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100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:04 am

Really!.............Let's have a look form the 9/09/09 edition of the UK Telegrpah? Any comments about their choices?.........um......:wink:

OPERA

Princess Margaret once described opera as fat people shouting at each other, which also seems a good description of my local Greggs. Opera, like Greggs, gets a lot of bad press. But contrary to popular belief, opera, like Greggs, isn’t that expensive, or very highfalutin, much of it being about as accessible as a strawberry tart. So tuck in.


Top 100

MUST BUY: 1 Beethoven Fidelio (conductor Otto Klemperer) EMI £17.60, RRP £17.99

Beethoven’s opera is heart-stopping in the theatre but also a sublime, uplifting musical experience without that staging; not many operas convey as much of a message in 'tone’ alone. Though the Fidelio discography is large, few recordings stand out as this one continues to, nearly half a century after it was first captured in stereo. Otto Klemperer’s lofty conducting evokes the transcendental spirit and Jon Vickers’s anguished Florestan is all suffering strength. With a great line-up also including Christa Ludwig and Gottlob Frick, this Fidelio is timeless.

2 Mozart Così fan tutte (conductor Bernard Haitink) EMI £17.60, RRP £17.99

Beneath its unruffled, Mediterranean surface, Mozart’s sublime yet cruel comedy comes to life in Bernard Haitink’s interpretation from Glyndebourne, with a cast including Carol Vaness and Claudio Desderi.

3 Mozart Die Zauberflöte (conductor Otto Klemperer) EMI £17.60, RRP £17.99

The dialogue may be cut, but no CD collection should be without Mozart’s 'opera for everybody’ or a cast that includes Lucia Popp’s Queen of the Night and Nicolai Gedda’s Tamino.

4 Puccini Tosca (conductor Victor de Sabata) EMI £17.60, RRP £17.99

The greatest of all Toscas, Maria Callas is captured at her legendary best, urged on by a distinguished cast and conducting of dramatic sweep.

5 Rossini La Cenerentola (conductor Riccardo Chailly) Decca £24.45, RRP £24.99

From high spirits to deep pathos, La Cenerentola ('Cinderella’) holds in perfect balance everything we love most about Rossini. The cast is led by an ebullient Cecilia Bartoli on her best form.

6 Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (conductor Erich Kleiber) Decca £12.72, RRP £12.99

Witty yet wistful, Erich Kleiber’s interpretation with the Vienna Philharmonic of Strauss’s masterpiece is a classic boasting a dream cast.

7 Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (conductor Semyon Bychkov) Philips £17.60, RRP £17.99

Russia’s greatest opera, amid strong competition, Tchaikovsky’s 'lyric scenes’ have not been better served on disc than by the idiomatic conducting of Semyon Bychkov and a cast including Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s fresh-voiced Onegin.

8 Verdi Don Carlos (conductor Claudio Abbado) DG £48.92, RRP £59.99

The most epic yet most human of Verdi’s operas, Don Carlos exists in multiple versions, but this (in its original French) is one of the best and features Plácido Domingo in the title role.

9 Verdi Falstaff (conductor Herbert von Karajan) EMI £11.74, RRP £12.99

The richly detailed orchestration of Verdi’s final opera blazes out under Herbert von Karajan’s baton, and Tito Gobbi’s multifaceted Fat Knight leads a cast of singers that strike sparks off each other.

10 Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen (conductor Daniel Barenboim) Warner £75.86, RRP £89.99

One of the greatest works of art ever conceived, Wagner’s Ring has been well served on disc, but this features Daniel Barenboim’s theatrically astute conducting, and a magnificent cast including John Tomlinson and Anne Evans.


CONCERTO

Concertos involve one – or sometimes two or three – musicians facing off against the orchestra. Composers often tackle this form in one of two ways. They offer up a delicate, almost operatic interplay between the two factions, like in Mozart, or a down-and-dirty mud fight.

MUST BUY: 1 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 4 (soloist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) EMI £9.78, RRP £9.99

It was the legendary Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli’s recording that decisively changed the fortunes of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Long considered the ugly duckling of Rachmaninov’s concerto output – a last and less than convincing grasp of Russian Romanticism composed at a time (1926) when the world had moved on – the work won its proper place in the wake of Michelangeli’s 1957 landmark recording. The Italian pianist coupled this with another unsurpassed interpretation, of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

2 Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 3 and 4 (soloist Mitsuko Uchida) Philips £12.72, RRP £15.99

Even in a crowded field, Uchida’s performances stand out for their sense of drama.

3 Beethoven Violin Concerto (soloist Itzhak Perlman) EMI £13.70, RRP £13.99

The greatest of all violin concertos, Beethoven’s long work needs the breadth of vision that Perlman is able to supply.

4 Brahms Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 (soloist Leon Fleisher) Sony, deleted

Brahms’s epic piano concertos receive appropriately big and sweeping performances from Leon Fleisher and the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell.

5 Elgar Cello Concerto (soloist Jacqueline du Pré) EMI £13.70, RRP £13.99

Elgar’s masterpiece is also a monument to the passionate playing of Jacqueline du Pré.

6 Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos (soloist Stephen Kovacevich) Philips, deleted

A great coupling, the A minor piano concertos of Grieg and Schumann are played with poetic brilliance by Kovacevich and the conductor Colin Davis.

7 Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K 364 (soloists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman) DG £9.78, RRP £10.99

One of Mozart’s most sublime works, this double concerto for violin and viola inspires a lively musical conversation between two great string players.

8 Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K 488 (soloist Solomon) Testament £13.70, RRP £13.99

Recorded in the mid-Fifties, Solomon’s Mozart remains unsurpassed.

9 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist Sviatoslav Richter) DG £8.80, RRP £9.99

Sviatoslav Richter’s almost mythical reputation in the West was made before he could travel beyond the Iron Curtain by this powerful 1959 recording with the Warsaw Philharmonic.

10 Sibelius Violin Concerto (soloist Leonidas Kavakos) BIS £12.72, RRP £15.99

Mixing technical bravura and poetic lyricism, Kavakos and the leading Sibelius conductor, Osmo Vänskä, play this concerto twice, as this fascinating disc includes the work’s even more demanding original version.


PIANO SOLO

Only one instrument can survive on its own for long enough to sustain our interest and achieve any level of profundity: the piano. Composers have concurred and today it is the instrument with the largest repertoire.

MUST BUY: 1 Chopin Martha Argerich The Legendary 1965 Recording EMI £13.70, RRP £13.99

Only 24 when she was captured playing at Abbey Road, Argerich performs with such intensity that it scarcely feels like a studio recording. Her volcanic energy can leave you scrambling to keep up, but the Third Sonata is breathtaking in its spontaneity and the smaller works are richly imbued with Polish spirit.

2 Albéniz Iberia (Alicia de Larrocha) Decca £10.76, RRP £10.99

Albéniz’s masterpiece has never been served better on disc than by the authentically Spanish pianism of Alicia de Larrocha.

3 Bach Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould) RCA £5.86, RRP £9.99

One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould devoted his first major recording to the Goldbergs, but the more introspective version, made in 1981, is widely considered to be his finest.

4 Bartók Romanian Folk Dances (Zoltán Kocsis) Philips £9.78, RRP £12.99

The folk roots of the composer’s work are encapsulated here as part of a dazzling all-Bartók recital by this brilliant Hungarian pianist.

