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  1. #17 - Asahina conducting Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner - Symphony No. 4

    I did a review of Solti's Bruckner 4 a while back.

    And while that performance shall remain as one of my favorites, today I assess this performance:

    Asahina is a true Brucknerian and there is doubt of it. He recorded not one but four complete cycle of Bruckner's Nine Symphonies and there exist several discs of his live performances of the Nine Symphonies.
  2. #16 - Klemperer conducting PO - Mozart - Symphony No. 40 & 41 [1962]

    This album will always remain one of the most idiosyncratic and memorable performances that I've heard in my life. The weightiness that Klemperer employs in his performance is unheard of [for me].

    The tempi are quite so granitic that many people would be turned off just by it. For the orchestra, more players seem to be playing than even in Walter's NYP recordings. Klemperer probably saw it fit ...

    Updated Mar-07-2015 at 18:00 by Lord Lance

    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Musicians , Recorded Music
  3. #15 - Thielemann conducts VPO - Beethoven - Symphony No. 3

    Check my earlier post for recommendations

    A recording by the young Thielemann [Well, compared to Karajan who was 75 at the time of his last Eroica.] with his Wiener Philharmoniker. The cycle was recorded between 2008 and 2010 in a series of live concerts. They were released on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD.

    I won't lie about how uninteresting ...
  4. # 14 - Haitink conducting LPO - Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

    Haitink - one of the greatest conductors alive, in my opinion. With a mastery over the central German repertoire and much more and not to mention his innumerable fantastic discs. And lastly, the wonders of modern technology - 'tis truly a great time to be alive.

    Today I played this:

    They say that Britain lacks a world class orchestra - hogwash! If the listener ...

    Updated Mar-05-2015 at 19:36 by Lord Lance

    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Musicians , Recorded Music
  5. #13 - Karajan conducting BPO - Beethoven - Symphony No. 3

    Ah, the fantastic cycle of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies as recorded by Karajan and his Berliner Philharmoniker back in the 1980s for his digital legacy. This is his Fifth cycle of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies:

    1. Philharmonia Orchestra/EMI [1950s]
    2. Berliner Philharmoniker/DG [1960s - the revered above all; the hallowed]
    3. Berliner Philharmoniker/DG/Video [Late 1960s-Early 1970s - One of the many DVD cycles in a field with contenders like [5], Abbado, Jansons, etc.