamlet Incidental Music (Op,67); The Battle Of Poltava; Serenade For N. Rubinstin's Saint's Day; Cossak Dance from Mazeppa (Simon/LSO.....MHS-8247172);
15. Debussy's Martyrdom Of St. Sebastien (Munch/BSO....RCA VICS-1404): AGAIN: Something I've FINALLY FOUND!!!;
16. Buxtehude: Latin & German Cantatas; Organ Suite: "Auf Meinen Lieben Gott" (Cuenod/Conrad/Pearson/Pinkham/Davidoff.......Music Guild MG-114);
17. Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony (Armstrong/Kusnjer/Gregor/CPO......Supraphon 110395-1);
18. Janacek's Sinfonietta & Taras Bulba Suite (Horenstien/VSO......Vox PL-9710);
19. Brahms' Second (Monteux/SFSO.....RCA LM-1173);
20. Bach Brandenburg Concerto #5 (Loussier/Taweel/Kennedy/RPO.....London Phase 4 SPC-21044);
21. Berlioz' Roman Carnival, Beatrice & Benedict, Corsair & King Lear Overtures (Martinon/Lamoureux Orch.....URLP-7048);
.....and, finally, for their curio value: the WELTE LEGACY series of the early 60s--the volumes devoted to EUGEN D'ALBERT, FERRUCCIO BUSONI, and JOSEF HOFMANN; I realize how inaccurate this series is in presenting the masters' supposed playing styles: Artur Rubinstein went on record as condemning the Busoni recordings. But I did an eye-pop upon finding that D'Albert left the world a performance of the Grieg Ballade. And finding this series at all is like the proverbial haystack needle.
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Post by RebLem » Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:07 am

What just arrived in the mail from the Musical Heritage Society--

1. Handel: The Choice of Hercules |Maurice Greene: Hearken unto Me, Ye Holy Children--King's Consort & Choir, robert King, cond., & 4 vocal soloists--lic from hyperion.

2. Brahms: Syms 1-4, Haydn Variations: Academic Festival & Tragic Overtures; Alto Rhapsody--Klemperer, cond Philharmonia Orch, Christa Ludwig in AR--3 CDs, lic from EMI.

3. Zemlinsky: Complete Choral Works--Conlon, cond.--CD lic from EMI.

4. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (orig. 1935 production version, restored by the conductor)--John Mauceri, cond., Nashville Sym Orch & Cho, soloists--2 CDs, lic from Decca.

5. Adams, John: Harmonium--Edo de Waart, San Fran Sym Orch & Cho.--lic from ECM Records.--My first CD of music by John Adams.
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Post by RebLem » Fri May 04, 2007 6:09 am

I just placed my first order with MDT.

Schumann: Cello Concerto--Steven Isserlis, recommended by Corlyss Drinkard, Doyenne of the Desert. :D

Schubert: Last two syms--Szell, Cleveland Orch.

Brahms: Double Concerto |Violin Concerto |Russian National Anthem--Kondrashin, cond. Moscow Phil, Oistrakh, Rostropovich.

Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas--Alicia de Laroccha.

Dvorak: Complete String Quartets--Panocha Quartet.

Shostakovich: Complete Syms--Kondrashin.

And, from Crotchet,

Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies--Maxim Shostakovich.
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets--Gewandhaus Quartet.
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Post by MaestroDJS » Tue May 08, 2007 5:07 pm

Alas, Tower Records at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue (where I typically bought a metric ton of CDs whenever I was in Washington DC) has closed, along with most of their other stores. Luckily I found a great sale at Barnes & Noble: buy 2 CDs or CD sets and get the 3rd free. They also took my other discount cards and coupons, so I basically got them for half price. These are CDs that I had wanted but never got around to them, but at this price I finally took the plunge.