5 Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata (Rudolf Serkin) Sony, deleted

Rudolf Serkin’s Hammerklavier stands out for its prodigious power and introspection.

6 Brahms Klavierstücke Op 116-119 (Wilhelm Kempff) DG, deleted

A delectable distillation of Brahms’s late style.

7 Debussy Préludes Books 1 & 2 (Krystian Zimerman) DG £22.50, RRP £23.99

Debussy’s Préludes are brought into vivid, witty and poetic focus by the brilliant Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman.

8 Rachmaninov 24 Preludes (Vladimir Ashkenazy) Decca £8.80, RRP £10.99

Rich in their vein of Russian melancholy, the Preludes demand poetry and technical bravura, and receive both here.

9 Schubert Sonata in B flat, D 960 (Clifford Curzon) Decca [or Orfeo] £9.78, RRP £10.99

Schubert’s late masterwork is well served on disc, but no collection should be without the wondrous beauty of Curzon’s playing.

10 Schumann Fantasy in C (Sviatoslav Richter) EMI £9.78, RRP £12.99

Sviatoslav Richter illuminates the three contrasting movements of Schumann’s grand work, mixing luminosity of tone with virtuosity of touch.


EARLY AND BAROQUE

Much Baroque music (1600-1750), essentially posh pop – neat melodies over big basses – attracts sell-out crowds of hippies, organic food wholesalers and Sloanes. The audience is splashy and flashy, the get-up as attention-seeking as the shrill trills coming from the stage. Early music (dawn of man – 1600) draws in a more consistent and genuinely bearded sort who just want to space out to Gregorian chant.

MUST BUY: 1 Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante) Virgin Veritas £13.70, RRP £13.99

Biondi puts so much colour on the cheek of this over-exploited old thing that it comes out looking like Grayson Perry. With Biondi’s reimagining, an airing out of the textures, a rebalancing of the harmonies, Vivaldi’s musical mind is laid out for all to see.

2 John Dunstaple (Orlando Consort) Metronome £13.70, RRP £13.99

According to the liner notes, 'Dunstaple was the most influential English composer outside England before the Beatles’. The Orlando Consort lay out Dunstaple’s easy lyricism and inventiveness in a way that realises the truth of this statement.

3 Josquin des Prez Missa Pange lingua (The Tallis Scholars) Gimell £12.72, RRP £12.99

Des Prez was Beethoven, Schoenberg and Stravinsky all rolled into one, developing and shaping new forms that became vital to the polyphonic progress of music. The Tallis Scholars carve out the mysteries of his masterpiece, the Missa Pange lingua, like master butchers.

4 Tallis Spem in Alium; Lamentations; Mass and Motets (Magnificat) Linn £9.78, RRP £13.99

This is Thomas Tallis at his most compelling. His famous kaleidoscopic 40-part motet, Spem in Alium, swoops and soars in the most deeply satisfying way possible.

5 Buxtehude Organ Works (René Saorgin) Harmonia Mundi £29.35, RRP £29.99

Harmonia Mundi’s clean, vivid recordings of Saorgin playing five baroque organs perfectly captures the power of these remarkable works.

6 Claudio Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert D’Astree) Virgin Veritas £17.60, RRP £17.99

This is little more than a renaissance riot, lurching giddily from one excitable dance to another, passing by shadowy recitatives, sighing ariosi from a stellar cast, drum outbursts worthy of Varese and meaty ritornelli swathed in lavish orchestral ornamentation.

7 Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir and Players) Chandos £12.72, RRP £15.99

A beautifully quiet recording, the first to be done on period instruments. The choir is stylish, the orchestra breezy. But Emma Kirkby’s Dido is the real draw; a more direct, subtle or affecting lament isn’t to be found on disc.

8 Bach Brandenburg Concertos (Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert) Archiv £24.45, RRP £29.99

This is pure, unadorned Bach, delicately presented, lightly inflected and left to speak for itself, which it does with unsurpassed eloquence.

9 Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater (Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano) Naïve £9.78, RRP £10.99

This is a recording in which every last drop of musical juice has been squeezed from the score. As a result, the text, one of the most moving in the sacred canon, is more sharp and poignant than ever.


CHORAL

Choral music, with its penchant for extremes, organ accompaniments and intermittent hallelujahs, will drive your neighbours mad. Britain has always loved choral music, possibly because it allows us all to come together and have a sing-song with minimal contact.

MUST BUY: 1 Bach Mass in B Minor (Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort and Players) Virgin Veritas £9.78, RRP £9.99

The issue of authenticity in classical music is a viper’s nest. Parrott’s 1985 recording came out at the height of the pitched battles between romantic traditionalists and the vanguard period performers. Mere mention of the words 'period instruments’ would and did lead to spats; when Rattle brought the issue up on the phone to Karajan, the maestro hung up. Bravery was necessary then to record a performance of the Bach B Minor with an unheard of four-man choir who doubled as soloists. It worked, however. And how.

2 Bach St Matthew Passion (William Mengelberg, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir) Naxos Historical, deleted

Mengelberg’s hypnotic 1939 St Matthew Passion is a testament to how Bach was once performed. The result is a recording of such communal conviction, power and authenticity that, arguably, it reaches down into the spiritual heart of the work more deeply than any other.

3 Handel Messiah Pinnock (The English Concert and Choir) Archiv £9.78, RRP £9.99

This has been a critics’ favourite for nearly two decades for the spirited way the choral get-togethers explode into life. The soloists – Auger, von Otter, Chance and Tomlinson – are consistently fine.

4 Mozart Requiem (John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists) Philips £9.78, RRP £9.99

This is a powerfully expressed performance, in which period authenticity is not allowed to dim argument or tone. In fact, the added tremulousness afforded the smaller ensemble is bracing, bolstering the fear at the heart of this work.

5 Schubert Complete Sacred Works (Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir) EMI Classics £24.45, RRP £26.99

There is something of the magic of the stumbled-upon local service about this recording. The playing and singing is, of course, in a different league but there is still the feeling that you are eavesdropping on something private and special.

6 Berlioz Requiem (Leonard Bernstein, Orchestra Nationale D’Ile de France, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra) Sony, deleted

Listening to Berlioz’s Requiem, so dark, mysterious and vast, is like crawling around an ocean floor. Bernstein heightens these oceanic mysteries, exploring every nook and cranny of the enormous Madeleine church, in which he recorded the work, with his inimitable and enormous sound.

7 Mendelssohn Elijah (Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus) EMI Classics £9.78, RRP £12.99

De Burgos is acutely aware of the dramatic and dynamic demands of this fine, snaky bit of neo-Baroquery. But with Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as soloists, the final quartet becomes a particular highlight.

8 Brahms A German Requiem (Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir) EMI Classics £9.78, RRP £12.99

Klemperer’s is not a fashionable recording, but it’s still the best. Things proceed slowly, organically and thickly, like some enormous lusty river about to spill out into the sea.

9 Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Marcus Creed, RIAS Kammerchor) Harmonia Mundi £13.70, RRP £15.99

Rossini’s Petite Messe is neither little, nor solemn, nor particularly liturgical, Napoleon III is reputed to have said. But it is a joy, particularly in this original version for two pianos and harmonium, in which Creed lets things burr along attractively.

10 Verdi Requiem (Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus) BBC Legends £15.65, RRP £16.99

Giulini’s annual performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall through the Fifties and Sixties was a point of repeated pilgrimage. Here we get a remarkable glimpse of what all the fuss was about.


