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

Post by Len_Z » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:51 am

Christmas comes really, really early for me this year, as today's mail brought two gems that I've long given up any hope of ever seeing released on CD:

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I don't think any of these performers need a recommendation, but just allow me to say that in my very humble opinion, this is the best Cossotto solo disc, capturing her voice at its best ever. As for the Ludwig/Bernstein Brahms recital, if you never heard before, you're in for a wild ride. L.B. opens Zigeunerlieder as if he were on ecstasy, but later on seems to suddenly remember that he has a vocalist to accompany and gives a much more balanced, albeit still incredibly passionate account. Christa Ludwig has simply no peers in this repertoire. A truly unique recording.

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Post by maestrob » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:24 am

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Five star musicianship evident throughout every bar of this fine release, and some very fine singing as well! Bravi, tutti!

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Post by maestrob » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:16 am

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This young man sounds like the real deal.....really impressive.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:16 am

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Available right now on Amazon as a download, the Cello Concerto II for $0.99.

Good listening.......

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Post by Thumper » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:46 am

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Another addition to my Brilliant Classics box set collection for £11.22 inc. postage. 8)
"Miss pianist bows her lovely back under the hail of notes that she's returning, slightly damaged, to Beethoven."

Norman MacCaig - Concerto

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Post by John F » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:49 am

Norman MacCaig, eh? Author of one of my favorite poems, "Birds All Singing."
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Post by maestrob » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:19 am

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Serebrier has been on a Glazunov binge recently, and the music, if not great, at least deserves to be heard in these excellent recordings. Husband to the moderately successful soprano Carole Farley (who studied with my voice teacher), Serebrier is a sensitive conductor, and his Russian National Orchestra is now up to international standards. A fine release.

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:22 pm

maestrob wrote:Serebrier is a sensitive conductor, and his Russian National Orchestra is now up to international standards. A fine release.
I thought it was Pletnev's Orchestra actually, put together by him in 1990...it certainly is a very fine Orchestra...
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Post by slofstra » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:23 am

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I like this more than the three reviewers on Amazon. James Ehnes has a beautiful tone, and the BBC under Noseda play up a storm. If you're looking for a digital version of these masterpieces, this one is highly recommended.
Is this very recent? I'm inclined to purchase anything and everything Ehnes releases. Even if he wasn't a Canadian, I would.

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Post by maestrob » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:50 am

slofstra wrote:
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I like this more than the three reviewers on Amazon. James Ehnes has a beautiful tone, and the BBC under Noseda play up a storm. If you're looking for a digital version of these masterpieces, this one is highly recommended.
Is this very recent? I'm inclined to purchase anything and everything Ehnes releases. Even if he wasn't a Canadian, I would.
Yes, it's recent, and IMHO it outclasses other versions I've heard. Enjoy! :wink:

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Post by Len_Z » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:15 pm

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Bought this CD a while ago, simply because I find it very hard to pass up a new version of Vier letzte Lieder if the price is not prohibitive, but only got around to listen to it last night. Didn't expect much, but was absolutely smitten with the very first notes, listened to it back to back twice, and cannot take it out of my CD player since.

This lady posses a stunningly beautiful voice and gives wonderfully nuanced, meticulously thought-out interpretations. Methinks this is a major talent worth following closely.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:20 am

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Bought this CD a while ago, simply because I find it very hard to pass up a new version of Vier letzte Lieder if the price is not prohibitive, but only got around to listen to it last night. Didn't expect much, but was absolutely smitten with the very first notes, listened to it back to back twice, and cannot take it out of my CD player since.

This lady posses a stunningly beautiful voice and gives wonderfully nuanced, meticulously thought-out interpretations. Methinks this is a major talent worth following closely.
Thanks for the suggestion, Len_Z......looks tempting on amazon for $10.62....

