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    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 you feel that it is worthy of sharing. If you feel that 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.

    It's your opinion, so enlighten us with your choices!
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    Mahler - Orchestral song cycles with Fischer-Dieskau and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Rafael Kubelik) / Berliner Philharmoniker (Karl Böhm).
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    Tchaikovsky's piano trio op.50, Gilels, Kogan, Rostropovich live.

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    Buying this box of 20CDs led to a series of significant life-changing perceptions and experiences, for me.

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    Good idea!

    I probably have quite a few things that I'd like to list, but I'll make sure they come in trickles Also, it's probably worth emphasising that, for this thread to be most useful, try to refrain from giving any random recording of your favourite pieces, and just try to consider the recordings on their own merit!

    So, being a Brahms fanatic, that's where I'll start:

    Ein Deutsches Requiem: absolutely, positively, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    Hungarian Dances: all 21 dances for 4-hand piano (the original!) are best performed by James & Kathryn March.

    Symphonies 1-4: always looking for new versions of these, I am still consistently impressed with Bernard Haitink, and he also gives a great performance of the Tragic Overture (London Symphony Orchestra)

    I'll leave it there for now

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    Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Elgar - Cockaigne Overture, Cello Concerto, Sea Songs - Jacqueline du Pre, Janet Baker, John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Brahms - Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 - Suk, Katchen, Starker
    Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem - Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Klemperer, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
    Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 - I like both Karajan's '62 recording, as well as Gardiner's recording.

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    the brahms violin sonatas played by Suk and Katchen - that is SO beautiful eventho I am not a huge brahms fan.

    harnoncourt's beethoven's 9th. it is cheap, it is not perhaps legendary (tho from a terrific set) but it is so exciting

    bach violin concertos played by manze, podger and AAM. this is so good ! it is how baroque music should sound imo.

    bruch violin concerto played by janine jansen. SO passionate. i have heard this work so many times and yet this recording was so fresh and thrilling to me.

    there are more... this aint easy... i will be back
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    A very interesting topic, to be sure! My picks would be:


    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3; Nos. 2 & 6 (Yehudi Menuhin conducts Sinfonia Varsovia, Live, WARNER APEX)

    Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances (Frans Brüggen conducts Orchestra Of The 18th Century, Thomas Zehetmair -- soloist, PHILIPS)

    Bartók: Complete String Quartets (Hagen Quartett, DGG)

    Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (István Kertész conducts London Symphony Orchestra, Christa Ludwig & Walter Berry -- soloists, DECCA)

    Duparc: Mélodies (François Le Roux & Danielle Borst -- soloists, Jeff Cohen -- piano, REM)

    Fauré: La Chanson d'Čve & other songs (Janet Baker -- soloist, Geoffrey Parsons -- piano, HYPERION)

    Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 25 Die schöne Müllerin (Ian Bostridge -- soloist, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau -- reader, Graham Johnson -- piano, HYPERION)

    Britten: The Red Cockatoo & other songs (Ian Bostridge -- soloist, Graham Johnson -- piano, HYPERION)

    Bach: Complete Cello Suites (Jean-Guihen Queyras, HARMONIA MUNDI)

    Guqin of the Guangling School (Cheng Gong-liang, HUGO)

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    I am really fond of Andras Schiff's cycle of Beethoven sonatas with the smudgy covers.



    That and Bryden Thomson's Vaughan-Williams Sinfonia Antartica on Chandos.


    [ETA: the covers]
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations (Masaaki Suzuki)
    Bernstein: Candide (Bernstein conducts the LSO)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Levine/CSO)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Levine/Philadelphia)
    Sibelius: The Wood-Nymph (Vanska/Lahti)
    Wagner: Das Rheingold (Solti/VPO)
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    Pictures:

    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3; Nos. 2 & 6 (Yehudi Menuhin conducts Sinfonia Varsovia, Live, WARNER APEX)



    Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances (Frans Brüggen conducts Orchestra Of The 18th Century, Thomas Zehetmair -- soloist, PHILIPS)



    Bartók: Complete String Quartets (Hagen Quartett, DGG)



    Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (István Kertész conducts London Symphony Orchestra, Christa Ludwig & Walter Berry -- soloists, DECCA)


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    Duparc: Mélodies (François Le Roux & Danielle Borst -- soloists, Jeff Cohen -- piano, REM)



    Fauré: La Chanson d'Čve & other songs (Janet Baker -- soloist, Geoffrey Parsons -- piano, HYPERION)



    Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 25 Die schöne Müllerin (Ian Bostridge -- soloist, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau -- reader, Graham Johnson -- piano, HYPERION)



    Britten: The Red Cockatoo & other songs (Ian Bostridge -- soloist, Graham Johnson -- piano, HYPERION)



    Bach: Complete Cello Suites (Jean-Guihen Queyras, HARMONIA MUNDI)



    Guqin of the Guangling School (Cheng Gong-liang, HUGO)


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    Bach: Mass in B Minor (Gardiner/Archiv)
    Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Fischer/EMI)
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Bohm/DG)
    Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21, D. 960 (Richter/Praga)
    Schumann: Piano Concerto & Quintet (Serkin/Sony)
    Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasia (Gilels/DG)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Mehta/Decca)
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (Dutoit/Decca)
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Ravel: Piano Concerto, Gaspard (Argerich/DG)
    Ligeti: Etudes; Musica Ricercata (Aimard/Sony)
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    Great idea for a thread, Air!
    I think we can take this thread to another level if we participate in the spirit shown in this post:
    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    So, being a Brahms fanatic, that's where I'll start:
    What a resource this could become! Imagine if we could collate, in one place-

    Elgarian- on Elgar
    Tapkaara- on Sibelius
    Artemis- on Schubert
    Post Minimalist- on modern instrument Beethoven
    Sorin- on period instrument Beethoven
    haydnguy- on Haydn
    Our Assistant Administrator- on Mendelssohn

    apologies for all of the obvious omissions from this too brief list- but you get my drift--


    So here follows my three-purchase recommendation for Wagner:


    The best selling pure classical unit of all time!


    At the time of this writing, this set is working its way out-of-print, and the price is going up.
    Still, it's less than 4 dollars a disc, and it's STILL worth it.


    Sir Georg's Chicago recording. Grammy-winner, Penguin Guide top-rated Meistersinger.
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    Yay, I get to be a Brahms-man!

    At Air's request, I'm just reiterating the ones I said on the first page so that I can include album covers, and I've added an extra one for now as well:

    Ein Deutsches Requiem:
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    Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
    Also take a look at the 1955 edition of Rudolf Kempe with the BPO for an older but still moving recording.

    Hungarian Dances:
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    James & Kathryn March (all 21 dances for 4-hand piano - the original version).

    Symphonies 1-4:
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    Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra.

    Klavierstucke:
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    Peter Rosel - 5 CDs of Brahms's music for piano solo (Sonatas 1-3, Scherzo Op. 4, Ballades Op. 10, Variations on an Original Theme/Theme by Schumann/Theme by Handel/Theme by Paganini, Rhapsodies Op. 79 and Klavierstucke Op. 76, 116 117, 118 & 119). While there are no doubt some better performances of some of these individual works that I might touch upon, this 5 CD set is unrivalled as a comprehensive modern set of Brahms's piano music.

    That's all for now!
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