CHAMBER

Anything that can be done within a chamber or small room – except singing, playing the piano or performing the Swanee whistle – chamber music attracts a quiet, pale, intensely earnest crowd. Possibly because, being intimate and discursive, chamber works can often be good substitutes for human company.

MUST BUY: 1 Beethoven Late String Quartets (Busch Quartet) EMI £29.35, RRP £31.99

For some, the quartets have become a religion, to be worshipped, not just listened to. The recorded shrine that most true believers return to again and again is the 60-year-old EMI set from the peerless Busch Quartet, whose lively tone balances the play and profundity that infect every bar of these five final works.

2 Bach Cello Suites (Pablo Casals) EMI £12.72, RRP £14.99

For 150 years, Bach’s cello suites – condemned for being dry – lay in obscurity. A teenage Casals found a copy in a second-hand shop and unveiled them to an astonished world. The recorded testimony – over 60 years old – is a modern miracle.

3 Bach Complete Violin Sonatas and Partitas (Nathan Milstein) EMI, deleted

Authority and rightness pervade this cycle of Bach partitas and sonatas. Milstein’s rendition of the epic chaconne is one of the great musical journeys.

4 Haydn Op 76 String Quartets (The Lindsays) ASV, deleted

Never has the musical natter between the four performers of a string quartet so joyously unfolded as in this classic recording from Britain’s finest string quartet. And what chit-chat. Haydn’s Opus 76 set – quiet, modest and tender – are right, royal charmers.

5 Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas (Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer) DG £39.14, RRP £49.99

Pairing Argerich and Kremer up for the Beethoven violin sonatas is like tossing a match into a box of firecrackers. Beethoven would surely have smacked his Viennese thighs with hearty approval at their brazenly hairy ride.

6 Schoenberg, Schubert Verklärte Nacht; String Quintet (Hollywood String Quartet) Testament £13.70, RRP £13.99

The luminous traversal of Schoenberg’s extraordinary late romantic see-saw sextet by America’s first and greatest string quartet – with two reserves from the Hollywood orchestras where they all earned their pay – is exquisite. Indeed, the composer was so impressed he agreed to do the liner notes.

7 Bartók Complete String Quartets (Tokyo String Quartet) DG deleted

Bartók opened the string quartet up to the wilds in these six masterpieces; the players scratch, beat and slide their way through insistently feral terrain. The Tokyo Quartet deliver the perfect balance of measure and madness.

8 Elliott Carter String Quartets One to Five (Pacifica Quartet) Naxos £5.86, RRP £5.99

These five modernist spinning tops, compelling vortexes of ordered chaos and chaotic order, span five decades of the 101-year-old Carter’s epic career. The Pacifica Quartet’s intense renditions, recorded last year, are already a modern classic.

9 Mozart Complete String Quintets (Talich Quartet) Calliope, deleted

On top of the Talich’s perfectly judged music-making is a projected sound of unbelievable warmth and realism. So don’t leave the CD on while you’re out; you’ll think a string quartet has broken into your flat.

10 Brahms Schubert Piano Quintet Op 34; Piano Quintet 'The Trout’ D 667 (Amadeus String Quartet, Clifford Curzon) BBC Legends £11.74, RRP £11.99

The palpable buzz of these joyously unchecked performances by two titans of the last century demonstrates exactly why live recordings are so often preferable to studio ones. Both performances have rarely been bettered.


20th CENTURY

Continental 20th-century classical music is mostly violent, knotted and raw. And it’s likely that, if you decide to buy any for a loved one, they’ll think you want to kill them.

MUST BUY: 1 Stravinsky Rite of Spring (Sir Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) EMI £11.74, RRP £11.99

Much is said of the Rite of Spring’s unpredictability, brutality and force, but little successful is ever done to effect it. How is a conductor to recover the Rite’s initial, terrifying blow – a blow that had crowds tumbling out of auditoriums all over Europe – in a world where such artistic volatility has become quite the convention? And how does one square the intricacies of the musical detail with the primal force of the whole? Rattle shows us how to slow the ritual down, carve it up and shine a light on every last savage detail.

2 Debussy La Mer (Serge Koussevitzky, Boston Symphony Orchestra) Pearl, deleted

There’s a salty taste to Koussevitzky’s Thirties recording, a gritty, dirty sting to the sonic wave that puts all competition to shame. No one gets even close to this sort of realism, which brings to life the hollow clang of metal hulls in port as well as the soaring swells of the open seas.

3 Charles Ives Symphony 2 (Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic) DG, deleted

Bernstein was a devoted musical patriot, making committed recordings of many of the great American symphonies of Harris, Piston, Schuman and Copland. This one, of Ives’s wistful, folk-filled Second, is arguably the finest.

4 Bartók Orchestral Masterworks (Sir Georg Solti, London Symphony Orchestra) Decca, deleted

Bartók was Solti’s piano teacher in the Thirties and, to the last, Solti reveals what a dutiful pupil he is, with a performance of Bartók’s orchestral works that adheres to the spirit and the letter of the score.

5 Dmitri Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra) EMI Classics £17.60, RRP £17.99

This brutish opera, one of the 20th century’s most compelling, on the consequences of a boring bourgeois life, brings musical royalty together, husband and wife team Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich, for a vivid performance.

6 Olivier Messiaen Vingts Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus (Yvonne Loriod) Erato £7.82, RRP £7.99

Messiaen and his wife, Yvonne Loriod, were the God-fearing sort; they had no discernible vices and owned one book – the Bible. The consequence is a very focused performance of Messiaen’s almost improperly vivid, sensuous and at times demonic work.

7 György Ligeti Études (Pierre-Laurent Aimard) Sony, deleted

'Topsy-turvy’ doesn’t begin to describe the nature of these skittish, poly-rhythmical prowlers. They’re the études Chopin might have written if he’d lived in Timbuktu. Aimard’s renditions – energetic and precise – are without rival.

8 Louis Andriessen De Staat (Lucas Vis, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble) NBE Live, deleted

From Gregorian chant to bebop and back. This is the journey we take with Andriessen on his buzzy, brassy, politically underpinned modern, Minimalist masterpiece, performed with precision and guts by his fellow Dutchman.

9 Pierre Boulez Répons, Dialogue de L’Ombre Double (Boulez, Ensemble InterContemporain) 20/21 [DG], deleted

Behind the po-faced complexity of Boulez’s music is a very French obsession with beauty and colour. Nowhere is this more true than in Répons, in which musical lines, mirrored and mangled by computers, tumble from trill to trill, like birds on a manic migratory journey.


ORCHESTRAL

Orchestral works – mainly symphonies and tone poems – are large public statements of musical faith that, forcing composers to think on a big and often boorish scale, aren’t for everybody all of the time. It is, however, the form in which every composer must make a mark.

MUST BUY: 1 Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 7 (Carlos Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) DG £8.80, RRP £9.99

Rhythm lies at the heart of these two extraordinary symphonies. While the Seventh sees 'the apotheosis of the dance’, in the words of Wagner, the Fifth sees the climax of the rhythmic motif, as the famous knock of fate is passed from one movement to another, the composer turning the idea again and again in his hands, moulding new shapes out of the primal clay. Kleiber unlocks the dynamism in the works like no one else.