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Post by CharmNewton » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:28 am

Have been exploring the these two sets from Italian DG:

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Volume 1 (8 CDs) can be generally had from several U.S. sources, and may be of more interest to some as it includes a number of standard concerti as well as his now hard-to-find recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas. Volume 2 (8 CDs) is harder to find and my copy came from Italy via the Amazon UK market place. It includes 2 discs of Vivaldi, 2 of Paganini, 1 each of Bruch, Haydn and Tartini along with other fillers. These recordings originally were issued on DG and Philips. Surprisingly his recording of the Beethoven Concerto with Kurt Masur isn't included in either volume.

Accardo is one of the finest violinists on record, and while we talk about violinists such as Grumiaux or any number of Russian artists, Italy has also produced some outstanding violinists. Another is Accardo's contemporary, Uto Ughi.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:41 am

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Bought this CD a while ago, simply because I find it very hard to pass up a new version of Vier letzte Lieder if the price is not prohibitive, but only got around to listen to it last night. Didn't expect much, but was absolutely smitten with the very first notes, listened to it back to back twice, and cannot take it out of my CD player since.

This lady posses a stunningly beautiful voice and gives wonderfully nuanced, meticulously thought-out interpretations. Methinks this is a major talent worth following closely.
Thanks for the suggestion, Len_Z......looks tempting on amazon for $10.62....
Just wanted to let you know that I agree with all you said above. Mikolaj is a major talent, and should go far. The CD is really quite beautiful.......

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Post by Len_Z » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:31 pm

maestrob wrote:Just wanted to let you know that I agree with all you said above. Mikolaj is a major talent, and should go far. The CD is really quite beautiful.......
Really glad you liked it! Let's hope a major label picks her up and gives her the full-fledged career she so clearly deserves. For her sake, as we well as ours :)

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Post by Ted Quanrud » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:18 pm

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18 CDs A stunning bargain at $55

Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: Nuages/Fêtes/Sirènes, Jeux, La Mer, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Images for Orchestra, and Printemps Pierre Boulez conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra, Franklin Cohen (Clarinet) with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, Jean-Rodolphe Kars (Piano) and Sir Alexander Gibson conducting the London Symphony Orchestra
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire, and Danse sacrée et danse profane, Vera Badings (Harp), Bernard Haitink conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Berceuse heroïque, Eduard Van Beinum conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Tarentelle styrienne "Danse", and Khamma, Riccardo Chailly conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestr
Préludes, Book 1, 2 Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Images for Piano, Sets 1 and 2, and Children's Corner, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Etudes (12) for Piano, Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Estampes (3) for Piano, Suite for Piano "Pour le piano", Suite bergamasque, Images oubliées, D'un cahier d'esquisses, L'isle joyeuse, Arabesques, Hommage à Haydn, Rêverie, and Page d'album , Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
L'enfant prodigue: Cortège, Epigraphes antique, Symphony in B minor, En blanc et noir, Lindaraja, Petite suite for Piano 4 hands, Alfons Kontarsky (Piano), Aloys Kontarsky (Piano) and the Kontarsky Duo
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10, Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Augustin Dumay (Violin)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Martha Argerich (Piano), Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Wolfgang Schulz (Flute), Wolfram Christ (Viola), Margit Anna Süss (Harp) and Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Syrinx, Wolfgang Schulz (Flute)
Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, Jane, Fêtes galantes, Set 1, Caprice, and Ariettes oubliées, Véronique Dietschy (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Poèmes (3) de Mallarmé, Paysage sentimental, Nuit d'étoiles, Mandoline, Deux romances: no 1, L'âme évaporée, no 2, Les cloches, Chansons (3) de Bilitis, Beau soir, Apparition, La damoiselle élue, Philippe Cassard (Piano), Doris Lamprecht (Mezzo Soprano), Véronique Dietschy (Soprano), Bernard Tetu conducting the Lyon National Chorus Soloists
Proses lyriques, Poèmes (7) de Banville, Mélodies (3) de Verlaine, La belle au bois dormant, L'Archet, Fêtes galantes, Set 2, En sourdine, Clair de lune, Flots, Palmes, Sables, Tragedie, Romance: Voici que le printemps, Regret: Devant le ciel, Poèmes (7) de Banville: no 5 Il dort encore, 7, Fête galante, Nuits blanches, Noël des enfants que n'ont plus de maison, Les papillons, Les angélus, La romance d'Ariel, Dans le jardin, Chansons (3) de France, Ballades (3) de François Villon, and Madrid performed by Véronique Dietschy (Soprano) and Emmanuel Strosser (Piano)
Pelléas et Mélisande, François Le Roux (Baritone), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone), Jean-Phillipe Courtis (Bass), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Pace (Soprano), Rudolf Mazzola (Bass), Maria Ewing (Soprano) , conducted by Claudio Abbado and the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Chansons (3) de Charles d'Orléans, Suzanne Flowers (Soprano), Julian Clarkson (Bass), Frances Jellard (Alto) with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir
Le martyre de St Sébastien, Suzanne Danco (Soprano), Nancy Waugh (Voice) with Ernest Ansermet and the Suisse Romande Orchestra and L'Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz
La boîte à joujoux, Ernest Ansermet and the Suisse Romande Orchestra
Valse romantique, Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Mazurka for Piano, Masques, Le petit nègre, Danse bohémienne, Ballade slave, Daniel Ericourt (Piano)
L'isle joyeuse, Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
L'enfant prodigue: Air de Lia, Inge Borkh (Soprano), Anatole Fistoulari and the London Symphony Orchestra
Mandoline, Chansons (3) de France: no 2, La grotte, Ballades (3) de François Villon: no 2, Ballade que Villon feit à la requeste de sa mère, Gérard Souzay (Baritone) with Edouard Lindenberg conducting the Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris

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Post by scififan » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:05 pm

I mentioned this on another thread "What are YOU listening to today?" where I discuss my impressions of a few of the pieces. Possibly, this was the proper thread to use in the first place. :oops: But here is the essential information about this set: I say a bit more about what I think of these performances in the other post,

The compilation is Wilhelm Kempff: Poet At the Piano {Documents: LC12281 Produced in Germany}. All the recordings are ADD mono from the fifties. The 10 CDs cover a wide range of material:

CD 1-7
MOZART Klavierkonzerte Nr. 9' 15' 20
Piano Concertos Nos. 9' 15' 20
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester' Berliner Philharmoniker' Karl Münchinger'
Herbert von Karajan (1953' 1956)
BEETHOVEN Klavierkonzerte 1-5 / Piano Concertos 1-5
Klaviersonaten Nr. 8' 14' 21' 23' 26' 31 / Piano Sonatas
Nos. 8' 14' 21' 23' 26' 31
Berliner Philharmoniker' Paul van Kempen (1951' 1953' 1956)
CD 8+9
SCHUMANN Klavierkonzert / Piano Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra' Josef Krips (1953)
BRAHMS Vier Balladen / Four Ballads
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Piano Concerto No. 1
Staatskapelle Dresden' Franz Konwitschny (1953' 1957)
CD 10
LISZT Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Piano Concerto No. 1
London Symphony Orchestra' Anatole Fistoulari (1954)
CHOPIN Ballade Nr. 3 / Ballad No. 3 · Fantaisie f-Moll
Fantasy in F minor · Fantaisie-Impromptu
Fantasy Impromptu · Berceuse op. 57+60 (1958)

For €14 this is good value.

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Post by maestrob » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:36 am

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This is an outstanding new release from an outstanding new singer. :!:

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Post by scififan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:05 pm

I've added a download of Denis Brain's recording of Mozart's Horn Concertos with von Karajan and The Philharmonia. I have it on an old vinyl but the download has greater clarity as well as being much more convenient.

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Post by scififan » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:25 am

Owing to the interesting discussion on the Dennis Brain thread I downloaded The Artistry of Dennis Brain fron the iTunes store.
The selection includes:

Beethoven:
Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17
with Denis Matthews (piano)
Dittersdorf:
Partita in D major: 4th movement - Minuet and Trio
ed. Haas
London Baroque Ensemble, Karl Haas
Dukas:
Villanelle
with Gerald Moore (piano)
Haydn:
Symphony No. 31 in D major ‘Horn Signal': Allegro
with Neill Sanders, Edmund Chapman, Alfred Cursue (horns) & Gareth Morris (flute)
Orchestra, Jack Westrup
Mozart:
Divertimento No. 16 In E Flat Major K289 For 2 Oboes, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons
Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
with Colin Horsley
Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K417
Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind
Mozart, L:
Concerto for hosepipe & strings (third movement)
Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra, Norman Del Mar
Schumann:
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
with Gerald Moore (piano)

I was particularly interested in the recording of the Mozart Horn Concerto with Susskind.