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880): Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Claudia Eder, Gabriel Bacquier, Justino Diaz, James Morris. Choeus de Radio France; Orchestre National de France / Seiji Ozawa. Deutsche Grammophon 427 682-2 (2 CDs)

André Previn (1929- ): A Streetcar Named Desire, Opera in 3 Acts. Renée Fleming, Rodney Gilfry, Elizabeth Futral, Antony Dean Griffey, Judith Forst, Matthew Lord. Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera / André Previn. Deutsche Grammophon 289 459 366-2 (3 CDs)

Steve Reich (1936- ): Music For 18 Musicians; Different Trains; Tehillim; Eight Lines; (You Are) Variations; New York Counterpoint; Cello Counterpoint; Electric Counterpoint; Come Out; Proverb; The Desert Music; Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ; Drumming. Various Performers. Nonesuch 79962-2 (5 CDs)

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Post by Harold Tucker » Tue May 08, 2007 8:22 pm

Maestro
Don't miss Melody Records on Dupont Circle (just down the street from Kramerbooks) one of the last of a dying breed: a well stocked independent music store. At least it was last June when I too spent way too much at the departed Tower.

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Post by Haydnseek » Wed May 09, 2007 9:16 am

Harold Tucker wrote:Maestro
Don't miss Melody Records on Dupont Circle (just down the street from Kramerbooks) one of the last of a dying breed: a well stocked independent music store. At least it was last June when I too spent way too much at the departed Tower.
And nearby at 2000 P Street is Second Story Books which used to have a decent stock of used classical recordings and probably still does.
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Post by MaestroDJS » Sun May 20, 2007 5:55 pm

Here is something a bit different from my usual fare. I have just received an excellent CD of short pieces arranged and performed by harpist Sally Fletcher: Classical Music from the Harp. Fletcher is a professional harpist and author on the healing power of music, and her latest CD contains popular selections from many of the world's most famous composers, including Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Ravel etc. Her stated goal in offering these easily-recognized favorites is to extend her popular series of soothing music that emanates from the healing resonance of the harp.

Sally Fletcher: Classical Music from the Harp. Debussy: Rêverie; Ravel: Boléro; Puccini: O Mio Babbino; Saint-Saëns: Carnival des Animaux: Le Cygne; Debussy: Clair de lune; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Arabian Dance; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsodie on a Theme of Paganini: 18th Variation; Massenet: Thaïs: Méditation; Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata: I. Adagio sostenuto; Puccini: La Bohème: Musetta's Waltz; Pachelbel: Canon in D; Beethoven: Für Elise; Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu; Chopin: Étude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3; Brahms: Waltz in A-Flat Major; Ernesto deCurtis: Come Back to Sorrento; Debussy: La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin. Sally Fletcher, Harp.

Quoth Sally Fletcher: "Classical music is known as being among the most healthful and relaxing. I believe that easily recognized masterpieces further enhance the experience because there is something very comfortable in the familiar." This is her 7th CD release, and she has other titles that specifically focus on the healing power of music, such as "Healing from the Harp," "Hymns for Healing" and "Serenity from the Harp." Her CDs are included in the music libraries of hospitals, spas, health clubs, extended care facilities and many private collections where people are often drawn to the purity of sound that is unique to the harp.

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Post by Wallingford » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:58 pm

:D WELL, my Beethoven collection's gotten a lift lately:

First, there was a nice big batch of Musical Heritage Society albums at the nearby Half-Price Books outlet for a quarter a throw, including pianist ROBERT RIEFLING's traversals of the last 5 Beethoven Sonatas, as well as the "Les Adieux," #19, #20, #24 & #25. Great Norwegian pianist, & I'm looking forward to listening to them.

And, my ERNEST ANSERMET Beethoven symphony set is now complete--never could find the whole box edition & had to get'em separate lo these past 16 years. Picked up the missing piece, the "Eroica," just today.
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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:12 pm

There was a discussion a while back about the 22 CD set of Stravinsky works at Amazon.com from Germany. Guess what arrived today??!