2 Haydn Symphonies 93-104 (Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) EMI Classics £17.60, RRP £17.99

Two of music’s greatest pranksters, Haydn and Beecham, rollick through Haydn’s toe-tapping London symphonies as if in some Ealing Comedy. There’s wit and grace here to spare.

3 Mozart Complete Symphonies (Karl Böhm, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) DG £58.72, RRP £59.99

Karl Böhm was a crowing Nazi who once stopped a rehearsal to watch Hitler’s 1923 beer hall putsch. His pioneering Mozart cycle, by contrast, is all self-effacing sophistication.

4 Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Zubin Mehta, London Philharmonic Orchestra) Apex £5.86

Berlioz’s only symphony is the first of the romantic era and arguably the most inspired; a love-driven, opiate-ridden flight of fancy. Indian conductor Zubin Mehta shapes and guides the winds to perfection.

5 Brahms Complete Symphonies (Kurt Sanderling, Dresden Staatskapelle) RCA Classics £12.72, RRP £12.99

Sanderling’s reading of Brahms is an unsentimental one and the symphonies are shot through with passion and pulse. The recording is vivid, the East Germans’ playing first-rate and the musical control masterful.

6 Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 (Evgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra) DG £9.78, RRP £11.99

These Russian recordings aren’t just overpowering, they’re terrifying; shifting pace with force and abandon, one moment tossing you out into the waves, the next gently washing you to shore.

7 Bruckner Complete Symphonies (Günter Wand, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra) RCA Red Seal £78.29, RRP £79.99

Nothing less than the heavens are charted by Bruckner in these nine works. The trajectories of intergalactic objects can be heard in the fizz of the strings and roar of the brass lines that rain down on our ears.

8 Sibelius Complete Symphonies (Sir Anthony Collins, London Symphony Orchestra) Beulah, deleted

Collins had made his name composing scores for the RKO studios, earning three Oscar nominations, before Victor Olof invited him to record with the London Symphony Orchestra. The result was a Sibelius cycle that is yet to be bettered.

9 Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Also Sprach Zarathrustra (Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) RCA Victor £8.80, RRP £8.99

Reiner’s partnership with RCA Victor in the Fifties was one of the greatest in recording history. On this disc, you’ll find the noblest and fleshiest musical incarnation of Strauss’s Hero ever recorded.

10 Mahler Symphony 9 (Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) DG £12.72, RRP £12.99

Abbado’s live performance of Mahler 9 is a haunted, desperate thing which, from the first aborted climax to the washed-up final lines, reveals him to be someone who plumbs deeper into the soul of the work than any other conductor.


20th-CENTURY ENGLISH

Either pastoral and free flowing or loud and brash, the music attracts adherents who are quite embarrassed by the existence of the other and try not to mingle.

MUST BUY: 1 Vaughan Williams Symphony 5 (Dona Nobis Pacem LPO/ BBCSO/ Vaughan Williams) Somm £11.72, RRP £11.99

Two rare examples of the composer conducting his own music. The symphony was recorded (off the air) at a Prom in 1952 when he was 80. He knew just how his music should sound and projects the great symphony’s darker moments as well as its radiance.

2 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures (Janet Baker, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, Hallé Orch & Sheffield Philharmonic Choirs, LSO/Barbirolli) EMI £12.72, RRP £12.99

Notable for Janet Baker’s Angel and for her classic singing of Sea Pictures.

3 Elgar Symphony 2 and Short Pieces (BBCSO/Boult) EMI, deleted

Adrian Boult recorded this symphony several times but this, his first, made in 1944, is the best. The short pieces include Sospiri and his orchestration of Chopin’s Funeral March.

4 Elgar Violin Concerto (Yehudi Menuhin/LSO Elgar) EMI £9.78, RRP £12.99

Historic – made in 1932 when Menuhin was 16. It is still the most satisfying interpretation because of Elgar’s conducting.

5 Elgar and Vaughan Williams Barbirolli Conducts English Music for Strings (Sinfonia of London, New Philharmonia) EMI £9.78, RRP £9.99

The Elgar includes Serenade, Elegy and Introduction and Allegro; the VW, the Tallis Fantasia and Greensleeves. Wonderful playing.

6 Britten War Requiem (Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Bach and other Choirs, LSO/ Britten) Decca £17.60, RRP £17.99

A best-seller after the 1962 Coventry premiere and still a harrowing experience. This reissue has an indispensable recording of Britten rehearsing.

7 Delius Brigg Fair, Appalachia etc (LPO/Beecham) Naxos, deleted

Beecham had a magic touch with this music and these pre-1939 performances still cast a spell.

8 Turnage Twice Through the Heart, Hidden Love Song, In Torn Fields (Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, LPO Marin Alsop) LPO Live £8.80, RRP £8.99

Three gripping works by this contemporary composer. Connolly is spellbinding as the wife who kills her violent husband.

9 Finzi Dies Natalis (Toby Spence and Scottish Ensemble) Wigmore Hall Live £8.80, RRP £10.99

If Finzi had written nothing else this rapturous cantata, beautifully sung here, would ensure his immortality.

10 Tippett A Child of Our Time (Faye Robinson, Sarah Walker, Jon Garrison, John Cheek, CBSO & Chorus/Tippett) Collins £5.86, RRP £5.99

Moving and topical 1939 oratorio with negro spirituals as chorales. Tippett conducts and the soloists were his choice.


SONG

One fat person shouting in a small room. That’s how Princess Margaret might have described song. Songs sung in German are called lieder. In French, chansons. The song crowd’s natural habitat is the Wigmore Hall, in London.

MUST BUY: 1 Schubert Winterreise (Fischer-Dieskau/Gerald Moore) EMI £9.78, RRP £9.99

Perhaps the greatest of all song cycles, sung by a master at the peak of his power. Every changing mood of the traveller through the winter landscape – his despair, false hopes, elation, memories – is limned in subtle detail and gradations of vocal tone by the German baritone. Included in EMI’s Great Recordings of the Century series, this classic disc is one of dozens of this masterpiece, all with some claim on our attention, but this has it all.

2 Schubert, Wolf (Irmgard Seefried) BBC Legends £11.74, RRP £12.99

Rich selection by this unforgettable soprano who went to the heart of each song in this recital recorded live in London in 1962.

3 Schubert (Bernarda Fink) Harmonia Mundi £13.70, RRP £13.99

One of today’s outstanding mezzo-sopranos, Fink sings a selection of familiar and unfamiliar with superb insight and lustre of tone.

4 Schubert A Voyage of Discovery Hyperion £5.86, RRP £9.99

Twenty-six songs, with singers who include Felicity Lott, Peter Schreier, Thomas Hampson and many more, accompanied by Graham Johnson. A real treat.

5 Schubert (Lucia Popp) EMI, deleted

Sixteen lieder sung by the late Lucia Popp with Irwin Gage at the piano. Like Seefried, this soprano melts the heart with her artistic insights and her ability to make the best-known songs sound fresh.

6 Schumann, Brahms (Kathleen Ferrier) Naxos, deleted

Which collector could bear to be without the great English contralto’s performance of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben recorded not long before her early death in 1953? Also included are Brahms’s Four Serious Songs and Alto Rhapsody.

7. Strauss (Christine Brewer, Roger Vignoles) Hyperion £12.72, RRP £12.99

The American soprano, with Vignoles as her partner at the piano, contributes Volume 1 of the Complete Strauss Songs edition. Of the 19 tracks, some are rare items.