Now--as to the Leopold Mozart piece--can anyone tell me what in the world a Hosepipe is? :? :? :?

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Post by maestrob » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:22 am

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Having posted about Charles Munch based on my recollections of his LP recordings, I'll be brief here.

I had hoped that the CD edition of these recordings would improve on the dry, congested sound that was a hallmark of Munch's LPs, and to some extent the remastering for CD does help. The problem, I find, is not so much the recording technology, as it is the playing of the orchestra itself. Munch usually gets the tempo right, and his orchestra is well-disciplined, but what's lacking is beauty of tone, the special quality of sound that Chicago, Philadelphia, New York or Cleveland, could bring to important moments. Under Munch, strings sound harsh, brasses blare and woodwinds sound dry. Munch's priorities are discipline and an exciting balance to his tempi, but at the expense of tone quality and clean articulation.

An interesting study in the flaws of an almost-ran. :mrgreen:

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:18 pm

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Wolfgang Schulz (Flute), Wolfram Christ (Viola), Margit Anna Süss (Harp) and Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Okay, what am I missing here ; )

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Post by scififan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:37 pm

Cavalleria Rusticana with Melandri and the wonderful Bruna Rasa is a live recording of a performance at the Haag in 1938 with Mascagni conducting.

This is an amazingly powerful and fierce performance that has been oddly neglected. Of course, Mascagni did a kind of "all-star" performance for the fiftieth anniversary of the opera and this has always been available. The '38 recording is actually much more dynamic. While Bruna Rasa was very fine in the anniversary recording, here she is unforgettable. One can understand why she is considered the greatest Santuzza of all. The great duet with Melandri has a lacerating emotional power I've never heard anywhere else. And you can download the full opera from iTunes store for a ridiculously low price. Here's a review of the performance from Opera Fanatic:

http://www.operafanatic.com/cd/cavaller ... bruna-rasa

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Post by bigshot » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:53 pm

I just popped for the Membran 110 CD Furtwangler box set. $80 shipped. I've been resisting it because I already have his RAI Ring and Tristan, but I finally broke down.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:40 am

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This is the best set of Dvorak's symphonies available, thanks to Lance's recommendation! Who says we don't sell CDs on this forum? Outstanding, far better than Neumann's later digital set, and restored in excellent analog sound.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:09 am

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A very enjoyable disc of bon-bons, familiar & not, well-played and recorded.

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Post by maestrob » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:32 am

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Energetic and full of sparkle & wit: excellent Haydn! :D

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Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:55 pm

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This is, again, better than the Amazon reviewers would have it. With sensitive, elegant playing, Ivana Gavric definitely establishes her own personality in gems by Janacek, Schubert, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Carefully chosen to suit her style, this repertoire shows her at her best, and makes for a moving recital.

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Post by maestrob » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:44 am

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Lubimov is a new pianist for me, and this set is aces. Sensitive, electric playing, with technique to burn; very impressive, with a bonus of Afternoon of a Faun and the 3 Nocturnes. Well done!

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Post by scififan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:53 am

Beethoven: Complete Works for Violoncello and Piano: Live performance by Wilhelm Kempff and Pierre Fournier: 1965, Paris. {Stereo}
Deutsche Grammophone: 423297-2

This is a deeply spiritual performance by two wonderful artists. Kempff and Fournier reveal the visionary landscapes of Beethoven. Even if you already have a good edition, this one is worth getting.

My set is German but it is also available as an import in Amazon and the price is quite reasonable--in fact considering how splendid both the playing and the interpretation arre, it's a real bargain.