It is indeed the Columbia/Sony Stravinsky Conducts series and is wonderful. Some works not recorded by Stravinsky are handled by Robert Craft, such as Requiem Canticles, Song of the Nightingale, and "Aldus Huxley" Variations. As a teen, I could not always afford an LP so I checked tons of records out of the public library. As these were the most easily attainable Stravinsky recordings then, I cut my teeth on these performances. Sound is good, packaging is paper sleeves and the notes in German. The track listings are in English. Worth the $37.99 for sure.

One little gem is the recording of Les Noces with four pianists better known for other things: Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss and Roger Sessions.
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Post by Barry » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:05 am

I received a gift certificate to Amazon and used it to order two recordings of Bruckner's 9th I've read many raves about, but have yet to hear.

Those would be the Kubelik performance on Orfeo and Karajan's 60s recording with the BPO on DG.
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Post by Jack Kelso » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:20 am

Barry Z wrote:I received a gift certificate to Amazon and used it to order two recordings of Bruckner's 9th I've read many raves about, but have yet to hear.

Those would be the Kubelik performance on Orfeo and Karajan's 60s recording with the BPO on DG.
Yes----yet another example of Karajan's interpretative genius. Let me know about the Kubelik---I've never heard it. Every time I pull out the Bruckner Ninth it turns out to be Bruno Walter's (Columbia Sym.). :)

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Post by niper » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:22 am

Waiting for my man ...

1. Chesky rec.
Fritz Reiner and The Royal Philharmonic evoke the dramatic excitement and youthful strength of Brahm's last symphony, one which could rival the greatest compositions of Beethoven. A sonically flawless transfer from the master tapes.

Selections: Egmont Overture Brahms Symphony No.4, Allegro Non Troppo, Andante Moderato, Allegro giocoso, Allegro Energcio E Passionato


2.
BRAHMS/CONCERTO NO. 2 XRCD24

Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist Emil Gilels and cellist Janos Starker performing Brahms Concerto No. 2.
Format: JVC/RCA Classical Super XRCD24


3.

Smetana: Má Vlast


Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra: Orchestr Ceská Filharmonie
Audio CD (November 1, 1998)
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Supraphon

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Post by jserraglio » Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:03 am

Constantin Silvestri on two Angel LPs

Shostakovich 5th with the Vienna

Liszt Tasso and Les Preludes with the Philharmonia

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Post by Jack Kelso » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:03 am

jserraglio wrote:Constantin Silvestri on two Angel LPs

Shostakovich 5th with the Vienna

Liszt Tasso and Les Preludes with the Philharmonia
I have Silvestri's excellent Liszt too, a 2-CD set but with Beecham/Royal Phil. doing the "Eine Faust-Sinfonie" on the other CD with "Orpheus"......

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Post by Febnyc » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:40 pm

Christoph Schaffrath: Trios & Sonatas cpo 777 116-2

Sergei Taneyev: Piano Concerto in Eb Toccata Classics TOC0042

Andreas Hallén: Violin Romance, Gustaf Wasa's Saga, Im Herbst, others Sterling 1070

George Lloyd: Symphony 5 Albany TROY022

Giovanni Battista Viotti: String Quartets 1-3 Dynamic 138

Felix Weingartner: Sextet, Octet cpo 777 049-2

F. X. Richter: Grandes Symphonies 1-6 Naxos 8.557818

Franz Ignaz Beck: Symphonies Op.4 1-3 cpo 777 033-2

Guy Ropartz: Piano Trio, String Trio, Prelude Marine et Chansons Timpani 1118

Rodion Shchedrin: The Seagull (ballet) Russian Disc 10 050

Rudolf Simonsen: String Quartets 1&2, Clarinet Quintet Classico 635

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Post by Wallingford » Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:41 pm

Well, this weekend's been one of those joyful commemorations for me: namely, when I get down to changing the old stylus & putting on the new!