8 Wagner, Mahler (Kirsten Flagstad, Vienna Philharmonic) Decca, deleted

The Wesendonck Lieder and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, in their orchestral versions, imperiously sung by the Norwegian soprano. The Wagner is conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch, the Mahler by Sir Adrian Boult.

9. Un Frisson Français (Susan Graham) Onyx £12.72, RRP £15.99

The American mezzo Graham sings chansons by 22 French composers from Berlioz to Ravel and others in a recital that covers a century of French song.

10 Brahms, Schumann (Lorraine Hunt Lieberson) Wigmore Hall Live £8.80, RRP £10.99

The artistry of this American mezzo, whose death aged 52 in 2006 is still profoundly mourned, lives on in this disc that captures the unforgettable magnetism of her personality as well as the unique timbre of her voice.

And our final two choices are… compilations

Contrary to popular belief, buying a box set or compilation album need not be a compromise. Many of the finest recordings will be found behind their flimsy naff cardboard walls and you’ll often discover that they’re the gift that keeps on giving. Within these pages, we have a number: The art of Nathan Milstein, Simon Rattle’s Stravinsky and Beecham’s Haydn.

Early and Baroque music does particularly well in this format. Handel, for example, is very well served by the compilation set, allowing you to hone in on your favourite aria. Good examples include Scholl’s Ombra mai fu on Harmonia Mundi or Ciofi and DiDonato’s duetting on Virgin. The naff-sounding Handel Gold from Decca and DG is especially good.

In the bargain basement, a little more discernment and care is needed. Belart have an album called 100 Classical Hits that are hits only in the very narrow sense of the word: the fist-to-the-ear sense. The contents of Victor’s The Only Piano Album You’ll Ever Need, similarly, doesn’t do full justice to the title. In fact, I’d replace the word 'ever’ with 'never’.

Virgin TV’s Best Classical Album in the World… Ever!, on the other hand, isn’t bad at all, with some very decent conductors and soloists.


The Classical Rules

1 Variety is the spice of life

No single conductor or performer is good at everything. Buying up the works of only one maestro is silly, so don’t do it – or mention you ever did it.

2 Names don’t matter

Note down all the most obvious choices – for conductors: Karajan, Ashkenazy and Levine; for piano, Kissin and Lang Lang – and throw everything you have by them away. There are exceptions (Karajan’s opera) but by and large these strutting maestros have bought space in your brains by being shrewd, not musical – though the two can go together (Bernstein).

3 Learn to speak German

For German repertoire remember the six Ks: Knappertsbusch, Keilberth, Kempe, Klemperer and the brothers Erich and Carlos Kleiber. And never forget Furtwängler. Hunt them down and drop them into conversation. Subtly. Try alliteration.

4 Buy British

Be sure to have something by each of three British Bs: Beecham’s Haydn or Mozart; Boult’s Brahms or Berg; Barbirolli’s Verdi or Vaughan Williams.

5 The greatest players

Pianist names to know: Lhévinne, Friedman, Lipatti, Solomon, Curzon, Ogdon, Haskil, Richter, Moravec, Argerich, Hough. In pianophile company, you can never talk about the French Vichy collaborator Alfred Cortot enough.

6. String theory

String quartets to know: Busch, Hollywood, Végh, Hungarian, Griller, Amadeus, Guarneri, Talich.

7 The label matters

If you want to get the very best, there’s no avoiding the biggies: DG, EMI, Decca and Sony’s RCA Red Seal. No collection, however, would be complete without several items from Hyperion, Bis, Harmonia Mundi and Pentatone. Naxos often offers hidden gems.

8 Buy vintage

For the most ambitious social climbers among you, scratchy old reissues are a must. Try Dutton, Testament and Naxos Historical.

9 The new classics

Late 20th-century composers you should profess to like: Boulez, Messiaen, Ligeti, Grisey, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Xenakis, Berio, Dallapiccola. And those that you might actually enjoy: Messiaen, Ligeti, Rautavaara, Silvestrov, Adams, Reich, Glass, Copland, MacMillan.

10 Names to avoid

Karajan, Ashkenazy, Kissin, Lang Lang, Maazel, Mrs Mills and Richard Clayderman. Forget you ever knew these people.
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Post by THEHORN » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:25 am

As usual, lists like this are arbitrary to the point of silliness . How the heck can any one choose the 100 "best" recordings ?
Impossible to rank them. There are so many great ones.
Some of the recordings listed are long-time classics, such as the Giulini Verdi Requiem and the De Sbabta/Callas Tosca etc.
But the are other recordings of just about everything on the list which are in no way inferior .
And Carlos and Erich Kleiber were father and son, not brothers .
The glib and cynical dismissal of anything by Karajan, Ashkenazy, Maazel and Lang Lang etc also makes it impossible to take this list seriously . Karajan, Ashkenazy, and Maazel etc have made many wonderful recordings, and you shouldn't dismiss Lang Lang that glibly . He still has great potential. But unfortunately, the relentlessly cynical negative press he has been receiving may
make it impossible for many to take him seriously . Give him a
chance . He's a genuine and considerable talent . And if any famous pianist of the past were to perform like him, critics would rave ! There's the old double standard for you !






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Post by stenka razin » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:33 am

THEHORN wrote:As usual, lists like this are arbitrary to the point of silliness . How the heck can any one choose the 100 "best" recordings ?
Impossible to rank them. There are so many great ones.
Some of the recordings listed are long-time classics, such as the Giulini Verdi Requiem and the De Sbabta/Callas Tosca etc.
But the are other recordings of just about everything on the list which are in no way inferior .
And Carlos and Erich Kleiber were father and son, not brothers .
The glib and cynical dismissal of anything by Karajan, Ashkenazy, Maazel and Lang Lang etc also makes it impossible to take this list seriously . Karajan, Ashkenazy, and Maazel etc have made many wonderful recordings, and you shouldn't dismiss Lang Lang that glibly . He still has great potential. But unfortunately, the relentlessly cynical negative press he has been receiving may
make it impossible for many to take him seriously . Give him a
chance . He's a genuine and considerable talent . And if any famous pianist of the past were to perform like him, critics would rave ! There's the old double standard for you !

Well said, mate! 8)






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Post by karlhenning » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:46 am

MUST BUY: 1 Stravinsky Rite of Spring (Sir Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) EMI £11.74, RRP £11.99
Good call.
Karajan, Ashkenazy, Kissin, Lang Lang, Maazel, Mrs Mills and Richard Clayderman. Forget you ever knew these people.
Oh, they do this sort of thing just to stir the pot and sell newsprint, you know.

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:48 am

Separately, I love all the deletions in the "100 Best" list. If they're that good, why have they been deleted? ; )

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Post by Lance » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:31 am

10 Names to avoid

Karajan, Ashkenazy, Kissin, Lang Lang, Maazel, Mrs Mills and Richard Clayderman. Forget you ever knew these people.



