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    William Schuman-Symphonies Seattle Symphony on Naxos

    Varese/Boulez on Sony

    Dutilleux-Symphonies 1&2 BBC Philharmonic on Chandos

    Alban Berg-A Portrait, EMI Gemini

    Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Trio-Shostakovich Complete Trios & Sonatas

    Charles Ives-Symphonies Nos. 1&4 CSO/M.T. Thomas on Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    When you saw the title of this thread, the first thing you probably thought was... are you serious? What are you smoking?

    Well, nothing really. The superlatives have been worn out: the best, definitive, beautiful, legendary and most of all... the term 'desert island'.

    What I have in mind is something a little different. This is not a subjective, my desert island discs are better than yours kind of thread. This is merely the thread to share some of your favorite recordings in order to help others expand their collections. They could be rare, they could be cheap, they could be out of print. They could even be Kleiber's Beethoven 5th. It could be anything, as long as this is a recording that you feel is worthy of sharing. If you feel it is not, then please refrain. If you are just making a list of well-reputed recordings that really mean nothing to you personally, please refrain as well.

    So... there's the common argument that we should never take other people's opinions seriously. Really? One of the main reasons I visit music forums is to help guide what I collect. More than half of the CDs I buy are forum-inspired and the majority of the rest is forum-confirmed. The bottom line is, you don't have to take any other opinions besides your own with more than a grain of salt, but you can, and this thread at least makes this resource available to you.

    One person may like something that someone else may despise. We've covered this many times. And as far as this thread is concerned, criticizing the tastes of others is not appreciated. However, feel free to commend others for their choices.

    A couple guidelines:

    1) Don't think of it as a 'Top 10 of all time' thing.
    2) Any recording, CD, box set, DVD, SACD, LP, etc. will work.
    3) Try to limit your number of choices per post. It is hard to take someone's list seriously if they put down every mildly good recording they've ever heard.

    4) It's your opinion, so enlighten us with your choices!

    [I will be back later with recordings.]





    (notwithstanding its faults)




    This contains my favourite piece of orchestral vocal music: The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty). The other selections on this disc are very enjoyable as well. If the budget and desire permits, I'd recommend getting BIS' box set of Sibelius' vocal music which contains the same recordings and more. Yet that might be excessive for the purposes of sharing with someone who would be new to Sibelius)


    Stolz's recordings of the Strauss family are something else - even finer than Boskovsky's to my ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Beethoven's 6th Symphony because it was my Mum's favourite piece of music & it brings back memories of my lovely Mum & my idyllic childhood. Any recording.

    The Original Three Tenors from Rome. To remind me how I came to love opera. I'd done some fund raising for cancer charities & when I heard about the concert & the reason for it, it inspired me to work even harder to raise money. I realised I quite liked the singing as well so I bought some Carreras recordings. Then I bought some other recordings & started going to live opera. All this has brought me pleasure, new friends & is also great fun.
    Amazing... These two recordings have a very special place in my heart also. The 6th Symphony was the first piece of classical music I ever liked (and ever listened to, probably). The Original Three Tenors from Rome reminds me very much of my father, of my childhood in general. Brings back a lot of bittersweet memories. Has subconsciously made me an opera fan for my entire life, I guess.

    Another recording that has a huge nostalgic value to me, and which I still listen to nowadays, is this one:
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    Mine would be:

    Anne Sophie Mutter - Brahms Violin Concerto, Kurt Masur, New York Philharmonic - by far!

    Wand, BPO, Bruckner Symphony 7

    Wand, BPO, Bruckner Symphony 4

    Chailly, RCO, Bruckner Symphony 9

    Pogorelich, Chopin 24 Preludes

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    There is a start....

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    I really cannot find a bigger image of that: Mirabile Mysterium: Sacred Music of Rudolfine Prague

    Duodena Cantitans, Capella Rudolphina, Petr Danek

    Supraphon 1996

    If anyone here has any sway at Suprphon, get them to re-release this ASAP!

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    Gracious! I haven't heard Ravel's "Bolero" in so long that I had forgotten it existed. Now I am on a 'search and find' mission. Thanks.

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    I was listening to Chopin's Nocturnes last night and had a book out reading about them at the same time. I did not know that Chopin got his idea for calling them "nocturnes' from an Irish piano composer, John Field, who used the title to describe his dreamy and romantic compositions. Now Chopin is well-known. How many knew about John Field?

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    I do! But only for the same reason you do. I've never heard his music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    I do! But only for the same reason you do. I've never heard his music.
    Might be worth looking for. One of our Barnes & Noble stores has a woman in the music department who is very good at searching for what one wants. I may ask her to see what she can find.

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    Looks like you can get them on Telarc or on Naxos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    Looks like you can get them on Telarc or on Naxos.
    Thank you. I've made a note.

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    I haven't heard as many of Mitropoulos' records, but I can't imagine him not being on my desert island list at some point. He blows most other conductors I've ever heard out of the water.

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has within a few days become pretty much my favorite pianist, and I haven't heard many of his records yet either, but he'll certainly be on my desert island list also... I'll have a better idea of my list toward the end of this semester.

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    (of course, right?) but here's a stretch I think I can get away with:



    and the newest member of my desert island list:

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