I've always stuck (you should pardon that term!)....with the ADC QLM34 Mark 3, though it's been through model changes over the years (we're talking 1980s here, the LP's "twilight" days, though it never even had to be "raised from the dead"). I've been using a generic substitute needle from Pfahnstiel which, to the ears of many (myself included), reveals rather negligible difference. In addition, I changed my cartridge, too, though not to a new one: it's my second ADC, which had been living in a pretty comfy early retirement, up until now; I've had one that's seen continual use for the last 2 decades, and which I can now more or less say is played out, in any sense of the phrase. (And it's amazing, how the cartridge manufacturers had always been telling us how their products "wear out" with only, maybe, a half-decades' use....it took one of the local turntable docs to inform me otherwise.)

So with a noticeably stronger sound, I'm now celebrating by splitting the cellophane on some unplayed vinyl, which include:

VIRTUOSE TROMPETE": Trumpet Concertos by Haydn, L.Mozart, Telemann & Purcell.......Mertens/Rieu/Concerto Amsterdam (Telefunken 6.41145)
MUSSORGSKY: BORIS GODUNOV (ACT 1, SCENE 2; ACT 2, MAD SCENE; ACT 4, SCENE 2).......Petrov/Shulpin/Mishutin/Klepatskaya/Melik-Pashayev/Bolshoi Theatre Orch. & Chorus (Melodiya/Quintessence PMC-7192)
CHUCK MANGOINE: FUN & GAMES (A&M SP-3715)......includes the hit "Give It All You Got." Can't believe how statickey these late 70s-early 80s pressings are.....
HAYDN: OBOE CONC. IN C/PURCELL: 3 FANTASIES a 3.......Pongracz/Sandor/Hungarian Radio & TV Sym.; Hungarian String Trio (Dover 97283-6)
VIVALDI: FOUR SEASONS.......Wuhrer Cham. Orch. (Gold Award MER-209)
JOPLIN: RAGS (ENTERTAINER; MAPLE LEAF; EASY WINNERS; SWIPESY CAKEWALK;PALM LEAF; ELITE SYNCOPATIONS; SOLACE; CASCADES).......Schoenfeld (Pro Arte SDS-613).
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Post by Wallingford » Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:43 pm

I've been spending the weekend at home again, commemorating the installation of the new stylus with some (till now) unopened vinyl:

BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATA #29 ("HAMMERKLAVIER") & ANDANTE FAVORI.......Barry Douglas (RCA 7720-1-RC)
BOHEMIAN ORGAN CONCERTI--BRIXI: CONC. IN G; LINEK: CONC. IN D; KOPRIVA: CONC. IN E-FLAT........Hron/Hertl/Prague Cons. Chamb. Orch. (Schwann/Harmonia Mundi VMS-2039)
BACH ORGAN FAVORITES, VOL. 2 (W/"QUEEN ANNE" PRELUDE & FUGUE, PASTORALE, SCHMUECKE DICH, "THE GREAT" A-MINOR)......E. Power Biggs (Columbia MS-6748)
STEVEN DE GROOTE RECITAL--BEETHOVEN'S "EROICA" VARIATIONS & SCHUMANN'S ETUDES SYMPHONIQUES.......(DGG Concours 2535-007)

.....and.....a few pop items that I picked up for four bits apiece during the downtown Seattle Tower store's final day of business:
THE JOSEPHINE WIGGS EXPERIENCE--"BON BON LIFESTYLE" .....(Grand Royal GR-035)......for whatever it's worth, more interesting stuff than:
THE SPACE COSSACKS--"TSAR WARS"..... (MuSick 0016).....any modern band can't seem to live without its "influences"; these guys probably spent their whole life listening to & aping Ventures albums.
AND:
MOTOWN--16 #1 HITS OF THE EARLY 60S (w/Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Miracles, Temptations) (Motown 5248 ML).....easily better than the top two.
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Post by Philoctetes » Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:49 am

Sabata's Tristan und Isolde
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The energy leaves the wine, and the minister falls leaving the church."
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Post by Joe Barron » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:45 am

From an acquaintance in Canada, a homemade CD of redio broadcasts of some of Elliott Carter's more recent music, which is not yet available commercially --- two song cycles (Of Rewaking and In the Distances of Sleep), Soundings for piano and orchestra (contains a stunning tuba recit), Reflexions, Mosaic (very pretty, for harp and chamber ensemble), and the Three Illusions for Orchestra, which James Levine has been conducting all over the place recently. I think of all of Mr. Carter's three-movement, building-block suites, including the Symphonia and the Occasions, this one is my favorite, as small as it is. It's a jewel.