Utterly ridiculous. Karajan and Ashkenazy! They have to be kidding, looking for press, that's all. I agree, that there may be musicological reasons to "question" some of the others, but to "forget them?" Ridiculous.
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Post by DavidRoss » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:39 am

The ratio of good choices to bad ones (1:10?) strikes me as dismal. I guess UK journalism standards are plummeting as steeply and rapidly as in the US. Who'd have suspected that "the information age" would spawn "the age of ignorance and stupidity?"
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Post by maestrob » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:57 am

2 Names don’t matter

Note down all the most obvious choices – for conductors: Karajan, Ashkenazy and Levine; for piano, Kissin and Lang Lang – and throw everything you have by them away. There are exceptions (Karajan’s opera) but by and large these strutting maestros have bought space in your brains by being shrewd, not musical – though the two can go together (Bernstein).
Huh? Utter nonsense.

This "editor" just picked his own personal favorites without much regard to quality or knowledge about how to determine same. Hardly a comprehensive list at all.

For ex:

1) No mention of Kondrashin's Shostakovich

2) No mention of Reiner.

3) No mention of Ormandy.

4) No mention of David Oistrakh.

Need I go on???

There are literally dozens of great recordings that surpass what is given on the list (HVK & Toscanini's Beethoven???).

The silly season is upon us yet again.

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Post by absinthe » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:14 pm

....And it’s likely that, if you decide to buy any for a loved one, they’ll think you want to kill them.
I always thought that you bought something for yourself - say, a Ferneyhough Quartet - then gave it to your loved one knowing she/he would give it back... graciously, one hopes.
Behind the po-faced complexity of Boulez’s music is a very French obsession with beauty and colour. Nowhere is this more true than in Répons, in which musical lines, mirrored and mangled by computers, tumble from trill to trill, like birds on a manic migratory journey.
I should think so too. It took him about 40 years to sort out. Not so sure about po-faced. I'm sure people have used pages from his scores on the po, however.


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Post by Ken » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:30 pm

Yes, if you buy a loved one Debussy's La Mer, they'll certainly get the impression that you wish to murder them. :roll:

While I agree with a handful of the recordings that are listed in this article, the entire structure is absurd, and it's clear that someone who has zero comprehension of music, let alone someone who has listened to these recordings, was responsible for writing the introductory commentary to each section. What absolute crap. We don't need to treat the 'general public' as if they were all 12 year-old schoolboys with learning difficulties.

And a list of 20th century British music without any mention of Walton? :twisted:
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Post by absinthe » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:24 pm

Ken wrote: And a list of 20th century British music without any mention of Walton? :twisted:
Yeah. The guy obviously has shares in Elgar plc.

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:40 pm

maestrob wrote:. . . This "editor" just picked his own personal favorites without much regard to quality or knowledge about how to determine same. Hardly a comprehensive list at all.

For ex:

1) No mention of Kondrashin's Shostakovich . . . .
Well, I think this is a little less outrageous, if one allows some of his "100 Best's" structural restrictions. Where would it go? The 10 Orchestral titles got rapidly filled up with The Usual [Teutonic] Suspects; and there's already a Shostakovich title in the 10 Twentieth-C. titles (Ledi Makbet).

The way he's set it up, a lot of the oxygen in the room is already sucked out by The Moldy Ones ; )

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Post by JackC » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:46 pm

There are some great recordings on the list for sure. But any list that purports to go through the history of recordings, and picks out great recordings of the past from giants such as Casals and the Busch quartet, etc, and then identifies the second greatest "concerto recording" ever as:

2 Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 3 and 4 (soloist Mitsuko Uchida) Philips £12.72, RRP £15.99

is obviously a really stupid list.

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:07 pm

Maybe we should ban threads about British Publications lists, i'm with everyone else this list is dumber than the Orchestra one..., and, are the deleted discs in there to make people think the ListMeister is cool... :?
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:13 pm

Note down all the most obvious choices – for conductors: Karajan, Ashkenazy and Levine; for piano, Kissin and Lang Lang – and throw everything you have by them away. There are exceptions (Karajan’s opera) but by and large these strutting maestros have bought space in your brains by being shrewd, not musical – though the two can go together (Bernstein).
What has Levine done to get on this list, I can see the point about the others as i'm no great fan of any of them but Levine, that's crazy...
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:40 pm

Pianist names to know: Lhévinne, Friedman, Lipatti, Solomon, Curzon, Ogdon, Haskil, Richter, Moravec, Argerich, Hough. In pianophile company, you can never talk about the French Vichy collaborator Alfred Cortot enough.
No Perahia, Moravec or Gilels...huh...

No Rubenstein or Horowitz...I can agree with that...

Lhevinne, which one, Josef or Rosina...
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Chalkperson wrote:
Pianist names to know: Lhévinne, Friedman, Lipatti, Solomon, Curzon, Ogdon, Haskil, Richter, Moravec, Argerich, Hough. In pianophile company, you can never talk about the French Vichy collaborator Alfred Cortot enough.
No Perahia, Moravec or Gilels...huh...

No Rubenstein or Horowitz...I can agree with that...

Lhevinne, which one, Josef or Rosina...
No Schnabel? He was only widely considered the greatest living player of Beethoven and Schubert. For very many years, many people learned the Beethoven sonatas and concertos through Schnabel's recordings. But I'm sure his recording of the 4th piano concerto is "ordinary" in comparison to Mitsuko Uchida's recent version. :roll:

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karlhenning wrote:
MUST BUY: 1 Stravinsky Rite of Spring (Sir Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) EMI £11.74, RRP £11.99
Good call.

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I tend to doubt the accuracy of these things when SS Rattle is selected for one of these accolades. Is the Rattle version preferable to the two Boulez's, the Bernstein or the Gergiev Rite, I wonder?

Solti's Bartok in preference to Reiner's?
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Seán wrote:I tend to doubt the accuracy of these things when SS Rattle is selected for one of these accolades. Is the Rattle version preferable to the two Boulez's, the Bernstein or the Gergiev Rite, I wonder?
The SS Rattle, you mean they are naming a Ship after him...Titanic 2 would be more fitting... :lol:
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Post by stenka razin » Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:48 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Seán wrote:I tend to doubt the accuracy of these things when SS Rattle is selected for one of these accolades. Is the Rattle version preferable to the two Boulez's, the Bernstein or the Gergiev Rite, I wonder?
The SS Rattle, you mean they are naming a Ship after him...Titanic 2 would be more fitting... :lol:

Chalkie, I cannot wait for your analysis, when I and other fellow CMGers receive the Brahms/Rattle EMI Symphonies Box coming soon and eventually discussed here in our great forum, mate. Rattle is probably rattling his bones right now in anticipation of your take on his 'Big Four" interpretations............. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

P.S. Your Rattle one liners really are hilarious, my friend......... :lol: :wink: 8)
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Post by Ken » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:44 am

^ Ugh. From the audio samples I've heard on the Beeb and in the BBC Music Magazine online excerpt, it sounds as though Rattle has used the caricature of 'Brahms falling asleep at the piano' as his artistic template for this cycle. Or at least that's the impression I got when I finally woke up during the final notes of the Poco Allegretto from the Third Symphony.

...I look forward to your reviews! :D
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Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:49 am

If I may intrude a question about repertory rather than recording:

Louis Andriessen De Staat

Anyone know it? The recording he mentioned is OOP but I am curious. I'm prepared for anything from "flee in terror" to "What, you don't know that?" :)

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Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:19 am

jbuck919 wrote:If I may intrude a question about repertory rather than recording:

Louis Andriessen De Staat
You probably don't remember (that is not upbraiding) that I worked with Louis when at Buffalo, and this was one of his first pieces that I listened to. I think it one of his finer works; and my ears have long had an itch to revisit it. (I just don't, don't, don't believe in paying full-price for a 40-minute disc.)