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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:54 am

Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 25

Mozart: Piano Concertos 12 & 26

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra & Christian Zacharias
MD&G

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Post by maestrob » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:04 am

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Beethoven's pupil strikes again. Not bad listening, thanks to Lance. Beautifully played in the Piano Concerto for Four Hands.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:19 pm

As for the Shostakovich V, I had to think about Petrenko's interpretation a lot, because he has lots of interesting ideas, but ultimately it fails the common-sense test for me. I'll try to explain.

Music has to provoke an emotion of awe, in the sense that it gives you, the audience member, a great moment, or even better, a series of them. Petrenko fails in this, because he's trying too hard. Yes, it's OK to show off your orchestra, and sure it's important to have new ideas and not just copy what others have done, but if you fail at playing the game within the discipline of boundaries, it's time to call "foul!"

1) First movement: not bad, but too slow & stodgy in places. Trying to impress me with over-profundity doesn't work.
2) Second movement: pretty good, actually the best of the lot.
3) Third Mov't is the great failure: 'way too slow, and with pianissimi so soft the bottom drops out. No musical tension. Solti made (and admitted to) the same mistake in the Adagio Mvt. of Beethoven IX (analog/Chicago).
4) Severely slow in the recapitulation and Finale:

Just because one can do a thing, doesn't mean it should be done.

Music must hold together in order to keep tension and emotional build-up. Petrenko seems to have forgotten this basic rule about the glue that keeps everything moving along. I admire all the tricks he does with his orchestra, but save them for an appropriate time. All a matter of taste, and this performance is tasteless.

MHO, as always. In my heart I firmly believe that showing off is simply bad form, especially when it distorts rather than serves the music.

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Post by jserraglio » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:38 am

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only 46 USD on amazon.it last week. don't buy Cds much anymore but this was too good a price to resist.

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Post by jserraglio » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:42 am

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This is the best set of Dvorak's symphonies available, thanks to Lance's recommendation! Who says we don't sell CDs on this forum? Outstanding, far better than Neumann's later digital set, and restored in excellent analog sound.
I bought it too even though I have it on LP. I think I paid $7.98 for the lot. Great set!

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

Post by scififan » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:17 am

I enjoy period performances but most of the ones I have are pre-Beethoven--the exceptions being the Goodman performance of Beethoven's Symphonies and John Eliot Gardiner's performance with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantasique using the original 1830 Orchestration--which latter is {IMO} enormously effective.

Thus, I listened to some samples on iTunes of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Robert Levin, Gardiner, and the ORR. It was intriguing enough to get m e to but the set--and at €30-it is quite a good buy as It includes not only the five concertos with Levin using his own cadenzas, but also The Fantasy for Piano and Chorus, and chamber versions of the Second Symphony {Piano, violin, and 'Cello} and the 4th Piano Concerto {Piano and String Quintet}.

Now despite the fact that the recordings of Solomon and Kempff {especially} are almost parts of my soul, I find these period performances really do offer something special. I haven't listened to the entire set but so far they have tremendous spontaneity and vitality. The most difficult aspect--for me--is getting used to the rather recessed sound of the piano. BTW Levin uses a different piano for each concerto--selecting a model which would have been in use at the time Beethoven composed a specific work. Thus, a more powerful instrument is used for the Emperor than for the 2nd concerto.

So far, I have listened to the first two concertos in their entirety--and only selections from the others. It sounds like an interesting journey. :)

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Post by maestrob » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:37 pm

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Many times sequels disappoint. Not so in this case. Demidenko has sure instincts for Bach-Busoni, and has made another disc to match his equally superb Vol. I.

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Post by jserraglio » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:05 pm


Elgar: Cello Concerto / Weilerstein · Barenboim

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Post by maestrob » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:22 am

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Along with the complete Ravel piano music, this set (gifted to me recently by a VERY good friend with excellent taste) has quickly won me over. Gordon Fergus-Thompson has a magical touch with French music, and his interpretations rate 5 stars from me. Sensitive, probing, mature and deeply satisfying, these discs stand proudly next to the best Debussy and Ravel I've heard. Magnificent!