Let's see: this week I also received Carlos Kleiber's recording of the Brahms Fourth, with the VPO, which came recommended very highly, and is everything the recommenders said it is.

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Post by The Magic Hoof » Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:50 pm

Dvorak, Antonin - Symphonies No 8 & 9, Ivan Fischer
Holst, Gustav - Planets, suite for orchestra (or pianos) Op32, James Levine
Stravinsky, Igor - Symphony of Psalms, Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky



I don't know if posting any other music purchases besides classical is allowed, but I got the below as well:

Apoptygma Berzerk - You & Me Against The World
Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia
Ulver - Shadows of the Sun Limited t-shirt/poster/CD

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Post by Wallingford » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:05 pm

Well, last weekend I did about 3 trips in & out of the semiannual Seattle Public Library Sale, and along with the pleasant surprise of finding one book apiece of my favorite conductors (Harvey Sachs' uncensored Letters Of Toscanini, and Beecham's autobiography A Mingled Chime), I snagged these LPs, all at four bits a pop:

Kodaly’s Hary Janos & Prokofiev’s Lt.Kije Suites….Ormandy/PO (RCA ARL1-1325)
Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; Bloch’s Conc.Grosso #1….Kubelik/CSO (Mercury MG-50001)
“Opera Intermezzi” (Kodaly, Mascagni, Offenbach, Verdi, Puccini, etc.)…..Karajan/PhO (Angel 35207)
Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler & Bartok’s Divertmento……Silvestri/PhO. (Angel 35643)
Brahms: Double Conc. ………Oisrakh/Fournier/Klemperer/PhO (Angel 35353)
“Stravinsky Conducts…” his Movements for Piano & Orch. (w/Rosen), Double Canon, Epitaphium, Octet for Winds, & L’Histoire Suite (Columbia ML-5672)
Bach Violin Concertos & Oboe-Violin Conc……Li/Camden/Y.Menuhin/LSO (AngelDS-37896)
Faure Requiem….Chamonin/Abdoun/Martini/Jeunesses Musicals Chor./Colonne Orch. (Turnabout TVS-34147)
Franck Organ Works……Demessieux (London STS-15103/5)
Searle Symphonies #1 & #2…….Boult, Krips/LPO (MHS 3490)
Pachelbel Organ Works (Toccata in C; Ricercare in c; Fantasia in g; 2 Chorales)…..H.Winter (Peerless ORYX-1755)
Dvorak: Symphony #9…..Dorati/RPO (Turnabout 34702)
Grieg Cello Sonata & Schumann Fantasiestucke……..Reese/Linsley (Crystal S-134)
Ghiaurov sings Boris Godunov (Turnabout 34781)
Yardumian: Come, Creator Spirit…….Chookasian/Brusilow/Fordham U. Glee Club/Thomas Moore Coll. Women’s Chor./Chamber Sym. Of Philadelphia (RCA LSC-2979)
Debussy La Mer; Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole; Satie 2 Gymnopedies…….Koussevitzky/BSO (Camden CAL-376)
Schubert Sym. #8; Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet ……..Dorati/CSO (Mercury MG-50037)
Oscar Levant Plays Liszt……..(Columbia ML-5094)
Wagner: Parsifal exc’s……Ormandy/PO (Columbia ML-5080)
“100 Jahre Wiener Staatsoper”……..Goltz/Gueden/Nemeth/Streich/Patzak/Scheidl/Bohm/Heger (Heliodor 88025)
Tchaikovsky Serenade & Mozartiana……van Kempen/Lamoureux Orch. (Epic LC-3213)
Debussy La Mer & Nocturnes….Fournet/CPO (Crossroads/Supraphon 22160092)
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole……..Oistrakh/Martinon/PhO (Angel 35205)
Gershwin Piano Concerto, American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue.....Previn/LSO (RCA 140283.......the inferior RCA Music Service edition of the Angel LP, but it was unopened as were a few others of the above, so I used them to extend the installing of my new stylus)
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Post by Ken » Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:50 pm