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Post by Jared » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:42 am

Chalkperson wrote:
Seán wrote:I tend to doubt the accuracy of these things when SS Rattle is selected for one of these accolades. Is the Rattle version preferable to the two Boulez's, the Bernstein or the Gergiev Rite, I wonder?
The SS Rattle, you mean they are naming a Ship after him...Titanic 2 would be more fitting... :lol:
or the Lucitania 2... since moving to Berlin, his music making has been torpedoed by the Germans.. :(

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Post by stenka razin » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:01 am

karlhenning wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:If I may intrude a question about repertory rather than recording:

Louis Andriessen De Staat
You probably don't remember (that is not upbraiding) that I worked with Louis when at Buffalo, and this was one of his first pieces that I listened to. I think it one of his finer works; and my ears have long had an itch to revisit it. (I just don't, don't, don't believe in paying full-price for a 40-minute disc.)

Cheers,
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jbuck, 'De Staat' defies conventional classification: it is the size of a symphony, but it is not one; neither is it opera or oratorio, though there are texts and singers. Andriessen created a work that absorbed tradition, created its own genre, and spoke to its own time. If you are into minimalism, you will like this challenging work. 8)

Karl, any reminiscenses with the distinguished Dutch composer, you can share with your fellow CMGers, my friend? :D

The Nonesuch recording under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw is magnificent and will open anyone's mind to the beauties in this fascinating composition. 8)


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Post by Ken » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:04 am

Now I've two Andriessen works in my 'Wish List': 'De Staat' and 'De Stijl'...
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Maybe we should enlist the services of this "reviewer" to give us his report on 100 "Historical" recordings!
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:23 am

Ken wrote:Now I've two Andriessen works in my 'Wish List': 'De Staat' and 'De Stijl'...
It's a bite-size work, but you want to add Hoketus.

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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:27 am

stenka razin wrote:Karl, any reminiscenses with the distinguished Dutch composer, you can share with your fellow CMGers, my friend? :D
Well, I remember that we played Rummikub (a favorite of his), but I'm jiggered if I remember anything of the game.

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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Ken » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:35 am

Lance wrote:Maybe we should enlist the services of this "reviewer" to give us his report on 100 "Historical" recordings!
At the very least we should send them the link to this thread to let him or her know what the listening public thinks of the column.
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Chalkperson » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:14 pm

stenka razin wrote:Chalkie, I cannot wait for your analysis, when I and other fellow CMGers receive the Brahms/Rattle EMI Symphonies Box coming soon and eventually discussed here in our great forum, mate. Rattle is probably rattling his bones right now in anticipation of your take on his 'Big Four" interpretations............. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:
I can guarantee I will treat it just like Gardiners recent Set, I will never hear it... :wink:
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Chalkperson » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:15 pm

Jared wrote:or the Lucitania 2... since moving to Berlin, his music making has been torpedoed by the Germans.. :(
No, he has Scuttled the Berliners... :mrgreen:
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Wallingford » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:25 pm

What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Istvan » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:14 am

The list only goes to demonstrate further how low the former top London papers have sunk when it comes to dealing with classical music. The person who wrote this is a mere amateur, and not a very perceptive one either. He probably passed his 5 A-Levels a couple of years ago with straight A's. How long ago it seems when the chief music critic on a London paper was someone really worth reading: Neville Cardus, Martin Cooper, Peter Heyworth and William Mann.
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:03 am

Wallingford wrote:What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)

Why would any real music lover ever laugh at Fiedler?...He was a fabulous light music conductor. 8)
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:30 pm

stenka razin wrote:
Wallingford wrote:What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)

Why would any real music lover ever laugh at Fiedler?...He was a fabulous light music conductor. 8)
and Sir Chalkie's favourite too, sure didn't our esteemd host, Lance G Hill, dedicate an entire radio porgram to Fielder at Sir Chalkie's behest. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:46 pm

Seán wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
Wallingford wrote:What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)

Why would any real music lover ever laugh at Fiedler?...He was a fabulous light music conductor. 8)
and Sir Chalkie's favourite too, sure didn't our esteemd host, Lance G Hill, dedicate an entire radio porgram to Fielder at Sir Chalkie's behest. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sean and my fellow CMGers, here is an example of how 'offbeat' and fine Fiedler could be. A marevelous collection of rarites...Glazunov' exciting 'Carnaval' Overture, Shchedrin's scintillating and percussive take on 'Carmen' and Shostakovich's early incidental music for 'Hamlet' from 1932. All well played and the RCA sound is fabulous. 8)


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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by Chalkperson » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:00 pm

stenka razin wrote:
Seán wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
Wallingford wrote:What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)

Why would any real music lover ever laugh at Fiedler?...He was a fabulous light music conductor. 8)
and Sir Chalkie's favourite too, sure didn't our esteemd host, Lance G Hill, dedicate an entire radio porgram to Fielder at Sir Chalkie's behest. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sean and my fellow CMGers, here is an example of how 'offbeat' and fine Fiedler could be. A marevelous collection of rarites...Glazunov' exciting 'Carnaval' Overture, Shchedrin's scintillating and percussive take on 'Carmen' and Shostakovich's early incidental music for 'Hamlet' from 1932. All well played and the RCA sound is fabulous. 8)


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The best Fiedler Rarity I know of is the idea of me playing one of his discs... :wink:

I have that recording, but only because I am a Shchedrin completist...
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:16 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
Seán wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
Wallingford wrote:What, no Fiedler in a top-100 list? Oh pooh.

(....and don't laugh: 30 years back the Franklin Mint Society, when assembling their premium-vinyl 100 Greatest Recordings anthology, inculded two or three Fiedler items!)

Why would any real music lover ever laugh at Fiedler?...He was a fabulous light music conductor. 8)
and Sir Chalkie's favourite too, sure didn't our esteemd host, Lance G Hill, dedicate an entire radio porgram to Fielder at Sir Chalkie's behest. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sean and my fellow CMGers, here is an example of how 'offbeat' and fine Fiedler could be. A marevelous collection of rarites...Glazunov' exciting 'Carnaval' Overture, Shchedrin's scintillating and percussive take on 'Carmen' and Shostakovich's early incidental music for 'Hamlet' from 1932. All well played and the RCA sound is fabulous. 8)


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The best Fiedler Rarity I know of is the idea of me playing one of his discs... :wink:

I have that recording, but only because I am a Shchedrin completist...

Chalkie, please listen to the rather exciting and rarely performed Glazunov and the powerful early Shostakovich. By the way, I love the Shchedrin and have just about every 'Carmen' recording ever made. That ballet music is sizzling, mate. :wink: 8)
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:43 am

Lance wrote:10 Names to avoid

Karajan, Ashkenazy, Kissin, Lang Lang, Maazel, Mrs Mills and Richard Clayderman. Forget you ever knew these people.



Utterly ridiculous. Karajan and Ashkenazy! They have to be kidding, looking for press, that's all. I agree, that there may be musicological reasons to "question" some of the others, but to "forget them?" Ridiculous.
Who is Mrs. Mills?...or Richard Clayderman? :oops:
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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:15 pm

Gladys Mills, née Gladys Jordan, (1918–1978), better known as Mrs Mills, was a pianist who was popular in the 1960s and released many records.