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Post by Wallingford » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:10 pm

In keeping up my efforts in recovering more of my old record collection, I'm presently duping to CD-R Felix Weingartner's matchless Beethoven symphony set. Also the overtures Weigartner recorded (Egmont, Consecration of the House, Leonore #2, Prometheus and Fidelio).
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
Getting ready for Christmas day
--Paul Simon

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Post by maestrob » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:50 am

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This set has received excellent write-ups here and even its own Thread, so let me just say thank you to gPerkins for bringing it to our attention. Disc I is all Chopin and, in spite of the background noise, which the ear immediately filters out, the sensitivity and musicality of the playing is simply outstanding: a joy to listen to and return to for repeated listening and study.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:57 pm

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This outstanding double disc release of concert tapes from 1952 includes Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder, R. Strauss's Four Last Songs, excerpts from Tristan & Isolde and Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene, and a fascinating glimpse at R. Strauss's Elektra. Vividly recorded and well-played, conductor Georges Sebastien makes only one grevious tempo error in the Strauss Songs. A fine release, well-documenting Flagstad at the height of her powers, in good sound.

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Post by scififan » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:31 pm

I downloaded Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies and Orchestral Works played by The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. The six discs include the main symphonies and a considerable number of other orchestral works--both well-known and obscure {But not Manfred}. The performance gets excellent reviews and it sells at a super bargain price. {€6,99}. I've listened to the first symphony and it is as good as any I've heard. Though when it comes to the final three, Mravinsky is probably unsurpassable.

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Post by Thumper » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:33 pm

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Things might get bawdy.
"Miss pianist bows her lovely back under the hail of notes that she's returning, slightly damaged, to Beethoven."

Norman MacCaig - Concerto

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Post by scififan » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:07 am

For Christmas I received the Complete Sonatas of Haydn on the Brilliant classics set. They are played on 10 CDs upon period fortepianos by five different pianists.

I fist came across it on a review of the set on Amazon. One reviewer absolutely slated the performances and raised serious doubts about getting it. I then read a number of other equally thorough reviews--all of which stated that--as with so many Brilliant sets--this was an excellent buy.

So I listened to some of Van Oort {one of the players on the set} on You Tube. Personally, I thought that his performances of Haydn sonatas were excellent. And so far, the playing on the set has lived up to expectations. The B Minor sonata Hob Vi/32 (1776} on disc 1 is striking and the famous C Maj Hob XVI/50 {1794} is beautifully done.

Some might prefer the greater flexibility of a concert grand but I think these performances are very satisfying. Your best bet is to listen to the samples on You Tube and make up your own mind to see if you would prefer to look elsewhere.

Personally, I'm quite happy with this compilation.

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Post by maestrob » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:46 am

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Absolutely magnificent!

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Post by maestrob » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:32 pm

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Finally got these. Five stars!

Brief comments: The BBC is not the Czech Philharmonic, but they play magnificently and only the tubby tympani give the game away. Strings are a bit thin, but these are minor points: the conducting is aces, and this makes an excellent way to discover these top-flight symphonies.

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Post by Jared » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:05 am

well chaps, I'm afraid that I've weakened and have been buying again over the past week... a mixture of real bargains I couldn't refuse and recordings I've had on my wish-list for a long time...

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LvB's String Trios have been on my list for a very long time now... I'll probably listen to them in conjunction with the Florestan Piano Trios which arrived a couple of days ago... some time around Mid March!!

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these three were all in the 99p - £1.40 bracket on Amazon last w/e and fill in useful gaps in my collection...

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can't resist Bernarda Fink's voice in this type of repertoire, and this was only £4...

but I'm saving the best till last... this one has been about £34 for the 8 CD set for as long as I can remember, but Amazon have just sold one for £9.99 with free P&P this morning... let's just hope it arrives!!

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once again, I think I'm fitted out until Easter.... the listening to new music never seems to stop!!

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Post by maestrob » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:21 am

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Weinberg (sometimes spelled Vainberg) is an excellent composer, not A+, but he holds my interest more and more as I listen. If you like a cross between Shostakovich and Martinu, this is music for you. Five stars for this recording!

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