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Post by Ken » Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:53 pm

Wallingford wrote:Kodaly’s Hary Janos & Prokofiev’s Lt.Kije Suites….Ormandy/PO (RCA ARL1-1325)
Has this album been re-issued on compact disc? I'd love to have a listen. Kije is one of my favourite Prokofiev works, and I can't seem to find a well-rounded recording.
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Post by Wallingford » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:15 pm

keninottawa wrote:
Wallingford wrote:Kodaly’s Hary Janos & Prokofiev’s Lt.Kije Suites….Ormandy/PO (RCA ARL1-1325)
Has this album been re-issued on compact disc? I'd love to have a listen. Kije is one of my favourite Prokofiev works, and I can't seem to find a well-rounded recording.
'Fraid not. It's a shame.....this performance of the Kodaly is, to my ears, the greatest ever; though the performance of the Prokofiev (a superb one) still yields somewhat to Ormandy's earlier stereo Columbia performance, which has been reissued several times on CD (often in tandem with its original LP discmates, the Classical Symphony and the Love For Three Oranges suite), though you have to pay "collector's price" (30 bucks!) for the only entry on Amazon. You should find it also on the original Columbia "Prokofiev's Greatest Hits" album/CD.

If you're looking for a passable substitute, with both the Kodaly and the Prokofiev, there's the old Szell/Cleveland CD (in Columbia's "Great Performances" series). Some may call these versions better; I miss Ormandy's dash & color, though.
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Post by Ken » Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:45 am

I'd be interested in Szell's take, too. Thanks for the recommendation -- I'll keep my eyes peeled!
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Post by slofstra » Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:44 pm

Ken,

Have you been ordering from 'arkiv'? What are the shipping fees into Canada like?

Also, I have the Gergiev/ Kirov Gudonov on DVD. I watched half - and I'm not sure. How does this opera strike a Borodin fanatic?

Incidentally, there is a full movie production of Borodin's Prince Igor available. Do you have it, and what do you think? Saw it some years ago in a college class, and liked it then.

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Post by Ken » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:40 pm

Henry, the shipping fees to Canada are reasonable. I find, though, that since they don't ship from a single warehouse my orders often come in numerous packages. They don't charge regular shipping rates for each individual package in such a situation, but, for instance, my last order (the one mentioned here) cost $11 to ship.

What is your experience with Amazon's shipping to Canada? I haven't used them for much of my music before.

About the Prince Igor: I haven't seen the movie version, made in the late '60s, I believe. I have the Gergiev/Kirov DVD and like it very much -- it's the only version that I have seen and it ranks up there with the recorded versions that I have heard. Apparently the stage direction is truer to what Borodin intended than many productions that have recently been staged. The opera is great, of course, but I'm more "fanatical" about his symphonies and chamber music.

The Godunov that I ordered is well done, Nesterenko has a lot of character, though his bass isn't as resounding as other performers. It was done in the Perestroika era and the set still has a bit of that endearing Soviet austerity. ;)

I might be compelled in the near future to look into the screen version of Prince Igor. Something tells me, though, I'll be tormented by visions of "Kismet" throughout the film.

Edit:

Henry, it seems I have misunderstood your question! The Godunov opera itself I appreciate for its dramatism and its adaptation from the Pushkin text. I also like Mussorgsky's interpretation of the music through the lens of Slavic speech. The motif of the bells are also quite nifty.