She shot to fame during the same period as her stable-mates The Beatles, with whom she shared space at Abbey Road Studios (as mentioned in the Beatles Anthology DVD bonus materials). After previously working as the superintendent of the typing pool in the Paymaster General's office in London in December 1961, she would become a household name by the end of January 1962, having been spotted by a talent scout at a Woodford Golf Club dance near her home in Loughton, Essex. Loughton Town Council have commissioned a blue plaque to her memory on the house where she lived for many years. Mills was signed to a management contract by Eric Easton who later went on to manage The Dave Clark Five and The Rolling Stones. After signing to Parlophone, her first release - the "Mrs Mills Medley" single - entered the Top Twenty of the UK Singles Chart, and her career as an entertainer began - a career that would last well into the 1970s. She toured the UK, made many appearances onTV and radio throughout this period. Mrs Mills was also a successful recording artist overseas in territories where there were large numbers of ex-pats from the UK including Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.
Her oeuvre consisted of standards (British and international), plus cover versions of contemporary hits. A 2003 release (The Very Best Of Mrs Mills, on EMI Gold) includes such hits as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Hello, Dolly!", "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Yellow Submarine".
Little has been seen on television of Mrs Mills since her heyday. She was seen in person on two episodes of The Morecambe and Wise Show in 1971 and 1974, where she performed a medley of favourites with the studio orchestra; another rare example of Mrs Mills' style of performance came in an edition of the BBC TV's The Two Ronnies. The sketch (Family Entertainment - John & Mrs Mills) occupied the end-of-the-show musical slot, with Ronnie Barker as the silk-laden Mrs Mills at piano, and Ronnie Corbett as a uniformed Sir John Mills (who was no relation). They performed a medley of Mills-style classics (on the theme of Mills' character in the 1969 film Oh! What A Lovely War). (NB: The show (series 4; episode 4) was originally broadcast on BBC Two on 23 January 1975.
Mrs Mills is frequently heard on Australian radio station 8CCC-FM's long running Sunday programme 'Get Out Those Old Records', where the host, Rufl, can be often heard to label Mrs Mills as "the greatest piano player in the world".
Mrs Mills died in February 1978.
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

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Chalkperson wrote:
Gladys Mills, née Gladys Jordan, (1918–1978), better known as Mrs Mills, was a pianist who was popular in the 1960s and released many records.

She shot to fame during the same period as her stable-mates The Beatles, with whom she shared space at Abbey Road Studios (as mentioned in the Beatles Anthology DVD bonus materials). After previously working as the superintendent of the typing pool in the Paymaster General's office in London in December 1961, she would become a household name by the end of January 1962, having been spotted by a talent scout at a Woodford Golf Club dance near her home in Loughton, Essex. Loughton Town Council have commissioned a blue plaque to her memory on the house where she lived for many years. Mills was signed to a management contract by Eric Easton who later went on to manage The Dave Clark Five and The Rolling Stones. After signing to Parlophone, her first release - the "Mrs Mills Medley" single - entered the Top Twenty of the UK Singles Chart, and her career as an entertainer began - a career that would last well into the 1970s. She toured the UK, made many appearances onTV and radio throughout this period. Mrs Mills was also a successful recording artist overseas in territories where there were large numbers of ex-pats from the UK including Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.
Her oeuvre consisted of standards (British and international), plus cover versions of contemporary hits. A 2003 release (The Very Best Of Mrs Mills, on EMI Gold) includes such hits as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Hello, Dolly!", "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Yellow Submarine".
Little has been seen on television of Mrs Mills since her heyday. She was seen in person on two episodes of The Morecambe and Wise Show in 1971 and 1974, where she performed a medley of favourites with the studio orchestra; another rare example of Mrs Mills' style of performance came in an edition of the BBC TV's The Two Ronnies. The sketch (Family Entertainment - John & Mrs Mills) occupied the end-of-the-show musical slot, with Ronnie Barker as the silk-laden Mrs Mills at piano, and Ronnie Corbett as a uniformed Sir John Mills (who was no relation). They performed a medley of Mills-style classics (on the theme of Mills' character in the 1969 film Oh! What A Lovely War). (NB: The show (series 4; episode 4) was originally broadcast on BBC Two on 23 January 1975.
Mrs Mills is frequently heard on Australian radio station 8CCC-FM's long running Sunday programme 'Get Out Those Old Records', where the host, Rufl, can be often heard to label Mrs Mills as "the greatest piano player in the world".
Mrs Mills died in February 1978.

Chalkie, thanks for the info, mate, I never heard of her. But, I am way across the pond, that's why...... :wink:

How about Clayderman? :idea:
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

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stenka razin wrote:Chalkie, thanks for the info, mate, I never heard of her. But, I am way across the pond, that's why...... :wink:

How about Clayderman? :idea:
Mrs Mills really was a friend of The Beatles and a Legend in her own Lunchtime, Richard Clayderman was quite a fine Pianist, a French Russ Conway in fact...probably unknown here in the US...I guess they were our Liberace's without the hideous Las Vegas TV Show/Wardrobe/Lifestyle...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Clayderman

Jared/Sean/Fergus can explain who Russ Conway was... :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

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Chalkperson wrote:
Jared/Sean/Fergus can explain who Russ Conway was... :wink: :wink: :wink:
do we have to?? :lol:

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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

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Chalkperson wrote:
stenka razin wrote:Chalkie, thanks for the info, mate, I never heard of her. But, I am way across the pond, that's why...... :wink:

How about Clayderman? :idea:
Mrs Mills really was a friend of The Beatles and a Legend in her own Lunchtime, Richard Clayderman was quite a fine Pianist, a French Russ Conway in fact...probably unknown here in the US...I guess they were our Liberace's without the hideous Las Vegas TV Show/Wardrobe/Lifestyle...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Clayderman

Jared/Sean/Fergus can explain who Russ Conway was... :wink: :wink: :wink:

Chalkie, Jared, Sean, Fergus who is Russ Conway, my friends? Huh........ :?:
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Jared wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Jared/Sean/Fergus can explain who Russ Conway was... :wink: :wink: :wink:
do we have to?? :lol:
Chalkie, Jared, Sean, Fergus who is Russ Conway, my friends? Huh...
He was a British pianist from the Late Fifties and Early Sixties, when he started playing piano on his Saturday Night TV show he would turn to the camera and wink, decades before Sarah Palin winked at the American Populus in the VP Debate... :wink:

My mum always told me that he was winking just to me... :lol:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Conway
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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:28 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Jared wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:
Jared/Sean/Fergus can explain who Russ Conway was... :wink: :wink: :wink:
do we have to?? :lol:
Chalkie, Jared, Sean, Fergus who is Russ Conway, my friends? Huh...
He was a British pianist from the Late Fifties and Early Sixties, when he started playing piano on his Saturday Night TV show he would turn to the camera and wink, decades before Sarah Palin winked at the American Populus in the VP Debate... :wink:

My mum always told me that he was winking just to me... :lol:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Conway
Chalkie, Russ must have been quite a character, mate? Like Liberace?
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Post by stenka razin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:30 pm

Chalkie, is this Russ Conway, mate? 8)


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stenka razin wrote:Chalkie, is this Russ Conway, mate? 8)


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Re: 100 Best Classical Recordings According to The UK Telegraph

Post by stenka razin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:22 pm

Chalkie, look at this Russ Conway LP album cover. Amazing isn't it, mate? :wink: 8)


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