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  1. Berlioz, Lorin Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra ‎– Symphonie Fantastique

    This month's Vinyl's Revenge is not necessarily a truly great recording, but it stands out in my mind because it was the first recording I ever owned of thus seminal work.

    Trout, in one of his many surveys of repertoire recordings, looked at Symphonie Fantastique and many of his stand-outs were from the great French conductors: Munch, Paray and I would add to that Igor Markevitch, as well as some "Berlioz specialists" like Sir Colin Davis and Sir Thomas Beecham. I would ...
  2. The Kairos Quartet

    A couple of years ago, I shared an all-Beethoven chamber music playlist in a Once Upon the Internet post emanating from Central Washington University, whose faculty shared a lot of their tracks on the old MP3.COM.

    As I dug through more of my old downloads for more old Internet finds, I found a few more CWU tracks, and I plan to share some more of these in the coming months.

    According to their website the Kairos Quartet, established in 1993, has been the quartet-in-residence ...
  3. Last Night of the Proms (2004)

    A yearly tradition, this coming Saturday will be the Last Night at the Proms. I thought it would be appropriate to recycle an old broadcast to illustrate and discuss this special concert and its unique format.

    The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in central London, England.

    Founded in ...

    Updated Sep-06-2016 at 17:04 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music
  4. Prokofiev - Dimitri Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic ‎– Romeo And Juliet

    As the All Music Guide says it:

    In the early- and mid-twentieth century, the three major Tchaikovsky ballets -- Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker -- were viewed as the three greatest full-length ballets. Not surprisingly, they were also more popular by wide margins than all other works in the genre. By the latter quarter of the century, however, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet had entered the trio's select company and remains exceedingly popular today. [... It] is one
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  5. Two Schubert Symphonies

    For the last few Once Upon the Internet posts in our monthly series, I shared some "complete" recordings I downloaded from now defunct sites. Today's share is from the old Public Domain Classic site, but borrows from two separate recordings.

    As I stated not so long ago on a post, when we think of Schubert, we think lieder and other intimate settings and not necessarily of symphonies. That having been said, Schubert did leave us 12 works (many of them fragmentary) that are ...
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