The music, however, is far inferior to that in Igor. :)
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Post by Scafell » Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:11 pm

Amazon have a Canadian site - the shipping fees ought to be nominal. From my perspective, here in the UK, shipping fees FROM the Canadian Amazon are cheaper than from the US one.

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Post by slofstra » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:14 pm

I'm a little ticked right now. I've spent way too much time assembling this most recent order (I've been adding things to the shopping cart for a few months) and I see that the shipping costs to Canada have greatly increased. Over $3 per CD for shipping - around $50 for 14 CDs.

I'm going to place this order with arkivmusic and just see what happens.

Scafell, the problem with amazon.ca is that the prices are much higher than the US site, also many items are not available, and I have found that shipping times take much longer from amazon.ca than ordering directly from the US as many items are just drop shipped from the US anyway. So I always order from amazon.com.

Somewhat later - I did order from arkivmusic although a couple of items were not available.

Here is what I got:

Duo Piano Extravaganza / Martha Argerich & Friends
Schubert, Brahms - Symphony 4, Wagner / Carlos Kleiber
Arvo Pärt - A Tribute / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Et Al
Sacred & Secular Music From 6 Centuries / Hilliard Ensemble
Rachmaninov: 5 Études Tableaux, Piano Concerto No 3 /Andsnes
1+1 Scriabin: 10 Piano Sonatas / Robert Taub
Golijov: Ayre; Berio: Folksongs / Dawn Upshaw, Andalusian Do
Classic Library - Richter - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
Brahms: The Piano Concertos / Chailly, Freire, Gewandhaus
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios / Fischer, Gilad, Müller-schott
Gothic Voices - Gramophone Award Winners Collection
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 28, 29 / Mitsuko Uchida
Original Masters - Hindemith Conducts Hindemith
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Simon Rattle
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Post by Chalkperson » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:21 pm

Philoctetes wrote:Sabata's Tristan und Isolde
Carlos Kleiber's LIVE Tristan and Isolde, $17.99 Opera D'Oro

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Post by Chalkperson » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:52 pm

slofstra wrote:
Golijov: Ayre; Berio: Folksongs / Dawn Upshaw,
You bought another Berio record, i'm Sooooo impressed... :wink:

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Post by slofstra » Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:09 am

Chalkie,

No I bought a Golijov record. It's got some Berio on it, can't help it.

Seriously though, I haven't made up my mind about Berio yet.

You might notice a few of your EM recommendations in the arkiv order.

I also bought these from Amazon:

1 "Prokofiev: The Complete Symphonies"
Sergey Prokofiev; / Gergiev

1 "Dancing in the Light"
Christos Hatzis;

1 "Clara Haskil: Philips Recordings, 1951-1960"
Ludwig van Beethoven;

1 "Hindemith: Sonatas for viola/piano & viola alone"
Paul Hindemith;

I'm still debating with myself about the Russian Legends box with 100 CDs including Richter and Oistrakh. You might remember me mentioning it. Price isn't the problem; time is. And a new 17 CD Du Pre set is coming out, and there's lots of other stuff kicking around in my 'wish list'. I think I'm going to wait and play through my current backlog before looking hard at either of those sets.

I'd like to start a thread about the Stravinsky set. I'm about half way through and very pleased with it.

These Internet orders take way too much time. Esp. when indecisive like me.

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:56 am

Hey Henry, welcome back, we (well certainly I) missed you...you picked good EM Discs...Hindemith...eeeccchhh...can't stand 'im...Golijov Rules Though... :D

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:00 am

Seventeen discs of DuPre...pass on that...buy the Russian Legends, if you don't get hooked i'll refund your money..you gotta get into live recordings, f*** the sound , they are on a wing and a prayer...that's pretty nifty, in my book... :D

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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:35 am

Scafell wrote: shipping fees FROM the Canadian Amazon are cheaper than from the US one.
Must be a commonwealth thing.
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