I had in mind this second "memory lane" thread from the beginning, but I wanted to let the first one get under way before I brought it up. This thread is actually even more to my liking, because there is more to talk about. I hope some of you will like it, too.
To get started, I'll begin with the oldest records in my collection (and I'm old enough that when I say "records", I mean vinyl).
These two were both going away presents when I moved out of town in 1972. The first was from my parents, the second from my sister. Given that none of them knew the first thing about classical music, I think they did better jobs than I did picking things out:
I had seen Leonard Bernstein on TV conducting and analysing Haydn's 102nd symphony and fell in love with it. I still can't figure out why it's not his best known symphony. Maybe it's because it doesn't have a title.
Anyway, Klemperer really surprised me with Haydn. I had pictured him as a stodgy, old guy who conducted everything really, really slowly. But, as I was soon to find out, he was really a great conductor. I have a lot of Klemperer's in my current vinyl collection. He conducts these Haydn symphonies brilliantly, if you don't mind hearing them with a large, modern orchestra. (I don't). Lots of bouyancy, lots of life. Terrific analog sound.
The second was this:
Only, the version I was given was on the budget London Stereo Treasury label. I could not find an image of it anywhere.
Anyway, these are classic performances. This is another one of those old analog recordings that, in my opinion, has never been equalled, let alone bettered, in the digital era. I could listen to this record every day.