Listenin' to Classical Music and Conversation

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bluemooze, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Yes, I know which box you were referring to and that's also the box I was referring to (the 56CD one), that's why I quoted your post about that mega box. It has a lot of Ciccolini's Satie, way too much for my taste.
     
  2. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Location:
    London,England
  3. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    How about the following box? GP highly recommended it and I bought mine at J&R Classical in NYC before that b&m store closed down a number of years ago ...

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    This box is now OOP.
     
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  4. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Central NY
    Some great YouTube docs on Sibelius, and Ashkenazy. I watched them last week.
     
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  5. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    I have the following repackaged box ...

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  6. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Location:
    London,England
    One and two are just so romantic then he goes all ice.
     
  7. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Two pianists, Ashkenazy and Barenboim, both turned to conducting. But I like Ashy, both as a pianist and as a conductor. I kind of like Barenboim on the piano but not so much for his conducting ...
     
  8. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Central NY
    I don't know about ice? But no.4 is pretty dark. Still there is much beautiful music.
     
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  9. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Central NY
    I never bought anything by Barenboim. I recently ordered the Bartok concertos by Ashkenazy.
     
  10. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    I don't have that box. GP and I have very different tastes, so I'm not sure I'd like it - then again, I've never heard Ciccolini's interpretations of the three composers in the set, so who knows :)
     
  11. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Location:
    London,England
    Please tell me about the Bartok I oddly don't know about them. Who is the conductor.
     
  12. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Actually, I mostly put on Mahler to give myself a break from the Beethoven overkill I found myself in lately. A few days ago I recieved these two boxes from the Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label and have been listening to them a lot (and also watching some of the video content). These two sets contain the symphonies (Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker) and the piano concertos (Mitsuko Uchida, Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker) in all possible formats: CDs and Blu-rays with all pieces in hi-res stereo and multi-channel, as well as filmed performances also in stereo and multi-channel.

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    I know Rattle is not everyone's favourite and the symphony cycle here has gotten mixed reviews, mostly for being unremarkable and old fashioned, but having gotten into these symphonies with the Kurt Masur/Gewandhausorchester recordings from '74, I don't really mind my Ludwig van a bit traditional. And the sound on these sets is great, especially the multi-channel mixes fill the room quite nicely.

    And in addition to that I have a new TACET SACD of the violin concerto on the way.

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    If I continue like this, I will have a Beethoven burn-out before 2020 even starts. :laugh:
     
  13. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    There is a twofer by Solti

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  14. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

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    Solti. I'm still waiting for the CD. From the little bit I sampled, the recording sounded like it had a very good balance between the piano and orchestra. Some others have very loud, muscular piano sound with weaker orchestral balance. The CD is a Double Decca. The second disc includes the violin concertos performed by Kyung Wha Chung.
     
  15. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    Beethoven burn-out or Beethoven overload? So you have the following PentaTone SACD set like myself?

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    The Rattle/BPO Beethoven box looks nice. But I do not like Rattle as a conductor ...
     
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  16. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Central NY
    I ordered a couple De Vriend/Netherlands Beethoven SACD symphony discs. These sound great!
     
  17. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Vladimir Ashkenazy with Solti/London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kyung-Wha Chung with Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1), London Philharmonic Orchestra (2).
     
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  18. HiResGeek

    HiResGeek Seer of visions

    Location:
    Boston
    Listening to Geza Anda perform a couple of the Concerto warhorses...

    Schumann: Piano Concerto
    Berlin Philharmonic & Rafael Kubelik
    Geza Anda, piano
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Berlin Philharmonic & Rafael Kubelik
    Geza Anda, piano
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    The Brahms concerto coupling on the second disc isn't recommendable; the problem appears to be Karajan, who was often something of an insurmountable accompanist. Phrasing isn't in sync, and frankly by the time of this recording (1967) Anda was a bit past his prime. He occasionally sounds taxed in the most challenging passages. Rafael Kubelik proves to be much more sympathetic and in rapport with Anda in both the Schumann and Grieg concertos, though. For a better idea of what Anda can do in Brahms, I'd recommend his earlier (1960) recording with Ferenc Fricsay (also included in the Troubadour box set listed above.)
     
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  19. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Talking about TACET: while I'm already sitting in the sweet spot and have my Oppo and AVR warmed up, I just went on to these piano trios by Chopin and Gade.

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    At least these guys know better than to waste my expensive rear speakers. :D

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  20. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Totally agreed. The Anda/Karajan combination is not successful, the Fricsay and Kubelík recordings are much better.
     
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  21. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    Location:
    Northeast
    Combined with our snowstorm on Monday/Tuesday and the so called "dusting" from yesterday (ahem did my best not to do any drifting in the car since I was with my wife/kids :D ) it is very beautiful up here at our lake house, just feels right to listen to Sibelius. Listening to Kullervo from the following CD:

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  22. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Central NY
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    Just got this set.
     
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  23. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

    Location:
    CT, USA
    This Original Masters box looks interesting as I barely have any non-Mozart recordings by Geza Anda ...
     
  24. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Recently got a few Testament CD reissues of Géza Anda's EMI recordings, directly from Testament; they predate the DG set.
     
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  25. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Yes, I've owned this set for many years. I got it soon after I bought my first AVR and Denon SACD/DVD-A player (3930). For a very long time these where the only performances of the symphonies I listened to. When I was a child my mother had an LP of the 9th by Masur and the Gewandhausorchester. When I got my first CD player, it was the first CD I ever bought (along with Pink Floyd's "The Wall").

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